“He who stands on his own feet” – Ndyetabura – this is the name my Tanzanian great-grandfather gave me. Throughout my life “standing on my own two feet” has taken on a special meaning for me. In a figurative sense, it is the guiding light for Jambo Bukoba – making children strong through sport.
Growing up in different worlds
I was born in Munich and moved to Tanzania, my father’s home country, at the age of five with my sister and my parents. He was a professor of chemistry and had studied in Munich in the 1960s where he met my German mother. I mainly lived in Tanzania until the age of 12. We moved seven times during this period.