#CreatepreneurAfrica Vincent Moloi : Trailblazer filmmaker capturing human existence dynamics!

 

South African born Vincent Moloi, was born shortly after the turbulent Soweto uprisings in 1976. His soul calling flourished into narratives of his motherland, voicing out the calling of the nation, both in fiction and non-fiction. 

The innovative filmmaker has directed over 50 documentary films and about 10 television series. He received numerous awards including African Trailblazer Award at the International TV Film festival,and MIPCOM in Cannes.  

His latest creation is Tjovitjo, is a drama series based on a world of hardships, dreams, problems, and hopes. It depicts everyday reality through the portrayal of dancers struggling against the system of poverty.

It offers a buffet of gripping emotions, topping the viewership charts and streaming in possibilities.

Vincent Moloi and his partner Lodi Matsetetela pitched the concept to almost every broadcaster in South Africa. All were reluctant a few years back.

Eventually, their passion drove them to fund it themselves, and they missioned to created it with their production company, Puo Pha Productions.

They then sold the series to SABC, ( South African Broadcasting Corporation), a national broadcaster in South Africa, retaining  100% copyright ownership.

An industry breakthrough of note, Puo Pha productions dominated at SAFTA’s, the (South African film and television Awards) ceremony in fiction and non-fiction

Skulls of My People,  a Puo Pha Production

  • Best documentary feature
  • Best director
  • Best Cinematographer

Tjovitjo, a Phu Pha Production

  • Best actor,
  • Best drama,
  • Best sound design
  • Best production design
  • Best editing
  • Best Cinematography

You can never really know it until you do it.

Vincent Moloi

Tjovitjo - drama pilot from Vincent Moloi on Vimeo.

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Vincent Moloi, a filmmaker making waves

 

Tell us what drives you?

Given the times we’re living in, we as artists with influence, have an obligation to be responsible with the tools we have. So I am intent on unearthing and telling uncomfortable stories that will hopefully build us, or at least the future generations.

What is your true passion in life?

Happiness. I always seeking happiness but it is a very slippery emotion. And my family and telling stories are two things that bring me close to happiness. In general, I really like people around me to feel good about themselves. And I always try to include that element in my stories.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

My first love was radio. Very early on in my childhood, I remember how I use to sit outside my grandmother veranda and pretend to be a radio talk show host. So I always enjoyed telling stories and sharing my opinion. Sadly I never made it as a radio host, thank God there was filmmaking.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Making people happy. I love seeing smiles on people. A smile is what all of us can have, poor and rich. You can’t just buy it.

 

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Hahahaha…sadly I am not at that stage where I am making money yet. At the moment I am still putting money into my passion. It will come when the time is right.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

I can’t remember. It is probably because I put it back into my passion as an investment. We have just produced a whole drama series with our own money. This shows how passionate we are about we doing. We are still building for now, but one day we’ll reap the rewards of all the hard work and money we put in.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Failure is not an option. Because I can’t imagine anything else that can make me happy as what I do right now. The idea of failing terrifies me.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

A search for absolute happiness. I know it sounds so utopia but that’s what I want.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

That you can’t stop what naturally going to be.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

That they must learn to try things, do things. You can never really know it until you do it.

 Welcome, #ExploreMotherlandAfrica.

#CreatePreneurAfrica- Mountaineer Monde Sitole, Peak performance “Reaching Heights of Soul Liberation”

 

A seasoned  mountaineer with a mission, Monde Sitole, adventurist, poet, and youth leader has achieved all that seems impossible. 

Born in the township of Khayelitsha, Cape Town, Monde Sitole's'Dare to Dream' expedition aimed at scaling all the highest peaks on every continent.

He has summited some of the highest peaks in the world and Africa highest peak,Kilimanjaro more than once! 

Monde Sitole was 16 when he sailed all over the globe, attending an onboard school on the SV  Concordia. The sailing vessel sailed all over the globe from Cape Town to  St Helena, Namibia, Fernando Island, Ascension Island, Brazil, Trinidad,  Bermuda, Tobago, and  London.

Representing Africa at the Pangaea Mike Horn camp for young explorers, Sitole’s spark of exploration and his inner desire to spread hope ignited.

From Africa’s highest Kilimanjaro in Tanzania to  Europe highest peak Russia’s  Mount Elbrus and the highest peak in North America, Denali in Alaska, he aims to keep conquering. He plans an adventure of climbing Mt Everest next without any bottled oxygen!

Nominations and Awards

  • “One of Nine Bravest Men We Know” ,by Men’s Health magazine
  •  “Heart Of Gold Bravest Men We Know”, awards by  Intrepid Explorer magazine
  • Honorary award at City of Cape Town’s Khayelitsha Awards.

Sitole dedicates time to help youth overcome challenges that seem insurmountable. The lessons learned in world adventures and travels have become his tools to inspire hope in others, to aspire, believe and achieve.

South Africa is reaching new heights with the Monde Sitole Foundation, stepping stones for the youth of Africa to spearhead their own destinies with impact and meaning in an integrated, holistic approach in the realms of education.

 

Education is more than just getting a job!

 The Monde Sitole Foundation focuses on youngsters in townships and remote areas in South Africa. The aim of the foundation is producing compassionate beings and high achievers. The ultimate aim is reducing school repetitions and dropouts and instilling hope for Africa’s future.

 

When I’m on a mountain I carry the suppressed dreams of every township kid on my backpack .

Monde Sitole

Meet CreatepreneurAfrica – Mountaineer Monde Sitole

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

I always say when I’m on a mountain I carry the suppressed dreams of every township kid on my backpack.

My mission is firm and stern,  that is to reinvigorate that latent potential in all to grab hold of their dreams no matter how big, small or absurd they might seemingly appear.

Einstein said” an object continues to move in a direction unless a force is exerted.

“ I am that force”

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

Growing up I’ve always been precocious. My first question is what sparked everything: “Do blind people dream in pictures? ‘

Next thing I knew from the age of 14, I was reading the likes of  Carl Jung, Bertrand Russel, and George Santayana. I went from one religion to the other…questioning.

I always say one thing led to another. I’ve always dreamt Niagara Falls. The first country I visited was Canada when I sailed on SV Concordia attending class. Afloat a shipboard school where we sailed from Cape town to Bermuda island.

What I’ve discovered is that fear and doubt are actually not taboos as society status quo might like us to think , but within fear is when you find your truest version of yourself and within doubt is where you find the most potent version of the truth ….so only those who risk going far can really find out how far they can really go. Ts Eliot once said.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The Wanderlust has lured me to the seven lonely seas. 

Has dumped me on the tailing-piles of dearth.

The Wanderlust has haled me from the Morris chairs of ease.

Has hurled me to the ends of all the earth.

How bitterly I’ve cursed it, oh, the Painted Desert knows

The wraithlike heights that hug the pallid plain,

The all-but-fluid silence, — yet the longing grows and grows

And I’ve got to glut the Wanderlust again.

I’m a wanderlust by nature. I think we all are the is no success no failure just life and what you piece together.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

That has never been my aim.  Making money is a science and if you follow few laws and systems you eventually get the knack.  My main mission is to develop Africa .

“Our people are not fighting for ideas but tangible things to make their lives better”- Cabral.

W.E.B Du Bois said  “Now is the accepted time, not tomorrow, not some more convenient season. It is today that our best work can be done and not some future day or future year. It is today that we fit ourselves for the greater usefulness of tomorrow. Today is the seed time, now are the hours of work, and tomorrow comes to the harvest and the playtime.”

These are pertinent words indeed.

But we cannot dwell on them unless we fully comprehend that we first need to approach our challenges with the will and imperativeness they so desire, or else we will always fall short wishing on shooting stars and building sand castles.

This is primarily aimed at power, it is urgent that leaders fast realize power is, in fact, a noble privilege, to serve, to lead and be led. A mutual enabler and equalizer much like a hammer in that you can either destroy with it or build a new era altogether.

Unless we invest in education, free quality education that is, founded on people, innovative, empowering and engaging.

Unless that time we cannot speak. When we talk about education we not simply talking about you getting a job and living it out in a posh life, but we marginally talking about advancement of Africa, decreasing the brain drain and skills development, capacity building, a nation that is self-sufficient, functioning, independent, can partake, innovate and adapt to increasingly globalised world.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

For keynote, I did for Ackerman’s end of the year Gala event when I was 15 years and same week I did another talk as Cipla Ambassador when Cipla was facing troubles I was one of strategist that came to share few insights.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up? 

The is a wish then the is an intent until you transform that wish into an intent you can never fully live your dream. Your purpose.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you? You can hate me, you can love me, but you can’t ignore me.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

The impossible exists because we don’t strive to make it possible

 

Venture into the world of magnificence. #ExploremotherlandAfrica

CreatePreneurAfrica – Botswana’s Donald Molosi’s “Critical love letters to Humanity”

It was a soul calling for Donald Molosi...born with a passion to spread the word. A renowned writer, playwright, and actor, he has been awarded over twenty-five acting awards internationally, fifteen writing awards and was the first Motswana to launch performances on Broadway.

“critical love letters” to humanity – Molosi describes his work in a BBC interview

In his viral essay “Dear Upright African”, Molosi explores the need for a liberated school curriculum in Africa. It is a calling for genuine African history in African classrooms.

He delivered a keynote address at the Bucknell University’s Black History month,  themed on the archives of post-Colonial African performance.

From an early age, Molosi sparked a flair for performance naturally. By the time he turned sixteen, he was already on the journey of touring with arts festivals and co-writing plays.

Molosi was the youngest to hit the airwaves when he became a Yarona Fm radio announcer.

He was a child presenter on Botswana Television in partnership with UNICEF to empower youth and make their voices count.

When he was seventeen, he wrote his solo performance, “Fragments,” based on children’s rights. The critically acclaimed  “Fragments” got him invited to the United Nations General Assembly on Children in New York and he performed  for world leaders like Kofi Annan and Nelson Mandela.

He continued to advocate for children’s rights through his  “Can I live” poetry exhibition, based on interpretations of the  African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.[11

A language historian, Molosi is multilingual. He speaks Setswana, French, Swahili, and English. He is conversational in Ndebele and Zulu. His writings have shed light on the diversity if Africa in multiple narratives, debunking misconceptions of Africa.

He is currently represented by the  Pan African Waka Agency, founded by  award-winning actress and media proprietor from South Africa, Rosie Motene.

Theatre

  • 2003   Fragments

  • 2008   Blue Black and White

  • 2010 Today it’s me

  • 2013 Motswana: Dream again

  • 2017 Tumultuous

  • 2017 Yaguine and Fode project

  • 2017 Black Man Samurai

Filmography

2016 A United Kingdom

2009  Given

2007  Green Zone

  • 2006 Breakfast in Hollywood

His latest documentary, “We Are All Blue,”   an Africa Day premier on May 25, 2017, debuted all over Africa on DSTV, Multichoice. The documentary carries the final televised interview with the  late  Sir Ketumile Masire, former president of Botswana

It has premiered at the Ditshwanelo Human Rights festival and made a cinema debut in conjunction with the first Dalai Lama visit to Botswana.

Molosi shared the stage with Dalai Lama in the historic conference to explore the African way of life, Ubuntu/ Botho in the modern Botswana era. 

The  framework to heal the trauma of the colonialism and trauma  legacy, advancing in social justice and equality.

 

Molosi is also a songwriter and a singer and has a project lined up to showcase singing and songwriting.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Donald Molosi

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

I am driven by the desire to live a life of purpose. My true passion is to express myself through writing and performance and I am elated to be having my passion as my profession, therefore.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

My passion found me before I was born. I knew at 4 what I would do with my life and it is exactly what I am doing today.

I have been performing all my life and my early start meant that by the time I was 15.  I was internationally recognized enough for me to address the UN General Assembly at that age.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I don’t think of my passion as something that necessarily has to have a wholesome appeal to me. It is a calling and I need to fulfill it to keep my spirit and the world around me stable.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

The need to grow the same passion. The ability to finance my plays and films and still travel the world launching my books.

I monetize what I do purely so that I can invest in my talent and growth and have freedom as an artist without being held hostage by misguided sponsors. That is partly because I come from Botswana where a real artist can only survive by investing in themselves.\

In Botswana, there are two ways to survive as an artist, generally – either by corrupt means or by monetizing your talent.

That is why I enjoy working on Broadway and Hollywood half of every year because in the US you actually compete against other talent and the arts are not subject to the corrupt whims of politicians.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

I definitely don’t recall the first time as I was below 10. I recall being extremely excited when I got my contract with Yarona FM when I was 15.

I was paid really well by Yarona FM even as a newcomer at the time. I was the youngest person on the radio at the time and the year was 2001.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I have had challenges but I am not sure that I ever wanted to give up. I operate in full knowledge that this is my life’s purpose and legacy.

So, even when I face challenges I go through them without shaking the core of what I do in the first place. And that is because I am clear about the legacy that my name should leave behind.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I only pursue success so that I can better help and mentor others. For me, success is never really for the individual alone.

I choose to live a life where I challenge myself to use every day to be there for myself and others. That motivates me to get up in the morning because that is work that is never finished.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

I have nothing to say to them. I will let my work speak for itself and hopefully, they will learn from it the value of talent, hard work, and self-confidence.

 What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?

I advise them to speak from the heart and to speak truth to power. African artists are too silent about the lack of art academies in our nations for example, and yet we pour our taxes into our governments hoping they build one.

African creatives must stand up and let the African politicians that we see the lavish ways our corrupt leaders live on our taxpayers.

We must let them know that we will not tolerate that selfishness any longer while our industries suffer and countries like Botswana don’t even have a national theater after 50 years of being a country ….And yet we have the most fantastic corruption of national funds that my generation of Batswana has ever seen!

 

#CreatepreneurAfrica – Africa Poetic vision : Kenya’s Kariuki wa Nyamu

 

Kariuki wa Nyamu is passionate about wording his way into the streams of life. He is a poet, an editor, a playwright, a translator, educator and a literary critic.

I realize poetry in music, in my footsteps, in my heartbeat, in my dance steps and many other great experiences –   Kariuki wa Nyamu

 

After several writing awards at school, university and on national level, he spreads the word through poetry, short stories, film scripts, satire, and fiction,

  • 2007 National Book Trust of Uganda literary award
  • 2010 Makerere University Creative Writing Competition
  • 2017 Winner of Babishai Haiku prize

My life revolves around poetry. I utter it. I read it. I study it. I breathe it. I teach it. I write it. I enjoy it. I dream it. I philosophize it. I theorize it – Kariuki wa Nyamu

Publications featured in:

A Thousand Voices Rising,

Boda Boda Anthem and Other Poems,

Best New African Poets 2015 Anthology,

Jalada Africa,

Praxis Magazine

The Wagon Magazine

Poetry Potion,

Experimental Writing: Volume 1, Africa Vs Latin America Anthology,

Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology,

Multi-Verse: Kenyan Poetry in English Since 2003

Co-author: When Children Dare to Dream.  a children’s poetry and  anthology

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Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Kariuki wa Nyamu

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

Well, I think what drives me is the realization that Poetry is life and that Life is poetry. Each life’s experience is poetic.

I realize poetry in music, in my footsteps, in my heartbeat, in my dance steps and many other great experiences.

And that makes poetry a very beautiful art and my true passion in life.

Basically, my life revolves around poetry. I utter it. I read it. I study it. I breathe it. I teach it. I write it. I enjoy it. I dream it. I philosophize it. I theorize it.

Oh yes, I turn countless societal experiences into poetry! And I believe this inspires the world.

How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I became conscious of my passion for poetry in my high school days. I was barely fifteen years old and in Form One.

I still remember our teacher of English teaching us how to write “Simple verses”. After the lesson, she assigned us the task of writing simple verses. Mine was one of the best! The following day after marking, she announced how she was impressed with me for crafting such a brilliant four-line poem!

This made me more passionate about the subject of poetry in particular and literature in general. Maybe that’s why I studied the subject up to university level… All in all, I’m dearly grateful to all my teachers and professors for kindling my interest in poetry and nurturing it. I treasure you.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

I think it’s my deep love for words and of course the much time that I devote to my Creative writing pursuit.

Yes, although sometimes I feel that I give poetry too much attention, but believe you me, my passion for poetry is irresistible! I’m delighted to be published in myriad international journals, magazines, blogs, and books. So far, so good.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Frankly speaking, I wasn’t really driven by the desire to make money from my writing. It came at a time I least expected. My greatest aspiration was to just tell stories that enlighten, edify, entertain, and most significantly inspire people.

By the way, in the creative arts industry, if you let money be your chief impetus, you’ll be doomed if it never comes your way! But if your impetus is to learn the craft, inspire people thus be relevant, you’ll certainly live a rewarding life whether the money comes your way or not. After all, money isn’t everything.

When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

Well, there’re many endeavors I’m passionate about, and have been paid for… But shall we agree that passion here means passion for writing?

Good. The first time I was paid for my writing passion was in 2012. This was just after I graduated with my BA in Education, English Language, and Literature at Makerere University, Uganda. My goodness, never in my life had I imagined I could earn money from my writing!

Writing made me receive my first cheque. I’d then continue writing the radio drama titled “Home To Community,” Season after Season until 2013 when I relocated to Kenya my motherland.

This radio drama, produced by Wizarts Media, Kampala, Uganda, was successfully broadcast for years in some of the major FM stations in Uganda. I’ll always pride myself on being a part of this production.

What keeps you going whenever you think about giving up?

It’s not my strength of mind or even my comprehension of technicalities of art that shields me from giving up but it’s only God’s grace that keeps me going.

Another thing is the realization that nobody will ever tell my stories whether in the poetic form, prose or even the dramatic form…

What motivates you every day to be even more relevant in the world of Poetry?

I believe it is the knowledge that my poetry inspires a lot of people world over. I must sincerely disclose that my poetry has, in the recent past, attracted very encouraging commentaries from ardent poets, authors, and scholars; some of whom are far more advanced in their literary pursuits than me.

This certainly motivates me to mold even greater pieces and hence work towards being even more relevant in the world of Poetics.

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted your potential?

Naturally, I do not hold grudges, so I guess I’d just be wordless. In any case, it’s perfectly normal to have all sorts of people around you… Some to dishearten you, some to hearten you…

Dear poet whose potential has been doubted by many, and maybe for a long time:

Be encouraged, ignore all manner of dispiriting remarks! Remember, it’s crucial to master your own craft.

Although I understand it’s absolutely wonderful when people believe in your craft, ensure that you believe in yourself more.

And most significantly, be humble, trust and obey, yes, be humble, trust and obey Life’s Author.

What advice do you give to an aspiring creative who looks up to you?

Dear Aspiring Creative,

You’ve to invest in your art and hence give it your best. Read great texts; enjoy and learn the art, and no matter the dissuasion you’ll get from the world

Never let your passion for whichever art die down. After all, you’re the best definition of yourself. Good luck!