About Nabaki Afrika

Nabaki Afrika Limited is one of Tanzania’s leading and most respected retailers and wholesalers of quality building products and construction materials. ‘Nabaki Afrika’ is Kiswahili for ‘I remain in Africa’. We distribute our products in partnership with reputable manufacturers and suppliers who can guarantee their product quality with complete technical back up service. Nabaki Afrika’s business has been built by building its reputation and providing peace-of-mind for its customers. We’re small enough to listen and big enough to deliver.

The Nabaki Afrika Team

We strive to provide our clients with excellent   customer service - with a genuine smile!

We provide products and services distinguished by quality and value that can be trusted.

We aim to have Nabaki Afrika associated with the word trust.Trust builds reputation, a dedicated team, reliable and accommodating
suppliers   and devoted and loyal customers.

We employ people who have a genuine enthusiasm for what we do, operating in a professional but fun working environment that encourages and rewards creativity, initiative and team work.

We take pride in our accomplishments and build on them every day - from humble beginnings to nationwide distribution.

Nabaki Afrika will adopt sustainable building products as early as possible and work with suppliers and customers to achieve this goal.
TURNOVER > USD12 million
FOCUS: Construction Contractors, Architects and Engineers

Dar es Salaam
- Chole Road in Masaki
- corner of Sikukuu Rd and Kiungani Rd in Kariakoo,
- Engen Station in New Bagamoyo Road
Arusha: Plot 37C & D, RSA Business Park, off Njiro Road, Themi Industrial Area - Arusha

DISTRIBUTORS: Over 200 distributors
COMPANY MOTTO: Quality Building Products
COMPANY GOAL: To ensure Nabaki Afrika quality products are available across Tanzania.

Mtaalam Toolkit
In conjunction with our main suppliers Nabaki Afrika has launched a training   programme for local artisans and technicians who are known here as ‘fundis’. The fundis are being   professionally trained in the correct use, application and installation of Nabaki Afrika’s products. The training will take them to ‘expert’ level – in Tanzania experts are known as ‘Mtaalam’. Once training and testing is complete the Mtaalams receive an annually renewed certification based on written and
practical tests and on-site job inspections. To ensure quality control and
customer satisfaction, client testimonials are regularly sought.

Our journey

Nabaki Afrika has evolved from a husband and wife team who arrived in Tanzania in 1993, to a market leader in the retail and wholesale supply of quality building products. Nabaki Afrika is now a family of over 100 support staff, has over 5 000 loyal customers, hundreds of distributors and over 30 000 database contacts to tap. This remarkable twenty-year journey has taken a sustained financial and emotional effort and a commitment to sound business principles, ethical standards and integrity to achieve business success.

Nabaki Afrika’s annual turnover began with less than $100,000 and has increased to a current turnover of over $14,000,000 per annum. Growth continued during 2013 and Nabaki Afrika still strives to excel in a difficult business environment.

 Our vision to grow further

 It has been our mandate to find the most effective route to the rapidly growing Tanzanian market for all our product lines. The company has set itself the goal of continued growth and geographical expansion. To this end we have a unique ‘Mtaalam’ (Kiswahili for ‘expert’)program that trains and develops bothour internal team and our external local partners, transforming ordinary ‘fundis’ to ‘Mtaalams’.

 Nabaki opened its first wholly-owned national outlet in September 2013, in Arusha, making this the fourth Nabaki Branch in Tanzania. Building expansions continue as ever at the Support Office (our name for our HQ) in Mikocheni, Dar es Salaam and more growth plans are underway for 2014. Nabaki's dream is to expand its horizons to become accessible to customers all over Tanzania.

Social responsibility – It’s about sharing and sustaining

We believe in using our position, our resources and our compassion to assist others in our community.  An integrated and mutually supportive community is a healthy one.

Our social responsibility program is very active and donates cash, product and time to good causes that we have carefully identified and reviewed. Our major focus is on environmental and waste management awareness via Nipe Fagio, a local non-profit. Other areas areeducation, conservation, and health. In addition we dedicate time to training local artisans on the use, application or installation of our products, issuing certificates, and connecting them to our client base for installation work. Performance is monitored thereafter to ensure quality is maintained. 

The Directors

Hamish Hamilton: (Chairman) Tanzanian – B.A. Law – University of Cape Town.

Hamish Hamilton 

Hamish has over 30 years experience in the building industry as a contractor and a distributor.

Strengths and passions include: entrepreneurship, marketing, selling, motivating the Nabaki Afrika Team and identifying winning products. 

Tania Hamilton: (Director managing the Chairman) Zimbabwean - B. Social Science. Economics & Industrial Psychology – University of Cape Town.


Tania Hamilton

Tania has over thirty years experience in managing the Chairman with sojourns in investment banking, interior design and building businesses using her strengths in administration, finance and human resources. 
She currently spends much time in steering and supporting Nipe Fagio.

Her passion: Helping others to recognize and reach their true potential through empowerment 

Vatsal Shah: (CEO) Tanzanian – B.Sc. Management Science - London School of Economics.


Vatsal Shah 

Vatsal has over twenty years of management experience in the retail and wholesale industry with particular emphasis on administration, finance and logistics.

Strengths and passions: Problem solving through logic. Managing with integrity and fairness. Training others by transferring knowledge using collaboration not command.

The Nabaki Team

Nabaki Team


Nabaki Afrika has a great group of multi-skilled and experienced talent. Each department has professionally qualified personnel with extensive experience in their field. Our training and development policy ensures that value is constantly added to both the individual and the company. Knowledge and skills expansion ensures we maintain our leadership position.

Our products

Our philosophy is we only sell products in which we 'trust and believe'.

Our clients

Almost everyone is a Nabaki client: home owners, artisans, retailers, contractors, distributors, hotels, schools, mining companies, embassies and multinational corporations.


Our suppliers

Our suppliers are experienced manufacturers and distributors who provide uncompromising product quality and guarantees supported by devoted sales people and comprehensive technical backup. We have a clear focus on our supplier’s brands and take a long view to the development of these brands.


Our locations

Support Office – Mikocheni Light Industrial Area, next to Coca Cola Mwenge.

CBR – Chole Road Branch, Masaki – on the Peninsula

NBR – New Bagamoyo Road, Mbezi Beach, at the Engen Fuel Station

KBR – Kariakoo at the corner of Sikukuu and Kiungani Streets.

ABR - Plot 37C & D, RSA Business Park, off Njiro Road, Themi Industrial Area - Arusha