About Sauda

Sauda's love for the arts began during her primary school days in Kampala Uganda, Arusha Tanzania and Nairobi Kenya where she was always among the first to volunteer for roles in school plays.

This early beginning in drama was the start of a love for acting, literature, film, theatre and of course music.

Her secondary school education was taken at Greenacres Prep School Limuru Kenya and Alexandra College in Ireland where she went on to complete a Bachelor of Science at Trinity College, University of Ireland.

Whilst living in Ireland, in addition to singing jazz with her own band ,Cheza, Sauda performed in numerous plays including TS Elliot's 'Murder In The Cathedral' (1985 Kilkenny) and Dario Fo, one act one women plays.

She returned to Tanzania in 1986 and joined her mother's business, Kay's Hygiene Products Limited . In a press interview some years later she was quoted as saying 'my mother taught me a lot, I am very proud of her'.

Sauda began writing short stories and in 1988, 'The Locked Door' and 'The Letter' were both published in the national newspaper.

The following year she married Chabaka Kilumanga and in 1990, daughter Maya was born. This same year Sauda took up a position with McMillan Publishers as their representative in Tanzania and became heavily involved in the promotion on books, organising book fairs in Tanzania,and attending workshops and fairs in Kenya and Zimbabwe. Sauda is an accomplished author of children's books, written in both Kiswahili and English. 'Kuku Mweusi na Kenge' (The Black Hen and the Monitor Lizard) was first published in 1994 and reprinted in 2004. To date, she has had 8 other books published.The Pond that lies in my village is available on the net through the Africa Book Collective.

In 2002 Sauda successfully auditioned for a role in the South African TV drama series 'Egoli, Place of Gold'. She performed in 5 episodes which were broadcast by MNET to 44 countries across Africa.

The National Museum of Tanzania established a steering committee for it's House of Culture project in 2003. Sauda was a member of that committee and remains an active adovacate of the project which is now near completion.

Girlfriend' (2003) was the first major film to be produced in Tanzania since the Government owned Tanzania Film Company folded in the late 80's. Sauda played the role of the mother of the lead actress.

In 2004 she was the President of the Jury for the Zanzibar International Film Festival and in 2005 became the first female member to join the Rotary Club of Dar es Salaam (www.darrotary.org).

During South Africa Week the same year, she had the opportunity to sing Meadowland with South African artist McCoy Mrubata, in Dar es Salaam.

Sauda is an accomplished Mistress of Ceremonies, presented the English news bulletin on ITV for several years and she has also been profiled on South Africa's Mnet studio 53 Program as one of the Africa's vibrant daughters.

Sauda has served on numerous Boards including the Tanzanian Women's Media Association.

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