Tijara was born in Kigali Rwanda. She is an entertainer, showbiz- presenter and MC in various events around Kigali, countryside and beyond, she loves her job and likes to meet people.
Tijara is happily married, with three kids.
She is soft spoken and has an interactive personality which just fits her career of being a radio-show animator (presenter).
The journey of Tijara into the media has come a long way since childhood.
Tijara grew up in Tanzania, in a family of journalists but never thought of being one. Much as her father was a journalist, for 23years with the national broadcasting media (Orinfor), Tijara never thought she would one day sit behind the microphone and broadcast news or even present a show.
She wanted to become a musician like-Yvonne Chaka-Chaka, Mbilia Mbel- who were legendary and famous African female vocalists in the 70’s and 80’s.
“I dreamt of becoming a musician and admired music personalities but I was discouraged from singing by many people especially my mother. Every time I tried to sing she would laugh at me saying that my voice was terrible,” she says.
All these discouragements made Tijara cry for days, but she found solace in her father’s voice recorder. She used to pick it up and record her voice, imitating her Dad in news broadcasting.
Slowly by slowly she began loving the careers of journalism. Tijara’s turning point was when her father died in 2000; she badly wanted to take up his legacy as a radio personality, for Radio Rwanda and the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC).
“I wanted to be like my father and replace him, now that he was gone. From that moment, I realized that journalism is a gift that I got from my parents and never wanted to close the chapter,” she added.
In order to enhance her career, Tijara participated in various journalism trainings at the East Africa training Institute, in Tanzania, in which she was selected for media and took up animation programs on a local radio to perfect her skills each day. She teaches Kiswahili on Radio Rwanda, in a programme called Tujifunze Kiswahili; she also hosts talk shows, evening music, youth programmes and different entertainment shows. She acts as MC on many public events.
“My father didn’t want me to become a journalist and he used to say that it’s a stressfully and very political career. Meanwhile, I would not want my children to become journalists but it seems like my son is so much interested,” she says.
Tijara’s son follows her for shows and he even imitates her.
Her loving husband has been very supportive throughout her career.
“History may repeat itself, when my son takes up my legacy as a journalist. I will support him all the way,” she adds.
Rwandans refers to Tijara as the best entertainer, whose distinctive voice has attracted so many listeners to radio Rwanda.
Her best weapon which is also the mark of her vibrant show is her voice- just loud enough to pick the attention of the listener.
She speaks with confidence and inbuilt stamina. If you listened in to her show, you would surely love to tune in again.
Tijara’s mother is her greatest inspiration; she has encouraged and nurtured her into a confident woman.
Tijara is also inspired by her great family and fans.
“I derive my happy life from my fans and family, they have made me what I am,” she mentions.
As a female journalist, Tijara would wish for the Rwandan media to create a platform for good reputation on both local and international scenes. She says media should go beyond the traditional odds.
As for her dreams, Tijara wishes to make a sufficient aid project, for disadvantaged persons.
“I would like to reach out to people in need, I am dying to do something for the disadvantaged children out there,” says Tijara.
Finance is still the limitation to her intended plans. For the meantime, Tijara remains the friendly, welcoming voice inspiring many Rwandans.
Interesting facts about Tijara
Hobbies: Travelling, talking, going out to different functions
Turning point: When she lost her father
Challenges: “I have not challenges, except when it comes to writing, its challenging,” says Tijara.
What she does best: Talking