Amonde was born in 1940 in the village of Nakapanya, Tunduru district,
Rovuma Region. He went to Tanga in 1957 to work on a sisal estate
and in 1960 he came to Dar es Salaam for the first time looking
for work. In 1972 Omari Amonde definitely settles in the capital.
Amonde was "half brother" of E.S. Tingatinga and the
oldest of all Tingatinga
painters still active. He worked with E.S. Tingatinga
in 1972 until Tingatinga's death. Amonde was considered as the
very last legitimate heir of Tingatinga's heritage and had been
Chairman of the TACS. He died in February, 2015.
"Tinga Tinga, the popular paintings fom Tanzania", Y.
Goscinny and "Art in Tanzania 2000", Y. Goscinny