Please meet the Nafasi Board!
Chairman of the Board: Mr Davie Kitururu:
Davie Kitururu is a performing artist and arts educator. He is also the Artistic Director of Ngoma Afrika, an arts organisation based in Morogoro, Tanzania, which organises regular cultural shows and events for locals and visitors alike. While at the helm of Ngoma Afrika, Davie as organized an annual children’s art festival called Paukwa Children’s Art Festival, which has taken place since 2010 and reached thousands of young Tanzanians with the power of art as a tool for learning and self-expression.
Member: Prof Elias Jengo
Professor Elias Eliezar Jengo trained as an art educator at Makerere University and at Kent State University, before completing his postgraduate education in the field of Educational Technology at Sir George Williams University (now Concordia) in Montreal, Canada. He taught at the University of Dar es Salaam from 1969 until his retirement in 1996. He has since been teaching drawing, painting, contemporary African art history, and world history of art on a part time basis. He is also a writer and a practicing painter who has exhibited at home and abroad. Professor Jengo was awarded the prestigious Fulbright Fellowship as a Scholar in Residence at the Stark College campus of the Kent State University from September 2004 to June 2005, and has served as Chairman of the East Africa Art Biennale Association since 2003.
Sauda Simba is the Managing Director of Trinity Promotions Limited, a Multi Media Communications Agency. Prior to founding the firm, she worked at Tanzania Breweries Limited, Barrick Gold Tanzania, and in DRC at Africo Resources. Ms Simba also has several years experience as a news anchor with Independent Television Tanzania. She has worked as the coordinator for the Danish Cultural programs and as program manager at the Museum and House of Culture. Ms. Simba has written several children’s books, acted in a number of productions and released 2 music CDS. Ms. Simba is a member of the Ministerial Advisory Board for the Tanzania Forest Services, the Swedish Friends of the House of Culture, and is Chairperson for Femina Hip.
Member: Mr Nadir Therani
Tharani studied architecture at UCL in London whilst exploring the visual arts at the same time. As an artist Tharani exhibits work that explores subject matters that have not been grappled by many artists in Tanzania. He has displayed his work in the UK, Germany, Denmark, Kenya and Tanzania. His graphic and print work has been shown at various print biennales in London and Berlin, and he has made site-specific architectural installations commissioned in London and India. He keeps abreast of the contemporary trends in art (and architecture) and engages in the discourse through articles and teaching.
Member: Mr Abraham John Okore
Abraham Okore is the Managing Director of Pacific Diagnostics Ltd and the CEO of Pyramid Pharma Ltd. Prior to Pyramid, Mr. Okore served as the COO for GM Pharmacy Tanzania. Mr. Okore’s academ
ic background includes corporate finance, economics, and computer science.
Nathan Mpangala is a cartoonist and illustrator. He is also the founder and chairperson of the Nathan Mpangala Foundation (NMF), which has the motto and mission “To discover talent, develop it, and make it worthwhile to the nation.”
Member: Mr Lutengano Mwakisopile – Artist representative
Lutengano (Lute) Mwakisopile is a full-time multimedia visual artist: an illustrator, a painter, mixed media artist and print maker. He started his career at Nyumba ya Sanaa, where he learnt his craft, and has since worked for NGOs and commercial organizations as an illustrator for books and teaching materials. Lute has exhibited widely in local art institutions and cultural spaces including the National Museum, Nafasi Art Space, Vipaji gallery, and the Alliance Française. He has been featured in East African Biennales, and has recently completes residencies at Gibbs Farm in Arusha Kuona Trust in Nairobi. He currently has his studio at Nafasi Art Space.