Hi! I’m Salha Kaitesi, a self-taught blogger and social entrepreneur who runs Teakisi.
Teakisi initially started as an African women’s blog with the platform receiving over 2 million hits annually. It adapted over time and in 2020 became a Community Interest Company. Teakisi benefits the community and the collaborations that it achieves. So it’s nice to have Tribe Tesi as my personal space where I can express myself. You can expect my thoughts and ideas on a variety of subjects. Having been a blogger for more than 11 years, I can’t wait to share my blogs with you all.
Before arriving as a teenager and settling here in the north east of England, my formative and early years happened in Rwanda – the “land of a thousand hills”. My motherland’s history means that myself and my fellow Rwandese are forever touched by the atrocities of 1994.
Having a close knit family means the world to me and I still thrive on having that whenever I revisit Rwanda and Africa. I’m a proud Mum to my gorgeous son Kimi who is doing so well (Alhamdulilah). As well as volleyball he plays basketball too. Sport is such an interest that sometimes I have to remind him about his education too! We both live with my handsome husband who is a source of constant support behind the scenes. I couldn’t have asked for a better partner in life.
I am more than a blogger and mumpreneur; I am a trustee at Connected Voice, a motivational speaker, event organiser, website developer, social media and digital skills facilitator, community engagement collaborator who is proud to have worked with so many amazing people and brands in the region and around the world.
I enjoy my own peace and quiet, going to the movies, spending time with the men in my life, dining out, hanging out with friends….. My educational background includes a BA in Politics & Sociology and a MA in International Politics (Globalisation, Poverty & Development) from Newcastle University, UK.
Empowering people is where my passion lies and I am available for freelance work and private consultations. You can reach me by visiting the ‘work with me’ tab or simply send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
Nominations & Awards
2011 – Voted as one of the 20 Inspirational Women of African Diaspora in Europe
2011 – Winner of the African Diaspora at Work Awards
2013 – 3 category nominations for the Women4Africa Awards
2014 – Winner Women4Africa Recognition Award
2016 – Winner Community Giants Awards (Inspirational Woman)
2017 – Finalist Nominee at the Women4Africa (Role Model of The Year)
2017 – Winner Newcastle University Rise up Start up Single Founder Award
2017 – Runner-up Outstanding Entrepreneur Pride of Newcastle University Awards
2017 – Winner of the Versatile Blogger Award
2020 – Shortlisted Nominee at the UK National Diversity Awards (Positive Role Model Award for Race, Faith and Religion)
2023 – Winner of Influential Businesswoman Awards (Most Empowering Community Resource Businesswoman)