Meet Elizabeth Michael

Elizabeth Michael (Lulu) was born April 16, 1995. She is a Tanzanian actress. Michael was born and raised in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. Her father is Michael Kimemeta, and her mother is Lucrecia Kalugira. She attended Remnant Academy for her primary education, and Perfect Vision High School, St Mary’s High School for her secondary education. She then joined Tanzania Public Service College where she obtained her diploma in Human Resource Management.

In 2013, she won the Zanzibar International Film Festival award for Best Actress for “Woman Of Principles”. She also won 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards for Best Movie Eastern Africa. In August 2017, Africa Youth Awards named her among the 100 Most Influential Young Africans. In November 2017, she was convicted of involuntary manslaughter for the 2012 death of Steven Kanumba and sentenced to two years in prison. On April 26, 2018, on Tanzanian Union celebration, she was among of the prisoners who were pardoned by President John Pombe Magufuli where her sentence was reduced. She was later released on May 9, 2018 after serving six months in prison to do community services for the remaining time after showing good behavior while she was in prison. On 12 November 2018 she completed her probation.

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Michael started her acting career as a child actor when she was only five years old. Actor Mahsein Awadh (Dr Cheni) was the one who discovered her during his talent search. He took her to Kaole Sanaa Group, where she appeared in many television soap operas, including Zizimo, Baragumu, Gharika, Taswira, and Demokrasia that were well known during the 2000s. She performed under the name Lulu, a name under which she is commonly known today. In 2005, she made her film debut in the action film called Misukosuko.

Michael has participated in many big projects such as Wahapahapa Radio Drama of 2009 that was produced by Media for Development International Tanzania. She played Mainda in the story that tells the importance of parent-child communication in protecting youth as they navigate through the difficult period of adolescence. The project was directed by Jordan Riber from MFDI. Her subsequent movies include Family Tears, Ripple of Tears, Oxygen, House Boy, and Woman Of Principles. She has appeared in more than 30 films.

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In August 2013, she launched the movie Foolish Age, which was her first effort as a producer. The event took place at Mlimani City Conference Hall in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania. The movie was screened at the 2014 Zanzibar International Film Festival, Foolish Age was nominated as Favourite Movie at the 2014 Tanzania People’s Choice Awards (Tuzo Za Watu) and Michael won Favourite Actress for her performance in the film.

In 2015, she released her second movie as producer called Mapenzi Ya Mungu (God’s love) which she also played as a leading character . The movie was screened at the 2015 Zanzibar International Film Festival and the movie won the 2016 Africa Magic Viewers Choice Awards as the Best Movie Eastern Africa.

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In July 2016, she launched her another movie called Ni Noma which she produced and starred as a leading character . The movie was sold via a mobile app called ProinBox.

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