When we talk about female leadership, we explore all that is fruitful on the topside, ignoring the way how these seeds were sowed. The roots of leadership were once held firm to a nursery before being uprooted and transplanted to a garden where fruits have been harvested. This week, the lane made it its objective to get in contact with the iron lady, the people’s voice and servant; madam vice-president elect Mshangama Shamira, a second-year Bachelor of Commerce in Banking and financial services student.
Who is Mshangama Shamira? Tell us a little more about yourself.
Shamira is just a simple girl with many dreams especially in politics. She is very keen and so responsible, charming and friendly.
What is your educational background?
I completed my Ordinary level studies at St Matthew’s Secondary School and Advanced level studies at St Matthew’s Secondary School in Mbagala.
What is your leadership background?
When I was in Senior One at Kambangwa secondary school, I was the school’s Property Prefect, then I was Headgirl when in Senior two, I then became an Environmental minister in senior three at St Matthews Secondary School and lastly but not list became Health Minister in my senior five at St Matthew’s Secondary School.
Where did you derive the inspiration to run for Vice- President?
I realised personally that I am empowered and well equipped with leadership talents and skills backed with dire motivation to solve some critical student problems and fill the leadership vacuum in the students’ government.
Now that you are Vice President, how are you going to use your power for a better University of Dar es Salaam?
As Vice-President I wil use my power to ensure that, all students of University of Dar es salaam live in a conducive studying environment; ensuring that they all get thier basic demands respectively of what I promised my supporters during the campaigns.
Academics and politics aside what does Shamira do in her free time? What are your hobbies?
I am a social person who likes chatting and making new friends.
What time are you available to listen to the campusers?
All the time my office is open 24/7 ofcourse apart from bedtime and lunch hours. These two periods are vital for my health….Hahahahaha
What is your most memorable moment in life?
The day I was selected to join the great University of Dar es Salaam. It was a dream come true.
What advice do you have for the youth in the current generation?
My advice; especially to the ladies, i would like to tell them that everything is possible when you are focused, set clear objectives, understanding what you desire, need and want matched with the appropiate effort, your path to success is surely set. I, personally aspired being a Vice President of the students body of the University of Dar es Salaam the first day I set foot on the university grounds.