Meet Hajra Mulungula

I am a proud mummy of two boys, Farhan & Fahad – the apples of my eyes (one for each 😊).

My daily routine is a transition from motherhood to leadership while I juggle between home and work. My career kick-started back in 2016, when I first joined CSI Energy Group, after completing my bachelor’s degree in Land Management & Valuation. I started as Timekeeper for Terminal 3 Project. Little did I know at that time that this job would be a bonanza! While working at T3 Project, CSI was leading a group of supervisors, technicians, and helpers. I managed to lead the group of workers in a male-dominated space by managing their Contracts, attendance & leaves. In 2018, I was promoted to Kinyerezi 11 CCPP as a Site HR Officer.

When I am not at my desk, I enjoy spending time in my kitchen. Cooking is pure joy and fun for me, and I am always on the look-out for more recipes. My family and friends tell me that I am good at cooking/baking unlike drawing (laughs)! As I discover new recipes and cooking methods, I feel excited like a child getting a new toy. It also reminds me of the sweet fragrances which would come from my mother’s kitchen during my childhood. My favourite dish is Pilau – a meal and common delicacy, deeply enrooted in the culture of the Swahili communities. It is comprised of rice or wheat in some regions. The recipe is simple and usually involves cooking in stock or broth, with spices and other ingredients such as vegetables or meat. People mostly have it on Fridays during lunch or on festivals

There is so much to say about my culture. For those of you who will visit us someday, I highly recommend that you indulge in the Swahili Fashion Week Festival – an incredible platform for fashion and accessory designers from Swahili speaking countries and Africa to showcase their talent, market their creativity and network with clients and the international fashion industry. Oh yes! You should also interact with the communities and our people to the rhythm of Selo dance from Tanga – which is mostly performed during celebrations like weddings, harvest, etc. The Ukala dance – executed by women during celebrations is also a traditional dance I fancy.

I enjoy reading. Leaders Eat Last by Simon Sinek is a good reference to me. It explores the concept of leadership and its impact on the success of an organisation. It helps me as a leader to always prioritise the welfare of my fellows over my own. This stimulates high levels of engagement and loyalty. Whenever I receive a complaint, I make sure that the matter is tackled in such a way that the team feels safe and opens up – it’s important to nurture trust.

Till another time!

Warm regards,

Hajra 🌍🌟📚