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.

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The concept needs no global applause for it’s creation for any individual. It is a  universal calling _The creators are merely messengers.
It has been seeded, will be rooted and branched for the final soul harvest. The journey will manifest….  as it is surely a key to  “heaven on earth

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Our movie is a coming of age. The #LANGUAGEREVOLUTION ! # SHUJAA.#WARRIOR KIROHO MTOTO- taking back our earth!
A feature film of the millennium, as a spirit child is taking back our earth. A deep and satirical narrative questions the impact of language on world dominance.
Africa’s unification language Kiswahili enlightens awakened pathways of questioning. Support us as we delve into the satirical storyline of forced identities and roots that will be an indefinite new era

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Then I said we just need support to.make the movie, the profits can go to Tanzania development budget and a portion to SA Kiswahili launch since these are in our storylines.yes….my.dream …We met Magufuli

#CreatePreneurAfrica calling out to Duale Ali’s “Voice of the future”

 

Based in the UK, Duale Ali has a nose for a good story in the universe of digital production! His bilingual calling arrived when his focused wide range journalism and radio host niche sparked off with a Kiswahili journey into BBC WORLD SERVICE."Dira ya Dunia" news program editorial teams embraced his eager contributions and invaluable skills!

His training sessions at the BBC included working with some of the best broadcast journalists, editors, camera and radio operators

He found his true purpose and channeled his radio personality into researching and developing relevant audience stories while working at the BBC world service AFRICAN DIGITAL HUB and POW Media.

With all gained knowledge he was soon researching doing voice-overs and editing news packages!

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica’ DUALE ALI in a  dynamic world of content creation

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

What drives me I would say is finding new ways to be creative and applying it to my role as a content creator. Whether this is writing a treatment for a documentary, looking for unusual and quirky studios for a photoshoot or even having a conversation with a friend which in turn inspires an article, it’s all relative.

When I look back on my come up, the work I’ve produced, I realise my passion has always been to help people connect and find refuge in my work. It has been so therapeutic for me and I’m eternally grateful because I have an outlet to express myself.  

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

I always say I never knew what I wanted to do growing up because my career goals changed……. pretty much every day.

I was an expressive child, I enjoyed performing on stage and thought I was going to be an actor, even going to auditions. However, deep down I knew it wasn’t what I wanted to do, especially since I didn’t take it seriously compared to my peers.

So for the next couple of years, I battled with the idea of becoming a teacher, optometrist (I liked wearing fancy glasses) and fashion designer. One day, in school I had written an article about the effects of abuse that I and my family suffered at the hands of our racist neighbours when we moved into the area.

Teachers and other members of staff had come to me personally to say how moving the piece was. It wasn’t until a journalist from my regional newspaper caught wind of my article that I knew what my passion was.

For the first time in my 17 years of existence, I felt like I had found my passion. To write. The journalist gave me a tour of my regional newspaper building and from then on I become hooked on creating ever since.

 What drove you to make money from your passions?

I don’t think I ever came into the industry for the money because honestly there isn’t a whole lot anyway. I’m currently freelancing and financially I’m not doing amazing, but it’s enough for me because I love what I do.

Having transferable skills is a big advantage in bringing in extra income and I have developed many over the years, for instance, I studied photography and learned how to use Adobe software’s such as Photoshop, InDesign and Premier pro so people are willing to pay me to help them with their projects.

 

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

In my first year of university, I was a music writer for one of the UK’s leading online music publication. The pay wasn’t too great but at the time I was just looking for the experience and to build my portfolio.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I worked at this fast food place (I won’t it name for professional reasons) that everyone knows and I hated every minute of it. It was probably one the worst jobs ever and my manager wasn’t the nicest. I vowed myself, once I quit that job I would never give up on my passions of becoming a content creator.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I try to be as inquisitive and open to new opportunities every day as the saying goes “there is no new opportunities in being comfortable”. I find in doing so, I gain valuable things whether this a meeting somebody new, a skill or something interesting to do with Journalism. Testing your limits creatively is always going to make you a successful person.

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

Here I am. You can see it.

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

I want to use this opportunity to use my favourite quote “A man who says he can and a man who says he cannot are both usually right”– Unknown  

#CreatePreneurAfrica South Africa’s Refilwe Madumo

Refilwe Madumo, an actress of remarkable note, recently featured as a lead character in an acclaimed SABC miniseries,'Side Dish'. She is also known for her role in a daily drama series, ETV's 'Scandal'. Her journey in the world of entertainment was seeded as a buddying performer when she turned nine years old. 

She is currently completing her Masters in Performing Arts. Her ultimate focus is on creating avenues for young women to discover their voices. She is the commissioning editor for Soul City Rise magazine

“My passion for storytelling is a tool to create visionary pathways for people to reflect on their personal soul journeys in this lifetime.”                                                                       Refilwe Madumo

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Refilwe Madumo

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
I am a story-teller. I have always been a story-teller. The ability to weave a reality together – from words on paper and bring it to life – is my greatest gift. Stories are how people make sense of the world.
 How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I knew I wanted to be an actress very early. I used to watch Sarafina every day after school and practice the lines and choreography.
I come from Taung, a village in the North West, where nothing ever happens. The only things that I was sure about were my dreams.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? 
The fact that it has the potential to change people’s lives. To help them have difficult conversations and see better versions of themselves. I can’t tell you how many people I meet who related to the different roles I’ve played for different reasons. It’s the greatest affirmation of my work.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I’m lucky enough to have only worked for passion. I can only do things that set my soul on fire. I’ve been lucky enough to create a life with my creative currency.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
Backstage 2004. It was a very small fee, I think probably 2 thousand rands, but I was so proud that there was a possibility to make money doing what I love.
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What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I’ve tried to do other things but I’ve found it unfulfilling. It’s weird to say, but creative work is like a calling. You could try to run away from it but if it is yours, there is nothing you can do to escape it.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My kids. I have 2 sons,  Makhosini and Malibuye. I wish my jobs sustained their lives more. That’s what pushes me. To ensure that they want for nothing.
 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I don’t think about them. My journey is my own. I don’t do what I do for anybody else.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
 Only do this kind of work if you love it. If it is your truest passion, you will be able to come back to it over and over again, no matter how many times it breaks your heart. It’s all worth it if it fulfills you, not just materially, but spiritually too.

#CreatePreneurAfrica,South Africa’s Sibahle Collection – Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu

The Sibhale collection was initiated Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu ......a calling to mental emancipation..a new definition of freedom....soul freedom. The dolls are representative of an ignition in early ages for black children to be proud of there natural selves, African affirmation at roots level!

“The Sibahle Collection was born from the need to encourage our black children to be comfortable in their own skin! “The dolls smell of vanilla and have typical 4C Afro hair!”     Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu

 

 

 

 

The first creations were

  • Nobuhle” (One that represents beauty in Zulu)
  • Bontle (meaning beauty in Sotho)

We live in a diverse world, people of all races are everywhere. South Africa is affectionately called the “The Rainbow Nation”

The  “Rainbow Nation” Collection, we will teach children of all races to appreciate and embrace diversity.

Every child should embrace diversity in the world”

“We live in a world that we as black women, black children have been set standards of beauty by other races other than us.  What motivates us to be successful is challenging the beauty standard that society has set for us by having more little girls growing up feeling affirmed that they are beautiful with our long flowy hair, having women having the courage to embrace their natural hair and believe that is is a profession to wear your natural afro to work.”   Caroline Hlahla

 

Meet # CreatePreneurAfrica’s Caroline Hlahla and Khulile Vilakazi-Ofosu

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

We want to leave a legacy, our drive is to be part of something that will positively impact another person’s life either through the Sibahle Collection Doll brand, which consists of a collection of dolls that are representative of us or, through our natural textured hair extension brand ‘Bounce Essential Hair’ which sells afro textured hair extensions that empower black women to embrace their natural hair.

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

We cannot give you a specific age.  It was a soul calling we guess. Our purpose is to conscientiously awaken black pride

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The feed-back from children who look at our dolls and say “mommy/daddy she is beautiful she looks like me” that response is the validation that we need that our brand is making a difference one doll at a time or the women who buy our afro textured hair extensions having the courage to wear their natural hair and feel beautiful.

 What drove you to make money from your passions? 

The need to make money was not the driving factor to produce the dolls nor the hair extensions. Money is a by-product of us addressing a lack of dolls representative of the black child, children deserve to see themselves in the toys they play with. Further, money has been the by-product of addressing the lack of afro-textured hair extensions to encourage women to embrace their natural hair.

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

When we formally set up the business Bounce Essentials Africa, our goal was to build a brand that would raise awareness that there was an alternative to the flowy Indian/ Peruvian hair on the market. We wanted to give women the tools and know-how of how to take care of their natural hair. We quickly became a brand synonymous with quality and a niche offering, therefore money came as a by-product of addressing a lack on the market.


What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

 

It is always important to remember why you started, what problem were you seeking to solve? Has the problem been resolved? The business has taught us to be resilient, the business has also taught us lessons about growth through failure.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

What we love about our brands Sibahle Collection and Bounce Essential hair is that we are addressing the issue of self-love. We live in a world that we as black women, black children have been set standards of beauty by other races other than us.  What motivates us to be successful is challenging the beauty standard that society has set for us by having more little girls growing up feeling affirmed that they are beautiful without long flowy hair. Further, women having the courage to embrace their natural hair and believe that it is professional to wear your natural hair to work.

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

Nothing, one of the most important lesson we learnt on this journey was not focusing on the nay sayers, there were too many, however, what we do say is, be grateful for the few who believe in you.

 

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

The hardest thing is to start, there will always be a reason why it is not the right time, be it finances, or timing or other commitments. Our first advice is to take a deep breath and just start, the second is, on this journey you will need to resilient, the journey is full of trying times, disappointment and let downs, however, the journey is also filled with wins, accomplishments and self-growth.

 

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#CreatePreneurAfrica, South Africa’s Soul Rhythm Singing Sensation, ‘Yolisa Dumez’

Welcome to the soul sounds of Yolisa Dumezweni. After working as a professional forensic analyst for a full year, she decided to follow her inspirational lifelong calling and seed a career in music.

Her passionate voice churns out rhythmic melodies of inspiration, hope and  unconditional love that reaches out with tunes depicting a world of possibilities where anything is possible!

Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, rooted in a Xhosa ancestry,  her music-loving soul was captured at an early age. She was only four years old when she attentively listened to the tunes of Tracy Chapman and hummed along.

Early beginnings sparked off when she was discovered by a primary school teacher who invited her to sing at the school assembly.

Balancing career and family, the single mother moved to Melbourne in 2013 and pursued her studies at La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia majoring in  Bachelor of Accounting. In 2018, after a year of working as a forensic analyst, she decided to pursue a musical career. And the year is rhythmically sparking off in soul sounds and she has upcoming performances with  David Marama!

 

#CreatePreneur Africa – Lake Likoma Island’s David Marama – African ambassador, Malawi’s pride

 

‘‘The challenges that I faced over the years have led my passion to share my stories and inspire all around me to be the best versions of themselves through the power of music’            Yolisa Dumez  

 

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Yolisa Dumez’ Soul sounds from South Africa

 

https://www.instagram.com/yolisadumez/

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

The process of becoming. I’ve had to learn, sometimes in painful ways, that “it is not about the destination, it is about the journey”.

When you are aligned to who you truly are, you are able to appreciate even the contrast you come across on your way to your dreams. My journey as a singer was always a difficult one, which is why it took me so many years to confidently step into my dreams without fear of being criticised.

And the thing that surprised me the most, is that the person who criticised me more than anyone, is me. I felt that my voice wasn’t sweet enough like the girls a sang with at church because mine was always characterized as husky.

But I’ve since learned to embrace the uniqueness of my voice, as I’ve learned over the years that the best songs have always been the songs that touched people to their core and made them feel unconditional love and passion. And that is my hope whenever I sing; that I touch someone enough to make them feel like anything is possible.

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

I started singing since I was a little girl. My mother loves telling the story of how at four years old, I would sit on the couch next to the record player, and listen attentively to Tracey Chapman’s songs.

But I didn’t know I could sing until I was 12 years old when I was “discovered” by one of my teachers in primary school, who fell in love with a poem I’d written for her class. She was also a pianist and asked me if I’d like to join her in singing a song in front of the whole school during an assembly. I agreed. And when the moment came, as I began to sing, I felt fear leave and something unexplainable but exhilarating come over me.

I guess you could say it’s a knowing I’ve always had, that whenever I stood in front of people, either to speak or sing I was connecting to my true self.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The opportunity to work with people from all walks of life, and sharing experiences. I like to use music as a platform to tell my story in order to inspire and uplift others.

What drove you to make money from your passion? 

Shortly after I graduated in 2016, I was offered an opportunity to work at one of the Big 4 firms in Melbourne. It was an opportunity to work with the best of the best in the field, plus it looked good on my resume. I felt that I had a lot to prove at the time, but I also felt that the environment stifled my creativity and I was just going through the motions.

I knew very quickly that I had no desire to climb the corporate ladder. I believe that time is our most valuable asset, and should be spent doing the things that we love. Mark Twain once said, “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Looking back now, I believe that if I had not worked in that corporate environment, I probably wouldn’t have found the courage to go after my dreams. Making that decision, gave me freedom, clarity and most importantly, I found true happiness.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The knowledge of a God who loves me so much, and has given me the tools to create my destiny. Because of this confidence I have, external expectations, fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of the power I know is working in me and for me. It’s unconditional love!

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The desire to leave a legacy that will inspire many generations to come.

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

Nothing at all.

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

One of my favourite quotes from Joseph Campbell , “Follow your bliss….”. Meaning, do only things that make you happy. And contrary to popular belief, the path to your desires is meant to be easy, because it’s who you are to your core. When you get on the path, things will fall into place and opportunities will come.

 

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica – Ghana’s Karley Mettle Addo FEMALE CORPORATE MC

Ghana's most sought Master of Ceremonies Karley Mettle, takes centre stage with a dynamic voice to be heard, bringing out enthusiasm,elegance and versatility.

'Touching lives daily',the founder of ANGELPHASE FASHION & GROOMING - GHANA,audiences are captivatingly engaged at live,virtual, hybrid  consumer and corporate events. And there's more to the @karleymettle perfect picture.....she has been recently been awarded as the BEST FEMALE MC OF THE YEAR at the 2018 Ghana Events Award

https://www.linkedin.com/in/karley-mettle-42b69a5a/

The  Master of Ceremonies for TedxAccra, “Rethinking our Priorities 2016”  the largest event of its kind in Ghana

Her current active projects include:

  • THE BEIGE BANK Business development
  • ANGELPHASE: Fashion and grooming

Teamwork sets the stage as ANGELPHASE FASHION & GROOMING  gets down to setting their targets and aiming to reach their goals.  Concepts are seeded from start to finish, ending off with an eventful well-hosted ceremony of note

ANGELPHASE FASHION AND GROOMING  take pride in ensuring young fashion entrepreneurs get their brands established and corporate social responsibility eventTouching lives daily’ leaves a  lasting impact of inspiration on all who are privileged to share the experience!

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Karley Mettle

 

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

I am driven by my purpose in life which is to use my knowledge and ability to communicate, coupled with other capabilities to impact my immediate and away environment. My true passion lies in Communication, inspiring youth and developing concepts that will impact and transform lives positively.

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

 I used to participate in school debates from primary school and also emerged best pupil in English Essay writings at age 10. Additionally, I would recite poems, sing in school choirs and represent my school on public platforms with other schools in competitions and also at church.

My mum did play a vital role by exposing me to runway modelling, cameras and the limelight at age 9. As I grew, I started developing other interests like event organization which I seriously pursued in the University.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I am passionate about the impact my craft makes on several lives especially young ladies aspiring to be in the same industry and beyond. The ease at which I’m able to deliver also appeals to me

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I had just completed an internship program with a media house where I excelled a few years ago. However, the organization was unable to employ staff immediately. I was also unsuccessful in gaining admission to a very renowned Communications School; Consequently, I was extremely disappointed. With the desire to be independent, I engaged in basic trading to make ends meet and not demand excessively from my very supportive parents. Simultaneously, I had great feedback from friends at church where I hosted frequently on Sundays, colleagues and others whom had noticed me display at events. With unequivocal conviction, I discussed the idea of commercializing the art with my Pastor, “Reverend Xavier Fiadjoe-ICGC His Light Sanctuary, BDE- Accra, Ghana). He gave me his full support and Voila!!!  That was the beginning of greater works!!! !

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

This was in June 2016; a voice over commercial I did for Touton Smart Climate cocoa; as a result of hosting TedxAccra 2016.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

As a person of Faith, I constantly had God’s word ordering and directing my steps, keeping me stronger and propelling me. Of course my parents and well-meaning family and friends kept supporting me. I was also convicted about whatever I did because the future was bright.

7. What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I cannot fail myself, family, friends, nation, current and future generation nor the God who gave me my purpose and life assignment. I believe many destinies are connected to mine. People’s livelihoods and survival may depend on me to a large extent. I have a mandate to see people become prosperous and make meaning out of their lives. That’s my motivation for success.

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

Interestingly, I do not keep record or account of people who doubt me because I have a positive perspective to life. Contrarily, it was the vice-versa sometime back when I doubted my own capabilities but others believed and encouraged me. I appreciate everyone who has and still plays such a role in my life. But if anyone ever doubted me, I would just say thanks to them because they pushed me to strive higher.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to
you?
  1. Strive for Greatness. 

    2. Dream, Big, Start small. 

3. Be Consistent and Persistent. 
 
4. Be faithful in little things and Greater shall be added.
 
  5. Trust in the Lord with all your heart and Lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and He shall direct your path. (Proverbs 3: 5-6)

#CreatePreneurAfrica from the foothills of Kilimanjaro- Joseph Adelard Sarimbo

 

His soul voice streams in a flow of world explorers navigating to get seeded with the roots of Kiswahili. Joseph Adelard Sarimbo's  daily lessons are an invigorating gist of Africa's Culture at the helm of life.

http://exploremotherlandafrica.com/createprenuerafrica-proudly-tanzanian-actor-kihaka-gnd/

He is currently part of a feature film team as a key contributor to “Shujaa, Kiroho Mtoto”, an upcoming feature film set to make the mark of the millineum!

 

 

 

Many missionaries, travelers and workers from all over the world with life driven purposes in East Africa, begin there journey in Kiswahili tunes at the ELCT language school in Morogoro where he teaches.

The liberating  language of unity for the continent of Africa is Kiswahili                                Joseph Adelard Sarimbo

He is also involved in community work and helps the farmers and livestock keepers always providing advice and ideas with the aim of elevating them from local farming methods towards implementing modern ‘agribusiness’ methodologies.

In the near future, he aims to open his own Kiswahili language and cultural learning center.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica- Joseph Sarimbo Soothsayer of the KiSwahili Linguist Imperliasm movement

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

My passion is world unity. My passion is the dimension of interconnection. I have a passion for people.  What drives me?

I am driven by my love of my language (Kiswahili) because I want to spread the Kiswahili language of unity to every corner of the world!

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

I was sixteen years old when envisioned my calling. My life purpose…. I actively participated in community activities,  I was not sure of the pathway to follow. It was an idea. Then I met a friend, Jofrey. I explained my dream to him. He advised me and guided me on how I could start, He contributed to making me realize my dreams.

 What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

My passion is a key to help others. It is a gift. I love to be able to share and care

What drove you to make money from your passions?

That question can be perceived in many ways. What is making money? Make a profit? Afford luxuries? It was not ultimately about making money, but I was glad I could make a living from contributions of a skill in my life pathway.

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

I started getting paid in 2011 when I started to work doing what I love doing.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I didn’t think about giving up. Sometimes I face challenges but I know challenges are part of life. I keep think positive and focus on my passions.
Having people around who encourage me every time makes me feel strong every day. I believe with God everything is possible

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

When I am teaching there  I try to be creative and make my students enjoying the class.

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

By doing all I can do to help to motivate other people and change their life when they are looking at my success. If I don’t make a difference for doubters, I will spread out and make a difference  to others!

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

When you work hard on your passion you will reach your destination. Don’t let your passions fade. Work hard to awaken your passions and make your dream come true. I know I did!

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#CreatePreneur Africa – Lake Likoma Island’s David Marama – African ambassador, Malawi’s pride

Currently based in Australia, David Marama, African ambassador, Malawi's pride and humble intellectual's life journey ventured from Tanzania to Moscow in Russia. A lawyer by profession, the guitarist and vocalist has a soul passion for people imbued in traveling,cooking and global music....with a a Masters in Law with a majoring in International Law ,he speaks five languages Chewa, Swahili, English, Russian fluently and some snippets of Portuguese too....he is walking tall on the platforms of international music soul melodies!
His soul journey was triggered off at an early age when his father, Malawi’s first national registrar, went into exile into neighboring Tanzania when the family was given an ultimatum of 24 hours by the Banda regime to depart Malawi for political reasons.
One of the pioneers of Sound of HopeTanzania’s first music band he engaged in ‘Watafiti’, a research project to promote and develop contemporary and traditional music styles in Tanzania.
‘ Sound of Hope’ was the first Tanzanian Band to play at  the prestigious Kilimanjaro Hotel.
‘Watafiti’s’  debut album “UMOJA” was recorded in Harare at Frontline Studios. ‘Watafiti’ became the Tatunane Band and won a Radio France Award in 1991.This was a first-time achievement for a non-French speaking country band.
 In Australia, David has played with Musiki Manjaro, Clan Swahili, Royal Swazi Spa, Milton, Kunjani, Public Opinion Afro Orchestra and Seben Brothers.
David Marama plays jazz, reggae, pop, reggae along with soukous genres.  He currently has five albums circulating and there will definitely be future creations of marvel while we savor the present.
 His new solo Cd called “Another Day” is in circulation with an Ep45 and merchandise on his band-camp online.
He has  featured in major Australian festivals including:
  • St Kilda
  • Blues Festival,
  • Big Day Out,
  • Falls,
  • Moomba,
  • Wangaratta Festival of Jazz
  • Woodford
  • WomadAdelaide
  • Berks, Perth
  • Gumboot Festival

Residence: New Caledonia, Noumea with Milton Band.

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DAVID MARAMA DISCOGRAPHY

1.Watafiti Tanga: 

1987 http://wenyewe.com/watafiti/More_Watafiti/More_Watafiti.htm

2, Watafiti Umoja : 

Frontline Studios, Harare 1984

1990 http://wenyewe.com/watafiti/More_Watafiti/More_Watafiti.htm

3. Muziki Manjaro: Melbourne, Kangarumba 2006

https://trove.nla.gov.au/work/32324764?q&versionId=39282688

4. Musiki Manjaro: Melbourne, Habari Za Africa and other 1989-2006

5. Royal Swazi Spa:Melbourne 2015:African Puzzle

https://store.cdbaby.com/cd/theroyalswazispa

https://listen.tidal.com/artist/7317530

6. The Public Opinion Afro Orchestra: Melbourne Various 2009-2018

https://www.discogs.com/artist/1731433-The-Public-Opinion-Afro-Orchestra

https://tpoao.bandcamp.com/album/the-system

https://www.facebook.com/publicopinion/

7. David Marama : 2018, Melbourne “Another Day” cd and Ep45

https://davidmarama.bandcamp.com/album/another-day with various studio videos of making of “Another Day”

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgReeVvG0aodavid marama

8. David Marama with Milton Band: Melbourne 2013

Township Jive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3u9jIQG4kps

Faith: Melbourne 2013 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BYdUieavNsU&t=48s

9. David Marama, Valanga Khoza, Jimmy Mulovedzhi: Melbourne:

Gavaza :

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjDpskW2RZ8

2018:David Marama Bandcamp:https://davidmarama.bandcamp.com/album/another-day

 

How would you feel?

David ’s latest album Another Day tunes into his love for his motherland, Malawi. In Likoma Jive, he treasures his roots and culture on  Likoma Island. Transcending continents, it celebrates cultural diversity and languages.

Meet CreatePreneur Africa  A musical legend  from Malawi – David Marama

All people are born free and exercise a right under natural law to be who they want to be in life so long as they pose no danger to fellow beings                                                                         _David Marama

Tell us what drives you?

I have been raised by strong willed people and I take courage and direction from the examples they passed on throughout my journey in life. My Grandmother Alela (means Mother of Mothers) was a matriarch of the family whilst I was growing on Likoma Island in the middle of Lake Malawi.

She was confident, resourceful, powerful and a leader in all aspects of traditional life on the island. I recall men would be scared when summoned to appear before her and she taught us never to be scared of saying the truth at all time.

What is your true passion in life?

Social justice, diversity and community engagement is a corner principle in my daily engagement and principle. I have respect for gender, age, race, social status and believe that we learn from each other the virtues of life irrespective of one’s academic or social credentials in life.

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

My father was the first Malawian Registrar of Cooperative Unions in   Malawi. In 1965, 1 year after independence Dr Banda, then President gave him (persona non grata) 24hrs to leave his country of birth into forced exile for no other reason than his political grip on the country. I was 6 years and that day started a journey of struggles ahead. 

What passion appeals to you the most? 

That all people are born free and exercise a right under natural law to be who they want to be in life so long as they pose no danger to fellow beings.

That the basics of life i.e. shelter, water and land should be provided in order to live and full- fill the obligations enshrined by the law of the land.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Perhaps, I would not frame this question like this but believe that everyone has a right to work and earn a decent reward out of their hard work free of exploitation of other.

I earn to live and other proceeds I make goes to cater for the less unfortunate in society.

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

Again, work and passion are a distinct difference here; if you mean my music and photography passions, then quite early on in life. Music started when I was in primary School in Malawi, Tanzania, Russia and now Australia.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I take everything in life seriously as from an early age. My driving principle is to work hard always within given circumstances and turn those to maximum advantage. That has been my driving principle both with studies, work and hobbies.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I have resided outside my birth country since an early age to realize that hard work puts bread on the table. Competition is a pre-requisite to ambition and success, I realize. Once I decided to have a family that became more evident that my life was surrounded by others who looked at me as a “joint provider” to future.

I continue to compose, perform and record music in Melbourne and I sing, play guitar and traditional instruments. I have participated in over 15 CD productions and played or collaborated with African luminaries such as Hugh Masekela, Manu Dibango, Oliver Mtukudzi, Bunny Rashabane, the Late Big Tembo, Khaya Mahlangu and others…..

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

To be successful in life be surrounded by positive people who motivate you to achieve better things in life. I have always chosen my friends carefully and that has given me the impetus to achieve better results in whatever I do. I have self-confidence and do not doubt myself at all.

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

Be yourself have heroes you aspire to in order to achieve your ambition. Do not pretend to be other because you are not. We are born with different capabilities in life but our paths are interconnected. Learn, teach and achieve in order to make a name for yourself, your community, country and our world.

Coming soon:

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica Mthunzi Mvubu, South Africa’s Self Taught Saxophonist

South African saxophonist and flute player Mthunzi Mvubu tuned into musical career under the mentorship of the late Dr.Johnny Mekoa at the tender age of 14 at the Music Academy of Gauteng (MAG). He toured with the  MAG Jazz orchestra worldwide in Sweden,England,Russia,Germany,the USA and many more. He will soon launch his debut album he is currently working on.

Undoubtedly the most recorded saxophonist he has appeared in over 11 albums

Mthunzi Mvubu

 

Mthunzi was part of the horn section backing legendary groups like the O’ Jays when they toured South Africa at the Standard bank joy of jazz festival. He was also part of the horn section accompanying legends like the Temptations and Clarence Carter

Travelstart Domestic

He has shared international performance stages with the finest musicians including the likes of  Abdullah Ibrahim, Themba Mkhize, (the late) Victor Ntoni, Omar Sosa, Nduduzo Makhathini ,Feya Faku, Tsepo Tshola, Jason Yarde,Musa Manzini , Jimmy Dludlu , Jonas Gwangwa and Herbie Tsoaeli to name a few.

 

Recently he was part of musicians accompanying Steve Turre at the Tshwane  International Big Band Festival amongst others. Mvubu has also been touring Europe and USA with Shabaka and The Ancestors.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – South Africa’s soul saxophonist Mthunzi Mvubu


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

The gift of life and the awareness that one can be a better human being in this ever so changing the world where love takes a back seat. My true passion is music, I live for it and it gives me life.

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

I would like to think that it found me, I was 13yrs old when my mother bought a keyboard for my late elder brother but he wasn’t really interested in learning it.

So I became attracted to this thing and the sounds that came out of it.My mother saw this and she took me to the Music Academy of Gauteng wich was led by the late great Dr. Johnny Mekoa

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The healing side of it and the endless possibilities and frequencies you can reach through constant exercise, the dedication of being in the moment.

 What drove you to make money from your passions?

Well in every chosen path one chooses to take, there is an industry for it one way or another. Money found me along the way.

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

The first time I was paid was in high school when I started playing gigs with the school big band, but when I REALLY got paid well, was still in high school and I got to perform with Tsepo”The Village Pope” Tshola in a theater production that went on for 3weeks.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I had to dig inside every time and believe that things would work out if I worked hard and seeing other older people who I had the chance to work with at a young age “making it”, I was revived.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Well again its all the endless possibilities that this music has, the joy it brings and of course, my family.

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

I have nothing to say to them. It would be a total waste of energy.

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

I say keep working hard and never stop learning to advance what you want to say with your craft.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Marial Awendit, Poetically speaking from South Sudan

He is a poet, a songwriter, essayist and a fine artist too! Marial Awendit, all the way from Yerul, Eastern Lakes State, Republic of South Sudan is leaving no stone unturned....bringing back the WORD.....

He won the 2016 South Sudan Talent Youth Award and the Best Poet award in the 2018 Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award for African Poets.

The founding editor of Kush Poetics a forum for South Sudanese poets and artist has been published multiple times in a range of publications

  • Kalahari Review
  • Brittle Paper
  • African Writer
  • Praxis Magazine Online
  • Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology.

https://web.facebook.com/kushpoets/?fref=tag

He is also a  humanitarian aid worker with Caritas-DOR, a humanitarian aid organization and the Secretary-General for Eastern Lakes State Youth Association.

Meet # CreatePreneurAfrica, poet from  South Sudan -Marial Awendit

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

I have the passion to create. To bring things to existence. I could do that best with poetry and other art forms available to my being.

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

The passion to create art has always been there but I was caught up in many academic pursuits. I was in medical school.

I started writing when I was financially unable to pursue Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery in 2015 and when I was depressed. The death of my father in 2014 and my brother the same year brought to me grief that I could only express through poetry.

What about your passion appeals to you most?

I am easily misunderstood so poetry says what I mean. I feel relieved. I make people argue with the more permanent voice, a poem.

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

I first got paid for designing book covers, writing titles, designing logos and writing short stories in 2016.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

 I was asked to serve for fees and that’s all that happened. I also had to raise money to help me purchase books and writing materials.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I was about to give up writing in 2016 when my art attracted both positive and negative appreciation. I had lost 150 poems to a close conspirator. I was forced to reconstruct and actually thought of quitting but you know persistence will always have better results.

What motivates you every day?

I feel motivated by the impact my poetry makes on others. This has been fed back to me by many artists and literati who take their time to follow my work.

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

Doubt would have been detrimental if I let it sap my confidence, belief and faith. Somehow those who doubted me gave me a push.

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

Focus on your work. Believe in yourself. Be original.

#CreatepreneurAfrica – South Africa’s Sonto Nhlapo ‘Behind the Scenes of Beauty’

Sonto Nhlapo makes a distinctive mark as a key contributor of getting page to picture. Her profession is about unique creativity of styling image and flawless makeup. An exceptional expression of enhancing the cast that portray lead characters.

Creativity is the essence of life and I am blessed with
opportunities to share my passion in realizing vision and
imagination into reality. I embrace the journey of image
creation and enhancement for professional, personal or character wardrobe styling and makeup.

Sonto Nhlapo

 

She brings forth experience in film, television, and theatre in the UK, training by the BBC in London and awarded with the BBC Make up training School Diploma.

A natural ‘creator’ who works well when given complete
responsibility, and can be relied upon to respond exceptionally
well under pressure.

She is currently a director of the Sontanne group teamed with Annelie Chanza, offering makeup, catering and event management in the film and television industry. This is when Annelise and Sonto get together and cook up a storm. The distinguished chefs of culinary rhyming together in ‘magnifique’ note!

 

https://web.facebook.com/Sontanne-Group-2031166543615980/

The team has an impressive 20 years’ experience behind them in the local South African film and television industries and are nationally recognized with a South African Film and Television Award ( SAFTA) nomination for exceptional work done in the film and television industries. They have headed several make-up departments, in various local and popular productions:

  • Skwizas
  • Generations
  • My Perfect Family,
  • Muvhango
  • The Big Break Legacy,
  • It’s My Biz
  • Quarter Life Crisis
  • Nedbank
  • Cell C

Our professional make-up artists are always on par with new looks and break-throughs,ensuring their techniques are modern and trending. Our event managers and caterers source the freshest produce and ingredients from environmentally-friendly markets, ensuring delicious and fresh food everyday!

Sontanne Group

What sets Sontanne Group apart from other professionals is a dedication to meeting the client's needs and demands every time! Each client has his/her own expectations. A horror sitcom from a comedy's requirements from the make-up department may vary greatly.

Taste buds' may desire Indian cuisine and the next may require African cuisine, all is catered for!

Clientele and their guests an exceptional experience, with our high-quality services;  superior events, delectable food, and make-up that fit character profiles perfectly. Their ultimate aim is to exceed client requirements and expectations, every time!

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica –  Sonto Nhlapo South Africa’s Creator of Beauty beyond borders

 

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

Being alive physically healthy and spiritually.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?

I was in lower primary school. When I was 11years old, I just discovered I can use chalkboard to beautify my as a powder...which worked wonders.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

When I watch all the jobs I have done on TV and Magazine.
What drove you to make money from your passions?

Not easy to answer this one,because I got into the profession out of passion. My passion has to feed me or how else will I survive and end up in all that is not me,if I cant do what I am best at?

What drove me is realising how good and passionate about it , creating those beautiful looks on people's faces and earning an award for it!

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

First time was 1997
 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I have never given up with my passion ever!
 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The more I work the more I create wonders with it. I get motivated when my industry is improving and creating more jobs,new products arriving with lots of trends, just growth in it.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

I can say thank you to them . They helped me to do better,improve myself and keep going
 What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

The beginning is not easy but you make sure that today's work will look better than yesterday, practice make perfect, you will get there no matter how tough it can get,just do it for yourself ignore critics, and keep going

 

 

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica, Bagamoyo’s Pili Mtonga -The Art of Passion@Fashion!

Bagamoyo (where I lay down my heart), in East Africa,Tanzania is a remote historic town with relics of the past infused with realms of the future. There are many passers-by, essentially so, but those who have not come across #CreatePreneurAfrica Pili Mtonga's eyecatching 'fashion with a passion' base across the Bagamoyo art market, have missed out on the true creative essence of the art throbbing landmark of note!

http://amapbagamoyo.wixsite.com/amaorganization

PILI MTONGA  +255 657 348 876

https://web.facebook.com/pili.mtonga.5?ref=br_rs

 

Africa Modern Art Bagamoyo

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Pili Mtonga’s early beginnings of creativity initially began to launch when she was selected by SVETAN – a Swedish Tanzania Association Scholarship.

She then went on to the Gotland College of Arts study abroad program and the Royal art academy in Sweden. It was all about modern art, carvings, sculpture, and design. Back home in Tanzania, Arusha she joined an African American community center for children’s education programme at St Margaret’s primary school and trained in handicrafts.

https://web.facebook.com/Africamodernartfashion-665552017109241/

Eventually, she became engaged in fashion design, handmade designs until the introduction of manual sewing machines opened up an exciting brand of uplifting possibilities of mass production and a team.

Visitors order an item they desire, and it is designed and created within a few hours! They leave with an authentic Bagamoyo masterpiece of crafted style!

Pili has triumphed in her zest for the creation and has become a soul healing  ‘must see’ phenomena in Bagamoyo!

  • Chairperson and Artist member Bagamoyo Sculpture Association
  • Assistant teacher Bagamoyo Sculpture school
  • Chairperson and Teacher Africa Modern Art in Bagamoyo

#AFRICA MODERN ART FASHION

The Story Of Bagamoyo

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Pili Mtonga Bagamoyo (lay down your heart) at the essence of fashion

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

What drives me….my family…and creating happiness…or should I sat satisfaction, when I see people in awe of seeing their visions become a reality.

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

I don’t know where to begin…if it’s about stating a year all age…I don’t remember when I was not passionate about creation…in so many forms.

 What about your passion appeals to you the most?

What appeals to me, in my current line creating designs is seeing smiles. I just love giving people what they ask for…making dreams a reality.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

When you love what you do, you make sure your passion sustains you. Or you will spend all of life’s, precious moments in disarray and frustration…that causes all the chaos in today’s world. When people are forced to do what they have no desire for..because society and the economy preaches it as good choices.I chose to do what I love. And I make a living from it.

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

I used to repair and ‘reinvent’ my worn out school uniforms…economically. it made better sense than getting a new supply. Others noticed and their parents gave me little rewards first for their kids and then gradually for them too!

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

What kept me going is motivation. I knew a lot depended on me. I had to make it happen.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Knowing the round world is abundant and my product has reached every corner of the world through tourist passers-by who always take treasures back home.

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

Keep doubting…I will keep doing. Little precious time left to pay attention to doubters.

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

This is very important to me. I want to empower all around me. I usually give workshops and training to women and youth. Volunteers from abroad are keen to learn fashion style beyond commercial boundaries as well. There are so many possibilities and I know I sharing these skills will be a tool to uplift so many.

I see this as my purpose in life and my main aim is to get an efficient workshop space in order.  I know once this is there, my  heart….along with all who pass by will be filled with joy!

#CreatepreneurAfrica – Africa Modern Arts Project Bagamoyo @ Saidi Mbungu

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica, Kojo Baffoe -‘Jack of all Trades’

 

Kojo Baffoe....Where do we begin? 
Simply speaking, a'Jack of All Trades'.... REDEFINING SUCCESS! 

Former magazine editor and speaker, Kojo brings forth a versatile flow of curiosity, empathy and understanding in his daily free flowing engagements as an ENTREPENEUR, WRITER, FACIILTATOR and CONTENT ARCHITECT.

Raised in the mountainous, landlocked Lesotho in Southern Africa, the former speaker and magazine editor of Ghanaian descent, Kojo Baffoe, has directly engaged in various sectors from Retail, Management Consulting, Publishing, Events to IT and Media.

Aligning and adding value to the development of Africa by creating opportunities through dialogue and interaction

About Us

Kojo Baffoe , Chief Content Ocer, Basiq Blaque  (events and project management company established in early 2006) 

He has actively contributed to many digital platforms:

  • Wanted magazine
  • GQ Style
  • Mamas & Papas
  • Forbes Africa
  • TravelStart
  • Mama Magic Milestones
  • Sawubona magazine

He has also actively contributed to creative teams on various broadcast productions :

  • Afro Cafe (a music show)
  • Emcee Africa (a pan- African reality music show)
  • Making Moves (an entrepreneurial show)
  • Zooming In On Men (a men’s lifestyle show)
  • Zwahashu (a lifestyle show)

Exploring  life and lifecycles on  Kaya FM, Life With Kojo Baoe, his conversations range from African History, freelancing, renewable energy, retail, fatherhood, theatre, technology, and cybersecurity

  • Chairperson of the judging committee. Business Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards 
  •  MTN Business App of the Year Awards,
  • Apple In Education Awards
  • Miss South Africa 2014, 2015 and 2016 
  • Reality television show, She’s The One, (Seasons One (SABC3) Season Two (ETV)

Founder of  Project Fable, a content design and insights consulting company focusing on strategy, branding, and marketing using content and media to amplify and build communities.

https://www.wakaagency.biz/

Meet #CreatePrenuerAfrica, KOJO BAFFOE… on passion, talent, life and insight

 

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

How I view passion may be slightly different from how most people do. I would say my true passion is the life I am building for myself and for my family. It is about the lifestyle that I would like my family to experience and being able to provide my children with the tools to build their lives as they grow older.

There was a time in my life when I used to view writing as my passion. That view has changed. Writing is one of the ways I make a living and, therefore, it is a means to an end. It is one dimension of my life. One element out of many. Life itself is what is important.

Overall, what drives me? My family. Myself. This continent.

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

As I mentioned, because what I am most passionate about is broad, it isn’t something that I found but more grew into, especially in having children. I was brought up with the ideal of living a life of legacy.

When my first child was born, I finally understood what legacy meant, which is to contribute to a world where my children and their generation can thrive. My son was born when I was 35 and my daughter when I was 39. Life is a work-in-progress.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

It is not a thing but a state of mind, a way of living, a commitment to something larger than life’s material trivialities.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I don’t make money from my passions but rather work to ensure that I can realise them.

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

Not really applicable. I will say that it has always been interesting for me how, because I am a writer and storyteller, people assume that, when I have worked in places where that is at the core of what I do – for example, when I have edited magazines – I am living my passion. I view writing as my job and I have been paid to do it, at various levels, for over 20 years.

When I write for myself, with no intention of delivering to a magazine, a website or another other space, then it is about passion but that rarely happens anymore.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I live by the “one foot in front of the other” approach to life. Giving up is not really an option. Even giving up is an active choice. You have to consciously do it. When I look at what some of those before us went through – like my father – and kept going for our sakes, I keep pushing. I guess I am also fortunate in that there are always options and opportunities.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

My family. I have a very clear picture of what success means to me and, while I like nice things, it isn’t about the things I acquire or the wealth I accumulate but about the life I live.

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

I don’t know how to answer this. I am focused on being the best I can be according to me. The doubts of others have no bearing on me or my life. I am not living trying to prove anything to anyone.

We are each on our own journey, making decisions about our own lives. We are not going to connect with everyone and that is alright. I think we spend too much time focused on the external when it doesn’t really matter.

I know not everyone is going to like me or agree with me; that’s just how we are as human beings. We are different. Different things and people and spaces resonate with us at varying degrees.

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

There is a talk I do in which I do share thoughts from the lessons I have learned in life. Some of these include being naturally curious, finding and focusing on your lane, being teachable and deciding what success looks like for you.

We are living in a world that is evolving exponentially. You can’t get by on surface knowledge and being unengaged. While there is a lot of noise and, therefore, you need to learn how to be discerning, there is also a richness.

For Africans, I also believe we need to put in a great deal of work into getting our stories heard. We often talk of telling our stories but I do believe that we are doing that every day, across the digital universe; the challenge is that they are not being heard about the digital clatter.

#CreatePreneurAfrica, Zambia’s Yvonne Mwale – Soul Healing Tunes of Wisdom

At the young and tender age of twelve, parentless and destitute, Yvonne Mwale ended up wandering the streets of Lusaka, the capital of Zambia.....

And then the world opened as the soulful tunes of her mesmerizing rhythmic voice seeded a universe of new beginnings. Her destined pathway led her to being honored as the "The Best Upcoming Female Artist" in the National Music Awards and the journey continues, stepping into the future...

By 2010 she toured eight countries in Europe with rousing performances in a vast array of key music festivals.

  • Jazz & The City in Salzburg,
  • Musig am Zürisee (CH)
  • the Munich Tollwood Festival
  • KASUMAMA Festival in Austria.

 

 

The voice of Africa, the motherland, she toured Africa and performed at various major festivals in Rwanda and DRC was awarded in Zanzibar at the Jahazi Jazz festival.

Yvonne Mwale is committed to being a tool of upliftment and is involved in an array of charity works such as  an ambassador for  Stop the Cut”, ( a campaign against female genital mutilation, an Austrian Amref Flying Doctors initiative)

She aims to spread the sounds of positivity…. the sounds of uprising.  She shares her past experiences in her initial albums and her new albums are about savoring childhood experiences that built her dynamic vision to excel

“Spiritual Heart” is about  the seeds of wisdom and soul  life experiences and aged wisdom the younger generation can harvest from older people

“Kuwingamo” encourages the audience to live together peacefully and overcome life conflicts

Msimibi Wakuda”  enriches the sounds of traditional Zambian music in a blend of contemporary sound

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica  Yvonne Mwale…” Tune into Soul Sounds of Positivity….

 

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

Music! What else? Music is what keeps me alive and it’s my profession. So I can say it’s even more than just a passion.

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

I actually started singing when I was approximately five years old. First for my family, a bit later also in the church. I guess I somehow inherited it since my mum was a singer and dancer in a popular Zambian band.

Later, when I was 12 years old, I lost both my parents. After some years on the street, becoming the singer of a well-booked band maybe literally saved my life.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

To write songs and perform them for people is something very special. When writing songs, it’s something very intimate. I tell about things I experienced in life either myself or observed in my surrounding.

When performing them in front of an audience it’s very special to feel how my music is touching people. Making them either cry or dance.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I just thought I’ve found my profession. As a child, I was singing because I wanted to. Later, I was singing to survive. Right now I see it as a blessing to get paid for what I love.

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

When my dad was giving me some pocket money for performing in front of my parents.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My children, my husband and my faith in God.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I think success is coming mostly by making the right decisions. I’m happy to work with a team of companies and people that know this business and help me to make the right decisions in business.

Of course, seeing my business growing and becoming more successful gives me the motivation to keep developing myself and my music.

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

I believe we all are responsible for the results of our own actions. Where I’m standing now is the result of the path I took in life. Some might not have believed in me.

I don’t want to blame them. I used to work with musicians who were trying to use me or didn’t believe in me, so I was forced to leave them behind. Now, if I look back, I’m in the position to ask myself if they made the right decisions in life.

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

Never give up. Keep developing yourself and your music. If you have the feeling you’re stuck, check what makes you get stuck. Get rid of what makes you stuck and move on! Don’t try to get famous overnight. Those who do also disappear overnight.

 

#CreateprenuerAfrica Chimezie Ihekuna- Nigeria’s “MR BEN IS REAL”

A traveller, a socialite and book lover, Chimezie Ihekuna is fondly known as "Mr.Ben" in literary circles. The essayist, published poet, speaker and voice-over artist from Lagos Nigeria, visualizes his work as tools of emancipation in an inspirational light of "facelifting" humanity.

The calling has arrived, he envisions his storytelling mastery to be adapted into the latest film releases......All film and television producers,Keep an ear out for "Mr Ben!"
“Mr Ben : the acrostic ”G.A.N.G.S.T.A.R” writer (Generally Appreciating Notable Genres by Stating Their Applicable Relevance)”
 
He is currently working on his Christian play, ”What Are We Leaving Behind?”. His other works
  • The Poured Out Thoughts—The Revised (poetry collection)
  • Winds of Change

Meet #CreatePrenuerAfrica – Mr.Ben in the castle of  Nigeria’s Literary Circles

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

My personal experiences and what happens around me.

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

I was twenty-two years of age when I found my drive…writing. I picked up this passion because all I thought I would be (an aerospace engineer) was dashed and there was no single person to support my dream. Writing filled up the void created.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Fiction and non-fiction writings
 What drove you to make money from your passions?
To pay my bills, have to give to those in need and build a fortune for myself and family
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

Interestingly, 2017!
 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The ”Never-give-up” spirit
  What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

  The need to give back to the society what it has invested in me

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica – Nigeria’s Mr Ben

What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Discouragement, in the form of doubt, is all a part of a success
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Expect rejections. Keep improving on your craft. Write more…Realize there is what is called the writer’s block. Never give up!

 

#CreateprenuerAfrica Botswanas Sledge Chizhala, Africa’s Chess Evolution Pioneer!

 

Chess may not help to build biceps or tone abs, but it guarantees a steadfast, lifelong capacity for mental health....much needed in our puzzled lives of chaos and confusion in the ongoing quest for Africa's emancipation! 

Sledge Chizhala realized the potential of chess to align the strategic thinking power of potential leaders at an early age.

He stays purpose driven to develop chess in Africa, as a tool to assess situations and discover committed paths of action on the continent! 



 

Its all about the children!

Chess is life. Chess is life mirrored on a board. Everything that happens in real life is chess, it’s only when you get to understand it and you feel it in your soul and spirit that you get to understand things better.               

Sledge Chizhala

http://facebook.com/schizala

sledgechizhala (Twitter)

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica, Sledge Chizala, the pioneer of the chess evolution in Africa!

With My Dad, who has always been there for me in front of the great Nelson R Mandela in Johannesburg
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I was 13 when I found my passion, which is chess, in junior high school. It was more like a calling because nobody had ever played chess in my family.
By his grace, God placed the right individuals in my life to find my true passion, from all my former coaches.
Mr. Jon Toscano was my chess coach, class teacher, science teacher and my father figure since my dad was making a living and trying to fend for the family in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Mr. Toscano taught me all the basics a chess player needs to know. From chess books, and introducing me to chess clocks and playing chess on a laptop in rural Tutume, my home village!
 
I then proceeded to senior high school and met Mr. Sathiya Kandasamy from India who continued to coach me. After his passing, Mr. Mpowe who was also my chemistry teacher took over to coach me in chess.
We played in tournaments in Botswana and around Southern Africa. I proceeded to The University Of Botswana, where I formed a chess club called KINGS chess club which was to participate in the first ever Botswana Chess League.
It takes the whole village to raise a child as we say in Africa and the rest is history… 
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life
My true and soul passion is chess, I love chess and everything chess with my heart, soul, and spirit. What drives me every day is the love for my family, my wife, and kids. She is my Queen! And my two beautiful kids are my Princesses. I was born out of love so let love lead and love conquers all.
My Beloved Wife On Our Wedding. The Queen Dipolelo Kristal Chizhala. Last but not least

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Chess is life. Chess is life mirrored on a board. Everything that happens in real life is chess, it’s only when you get to understand it and you feel it in your soul and spirit that you get to understand things better.

Unraveling the mystery makes the game so appealing. Chess makes you smart and what appeals to me most is breaking all myths and stereotypes around chess, for example, everyone and anyone can play chess regardless of their age, color or religion. Chess is a beautiful game for everyone. Chess is like music to my ears!
What drove you to make money from your passions?

It has never been about the money, it’s about the people and spreading the Chess Gospel to all four corners of the world, through my Chess Foundation,

The Sledge Chizhala Chess Foundation which is the first of it’s kind in Africa. I have played chess all my life and my wish has always been to see it grow to dizzier the world over!
With Mpho Letsholonyane from Metro FM in SA CENTENARY Celebration for our Hero Nelson R Mandela
The mandate of my chess foundation is to help the Botswana Chess Federation promote chess and help where the federation falls short by bringing the corporate or private companies to assist in donating chess sets to marginalized places, the underprivileged and helping in gender issues.
The government surely cannot do it alone, due to other constraints, and that is how the Chizhala Chess foundation come in to bridge that gap. I also write articles for a local newspaper all in a quest to promote and sell the game for free.
 sledgechizhala
(Instagram)
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

The first time I was ‘paid’ for my passion I was fourteen years of age, after coming 3rd and winning a bronze medal at the Debswana Junior Secondary Schools Championships.

It was a fierce battle amongst the top chess players in Botswana. I won a chess board and a small trophy for my efforts which I still have. It was payment in kind so to speak because here in Botswana we do not encourage paying school kids in cash so they focus on their studies rather than chasing the money with no education.
Discipline is very key. All our Five Generals including former President Ian Khama. Sport instils discipline. All the generals have preached that, in all aspects of life.
Chess is part of education but we encourage that we balance the school work which is the books with sport , which I believe is a brilliant idea. See I still have the small trophy, if it was money  I would have long spent the money. My trophies, chess accolades, and my chess talent are for keeps. Money comes and goes.
I have played chess greats such as International Master Robert Gwaze from Zimbabwe, Grand Master Judit Polgar from Hungary one of the best woman players of our time, to name but a few. I have played in the Junior Ranks and senior ranks and I have also represented The University Of Botswana at the inter-varsity games winning all medals in the process during my time at University.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Growing up in rural Tutume, north of Botswana there was no electricity. One day, my favorite teacher Ms. Kgomo sent me to her house to pick up something and when I got there, I found her kids watching a South African TV station powered by a generator. I  was so fascinated by the television set. It was my first time to watch a television in my life……I must have been  7 years or so.

 
Botswana did not have its own TV station then, then there came a TV commercial with a boy my age doing the unthinkable and at the end the boy said BELIEVE IN YOURSELF, NEVER GIVE UP, EAT JUNGLE OATS’‘ and that stuck with me ever since.
Healthy Mind Healthy Body. Lady Ruth Khama Marathon.
I got in trouble for taking too long at the teachers quarters. Giving up has never been an option for me really, I could share other countless episodes and then came chess which then has always kept me going, be it academically or in my personal life.
Chess is what cemented who I was and who I am, chess is my destiny. In chess after losing or playing to a draw with your opponent you rectify your mistakes, go back to the drawing board then start afresh, you never give up and its what makes life interesting, you win some you lose some BUT never give up!
My Grandmother, who took care of us. Mrs. Nlobi Chizhala, L-R My little brother Andrew Chizhala, grandma Myself in a hoodie and my uncle Luke Chizhala as kids
My parents also taught me to have willpower and the power of prayer at a very young age, I always prayed though I had no proof nobody could hear at such a young age, I just prayed for a better life, good health and getting more lambs (baby sheep)!
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Reading, prayer and seeing the happy faces and inquisitive looks on people’s faces when I impart my chess skills, unravel chess novelties and beautiful moves with the people motivates me to wake up every day. Chess gives all my students hope.

Charity begins at home. My parents have always taught me that I should share everything that I have, no matter how little it goes a long way. In Botswana, I have since volunteered to teach chess to prisoners, psychiatric patients, able-bodied kids, disabled kids and everyone willing to learn.
Why prisoners?…….. they are shunned by society and chess helps rehabilitate their minds and its also a form of recreation.
Prison kills your spirit and nothing brings joy to my heart like seeing them smile and understand chess regardless of their situation. We all deserve a second chance no matter the circumstances!
Given a chance, I can spread that all across Africa and the world and motivate people. Chess is a gentlemen’s game and makes you humble yourself in defeat and in victory by shaking hands with your opponent after the game!
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?

Nothing at all… Silence is Golden……

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

Everything happens for a reason, so remain steadfast, remain committed and always be honest and true to life. Do not drop the ball. We are one people, one world! Amen

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

Divine O James, fondly called Tushbee the Tori goddess is set to take the world by storm. She is a broadcaster, career speaker,compere, model and a humanitarian that cares for widows!

Born and bred in Port Harcourt, River State into the family of James Ikrechero, her broadcasting career initialized in 2012 with Treasure FM, Port Harcourt, a radio Nigeria subsidiary.

She relocated to Lagos in 2015 to pursue her career. She worked for Eko FM, the official radio broadcaster of Lagos, Brands on Tv, Happenings, and Emplugmedia.

She founded the organisation “Tushbee and the widows”, singlehandedly and wholeheatedly, taking on the task to care for widows.

“Tushbee and the widows”, was inspired out of love for my late grandmother. She was a widow. She use to share her stories with me after my grandfather passed on. I cared so much for when she was alive. After her death,  I decided to extend the same love and care to as many widows as possible

She love the arts, she loves nature….

Recently she interviewed Femi Odugbemi, Africa’s documentary king!

 I love to explore and i love to try out new and serious tasks

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica “Tushbee the Tori Goddess”

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

My passion drives me to climax. I love broadcasting. Radio to be precise. I am so committed to it. Radio is my better half.

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

I was watching television when I was ten years old. I saw Aisha Bello of NTA Nigeria, taking the 9 pm news. There and then I fell in love with her and her profession, and I said to myself ……I will be a broadcaster.


What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

My audience…… my audience appeals to me the most 

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I was driven by living and loving what I do. Pay comes when the time is right and you keep your passion.

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

It was in the year 2003

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?


My late mother, Mrs. Ozioma Blessing James, kept me going. There was a time I lost focus and vision, but my late mother pushed me so hard. Even when I failed, she guided my path and said :

‘This is not where you supposed to be, keep moving’

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

 My late grandmother, Mrs. Grace Ihauku Azuonye Ndimele, she was and still is my motivating factor for success.

 

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


They should keep doubting!

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Well, they should discover what they are in love with and love it with all their heart. They should be committed to what they love. Volunteer to work for free, build integrity around passion. Money will come…

#CreatePreneurAfrica, Tanzania Rhythm with Saxophonist Zephania Malembela

In his early childhood, he actively engaged in a school band playing Ndulilu, (a local flute). In later teen years he initiated playing the keyboard and joined in the church choir.

He tuned his destiny into a melodious pathway when he laid his hands on a harmonious discovery.....an abandoned saxophone that collected dust in a church.........

Welcome to the world of Zaphania Melembela, a saxophonist from the shores of East Africa, Tanzania.
Rooted in a musical family of love from the Sukuma ethnic group , where traditional music is a key component of every social activity, Zephaniah completed high school and relocated to Dar-es-Salaam to pursue a new chapter of higher education.
Education curriculums did not usually include any formal music lessons. In 2009 he enrolled at the Dar-Es-Salaam Institute of Technology and successfully completed his studies in Science and laboratory Technology in 2013.
The Institute of Technology was not a waste of time, it was strategic articulation to secure a day job and finance formal music lessons from beginner to advanced levels. The studies in technology became a great back up.
 |||A career in music was something that no parent in Tanzania would wish his/her child to pursue at the time|||
He never swayed from his passion for music, even though he had no formal music training.
The year 2012 marked an eventful turnaround year for Zephania. He met a friend from Nigeria who had a book on saxophones….and then there was a church with a forgotten saxophone that nobody bothered to learn playing.
A year of self-teaching continued with little progress. Then in October 2013, he met Frank Masamba , the famous composer and saxophonist since the 1980”s
Frank just returned from Mombasa(Kenya, where he worked as a hotel entertainer.
Zephania gained key insight into saxophone techniques and learned the foundation of African music.
This continued till 2014. He continued as a church musician and started exploring beyond church walls, engaging in music with other bands that were not in religious contexts. He also performed as a solo saxophonist at social functions.
In 2015 his formal music training continued when he engaged in music lessons with Innocent Mkuyuli, a pianist and music educator at the International School of Tanganyika.
His journey continued in music theory and practical musicianship on the tenor saxophone as a principal instrument, he continues with advancing to this present day.
Zephania has worked with bands like the Swahili Blues Band and performed at the Sauti Busara music festival in Zanzibar. He toured internationally with the band and performed with the King of Ethiojazz Mulatu Astatke at the African Jazz Village in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia in 2015.
He has also accompanied a Jazz Music legend Tu Nokwe from South Africa during the Bagamoyo International Festival of Arts and Culture in 2015.
The music industry in Tanzania has evolved into much more opportunities for a committed musician to lead a successful career in music.

There is a calling for more instrumental and  music teachers are more performers.Technology  paves a way for artists to explore global markets in the music industry. Things have changed for the better.

Saxophonist Zephania Malembela
He has been featured in many albums by other artists both on religious and non-religious music arenas in Tanzania and outside Tanzania. He has been acclaimed by listeners and fans to have a rich tone with a special articulation on his instrument.
Currently, he is a member of the Pentanote Trio working with a renowned jazz pianist Barikeyz Mmbaga and his young brother John Mmbaga, a drummer.