Founder/Managing Director Tap Magazine
Tell us a bit about you.
My name is Moses Mutabaruka. I was born in Rwanda but grew up in Nairobi Kenya before immigrating to Canada. I’m the Founder and Managing Director of The African Perspective Magazine. TAP’s mission is to correctly portray & communicate the African story; uncensored, unbiased and from a balanced perspective. A platform that has received over 1.6 million views over the past three years. In general, I love life and Africa and I’m passionate about social entrepreneurship and the youth.
How did the idea of starting a magazine come about?
Having grown up in different countries in Africa, when I migrated to Canada, I was shocked by how Africa was portrayed in western media! I hated and could not relate with the narrative of Africa in these medias. After a long spell of complaining, I started writing and soon after a friend of mine built a blog for me. More people started contributing to the blog and that has now evolved to a magazine.
How would your best friend describe you?
Hmm, I think he would describe me as both easygoing and stubborn.
The Magazine appears to target the African Diaspora. Is this the intention or is TAP Magazine’s objective to reach a broader audience?
Yes, the African global diaspora (especially those in North America) is our primary audience but in general, the magazine is a favorite of all who are intrigued by the African experience.
Tell us about an experience which has shaped who you are today.
I’d say that the experiences of becoming a refugee at a very young age, and growing up in the slums of Nairobi has so far had the most influence on the person I am or hope to be.
What is your vision for the African Diaspora in Canada?
My vision for the African Diaspora in Canada is that through organizations like Manyatta, we can build and establish networks of empowerment within our communities and beyond.
What are your top priorities when deciding what should go in your magazine?
Is the piece informative, is it empowering and will it challenge our readers?
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
Go out and do as much on your own as you can. If you show people what you’ve done on your own, they will likely be more willing to help you out with your next project. – Shadrach Kabango
Tell us about a person who has influenced you and helped you shape your view of the world?
My mother, its cliché but “everything I am and hope to be, I owe it to her”.