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MEET PRESIDENT SAMIA SULUHU HUSBAND AND HIS CAREER

Samia Suluhu Hassan was sworn in as the president following death of Magufuli in what was shock to many people in the world.

she is Africa’s only current female president – except the Ethiopean presidency, which is a largely ceremonial role – and join a small group of women on the continent who play an administrative role.

She is known as Mama Samia which reflects the respect for leaders in Tanzanian culture.

She has demonstrated a proclivity for continual learning. This year with all the political temperature building up as the election neared, she received a received an Masters in Science in Community Economic Development through a joint-program between the Open University of Tanzania and the Southern New Hampshire University.

Her entry into national electoral politics came relatively late by African standards. In 2010 she vied for a parliamentary seat in Makunduchi constituency winning handily (80%). Upon her win, just departed president Jakaya Kikwete appointed her Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office (Union Affairs).

She is married to Hafidh Ameir, tying the knot in 1978, a union that has been blessed by one daughter and three sons. Mr. Ameir is a retired agriculture officer and is currently a consultant.

Their offspring are in careers ranging from business to information technology. The daughter is the only one to have followed in the mother’s footsteps. The daughter, Mwanu Hafidh Ameir, is a member of the Zanzibar House of Representatives.

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