CreatePreneur Africa South Africa’s Nic Buchanan – transforming African stories into entertaining , accessible formats.

After qualifying as a journalist, Nic Buchanan set path to the UK and Zimbabwe. The calling to return to South Africa defined a soul purpose ahead in redefining the world of African stories. Nic initially set up   Super Strikas , a Pan-African football-themed comic series,and went on to produce numerous other educational comics.

The Mandela Biographical comic book team of creators at Umlando Wezithombe became an international bestseller, translated into numerous world languages.

https://www.amazon.com/Nelson-Mandela-Authorized-Comic-Book/dp/0393336468

The journey of Nelson Mandela’s Authorised Comic Book continues… it will soon be made into an animated feature as well as a series in collaboration with 2D studio PIXCOMM, that was initiated by Nic in 2007.

Pixcomm studio produces Africa’s biggest children’s show, Jabu’s Jungle.

Jabus jungle currently has 52 episodes being broadcast across 40 African countries.

Working together with township animation students at False Bay college in Cape Town, Pixcoom establishment have received various  international awards   Development in the  world of  Africa’s animation is set to leave global trademarks

 

Meet CreatePreneurAfrica’s –    Nic Buchanan – Dynamically exploring the world of Africa’s storyland with a magical gloss

 




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

Telling African stories. This is driven by a desire to change the world’s view of the continent by putting out positive media about our history and heroes.

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

I was 30 years old and joined a team to create Supa Strikas, an African soccer story, that was ultimately distributed internationally.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I think we all go through an identity crisis at some stage, and need positive role models to identify with. Living in Africa, most of the role models that have been supplied are from colonial sources as they determined our history and how it is interpreted. To add variety to this story and slowly add indigenous elements that can change children’s lives is incredibly exciting.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Supa Strikas was commercially successful and showed that local media for children has a place on the continent. That was a stimulus to take more content to the youth while creating a sustainable business.

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

We approached the Nelson Mandela Foundation to do his story in a comic book. They loved the idea and together we approached corporate sponsors to cover production costs and printing. Our team got paid to do this story over the two years that it took.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Having worked in various other industries before getting into media, I was aware that there are always problems you are going to hit. You can move onto the next job, but those problems will find you. It’s better in the long run to overcome those problems if it is for something that is your passion.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

We are operating in such a niche environment, ie creating media for African youth. It’s a place that is going to explode and we are sitting as first-comers which gives us certain advantages. One of our products, Jabu’s Jungle, is being broadcast across 40 countries and we are aiming at an audience pool of 100 million children. From there, we have a leverage which has huge value.

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

I’ve never listened to them.

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

Start. Do it. Stop talking about it, and do it. Until you have something to sell you are nowhere, so create or be still. Technology has dropped the barriers to entry, anyone can create content.

#CreatePreneurAfrica South Africa’s Justice Mokoena’s prophesied voice of the Airwaves

 

TransAfrica Radio's Technical Producer, Music Compiler and On-Air Presenter Justice Mokoena's journey in the world of broadcasting knows no bounds.Gifted in the ever present era of flowing media airwaves, Justice Mokoena, a television and radio host is on an ongoing front seat  quest toward rising in the life game of ever flowing knowledge.

One can never say “I know enough” because it improves every day!                   __________________________________Justice Mokoena

 

It all initiated in 2008 when he went on hosting the afternoon drive show at Eldoz FM.  Very soon he elevated as the producer of the station with a keen interest inclined towards technical production.

By the beginning of April  2013, he joined QwaQwa Radio based in the Eastern Free State of South Africa, as an on-air presenter and Technical Producer.
As the host and producer of ‘The Party Time’ youth show, it became the most popular show on the station.

He hosted a variety of other shows at QwaQwa Radio station including the Breakfast Show, Midday Show and Afternoon Drive.

It was in April 2017 when he joined Theta FM based in Orange Farm in Gauteng, South Africa, hosting ‘Midnight Express’, and later a midday show, ‘Sissonke’  , hitting the airwaves as the station’s best show!.

Soon he joined the film industry playing a lead role as the character Kagiso, alongside legendary actors including Kgotso Nkhatho (Mopheme & Rhythm City), Thandi Matlaila (The Queen & Chisa), Directed by Charles Khuelefrom the renowned local series, Skeem Saam,    PALEHO is currently being aired on

  • Mzansi Magic Channel 161,
  • Mzansi Wethu
    Channel 163
  • Mzansi Bioskop Channel 164.

 

 

SUPPORTING ROLE as DETECTIVE BOKANG in the film titled 'Bohloko Baka'. He worked alongside the well known Seipati Mpotoane (Uzalo) and Tseko Monaheng (Rhythm City & Generations: The Legacy) and Maki Mokhitli (Keeping Score). The film was directed by Charles Khuele, known for a popular series 'Skeem Saam' (Skeem Saam). CURRENTLY airing on Mzansi Magic Channel 161 Mzansi Wethu Channel 163  Mzansi Bioskop Channel 164 

 

On the 26th of August 2017 he hosted the
red carpet for the 4th INGOMA Awards held
at Gold Reef City, Lyric Theatre.
On the 2nd of December 2017 he was
invited in Botswana to be the guest MC at
a Live DVD recording of Matthews
Matsetse (Lion of Judah original composer).
He was invited as a guest at Botswana Music Awards in 2017..

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Justice Mokoena  streaming the  joy of Africa’s Airwaves

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

I am driven by the desire to reach the next level, and when I reach that level I aim for the next one so it’s a chain that never ends. Also, am by the fact that one never stops learning in the industry that I am in, there is never a point where you say I HAVE ARRIVED! You must always be up to date as the game changes everyday!  My true passion in life is to be the better version of me than the one I was yesterday. I want to inspire my son that when he looks at me he sees a role model not just a father, PASSION DRIVEN!

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

I was in grade 11/12, about 16 years old when one of my teachers who was teaching the Sesotho language (Mrs Gwambe) called me after class and said to me do I know that I am a radio presenter… I did not understand her clearly at the time because I was just a kid. She said to me I am the newer version and the future version of radio because I am very good with different languages and the way I deliver them, and this was after the oral speech competitions that we won and I came out tops.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

What about my passion appeals to me the most… The fact that I have an opportunity to do it almost every day and feel joyful about it. Not many people get the opportunity to do what they love, most people are stuck on things they don’t want to do, I am grateful!

What drove you to make money from your passions?


Well, we know most of passions start with being a hobby or “promoting yourself” as they would say but you have to get to a point where you have to realize that this is my bread and butter and I am good at doing this. But it is mostly not easy to make a living out of your passion as it takes time to sharpen it to get to the gold status, we are just being persistent and not giving up.

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

 

It will have to be in 2013 when I joined QwaQwa Radio as a Technical Producer and on-air presenter. I signed a contract with salary attachment on it (smiles). But on my first “job” at Eldoz FM it was a voluntary gig, which I used to gain experience and it helped.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Fear of failing kept me going. I always have to keep trying and trying, in the process I learn a lot unlike giving up, I lose everything if I give up. And my family keeps me going, my wife and son are my great motivation to do more!

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Life motivates me, my little family motivates me, circumstances push me to be better that yesterday and fears of being a failure makes me kick blankets every morning and go hustle. God motivates me to be even more successful!

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

Thank you for doubting me, your doubts hurt me, and that pain made me even more stubborn. I was fired at a radio station (In 2017) because I went to shoot a film for television, but that pushed me to the next level. Don’t hate people who reject you, they are just playing their role in your life for you to go to the next level! It’s a test, pass it!

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

Before you look up to me, look up to your dreams and visions, don’t wish to be like me, wish to be like that little person in you who dreams big.

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