"The Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation is a special fund set
up in support of educational and cultural programs
in Zanzibar."

who we are

The Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation:

 

A Special Fund for Education and Culture believes in Zanzibar, in Zanzibaris, and their potential to create a vibrant and self-sustaining future that uniquely reflects the rich history and cultural heritage of these islands. To that end a Fund has been established to support individuals with exceptional talents in artistic and academic fields and to assist local organizations that preserve and enhance the culture of Zanzibar. The foundation is a non-governmental organization, non-political, non–commercial, non- religious and non–profit making.

Our philosophy:

The Foundation strongly believes in Zanzibar, in Zanzibaris, and their potential to create a vibrant and self-sustaining future that uniquely reflects the rich history and cultural heritage of these islands. The mission is to recognize the unique and significant nature of the local Zanzibari talents, which has emerged from the cosmopolitan island of Zanzibar

Achievements

The Emerson’s Zanzibar Foundation is a leading organisation honoring local Zanzibari music and film artists and the poet laureate, Mzee Haji Gora. The foundation has created film and music awards to inspire and promote Zanzibari artists, who are pursuing their artistic vision in the archipelago, as well as promoting the culture and history of Zanzibar.

what we do

FACILITATE DCMA SCOLARSHIPS

MUSIC & FILM AWARDS

A tribute to Emerson Skeens

A Zanzibar resident of 25 years, Emerson found his niche here and saw opportunities to use his manifold talents and brilliant mind to create, amongst other things, three flourishing hotels.

Emerson Skeens, founding partner of Emerson Spice Hotel sadly passed away on 31st May 2014.

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We will miss you, Babu!
From us all at Emerson Spice

Recipients of the Emerson Zanzibar Film and Music Awards

It is exciting to see the impact that Emerson’s Zanzibar Film Award has had on the recipients’ professional lives and what they used the award money for.

Salum Stika, the first recipient for his short film, Daladala went on to direct Binti Zanzibar, a Kiswahili feature film, which scooped four trophies at Azam Awards.

Mbarouk Omar, the second recipient for his inspiring documentary about Kokota island in Pemba has used the award to increase awareness of the environmental work he is doing on the island. Mbarouk was nominated for the prestigious BBC Outlook Inspiration Award.

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