Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe Biography
Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe (Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe Mengi) also known as K-Lyn was born on 6th December 1978 in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. She is a musician, entrepreneur and former Miss Tanzania (2000).
She is the founder of award-winning furniture designer and chairman of Amorette Ltd a furniture design and manufacturing company.
Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe Music Career
She began his career in 1997 with a Tanzanian band the Tanzanites. She performed as one of the lead vocalists for three years. In 2004 she
released her first solo album with a hit single ‘Nalia kwa Furaha’. In 2007 she released another album called ‘Crazy Over You’ which was also the name of the first hit single for that album.
Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe Miss Tanzania
In 2000, she won the Miss Tanzania and represented Tanzania in Miss World.
Amorrete Ltd and Molocaho Furniture
In 2013 she registered her own interior design company, Amorrete Ltd. In 2016 she launched Molacaho by Amorette, a Tanzanian company that designs and manufactures high-end quality made-to-order furniture, furnishings, designer fabrics, lighting, decor, outdoor and garden furniture.
- 2017: Bronze Award For Light Category, Sayari amp, A Design International Awards (Roma)
- 2017: Bronze Award For Furniture Category, Ngorongoro settee, A Design International Awards (Roma).
- 2013: Stylish Female Personality, Swahili Fashion Week Awards.
Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe Husband
In 2015 she got married to Reginald Mengi, a businessman and media tycoon and they have twin sons. Her late husband was born in 1944 in Tanzania. Mengi was a Tanzanian industrialist, media tycoon and the founder/Executive Chairman of IPP Group – a manufacturing, bottling and media conglomerate, which includes television, radio stations and newspapers. Through IPP, Mr Mengi set up the IPP Media empire that mainly serves Tanzania and parts of East Africa.
Things you don’t know about the young widow Klynn Relationship with Mengi
The death of Reginald Mengi has reopened the discussion about his personal life, especially his marriage to musician Jaqueline Ntuyabaliwe aka Klynn who is 36 years younger.
Here are things to know about the couple.
1. Klynn at first snubbed Mengi
The musician, while on a tour in the UK, snubbed an invite from the media mogul who was in the UK on a business trip. The two later hooked up back home in Tanzania and started dating right away.
2.The couple s worth USD560 million
Mengi’s business empire in media includes the IPP Media Group that owns 11 newspapers, radio and television stations and internet properties. The couple also own Bonite Bottlers, the sole bottler of Coca-Cola products in the northern region of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro brand of bottled water and IPP Resources Company that mines gold, uranium, copper, chrome and coal.
3. Klynn quit music to become an interior designer
After her wedding to Mengi, the musician switched careers to become an interior designer starting her own company that designs furniture. In a past interview she said she opted to do interiors so as to launch her entrepreneurial journey and add onto her husband’s earnings.
4. Klynn influenced Mengi to become a gym enthusiast
The musician who is 36 years younger than her husband influenced him to start exercising after their marriage and the media mogul at one point acknowledged that she was a great influence in her life writing; “If God was to call us today, I would ask God for permission, to see if it’s possible for me to marry her in heaven. So that forever and ever she will be my wife.”
5. The couple has twins
Klynn and Mengi have twin boys born in 2013. In 2015 the couple held their lavish wedding in Mauritius. When they celebrated their anniversary, Reginald said the sweetest of things to Jacqueline.
“Our marriage was made in heaven, that is why it is so special. If God is to call us today, I would ask God for permission to meet her in heaven so that forever and ever she will be my wife. Jacqueline said, “You are my everything. I can say, some of the most happiest moments I have shared with you. I am proud to call you my husband.”
She then dedicated Whitney Houston’s I Will Always Love You to her hubby, which she sung to him.
Jacqueline posted the video of their anniversary saying:
“Love is when you choose to be at your best when the other person is not at their best. Love is when what you want is never important. But what the other person needs and wants is always paramount. If you truly love someone, both of these definitions will ring true.”
The Inspiring Story of Klynn’s Late Husband Reginald Mengi
Mengi was not a child of privilege, but rather, one that grew up in extreme poverty. According to the biography on his website, Mengi built his massive business empire in many years of patience and hard work.
The website describes Mengi as having been born in an extremely impoverished family in northern Tanzania, raised in a mud hut which the family shared with cows, sheep, goats and chickens. He had one meal a day and sometimes none at all and walked to school barefoot. While these adversities would have discouraged many people, they did not put Mengi down. Instead, they inspired him to work hard to overcome them.
His road to success began when he joined Cooper Brothers in the United Kingdom, where he studied accountancy and articles. Mengi worked in the UK until 1971, when he returned to Tanzania, working for Coopers & Lybrand Tanzania, and rising to become the company’s chairman and managing partner.
Reginald Mengi Private company
Mengi left Coopers & Lybrand in October 1989 to focus on business, eventually building one of the largest Tanzanian private companies — the IPP Group. According to Forbes, Mengi’s IPP Media Group owns 11 media outlets including newspapers, radio and television stations and internet properties. He also owns Bonite Bottlers, the sole bottler of Coca-Cola products in the northern region of Tanzania. His Kilimanjaro brand of bottled water is the biggest selling in the country. Mengi’s business interests extended to mining.
But even as his wealth grew, Mengi never forgot his humble beginnings and became an ardent philanthropist. Long before his death, many Tanzanians and global figures testified of the businessman’s boundless generosity and kindness.
Through several initiatives, Mengi sponsored hundreds of children with heart problems for treatment in India and aided scores of physically challenged persons.
For his extraordinary business acumen and untiring philanthropic efforts, Mengi obtained recognition in Tanzania and globally. He was widely honoured for his humanitarian causes, from fighting corruption and social injustice to promoting ethical and responsible business practices and helping vulnerable persons.
Mengi was an inspiration to the Tanzanian youth. They drew inspiration from his business acumen; his kindness and his devotion as a father and husband. While his second marriage to former Miss Tanzania, Jacqueline Ntuyabaliwe Mengi, stirred debate owing to the nearly 36-year gap between them, many looked up to it as an epitome of devotion.
Reginald Mengi First wife
Mengi’s first wife, with whom he had three children, died last year. By then he had already married a second wife. Even at 75, Mengi was always proud of his second wife, showering her with love publicly. The couple often posted their pictures together on social media, sometimes in coordinated outfits and accompanied by their two young sons.
Last month, Mengi posted on Twitter: “My sweetheart, I love you more than the sand in all the seas in the whole world.” Days earlier, on March 27, his wife’s birthday, Mengi had sent her a birthday message on Twitter that read: “Happy Anniversary my Sweet love. It has been a very exciting journey full of love and happiness. I love you crazy.”
For many, Mengi was a model family man. In comments to his online posts, many of his followers said he taught them to be good fathers and husbands. “Reginald Mengi loved his family and he wasn’t afraid to show his affection whenever he felt like it… that’s one great deed I will take from him,” one tweeted.
On Mengi’s birthday tweet to his wife one follower tweeted: “You have advised us on other matters in your book ‘I Can, I Must, I Will’. Now advise us on love. Give us another book so we know where to improve as young men.”