The Workchop Conversations is an ongoing series of conversations with different players in both the law, tech & justice tech space, sharing about their work and innovative role within the space, promoting access to justice in Africa.
For this week, we have Neema Magimba, the Managing Partner of Extent Corporate Advisory law firm, and co-founder of Sheria Kiganjani, a platform that provides readily accessible and affordable legal services share with us the best piece of advise she has received and the impactful things she is doing at Sheria Kiganjani.
Tell us about yourself and what you do at Sheria Kiganjani.
My name is Neema Magimba, I am an Advocate admitted to practice law in Tanzania Mainland and Zanzibar. I currently manage a corporate and intellectual property law firm and I am also a co-founder and head of legal for Sheria Kiganjani.
Sheria Kiganjani (a Swahili word that translates to Law on Your Palm) is a platform that provides easily accessible and affordable legal services through mobile phones. The platform is available through smart phones, featured phones and as a web platform (a website). Through Sheria Kiganjani, we provide services such as 24/7 access to lawyers through calls and texts, templates of different legal documents such as draft contracts or agreements, we link our users to lawyers closest to them to save their money and time and we also provide legal education in the most simplest and easily understandable way. The whole platform is in Swahili language which is spoken by 80% of Tanzanians. We have over 30k users and have resolved over 600 cases since the launch of the platform is 2018.
What’s the most impactful thing you believe you do at Sheria Kiganjani?
Being able to bridge the justice gap in Tanzania. As of 2017, over 2Million Tanzanians could not access justice due to financial and geographical constraints. Being able to provide easily accessible and affordable legal services to over 30,000 Tanzanians, enabling them to solve their cases or prevent legal mishaps from happening is what we consider the most impactful thing we do at sheria Kiganjani.
How do you keep track of what you have to do?
Personally, I am very conscious with how I use my time, I keep a to-do list to keep track of everything I have to do for the day and how I distribute my time to do it all. My google calendar keeps my time table on track as well, with reminders to help me remember everything I have to do. As a team at Sheria Kiganjani, we have a common team calendar that has tasks designated to every team member,
We also have weekly meets ups at the beginning and end of the week which helps align and be on track with what we have to do as a team.
What is the best piece of advice you have ever received?
You become what you do with your time.
How do you recharge or take a break? What do you spend time doing, besides work?
I’m big on self-love, when I’m not working I enjoy visits to the spa, solo dates and reading (fiction), I also enjoy spending time with my friends doing the things we love the most.
What are you currently reading, watching or listening to?
Currently reading “Purple hibiscus” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, watching Tribes of Europa (a show on Netflix) and I’m always listening to something on Spotify depending on my mood haha.