East Africa Today: An interview with Modesta Lilian Mahiga


In Episode 19 East Africa Today visits the offices of Professional Approach Group (PAG) to have a chat with Ms. Modesta Lilian Mahiga, the PAG Group Managing Director. Last week the Tanzania HIV/AIDS and Malaria Indicator Survey 2011-2012 was released and though the results demonstrated a decrease in overall HIV prevalence in the country, women still bear the brunt of HIV prevalence (6.2%) compared to men (3.8%). We ask Ms. Mahiga why this is happening and whether we are doing something wrong. We also discuss the Tanzanian Form IV examination results, which saw 60% of students fail. Can we really say that the students failed or did society fail the students? Ms. Mahiga explains that the students are not necessarily failures. She stresses that when we speak of education we should think of it as something that goes beyond the classroom. In the podcast we examine whether the parents of these students were partly to blame. Have parents done enough to make sure our children are learning? It is in this context where Ms. Mahiga shares her vision of a transformed Tanzania and how it can become an economic powerhouse through changing mindsets and radical education reform. 


Through her work, Ms. Mahiga is seen as one of the most influential young Tanzanians and was named by the Times of London as one of the "20 Movers and Shakers in Africa." She is at the forefront of private sector interventions to build capacity to transform Tanzania into an African economic powerhouse. As Founder and Group Managing Director of PAG Ms. Mahiga has worked hard to integrate the Group's mantra of 'mindset change for national transformation' into all approaches of client recruitment, training, labor relations and business process outsourcing services. Ms. Mahiga clearly believes that with a transformed mindset and psyche, Tanzanians and Africans can develop and prosper on their own terms. 

Ms. Mahiga is also a well renowned writer and motivational speaker. In 2010, during Tanzania's general election, she hosted the bi-weekly Uchaguzi Express Live! show on East Africa Television where she interviewed President Jakaya Kikwete. In addition to this Ms. Mahiga has written columns for The Guardian, Business Times, First Magazine and Bang! MagazineMs. Mahiga is an Advocate of the High Court of Tanzania and sits on the board of The Foundation for Civil Society and Tanzania Gatsby Trust among others. 

You can follow Ms. Mahiga on Twitter: @ModestaLMahiga

Picture: Modesta L. Mahiga (via The Times)


Podcast: East Africa Today: An interview with Modesta Lilian Mahiga

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