#CreatePreneurAfrica South Sudan’s , COOLKID GEORGINHO – THE SUPER SWAGGER!

 

COOLKID Georginho, he is living proof that no obstacle can hamper a calling to SUPER SWAGGER on and on... despite the tumbles life throws at you. Born in 1999 in Panrieng, in the Ruweng state of South Sudan, he crossed turmoil in his homeland, South Sudan, one of the largest refugee populations in the world with its ongoing conflict between government and opposition forces.

He  moved with family to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. He embarked on the ultimate road to mental emancipation through the music rhythms from primary school. His key mentor none other than the trailblazer @KIKIJIKO from linked life backgrounds.

#CreatepreneurAfrica from South Sudan to Kenya, KIKIJI , Bringing Hope in Adversities through Healing Tunes of Music

 

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He soon formed a group called SUPER SWAGGERS, The 14-year-old head of the group Super Swagger underwent relentless challenges

He recorded his first song that became an instant hit in Kakuma and in his homeland of Panrieng.

He then entered a competition for refugees and his rate kept improving. This branched off into more recordings > all eagerly await his music and kept hitiing the top 5 of KAMUMA’s got talent until he reached no1!

Current Shows:

  • Nairobi                        8 December  2018
  • Kakumas got talent   7  December 2018.
  • DRC                              15 December 2018.
  •  JUBA Kiki.G Great East African Tour with @kikiji Kampala, Tanzania, and Nairobi

Meet  #CreatepreneurAfrica South Sudan, rise above all   COOLKID GEORGINO,

 

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

What drives me is… that I have a great dream of being a big superstar ……my passions is music and business….my life purpose, to rise and keep rising, to be that role model to uplift myself and all around me!

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

Let me say when I turned 13 years old. That was in 2013. I dreamt about it. Let’s say it was a soul vision! Nothing was going to turn me back.I knew I wanted to be a musician!

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Money and fame. This is the key to the ultimate life-changing scenario. In all fact.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

My hard work. If you can dream it, then do it. That is my motto.If I can survive from what I love doing why not!

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

Around 2016, then again and again on some performances

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My dream. Reaching my goal.  Money and fame. My success so far keeps me from giving up. And my fans. They give me the courage

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I keep making records each time I get some money. My fans are increasing. I feel happy about that and work harder. I have fans in Juba, Kampala, Nairobi, and Kakuma…Two years ago I was just local. Now people are waiting for my new songs!

 

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

All that doubted me… I am rising now, And yes, doubt me, but advise me too. I will appreciate lessons to correct where I might be going wrong.

 

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

Nothing could or should stop you from becoming who you want to be. Do not find limits. Rise above them. I know I did! YOU CAN TOO!

CreatepeneurAfrica’s Nigerias Tush Bee ventures into the Erotic, the Sensual and the Sensitive in her new pathway “Let’s Talk about Sex”!

 

Since our last encounter with Nigeria's radio personality, #CreatepreneurAfrica's TUSH BEE ,the seasoned broadcaster, has taken a unique sensually, erotically and sensitively appealing pathway in her career.

TUSH BEE has taken a big bold presentation step meeting the social and sexual vents and desires of her audience. The program sets to discuss sex in totality adding a professional solution pathways ahead for relationships and marraiges in sexual debates, tensions and uproars....

She tickles the misunderstood dimension of sexuality and it helps audiences determine there real inner selves. 

#CreatepreneurAfrica -Nigeria’s broadcaster,Tushbee the Tori Goddess……

Those out  there who understand who they are , know  what they want and how they want it   _ TUSH BEE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

She initiated her radio presenter, broadcaster career with Radio Nigeria in Port Harcourt, and then moved to Lagos in 2015.

Her career launched into further pathways ahead when she launched a slot with the official radio of Lagos state Eko Fm.

She is currently with Happenings Media. By regular interaction with different people every day on sex-related matters, made her see a reason to make herself become a center where everyone can feel free and discuss their sexual problems without feeling guilty or feeling mocked or laughed at.

 

Let’s talk about sex comes every Monday at 6 pm on happening radio. To listen to her shows. Download the happening radio application on Google play store.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.happenings.android.happeningsradio
  • Wednesdays :  2 pm to 4 pm Tori4town
  • Mondays:  6 pm Let’s Talk About Sex.

Let’s get down with TUSH BEE and  “Let’s talk about Sex”

 

This is a new perspective, culture norms, society and religions silence open talk or reference to sex...what made you take on this bold step?
Yes, it’s a new perspective for me on the radio. However, at this stage of my life and career, cultural norms, societal and religious set back. Or what the society thinks. It’s not like I am doing what is wrong. Everyone gets involved with sexual activities regardless. The bold step is to help some people who are suffering sexually both married and singles.
Challenging societal norms is quite a task at hand, how do you deal with public perception of you?
Unfortunately, Tushbee walks as she lives alone on earth when it comes to matters like this. I know whom I am. So,  I am not worried about what you think about me. If my good deeds are not enough for anyone to emulate, then, excuse, I can’t apologise to society. If my behind the scene conversations with some of my audience has been solved, then I care less about people who are not real with themselves.
Who is TUSH BEE...what is her life like back.home, beyond the radio mics?
Tushbee is a seasoned broadcaster. She’s the founder Tushbee and the widows. Life back home was great. Had a snail farm, was babysitting by then with my late Mother, had a beauty parlor. But all along, broadcasting has been a better half.
How do you foresee the role of women in society, how will.open sex talk change current life systems around you?
Women as I will describe us, we are God. Without women, there will be no society. Women play a very big role in society. There is nothing hidden under the sun and with the help of new media, nothing is new. I took up a journey of celibacy in 2016 to enable me to understand what some women go through. With this, I came across some women, who had sex almost on a daily basis and wish they can hold back sometimes. Talking about sex openly has connected me with different people with different sexual problems. Some don’t even know why they are having sex, some don’t understand why they don’t enjoy Intercourse, it will beat your imagination to know that even marriage is not the solution to sexual issues. Sex can’t necessarily change life if the government is not doing anything to change the system. I am only helping people stay emotionally stable.
What inspired you and for how long have you been.open about sex?
Lol. I love everything about sex. So, I don’t have any problem talking about sex openly to my audience. I have been talking about sex for a while. Moreso, I realized that people enjoy talking about sex too. Everyone enjoys sex .
What is your view on same sex relationships. Do you have these audiences responding?

Hmm…  Sex same is an individual decision. So, I have no problem with anyone’s choice of sexuality. My view is neutral. And yes, I have an audience who have a different sexuality other than being lesbians or gays..

Sex has become a commercial entity, there are many westernnmusic tracks ...magazines commercials...women are objects...I wish I.could think.of exact tracks...I featured in my documentary but forgotten...but sex.is beyond that commercial world and words? Your perception?
If religion is selling big time, sex should sell biggest. being the oldest trade in the world. As for women being the object, women are sexy, beautiful, sensual and sensitive.

#CreatepreneurAfrica Liberia’s DIAMOND Tealee Brown Making an ‘Aesthete’ Mark On The World!

A poet, A writer, A leader, A Public speaker and a #CHANGEMAKER.... Tealee Brown's love for art and literature was seeded in early years that harvested a Liberian woman blooming with diverse talents,interests, and skills.

Tealee Brown @tealee_brown

“Writing is my safe haven. When I write I am comfortable in my skin and totally at peace”.               Tealee  A. Brown

Her interest in leadership and public speaking led her to the role of a student government speaker, she serves as a senior class secretary in the same year….

Her talent was celebrated when she became the first place winner of the 2018 edition of the annual Sexy like a book competition hosted by the Martha Juah Foundation.

Her goal is to have a first co-authored anthology released no later than 2019.

Member of the Liberian Poet Society (LPS): An organization of young aspiring writers whose major aim is to promote reading and literacy amongst Liberians.

Tealee believes that she can only accomplish anything great if she waits on the Lord.This philosophy of hers originatesf rom the Bible Verse,Isaiah 40:31 

"But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength;the yshall mount up with wings as eagles;they shall
run and not be weary;they shall walk,and not faint".

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Liberia’s  Tealee A Brown

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

I enjoy meaningful work… creating and touching people’s lives in whatever little way I can.

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

Though I can’t remember the exact age, I started writing in Elementary. I had to switch schools that year and at my new school,I felt totally out of place. It was at this point that writing stepped in. Writing became my escape…My safe haven, somewhere where there was no hurdles and conflict, just utter peace and compassion.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

What appeals to me the most is the way you can just touch someone’s life or teach somebody a valuable lesson or even change somebody’s life through your pieces. You never truly know what miracle every piece you write is performing in the life of one reader.

 What drove you to make money from your passions? 

I asked myself, “If I’m good at it, why not make it a career and make money from it?” and the answer I came up with was, “why not?”

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

When I took part in the National Poetry Competition at the Ministry of Youth and Sports, Liberia.

I didn’t necessarily make money, I was awarded a Samsung galaxy tab which I think still counts as getting paid.


 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Myself………
There were times I felt like and thought, why not stop writing besides I’m not even good enough and there are so many young and better writers than I’d ever be.
But there was a point when I realized that everybody has his/her own art and that no matter what I thought or how I felt, I had mine and just because my style is/was totally different and unlike that of others, it didn’t mean others were/are any better than I am.
A big Impact on me in this regard has been Ms.Patrice Juah. As I love to believe, ‘she makes it her job to keep me inspired’. My little talks with her, keeps me inspired, believing in myself and going. May God bless her.
Patrice Juah
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Me ………….knowing that with every piece I write, there’s a major improvement.. Secondly, I’m motivated by other writers whose works continue to touch my life and make me know that I can always be better tomorrow than I am today.

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

I’ll simply tell them, “Stop doubting. Start Supporting”.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Revel in your gift and explore. Never hold back!

#CreatePreneur Africa Dobijoki Ema, on a mission to ignite Africa centered education, A MUST-HAVE FOR AFRICA RISING

 

The journey of her soul sparked off at early stages at the tender age of two as she joined her mother and a group of South Sudanese women in Cairo, Egypt in 1994, protesting for the rights of education for South Sudanese children.

He life purpose with a focus on Africa centered education as a powerful decolonization tool for healing Africa ignited as she graduated with a Masters in Education (MA in Education: Critical Policy, Equity, and Leadership Studies), triumphing over life adversities in the process.

I believe that through African-Centred education for Black and African children, our communities will truly learn and believe in their value on this planet and lead toward successes.  _ Dobijoki Ema @Dobijoki

 

I discovered that many of the children carried the weight of self hate; they didn’t like their skin color, their culture was not white enough, and they did not believe they could be successful     _ Dobijoki Ema @Dobijoki

Meet  #CreatepreneurAfrica,  The Spirit of Africa Rising –  Dobijoki Ema

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

My true passion is to serve people……my people. Ever since I was a young girl I aspired to be a servant of the world and to make sure all of my African brothers and sisters, in particular, are able to live the most powerful and fruitful life, or as close as possible.

I believe that through African-Centred education for Black and African children, our communities will truly learn and believe in their value on this planet and lead toward successes.

What drives me is the Most High, I personally believe I was awarded a gift, which is to learn, fight, strive and carry my community. Seeing my people suffer drives me to carry out my duty in this mystical universe.

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

I was two years old when I attended my first protest for peace and education. My family is from South Sudan but fled to Egypt due to the civil war.
In 1994 at the age of two, my mother and a number of other South Sudanese women went to protest outside of the UNHCR headquarters in Cairo, Egypt for the right to education, as South Sudanese children did not have access to education.
This was my first protest, it is what introduced me to the world of service and social justice. I did not find my passion, it found me.

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

What appeals to me most about serving others is that it brings a sense of hope and togetherness to the lives of those that need it most. I ran sex-disaggregated alternative African-Centred programming in South Africa with students from grades 5-7.

The reason I began these programmes at the school I was working out of is because I discovered that many of the children carried the weight of self-hate; they didn’t like their skin color, their culture was not white enough, and they did not believe they could be successful.
The curriculum wasn’t successfully teaching the children about themselves and their culture in a way that empowers them, so I took it upon myself to show them how powerful their indigeneity was. Knowing that the students left the programme with at least one reason to love their Africanness was all I could ask for.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

My drive is not the money, it is the work for the people – I try and make money from other sources while using my drive to love to serve people and my passion for people.

 

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

My first job at the age of 13 was a Youth Service Worker – I worked in my priority neighborhood supporting immigrant and refugee youth in being agents of change. Although I was also one of these youth, having a leadership platform helped me gain more confidence in my abilities to lead and serve.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Knowing that every person I work with will be reminded of their genuine capabilities and worthiness has pushed me and kept me going, but I also believe that my spiritual connectedness to the Most High has empowered me to never give up on serving my people.

As long as there is racism and societal disadvantages faced by people of color, there will be my service.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Success for me is between my actions and my heart. My heart speaks and my actions attempt to follow through with its desires. As long as I am able to align the two I will continue to be successful.

My motivation is the community and the power of people. I have a family that is very close, we serve for one another naturally and have learned the beauty of compassion through our connectedness. My family life lessons along with my personal expectations of love, freedom, and peace motivate me to be more successful in my work.

 

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

I love you and I wish you success.

 

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

When I can’t find the right opportunity in the workforce, I create my own. Whenever I find someone who can be of guidance and mentorship, I learn about them and contact them for support. Anything you want to create or be a part of is possible with timing, work, and dedication.

CreatePrenuerAfrica – Kenya’s Sheila Munyiva – award winning movie RAFIKI

Sheila Munyiva made world headlines after her role as Ziki in the very first Kenyan feature film to be premiered at the Cannes Film Festival: Rafiki by Wanuti Kahiu . Starring together with  Samantha Mugatsiashe , they received standing ovations and well deserved international recognition..  

The crux of the film challenges societal convention,tackling taboo subjects.Rafiki was applauded internationally but banned locally in Kenya's web of colonial-era law structures in a paradigm of homophobia that condemned the film for promoting lesbianism.

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica  Kenya’s rising star-  Sheila Munyiva

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
I am driven by making a difference. Growing up, I would look around and see so many things that I thought were unfair and that if done in a different way, things would be better.
As a child, there’s not much that I could have done but now as a young black woman, all the power rests in my hands and I can make a difference.
My true passion in life is acting, activism and filmmaking. These three to me are very closely related and are mediums that allow you to truly make a difference.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I found my passion for activism when I was really young. I was the girl who spoke up every time I saw an injustice happen and I was the girl who encouraged others to speak up and allow no one to put them down. My passion for acting and filmmaking came about when I was 18 years old.

A friend of mine invited me to go on set as an extra for a TV series and when I walked on set, I was in awe. At that moment, a switch turned in my brain and I realized this was what I needed to do. I went back to college the next day and changed my course from Mass Communication (at the time, I was studying to be a news anchor) to TV and Video Production.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The fact that I closely get to work with people. I love to study people to know what makes them tick, what makes them happy and how I can help.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I realized that I could make money from the industry and that I could support myself and my grandmother. Being an orphan in Kenya is not easy so when I realized I was able to make ends meets from my passions, I was driven to do more.
 When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
The first time I got paid for my passion was the first time I went on the set that changed the course of my career. I remember I was given fare money and a packet of chips 😂 and that to me was everything.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I kept going because I realized how far I had come. My life has been full of ups and downs and every time I thought about giving up, I saw the little me and how far she had come and I knew I couldn’t let her down.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I am motivated by my progress and growth, I am motivated by incredible women like my mother and grandmother, Sir Ellen Johnson Sirleaf who was one the president of Libya, Nomzamo Mbatha a great woman, actor and speaker and my friend Moana Luu who is the head of Essence magazine.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Looking back, I realize it might have appeared that the odds were indeed against me, but that was no reason to talk down and discourage me. What if you dimmed my light? There would be no Sheila Munyiva.

What advice do you give to aspiring creative's who look up to you?
To live a creative life, you must loose your fear of being wrong. Trust your gut and take risks, eventually, it does pay off.

CreatepreneurAfrica – South Africa’s Lebogang Brenda Motsumi – Author, Speaker and HIV activist

She is bold. She is daring. She takes on life's turns and twists with a robust movement ahead and a stance of "I am still here!"....And that is the title of her book ...."I am still here".  

A speaker open about her HIV status, she shares her experiences and talks about postive living despite life challenges with a true affirmative drive in life lessons for all those affected by HIV, a global epidemic.
My passion is to empower, bring hope to people and help them realise their purpose. Make people realise the power they hold and have to achieve anything they want to regardless of they life circumstances.    Lebogang Brenda Motsumi
Waka Talent agency
The first Pan African talent agency.
wakabookings@gmail.com
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Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

Takes a deep breath…..

 

The desire to be the best in what I do, being able to help other people through my life experience and influence behavioural changes and helping people making more informed decisions.

My passion is to empower, bring hope to people and help them realize their purpose. Make people realize the power they hold and have to achieve anything they want to regardless of their life circumstances.

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

My mess is my message that is one sentence I use when I talk about my passion and purpose……in my pain I found my purpose.

I have been at my death bed many times, and that helped me find my passion in life. The life I led in making uninformed choices which lead to me to getting infected with HIV.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Being able to help people with the little I have, using my story to change lives and to make a positive impact, being able to influence behaviour change through my story. Seeing myself as a mirror of hope appeals to me the most.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

When I started back in 2015, It was just about sharing my story, I did not know that speaking is a possible career or an art that one can get paid for, so I would just go to places and share my story.

Till one day I was listening to a speaker at a conference in Sandton. It was Tony Gaskins from USA and he said ….‘ Your passion should be turned into your payslip” – that got me thinking, I then started asking other speakers, but I also had the opportunity to attend a speaking class with the UNWOMEN, that helped in improving my art and knowing when were and how to charge.

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

The first time I got paid was in 2014 for a Primedia. I was called in to do a talk for the staff to commemorate World AIDS Day. I shared my story followed by a powerpoint presentation with factual information on HIV.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

 My daughter and my mom are my biggest reasons for not giving up. I want to be a living example to my daughter.

I want her to see me succeeding against all odds which I pray will make her believe that she can be and do anything she wants to do in life. Also, I need not give up cause I need to give my mom all her hearts desires.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

My past is my biggest motivation, knowing that I can become anything I want to be if I put all the work and push hard. People I look up to who keep doing great things in their lives and other peoples lives despite they backgrounds.

Just llike Oprah Winfrey, we all know her, where she comes from and where she is now. And I believe I am the next Oprah of South Africa.

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

With time I have learned that it is ok when people do not understand your dreams, and that is why a lot of people tend to doubt us is because our dreams do not make sense to them or at the time it is because of the fear they have to succeed.

All I can say is thank you for doubting me, having negative comments also makes me pursue them even more. I simply want to prove myself and your wrong. But thank you.

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

Your current circumstances do not determine nor should they make a negative impact on your future. You have every tool you need to become whatever you dream to become. Do your research, find a mentor, ask questions and learn something new every day…THE WORLD IS YOURS AND PUSH UNTIL SOMETHING HAPPENS.

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#CreateprenuerAfrica, South Africa’s Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM, The Invincible Basketball Throne Rising from the Ghettoes

The world of basketball opened a universe of new dimensions for SLIM. His achievements became a key tool to uplift a world of deprivation and poverty in the South of Johannesburg, South Africa.

In 2006, he represented South Africa in City Year, an after-school program and was selected on the global CITY YEAR CCG New York Conference. 

This triggered his inspiration to become the emblem of change and give back to the community from his vast platforms as a passionate Basketball Player, TV Presenter, Actor, NBA and Nike MC, Digital Influencer and Brand Ambassador.

Waka Talent agency -The first Pan African talent agency.
wakabookings@gmail.com

 

 

 

“Art gives me freedom. It makes me invincible”                                  – Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

During his early beginnings at Klipsruit West Secondary School in Soweto, he attended an NBA  (American Basketball Association)  sponsored afterschool program called SKY (Soweto Kliptown Youth). He soon took on to the helm of basketball.

NBA Africa was awakened to his mission embracing in purposeful activities to spiral the upliftment of neighbourhood children.

“The NBA saw something in me and ever since then they’ve adopted me”   – Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

His passion for basketball seeded the beginning of a savored life journey with a purpose. The NBA sponsored a trip to the USA as well as his academic studies at the Boston Media House in Johannesburg, South Africa.

He graduated with a diploma in media, majoring in radio broadcast. He was offered a presenting job on Eldoz FM  and was mentored by the renowned, Kieno Kammies.

1. NBA

Basketball Without Borders is the global basketball development and scouting programme run by NBA and FIBA. It has reached more than 1 700 players from more than 120 countries, and 28 of the programme players have been drafted into the NBA
  • MC at the NBA All-Star Jam Session at the Orange County Convention Centre in Orlando, in the United States in February 2012 
  • Featured on the annual Basketball Without Borders programmes in Africa since 2009.

“Seeing guys like Dwight Howard and Kyrie Irving going out of their way to help people less fortunate than them is part of the reason why I strive to be better”   –  Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

2. Presenter and Actor

  • Host of the BBall  television show
  • Acting debut on ETV’s Rhythm City as the character of Twakkie.
  • Played the role of Mickey on the award-winning soapie, Generations.
  • Film
  •  MZANZI MAGIC film: ‘Perfect Crime”, directed by Tebogo Lepita.
  • Appearance in a film titled  “Joh”, where he worked alongside Jason Goliath and Khanyi Mbau.

3. EMCEE

  • The first South African to emcee at the NBA Allstar weekends
  • Orlando (2012), Houston (2013), New Orleans (2014), New York NBA house (2015), Toronto (2016).
  • NBA Rhythm and Rims 2012 and 2013
  • NBA Africa Jnr/WNBA Finals 2012 and 2013
  • BWB Africa events 2011 to 2014.
  • BNB- Basketball national league 2013 and 2014
  • ESPN celebrity game 2013
  • Redbull Reign South Africa 2017 (3on3 basketball game).
  • Eldos Jazz festival

Meet South Africa’s Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM –  The Invincible!

 

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

What drives me is my family, the people around me, the messages and inspiration I get from people I don’t even know. The kids in the ghettos who have a dream. My big brother Bernard Parker as well as my late mother Magaret Du Plooy.

My true passion In life is always to give back to others and constantly give more of myself and bring joy and happiness with whomever I come into contact with

Entertainment I also feel is a big part of my passion in life, coz the more I give of myself, let’s say emceeing a gig, the more a crowd and the people in it give more back to me.

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

My mother said I was 4 years old. I always used to sit at the radio and imitate the DJs on air and that very same year she said I even sang all of Michael Jackson’s songs.

I used to do things like the haka from the all blacks rugby team and people around the block would even pay me just so they could see if I really do it properly and even just seeing them smile and laugh, I enjoyed that. So from then on I always knew that entertainment was something I wanted to be in forever.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I think the ability to give back even in hard situations, even at the moment South Africa is going through tough times, but with whatever I make I was always taught to give a 10th back of it.

So surprising kids, elders or whoever is special . Seeing the tears, the joy, the hugs and all that is a blessing man. But hearing them say thank you and being grateful for what I do that is truly special and that is why I keep on striving to give back as some people pray for a blessing and one day you’ll realize that it’s you.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Mmmmm, I was always taught that when you do what you love you’ll never work another day in your life. Yeah, it’s ok to make money and all that but I count my money as a gig coz everytime I get to do what I love that’s payment enough to me.

Hearing the kids say that’s that guy, he inspires me or so, that’s my payment. Get this money yes….. but always remember someday we will leave all that behind.

As I said investing in others and my family is what ultimately drove me to make money so that I could be a blessing to someone who will, in turn, become a blessing to someone else.

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

Wow!  2008 I think, Eldos FM had 30-day licenses that year…..got paid like R500 on my first gig . R500 man! But I was grateful as it taught me how to be patient and appreciative of everything in my life, coz with that R500 I was able to help mom out and still tithe. So I’ll forever be grateful for that R500

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

A SINGLE mother who gave her life for me and my brother. Her thing was education, hence I couldn’t or will do my best never to fail even when I study again soon. You can’t give up when a woman like that wakes up 4:30 in the morning to come back at 6 pm it’s just not right.

God is another big reason, I mean he blesses us each and every day so if I had to give up it would be a smack in his face and a big disappointment to all the little kids.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

THE KIDS on the corner, I recently lost my little brother who was caught up in this life and crime thing. It hurts every day but he is part of the reason I wanted to become so much more successful.

I wanted to show kids from the hood it’s possible, coz as a child of the ghetto myself, you have to fight 10 times harder than anybody. You got to be ready. You have to want it bad. Also, SLIM Cares man, coz if I’m not successful my foundation will suffer and lots of kids will be shattered which will mean many will take paths they shouldn’t and I can’t have that. Hence I strive for greatness every day.

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

GOD don’t fail and my story is far from finished!!!!!

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

Live every day as if it’s your last coz tomorrow is just a dream waiting to happen.

Love yourself, your people, God and never be too busy for other people no matter how successful become.

Be a blessing and keep on chasing and living in your dreams. Also, your dreams are valid and have no expiry date.

 

SLIM Cares , an organisation initiated by Jerome Du Plooy endevours to make a difference in the lives of township youngsters by partnering with organisations to provide clothing and study bursaries. 

Other projects include

100 toys for 100 kids and  100 meals for 100 families

Youth from underpriviledged backgrounds do not have to struggle the way I did                                      -Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

 

 

CreatePreneurAfrica Tanzania’s Salum Awadh- a step ahead in the world of finance

Ready to buckle up and take a ride in the world of progressive finance ?

Salum Awadh's map of the finance world is guided with tools of abundance in progressive economic pathways ahead. A strategy and investment advisor, he is the founder and CEO of SSC capital - a financial and investment advisory firm based in Tanzania.

"What drives me really is seeing how I bridge the finance and investment gaps for hard-working young entrepreneurs in Africa"     SALUM AWADH

Salum Awadh

  • MBA in Finance
  • Chartered International Investment Analyst (CIIA)
  • Certification in Islamic finance and banking (Charted Institute of Management of Accountant -UK)
  • UNCTAD-certified as a trainer in Entrepreneurship

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Tanzania’s  Salum Awadh on his life journey in Finance

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

My true passion is to make a position change in my community, and my specific passion is in finance and investment. What drives me really is seeing how I bridge the finance and investment gaps for hard-working young entrepreneurs in Africa

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

I found my passion really late, I don’t really remember the exact age, but it was post my first-degree university.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

You see many young Africans take up the challenge to set their own businesses to bring in innovative solutions on how we live, but lack of finance holds them back big time, bringing finance to them is what really appeals to me.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

After realizing my passion, I quit my job, that’s about 8-9 years ago, I then made a decision that I will convert my passion into a portfolio, as they say. So my passion became my full-time business.

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

It was immediately after I started, about 8 years ago.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I always remember why I started

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Seeing more entrepreneurs becoming successful through the work I do

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


They should not stop doubting me, because it is another way of motivating me

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

Just go ahead and do it, don’t wait for the perfect moment, you will learn as you do.

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica- Cape Towns Jody van Heerden, a catalyst building a diverse nation

Jody van Heerden's core passion is for socio-economic transformation through development. His universe calling was the creation of pathways for emancipation from mental poverty. This he knew was rooted in personal living and working spaces.

"The courage to actually start and then follow through. Most people have the right concept and talent but can't handle the knocks and sacrifices that come along with this entrepreneurial journey" Jody van Heerden

His CAD4ALL  initiative was an upliftment of society in all sectors and a pathway was needed to empower communities through skill building initiatives. This was his calling after a decade of experience in various related industries, including architects, engineers and construction companies, all over South Africa.

My belief is to start at grassroots and invest in the youth, utilise innovative social mechanisms, remove barriers of entry and eliminate failure to transition. This is my catalyst to build on our diverse nation                                              Jody Van Heerden

 

He is the founder of the most innovative socio-economic initiatives and nonprofit organizations like the South Africa Futsal Federation, striving in the continuance of positive social contributions.

The ultimate CAD4ALL solution, an accredited training provider offers a range of training products, software & corporate solutions.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/jody-van-heerden-96244617/

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Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Jody van Heerden,  eliminating failure and entry barriers with tools of social mechanisms

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

My true passion is to assist people to find and unearth their talent and assist in finding their calling in life.  This is not only fulfilling but it breaks the chains of mental poverty and limitation in thinking for everyone’s benefit.  Too many dreams are unsatiable and many struggle to fulfill their life purpose.

My belief is to start at grassroots and invest in the youth, utilise innovative social mechanisms, remove barriers of entry and eliminate failure to transition. This is my catalyst to build on our diverse nation.

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

From a young age, there was an entrepreneurial spirit burning inside of me. From the age of 14 I was selling soccer boots and bulk foil that I purchased from my dad’s employers at a markup, and at a later stage I was playing around with my knowledge of technical drawings to draft minor house plans in my community.

This was a pivotal point of who I was growing up and it created a pathway that was laid all those years ago to hustle and challenge my complacency at all times. I never expected the magnitude of what would transpire.

Honestly, I guess that is the beauty of following your dream and allowing life’s recourses, and this is a testament to what actually spirals and develops from hard work, resilience, and sacrifice.

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The courage to actually start and then follow through. Most people have the right concept and talent but can’t handle the knocks and sacrifices that come along with this entrepreneurial journey.

It is important to keep enduring, evolve, constantly learn, and then the breakthrough will come. Challenges will never end it is part of the cycle of life, but I maintain to my philosophy of how you respond in the situation that counts the most.

I am at content as I know that we have no control over what the future holds but we will continue to strive to meet the objective irrespective. This subconsciously builds tenacity and endurance as coping mechanisms for the unmapped journey ahead.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I grew up on the Cape flats and as  I referred to earlier, poverty is a mindset. You need to show people that your talent can feed and excel you.  Where I come from you either achieve or fall into the circle of poverty and gangsterism, I had no choice and I refused to have an excuse as an option. My best weapon to change my circumstances in socially accepted terms of “make it” I had to educate myself beyond normal schooling. I was constantly trying to discover my niche and capitalize on my potential.

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

At 14 I was walking on soccer fields selling soccer boots at an affordable price….. I purchased the boots who never made the quality line and sold it at soccer fields. My dad worked for a company who supplied the large retailers with foil

I started selling 20m rolls to mothers in the neighborhood and at companies instead of the 3m rolls they were always purchased at the stores, my quality was better, reusable, affordable and more sustainable.

The local cafes were furious with foil sales being down but I felt I was offering a solution to mothers and making profits became a thrill.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My spouse and 3 kids are my pillars, I draw loads of my strength from them, I was never told to give up on my dreams or seek employment for stability instead Lisa joined forces and got stuck in on growing our businesses and we continued this through various difficult stages. My 3  kids, loyal staff and family is where one must always center your energy and strength from.

I am blessed with a wife and 3 kids and me my inspiration is to live for them. I have staff members who are growing with the company, this inspires me to know our business can change the lives of others for the better too.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

After success it is man’s mistake to marvel at himself, I get bored quickly and love new challenges and don’t want to become dormant or complacent, I need to be busy all the time hence we own multiple businesses although CAD4ALL Career & Design College is the catalyst of all our business interests.

Like CAD4ALL and the South African Futsal federation which is an international affiliated member of the world governing body of Futsal

I am diverse in my thinking and tasks which I choose to undertake. I like to take on challenges that seem impossible to others and me at the same token test my competency and endurance.

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

Now that it was proven it can be done, drop your chains, old thinking, kick the box away and take on the journey. Shakespeare had a saying, “doubts are like traitors, it makes us lose the good we often might win by fear to attempt”.

This is true as doubt or fear will stop you from seizing opportunities.

 What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
  • Diversify, mold the life you want for yourself
  • Focus only on the rewards and what makes you thrive
  • Be prepared to learn with a team
  • Most of all do not be scared to put in the hard work.