Life is filled with highs and lows—valleys and peaks that will test your resilience, that will push you to overcome challenges—and the lessons you’ll learn on your way to the top will only make you stronger, better

“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength.” —Arnold Schwarzenegger

You can learn a lot from this Tanzania Musician Diamond Platnumz’ life story.. it is full of struggles and now he is enjoying the success he made.

Diamond Platnumz was born at Amana hospital in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania on 2nd of October 1989 , he was named Nasibu Abdul Juma. SIMBA by his name grew up in Tandale where he was living with his mother at his grandmother’s house. Due to unresolved conflict between his parents Mr. Abdul Juma was not there living with them. He only received his mother’s care .

Life in Tandale was hard as his mother had no reliable source of income. Nasibu, his mother and grandmother were forced to share a single room and rent out the remaining two rooms which were initially for Nasibu and his mother in order for them to be able to pay the bills.


Nasibu started Chakula Bora Nursery School in 1995 later joined Tandale Magharibi Primary School in 1996 and completed primary school education in 2002. In 2003 Nasibu started his secondary school education; he managed to graduate in 2006. After graduation his life as a musician began officially.


From the time he was in standard five Nasibu showed his interest in music. He spent his formative years imitating local and international artists and singing their songs at different occasions. His mother bought for him albums from different artists and assisted him in writing lyrics for some songs so that he can easily sing them. His mother took him to different talent shows hoping he will get a chance to sing; this was against some family members as they were of the view that music was a waste of time and can never be a career, instead they wanted her to encourage him to concentrate on education.

To make it as an Artist was not easy. As Nasibu was trying to raise money for a studio session in 2007, he was forced to engage himself in casual works like selling second hand clothes, filling station attendant, freelancing as a photographer, and any other work in which there was a little money to be earned. There was a time he was involved in illegal gambling; all that for the money to record his first studio single. It was not easy for him to save enough money for one studio session and fend for his family with the money he made. He was forced to sell his mother’s gold ring secretly and use the money to pay for his session. As it was his first time in the studio, the song was not an immediate hit but it opened doors for him and marked the beginning of his journey as a bongo flava music artist.

Through that song Nasibu met Chizo Mapene who volunteered to be his Manager supervising all his music works. The agreement was for them to do an album but unfortunately money became a problem and their working relationship came to an end without releasing that album. Dreams were shattered and royalty was tested; relationships came to an end and friends became strangers. Nasibu could not get a studio to sign him, his girlfriend left him telling him that she cannot be with someone who cannot provide for her; a dreamer who think that he will be one among the great musicians in Tanzania living the life of a Star.

In 2009 Diamond met Msafiri Peter aka Papaa Misifa who agreed to provide financial support in nurturing Diamond’s talent. They recorded his first single titles “Nenda Kamwambie” which was a dedication to his girlfriend who left him when he had nothing. That was the song which opened doors for Diamond in the music industry.






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