Nancy Sumari

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Nancy Sumari
Nancy Abraham Sumari

(1986-07-31) July 31, 1986 (age 32)
Alma mater
Years active2005-present
Spouse(s)Luca Neghesti

Nancy Abraham Sumari is a Tanzanian author, business woman and social entrepreneur. She is the Managing Director of Bongo5 Media Group (T) Ltd, The Executive Director of The Neghesti Sumari Foundation [1] and The Jenga Hub [2].as well as a published author of the children's book series, Nyota Yako. [3].In 2017 Africa Youth Awards named her among the 100 Most Influential Young African[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Sumari was born in Arusha; she is third child out of five children of their family [4]. She had her primary education at Blue Bells, Nairobi, Kenya, and she joined NBO Maasai School in Kenya for her secondary education. She later graduated with bachelor of business administration from University of Dar Es Salaam.

Miss Tanzania and Miss World 2005[edit]

Nancy was selected as Miss Tanzania 2005 [5] and later competed at Miss World 2005 [6] where she placed in the top 6, and won the title Continental Queen of Africa for 2005 [7].


Nancy is the founder and executive director of the Neghesti Sumari Foundation whose programs and initiatives leverage the use of literature, technology and agriculture to create value. She has engaged in projects of society from women empowerment to mentoring youth and championing for a quality children’s education.[2]

Nancy is a published author of the children’s book titled ‘Nyota Yako’ (Your Star). A book that is set in the form of poem and sings the songs of the women in the Tanzanian society who are successful in the roles they play. It is meant to inspire the African girl child to in pursuit of their dreams.[3]

Among her foundations initiatives have been transforming learning outcomes among youth and children through digital literacy programs and applying design thinking methodologies to create value; for which she won the ‘Tigo Digital Change Maker’ award for in Tanzania[4]

Nancy is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Shapers Community, a Global Village Alumni and a Mandela Washington Fellow 2017

Personal life[edit]

She is married to Luca Neghesti and they have one daughter called Zuri.[5]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Event Prize Recipient Result
2012 Swahili Fashion Week Awards Female Stylish Personality Herself Won
2017 Tigo Tanzania Awards Tigo Digital Change Maker Jenga Hub Won


Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nigeria Anita Uwagbale
Miss World Africa
Succeeded by
Angola Stiviandra Oliveira