I was born on the day of 7th of June of the year 1976 in Urambo-Tabora, Tanzania to a couple of Burundian refugees just four years after they had fled their country to Tanzania following civil wars that culminated into massacre and high blood shed.
Three years later, in 1979 flood hit the permanent refugees’ settlement of Ulyankulu in which I was born in Urambo-Tabora and caused resettlement of half the population to another newly established permanent settlement of Mishamo in Mpanda district in Rukwa region.
I got my primary education in Mpanda district at Bulamata P/School in Mishamo Refugees’ Settlement [Standard I – IV (from 1985 – 1988)] and Kanoge P/School in Katumba permanent Refugees’ Settlement [Standard V—VII (from 1989 – 1991).
I got my both Ordinary Secondary Education at Kantalamba Secondary School located in Sumbawanga district (from 1992 – 1995) in Rukwa region, and Advanced Secondary Education at Musoma Alliance Secondary School in Musoma district in Mara region (from 1996 – 1998).
My Secondary Education was sponsored by UNHCR under co-ordination of the Southern Africa Extension Unit (SAEU).
In the year 1999 I was very luck to secure a 3 years full scholarship from the DAFI Scholarship Assistance and enabled me to join Tumaini University, Iringa University College (IUCO) where I undertook a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism studies from the year 1999 up to 2002. I studied very hard at the college and managed to graduate with an Upper Second Class B.A Degree in Journalism of 3.98 GPA.
I am now working as a Journalist with NYAKATI Christian Newspaper as a Feature Writer. However, the nature of journalism career and remuneration in Tanzania and most of the Third world countries does not provide room for producing desired results.
Apart from working as a Journalist, I can also work as a tutor and Assistant Researcher in areas or with people of such needs.
My concern now is looking for further studies to undertake Maters of Business Administration (MBA) at any recognized University College in Tanzania. I like MBA because it will animate my current professional career and skills and widen the room for Entrepreneurship and Community Development Initiatives.
Also studying in the home country is cheaper than studying abroad, because MBA in most of the colleges in Tanzania is an 18 months program that can roughly and totally cost about $US 10,000 as compare to the highest amount of cash required for studying abroad.
Thank you in Advance,
Ebely Joel Rugema,
Ex-DAFI Scholar, B.A in Journalism (Upper 2nd Class Honours) – TUMAINI UNIVERSITY (2002),
P. O. Box 21654,
DAR ES SALAAM.
Cell: +255 744 339 30