Selemane is Ilha Blue’s longest serving employee, he has been with the company right from the start. He is now quite famous for sharing his personal insights during bike, walking and Missanga tours

“I’m 29 years old and I was born in Cabaceira Pequena just across the water from Ilha de Moçambique. I am the youngest of 12 children and when I was still small I moved to Ilha to live with my eldest sister.

My sister looked after me and helped me get through school, but from year 8 to 12 I had to pay for myself. I did this by selling Missanga beads to tourists. When I heard that UNESCO was looking for local people to train as tour guides I was very excited.  I was one of only 12 guides to complete the course.

I’m a Muslim man, I have a 9 year old daughter and a young son. I support Porto Football club and teach Capoeira dance to young people. With support from Ilha Blue I am now doing a course to gain my drivers licence.

Ilha is my home and I love showing travellers around and telling them about it.”