East Africa Today: An interview with Omar Mohammed


In episode 4 East Africa Today tries something different and speaks with Omar Mohammed, Senior Producer of Haba na Haba a program of the BBC Swahili Service, in a coffee shop. The suggestion was made by Mr. Mohammed and East Africa Today never shies away from an opportunity to have coffee. Mr. Mohammed talks with us through his journalistic prisms about the inaugural East Africa Future Day, shares his observations on the recently concluded US Elections, and where East Africa stands and where its heading. We also ask him whether Tanzania should have Presidential debates and of course, him being a huge basketball fan, he gives us an assessment of the NBA season a mere three weeks since the 2012-2013 season began. 


Prior to joining the BBC, Mr. Mohammed was a media consultant with Serengeti Advisers, a consultancy firm based in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania with a specific expertise in Banking, Economic and Public Policy Analysis, Media and Communications and Corporate Finance. Mr. Mohammed worked heavily in the Media and Communications department within the firm where he helped clients with their media and communications strategy.

While at Serengeti he wrote regularly about the Tanzanian media space. Mr. Mohammed has contributed journalism to major newspapers and media platforms in East Africa that include The East African, The (Ugandan) Independent and Vijana FM.

Mr. Mohammed is also the co-creator, producer and host of Mgahawa, a weekly half-hour news review show, which appeared on East Africa Television (EATV) every Sunday and Monday at 1:30pm and 8:30pm respectively. The show was a platform where young Tanzanians could engage and participate in a lively and free flowing conversation about local and regional stories of the week. 

Mr. Mohammed studied English and Philosophy at the University of St. Andrews. He is a supporter of Chelsea Football Club and the Los Angeles Lakers. 

You can follow Mr. Mohammed on Twitter: @shurufu

Photo: Omar Mohammed 

Podcast: East Africa Today: An interview with Omar Mohammed

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