CreatePreneurAfrica Dora Alis Mera V in Africa children in #PORTRAITS_OF_INNOCENCE

The artistic signature 'Dora Alis' becomes a notable Africa memoir of figurative artistic styles. "Portraits of Innocence" was launched in 2009 with over 100 portraits inspired by the beauty of Africa and celebrates Africa's children.
#Potraits of Innocence was created in various forms . Oil painting, acrylic, graphite pencil, Chinese ink, Colored pencils, oil pastel and others. Cotton Canvas, Fabriano Paper, Durex Card, Canson Paper and other types of art paper.

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The most beautiful portraits of African children. Original works and unique pieces. @dora.alis #doraalismerav #doraalis

 

Meet CreatePreneuerAfrica, Colombia’s Dora Alis Mera V, Africa’s artistic signature in Portraits of innocence

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
Painting is born of an impulse of spiritual and divine overcoming. Therefore, it is only a divine expression. My true passion is spirituality.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
 I have always liked to draw and paint.
What about your passion attracts you most?
 As for my artistic work, I am attracted to colors and mixtures, light and the harmony of composition in general.
What led you to make money from your passions?
People liked what I did and they started hiring me.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

. Since high school, I was paid to make drawings for students. They paid me very well.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I have a brother motivated me, he supported me in the best way possible, he gave me a lot of encouragement and he trusted me.

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Check Dora Alis Mera Velasco @dora.alis instagram profile. The most beautiful portraits of African children. Original works and unique pieces....

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
In these moments there are several sources of motivation; the first is my husband, the second is the people who follow me and buy my works, and third, are the people who give me words of support and share my work in social networks.
What do you have to say to all the people who doubted you?

If there was or is one, I do not remember it or I do not know it. I have always felt supported and motivated.

Dora Alis Mera V.

Los más hermosos retratos de niños africanos. Únicos en el mundo. Retratos al oleo sobre lienzo, acrílico sobre lienzo, lápiz de grafito, tiza pastel al aceite, ilustraciones, dibujos, pintura al oleo. Obras de arte originales, piezas únicas.

What advice do you give aspiring creatives who look up to you?
I advise you not to be conformists and take advantage of negative criticism to grow and improve. That they study, that they are not lazy or comfortable. That they learn from the great artists, they dominated the technique based on study and practice. Study and practice, perfect each day until you reach the point where you no longer need perfection.
A secret I give you (And this for the first time I do it public):

Something that helps, is having an image always close to the favorite artist, it can be an image of a work of art or a photo of the artist that you like the most. You can have this image in your room or in your studio and they will look at it every day and imagine that they want to be as talented as this artist. They will imagine that they have the same talent or that they want to reach the same level. That artist will be his teacher from now on.  Listen to this advice and do it.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Tumelo Johwa , Botswana’s KING TUX

 

Botswana's producer,presenter,actor and voice-over artist,Tumelo Johwa A.K.A KING TUX is aligned with a key objective : Striving to reach limitless heights through the channels of dedication in a composition of teamwork tipped with a cutting creative edge. KING TUX stays committed to expanding the horizons of creativity that outshines with imperative output.

 

Waka Talent agency
The first Pan African talent agency founded  by Rosie Motene
wakabookings@gmail.com

The main highlights if his ongoing workstreams are the following:

  • Produced and co-hosted the UNICEF International Children’s Day of Broadcasting for Botswana Television
  • Co-presenter with the former Miss Botswana of Africa Magic’s  E-ZONE music show
  • News anchor E-Botswana (e-TV)
  • Producer and Presenter ‘Good Morning Africa Botswana  ( Africa Magic broadcast)
  • Producer, actor and director of a Botswana television series NTWAKGOLO DOCU-DRAMA

 

• Producer of  LETLHABILE lifestyle magazine show for the Ministry of youth sport & culture 2010

  • Actor on Morwalela, television series for PSI & Traffic
  • Actor  on soon to be released feature  Film: ‘2064’ directed and produced by Joseph A. Adesunloye  starring Donald Molosi
  • Writer and Co-director of STAIRS, STACKS AND STARES  TV series

Tumelo Johwa @kingtux1 Social Profile Photos and Videos

Tumelo Johwa @kingtux1 Social Profile Photos and Videos. Has 634 posts, 1778 followers and 452 followings.

His other achievements include winner of  Presidents Awards Best music video BLAQVELD Gazlam.

He was also the brand ambassador for MASCOM wireless, a mobile network operating in Botswana and was featured in two  TV commercials as well as a  billboard.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Tumelo Johwa, sharing the  creative limelight of Botswana

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

Waking up in the morning and food. My true passion in life is creating whilst I’m still breathing.I’m the type of person who daydreams during a daydream and reconciles with reality.

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

I must’ve been 8years old sitting at capitol cinemas in Gaborone. I’m such a dreamer.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The magical aspect of escapism of your own dimension to create a reality for someone else.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

While I was studying in cape town I fell upon hard times financially, it became a means of survival and blessed me with an opportunity to exercise and nurture my passion. I earned money modelling, acting, hosted my own poetry show and landed a job working on a television show for SABC.

 

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

2007 doing a tv commercial for PEP

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My daughter. Before that, it was simply the sense of fulfilment that exercising my passion gives. It is my life’s purpose.

  What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Doing better. I am obsessed with pushing the envelope.

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

They are a non-factor. However, if they are still watching, let’s hope it affects their lives positively.

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

To never stop believing in themselves and that “an idea not coupled by action remains just as small as the brain cell that conceives it.”

 

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica Liberia’s Humanist VERCHAMOH L KAMARA_ giving voice to the youth

Verchamoh L Kamara, a Liberian writer, is known for his dynamic words of
eloquent expressions.. He speaks out his drive to uplift and motivate youth to never give up aspiring dreams on the pathway to ultimate success. His passionate vocals combined with sharing insightful readings represent the seeds for young people to root out in and flow in abundance streams that reach desired life pathways.

A Letter to My Leaders

Dear Leaders, I extend to you greetings from the founding fathers of this great continent, Africa, and bring to you a vital message from them: "Africa is sickened". My name is Verchamoh L. Kamara. I may not be as eloquent as Former President Sirleaf was, but my message to you will be as clear as...

After graduating from the Muslim Congress High School, he served multiple roles
as Assistant Secretary of its Alumni Association and also has a functional role at
Build Tomorrow Inc. as a Strategic Director of Finance and Fundraising..

I believe in a world where everybody can live freely and achieve greatness without any obstacles or hindrances.                Verchamoh L Kamara

His passion and love for humanity have routed him to be a key contributing member of multiple youth organizations on his mission to strive for a better future for all.

He is also a Co-founder and Director of Technical Service and Designs at KEY
(Knowledge Empowers You) – a platform that gives young people the opportunity
to have their voices heard in contributing solutions to real world problems.

We owe to future generation to leave behind a world that is far better than the one we inherited”       Verchamoh L Kamara

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

I am driven by other’s weaknesses. I dream of a world where everybody can achieve greatness without any obstacles or hindrances. Whenever I see people with passion to do something good but lack a certain
encouragement or support in any way, I always want to help out. I believe in freedom and creating a kinder society.

My true passion is to become a wealthy businessman, one that uses his wealth, influence and resources to effect change in the lives of others, especially the youth. I believe we owe to future generation to leave behind a world that is far better than the one we inherited.

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

I found my passion when life put me in a situation that I had to see the reality of life at a young age. It started when I was thrown out of school for tuition during exam week.

The feeling of being kicked out of school for tuition can be very taunting especially to kids with big dreams from poor backgrounds. Thank God I didn’t have to go through this situation for a long time as I was blessed with a scholarship to continue my education.

A few years later, I notice that there were many other kids in my community not in school due to lack of financial support. This was similar to my situation and I was confronted with a question asked by my very self, “What can I do to help?” Since I could not put them in school, I decided to establish an initiative by organizing study classes where out-of-school kids can get an education and learn some basic things. I enjoy being around kids and people and I found passion in helping out with things.

3. What about your passion appeals to you the most?

It is my determination that appeals to me the most. I become committed and determined when I am passionate about things.

4. What drove you to make money from your passions?

Like every other passionate person, you need funds to sustain your dreams. It is to sustain my dreams and keep my passion alive that I decided to make money from it.

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

The first time I was paid for my passion was when my dad surprised me with some
dollars as appreciation for caring for others. He said it was a
pay/reward for my love for humanity.

6. What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

It was the voices and confidence from my parents that kept me pushing through. Though there were others to criticize, their support and belief kept me going.

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

“We are not successful until we help others succeed!”

It is this quotation that made me understand that until all of humanity is successful; our mission is not yet completed.

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

To other aspiring creatives who dare to dream me, I advise that you believe in your dreams no matter what others think of you. Be committed, determined, and focus and surely success is yours.

#CreatepreneurAfrica ,South Africa’s Nena Tenacity, Content developer and Writer

 

 

Screenwriter,content developer and producer,Nena Tenacity has embraced a career in the creative sectors spanning over a decade and a half from humble early day beginnings to becoming 'The Çreator' _ a key content producer.

Her key interest is content and quality with information that expands knowledge and growth.

https://www.facebook.com/KirohoMtoto/

Initially, her inception into the film and television industry was on admin and crew tasks including the local ‘most watched’ South African soapieGenerations” , where she served as the director’s assistant

Thereafter several roles followed on various productions as a  production continuity supervisor.

Eventually, she became involved in research and proposal writing for television producers submitting educational programmes for broadcast content including ‘People of The South’,  a series that was hosted by Dali Tambo, a talk show celebrating key icons in South Africa.

Involved in multiple productions in key roles, eventually, her ongoing work reached fruition in 2008  when she produced a documentary “Dreaming the new” as well as a pilot on Madagascar on a completed 13-part docudrama series on tourism in the SADC region titled “Freeway Tours”.

Mam Dorothy Masuku, forever and always ,advisor, guide and role model

 

 

 

 

 

SEDIBA 2005 NFVF

Her first feature film “Stix and Stones”, a  feature social commentary film exploring the cycles of violence and poverty delving into her personal life realms was developed through National film and video foundation SEDIBA initiative, headed by the acclaimed screenwriting executive and mentor, Alby James. The rights were optioned by a South African production company  Ochre Media.

The rights to the film eventually reverted back to her when the production company that held rights changed management and operational structure.

She then ventured travelling with it to the Rotterdam film festival Babylon workshop and the film is currently on the market for possible production.

Her independent short film streams like ‘Struggles Continue’;  ‘Breaking the chains’ and ‘Strike a Dice’  received development funds during the initiation of the National Film and Video Foundation that was established in South Africa with a mission towards growth and development in the film and television industry.

This was her tool to launch her career forward in the development of several concepts including a series title ‘Let our voices be heard’films from women’s perspective.

She was on board of a development team for a series called ‘A true state of affairs that was a series reflecting migration issues in South Africa and raised xenophobia and other related issues.

Currently, she is on a mission to promote a new feature film  Úshujaa” : Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu 

#WARRIOR 
*spirit child taking back our earth, a language revolution film portraying

KISWAHILI is a liberating and uniting language across tribes and ethnicity. A Pan-African cause for our SOLIDARITY  to wipe away colonial supremacy of language   Sipho Mushwana

When a new spirit child is born with the ultimate Pan-African cause into an era of awakening, there is a calling to crumble the case and essence of the dominant based engraved world system...the English Language!

Key players on board include ‘Kiswahili Ambassadors’, Sipho Mushwana, Joseph Sarimbo as well as proudly Tanzania actor Kihaka GND as well as Neil Schell

Research and proposal preparation 

  • Eskia Mphalele Documentary
  • Dorothy Masuku Documentary
  • Women in Science Documentary

Her various role included a head researcher on ‘Wordart’ a series by Griffin Films celebrating South African writers and as a writer for Interrogation room a television series by Fremantle media.

Her other writing work included 15-minute films for Karlan Communications titled “Very Fast and not so furious “, a series reflecting film from the perspective of women

 

Producer

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica – #SHUJAA #WARRIOR #LANGUAGE REVOLUTIONIST Nena Tenacity

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

My passion…My passion is an outlet of expression, primarily through the tool of language and words

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

I can’t remember the exact age, but I always remember my key interest in writing and journaling continuously

3.What about your passion appeals to you the most?

I always thought of it as a regular everyday activity, like eating, drinking and sleeping. It is only in very recent years that I realised the power of words. A life skill of proportional weight

4.What drove you to make money from your passions?

When I learnt it was possible to get an income for spending your precious time in mind spaces that you prefer to.

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

Tough one to answer! I guess payment was always there generally when people around you needed help with wording something or the other or preparing presentations, you would get rewarded in some way or the other. Actual money, my first memory is getting funded by the National Film and Video Foundation for developing my first short film ‘Let our voices be heard’, a short film speaking out against the exploitation and abuse of women.

6.What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My self-will to battle against the odds and face trials and tribulations in the best manner I could. Other than those initiatives in the industry life the film foundation and many people including Alby James, Clarence Hamilton, Thandi Brewer, Julie Hall and a range of other key players in my personal and professional outlets

Akin Omotoso and Hakeem Kae Kazim, also played key role models in my stance to keep at it.

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

I live by the motto of all and anything you want and desire is possible

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

Keep doubting. My precious time is not there to cater for counselling your ‘doubt’ condition

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

All I can say is there will be falls, sometimes harder than others, but persist, keep the vision and endure being what you want to be. Nobody has to conform to fit within social expectations. Rise above and rise high.

 

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica’s Barefoot Boy ,Kenny Sultan Mleke_ Lay down your Heart Bagamoyo,Tanzania

All the way from Mang'ula village, Kilombero in the heart of Morogoro, Tanzania, Kenny Sultan Mleke's ("The Barefoot Boy") purpose driven life was initiated when he authored 'The Plight of my life'. Being diagnosed with the chronic and incurable condition of juvenile diabetes (diabetes, type one) at tender life stages when he turned ten years old,he shares his life pathways towards the calling of upliftment and healing in the midst of poverty, confusion, pain and suffering
“Kenny’s life journey in a tumultuous pathway of ongoing trials and tribulations was soul directed in a  driven journey ahead overcome challenges in pursuit of full research to overcome the bountiful complications of life”
Kenny’s next life calling was the return to his mother’s homeland, in the historical gem of Bagamoyo, a town on the outskirts in a collective montage of economic, political with visual historical relics.
He  founded BACCA-Bagamoyo Children Carers Association and authored his next treasure ‘The Great Image of Bagamoyo town and Tanzania
 20% of the sales of his books go to Bagamoyo Children Carers Association and Mang’ula charities
‘Bagamoyo ‘WHERE_I_LAY_DOWN_MY-HEART’ series ‘The Plight of my Life by Kenny Sultan Mleke
#BAGAMOYO _ ‘WHERE_I_LAY-DOWN_MY_HEART’ SERIES BY Kenny Sultan Mleke
#CreatePreNeurAfrica –  Writer Kenny  Sultans life purpose calling in a town Bagamoyo ‘Where I lay down my heart’

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1. Tell us what drives you? What is your passion? 

Writing and giving to the need is my passion.

 2. How old were you when you realised your passion?

Since I  was a little boy of 10 years old, I had a dream to become a story writer, unfortunately, I wouldn’t have even understood how it could be possible. Then my passion for writing convinced me to give it try.

I started writing my first book. “The Barefoot Boy and gift of shoes and second book. ” The plight of my life and now, ” The great Image of Bagamoyo town and Tanzania”

3. What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Writing a story

 4.What drove you to make money from your passion?

To be honest with you I wanted to be happy and satisfied with what I  do and natural I thought to sell my passion but I don’t expect much. Only thing I do enjoy doing what  I am doing.

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

I started to sell my books from last year.

6. What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I knew the road of my dreams isn’t always easy to navigate, sometimes clotted with mountains to climb, obstacles to overcome, and hard, mind-numbing times that will make me feel like quitting. None has ever been said anything worth having does come easily and So I didn’t turn back around  and I like what George Herbert  said; don’t wait the time will never be just right start where  you stand , and work with whatever tools you have at your  command and better  tools will be found as you go along.

7 What motivates you every day to even more successful?

Not to give up for everything.

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

To prove they are wrong by doing what I think I can do.

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

Never believe anyone who is trying to tell you that things couldn’t be done
“You can’t be done”, “You can’t do this”
It is all because they don’t know any better.

CreatePreneurAfrica , South Africa’s ‘Thuli Da Poetess’, streaming the words of wisdom

 

Nokuthula Mbongo, 'Thuli Da Poetess'is inspired by boundless beauty, living nature, and everyday people realities,rooted in spirituality and sparkled by a soul passion for creating aspiring worlds that ignite imagination into the beyond.....

Memories flash back to early days when her  performance poetry  ventures were seeded in the Vaal, an area straddling the Vaal river and  fondly recognised as Gauteng’s urban heart .

When the teacher left the classroom, Thuli performed her poetry for classmates and soon ,  the local library became flooded with worded sounds flowing through the voice channels of ‘Thuli Da Poetess’.

“Writing exposed me  to different languages as writing was a language on its own”

I mainly use English, but other African languages like Tswana and Swati as well and wish to use more. Sipho Mushwana, from the story development team on a groundbreaking feature film in development on the African Continent, #LANGUAGE REVOLUTION #SHUJAA _ KIROHO MTOTO ( spirit child taking back our Earth) following a language revolution,  introduced me to a pertinent language on our continent, Kiswahili.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Sipho Mushwana , LAW OF RHYTHM. LAW OF ONENESS

 

With my storytelling I wish to always influence the good.

“African languages as they tap into spirit or soul on earth .

We awaken the fallen creators.

We connect to them .

We give life to the lifeless.”                              Thuli Da Poetess                   

 

 

Vaal Triangle, Gauteng, South Africa

Based in SebokengZone 7, she encountered word rhythms with another poet called Touric. They created a group of four to explore events in the regional districts of Zone7 and Zone 12. The group eventually did split as time went by and life progressed in separated destined paths.

 

My pen was my sword healer and helper     Thuli Da Poetess

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Following regular performances at the Evaton church, by  2017, a special invitation called Thuli DaPoetes to perform at Lekoa FM, a local radio station. Performances were ongoing and she planted a thirst for her words.

Later that year she performed Braam Fischer after moving to Soweto. She met Soul Gondwana, and featured in two tracks and completed a recording of two memorable songs that were feathered with poetic sounds from ‘Thuli da Poetess’

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After relocating back to the Vaal she met her manager and had a world of new opportunities arrived. She performed at the Soweto theatre, and at Protea Glen on June 16  in 2018  (a day commemorating youth uprising during the struggle period in South Africa)

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica , South Africa’s Rhythmic flow bringing out the words -Thuli Da Poetess

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

What drives me are life challenges which I learn from …my family and love for creativity. Writing and using my hand is my passion.

Writing and language are  eternal friends that cannot be seperated. My writing was my healing in the voiceless of time where I was seemingly a passenger at the back seat of my life and was transitioning from a child to a teenager …very curious ,very vulnerable

I don’t only write but style locks and can do more when given an opportunity and resources

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

I was 17 when I found my passion then started performing in 2014 .

I started writing a diary. From there it developed into poetry …I was very shy and quiet so my pen gave me that voice and was my friend.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

What appeals to me the most about my passion is the creative part of it …relating to people and influencing their mindsets. Putting myself in people’s shoes. Living many lives I never lived creating a world of imagination

What drove you to make money from your passions?

What drove me to make money from my passion….well truly I have not made money out of my passion yet, like any real income

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

It is something I look forward to, at some stage

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My love for art  and my gift

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The love and the passion I have for creativity and my family because they believe in my craft more and my potential

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

I am not what you see or what you thought I am. Never judge the book by its cover.

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

The sky is the limit everything and anything is possible …never stop believing in beautiful realities of your arts or passion. Love what you do and rest will follow

 

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#CreatePreneurAfrica – Listen out for Gabon’s voice of pan African talent, DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI

 

Born in Gabon and currently residing in South Africa, DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI, fluent in French and English, adds a special touch to  the Pan African #WAKASTARS light of accomplished talent. #SWORNTRANSLATOR #POLITICALADVISOR #INTERPRETER #RADIOPRESENTER #VOICEOVERARTIST #AFRICA_CORRESPONDENT #EMCEE #SPEAKER

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

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI – Voicing out the word!

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

Love is what drives me. People don’t realise how a voice can convey love, motivate and inspire and also hurt.

I love reading and writing, both of them always brings me to use my voice and put myself in a character and playing that role in my head and physically. When I read, I always feel the words, it’s like melting yourself into every single word that you are reading. Same goes for writing, I feel them pouring in me and then I start writing. If I don’t write, I’ll be like something is burning inside me and that is the moment where I’ll grab a piece of paper and write, but I am writing to require it, to express what I wrote even if I have to be a character for the moment, like imagine myself on a scene talking to a kid or a woman. Lol

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

I remember watching movies and concerts where they were always announcing the artist, (James Brown, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke) I was taking a broom as a microphone and was imitating the speaker. Same for the voice over on TV for movies.

 What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

It will be difficult to dissociate. Cause I believe that my passion for being behind a microphone and talk, goes with my passion for reading, writing and acting

 What drove you to make money from your passions? 

Let me tell you this lil story; one day, I went to Africa N1 to see if I could meet my favourite radio presenter. And while I was in the corridor talking, the director of programmes heard me speaking and asked me to follow him. He gave me a piece of paper with some words and asked me to read. He recorded and said please come tomorrow. I was 19. From that moment, I realised that my voice can be a positive factor. It wasn’t about at that age. And then I find myself in South Africa being a student (actually I was still learning English). The principal of the school announced that there was a production company that was looking for a French speaking Voiceover. That is when I recorded my voice at school on a cassette recorder and applied. That is when I was chosen for the V-O and that is where I realised that my passion could help me earn money and pay for my studies and living expenses.

 When was the first time you were paid for your passion 

It was in 2000, I will never forget that moment

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What kept you going when you thought about giving up? 

My mother’s voice. Even after 16 years of her passing, I still hear her words in my head. She was was my greatest supporter.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

To be in people’s lives and bring happiness. It always gives you a sense of responsibility. It did happen that young women and men came to me because they recognised me through my voice, and hearing them say thank you for being the voice I hear before sleeping is a priceless moment for me. It even amazing when some say “Dalin you are a model to me”, that is my motivation to be more successful.

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

I say thank you to them, cause every time they were doubting me, I was taking my energy and force through their doubts. I realised that they were doubting me cause I was trying, and I was falling too. If I was a failure they would not be doubting me, they would have just ignored me, but no, through their doubts they were paying attention and see where my failures would lead me to. For that, I am thanking them. You know my mother thought me from a young age that I should never give up no matter the amount of failures and obstacles ahead, as long as I know that it is for the right reason.

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

Always be humble and carry love. Never forget your roots, where you coming from. And if you are still blessed to have your mother around, listen to her advice and if it is your wife, listen to her. I always believe that a mother ‘s (women) hearts are filled with love and wisdom, that is the wisdom that guides many of the successful people on this planet.

#CreatePreneurAfrica, South Africa’s Zola Gule “social entrepreneur with an insatiable thirst for knowledge” coaching philosophy

 

Coming from a background with a lack of resources and withstanding a childhood journey with neverending societal obstacles in apartheid South Africa, Zola Gule , the founder of "Nostalgic Life", strives towards the key to change: "Self-management to excellence". 

Her gentle and effective balanced coaching philosophy creates an aura of safety,creating self-reflective constructive and mindful decisions towards self-development .

Rising about life challenges, she transitioned to emancipating herself from the blockages that surrounded her. Working together with young girls, she aims to keep them aspiring to greater heights and grow with learning seeds of insatiable appetite.

 

 

#Meet CreatepreneurAfrica – Zola Gule’s flight on  the wings of Hope And Courage

Zola Gule – Nostalgic life
What drives you? What’s your true passion in life?

Social justice, Health/wellness and continuous learning

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

My passion has been with me since childhood. When I played, I was always a teacher or sewing clothes for my dolls or reading. When I look back; my roleplays as a child are what I live today in my business. I did go the long route around before I could manifest the link into my adult creative life, I rediscovered the link at 27.

The lesson here is that we inherently know as children who we are meant to be but we internalise so many external messages and these move us further and further away from our passion our inherent wisdom.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

 I am where I am because there are people who contributed to my growth and development. The best thing about my passion is that I get to pay those contributions forward, while I live my values of social justice and continuous learning. I get to make a small impact in people’s lives while I learn from them because I understand that every person, I interact with is a teacher. I just happen to have the tools to unpack the lessons for myself because of my chosen trade.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/zola-gule-84337134/

What drove you to make money from your passion?

 I learnt from one of my many mentors a while back, she used a car analogy for this and said; “Can a car move without petrol? So why on earth would you give your services for free?”  You need petrol for you to keep doing what you do and to scale. Then there is the second lesson; as a coach one of the things you are taught is that you cannot give your services for free, being able to charge/not charge is closely linked to your internal beliefs around money and the value of your offering.

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

My first ‘job’; I was a receptionist at 19 so that would be when I was first paid for my services but being paid for my passion took a whole 3 years of learning and unlearning to ask for payment for what I do and this was when I turned 30. There is a vast difference between being an employee to when you work for yourself through your passion.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

 I used my values of freedom, continuous learning and social justice as a filter. Even when I was not making money, I loved being able to determine for myself what I should be doing with my time. That freedom brings a huge responsibility with it and requires creativity, agility, resourcefulness and resilience. I package all these into the expression of my offering, bringing all my experiences in life to create products that are authentic to me while in service of others. This way I know that I am aligned to my purpose.

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

Through gratitude – Thank you for my fuel.

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

 Be authentically you, no one can do you better than you. People can copy the idea but not the essence of who you are. Your whole existence is a gift, there is a reason you were born in the area, timing, gender or lack there of and your experiences all make up a unique brand, package it and let that be your springboard for your authenticity, creativity and living out your purpose.

 

#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.

South Africa’s Boipelo takes us on a Lyrical Journey with Sounds of Soul Emancipation

 

There is a calling to the world. Are you ready for a soul led journey of consciousness into a new awakening of spiritual and insightful realms? 

Then get ready to join in the journey. Boipelo is a spiritual practitioner,facilitator, artist and mechanical engineer,driven by a vision to lead a pathway if ultimate freedom and abundance. A vision possible with positive change through the art of self-transformation

 

“The beauty of life and the endless ways and possibilities in which we can co-create along with it motivate me every day” ______Boipelo

 

“Boipelo Matlhare, a spiritual practitioner who channels energies from all elements into healing paths and self-produces monthly moonsongs in Setswana as an expression of life's mystic revelations is a gold gem of Afrika.”_________                             Baba Buntu

Her work is an enlightening foundation of the treasured continent of Africa with its cosmology, rooted in indigenous knowledge systems. Boipelo’s expression of poetry and music, music design as well as Kemetic yoga,  is a quest to promote well being and healing

Her growth is rooted in an awakened ability to listen and receive accurate guidance, tap into an ‘indwelling divine healing wisdom’….connecting and uniting all of us.

In 2010  a special invitation arrived for her performance at Sudan 365,  a marked event of Global beat for Peace in Sudan campaign that was held in Johannesburg in conjunction with  Human Rights Institute of South Africa .

Ba Ra Song: Songs For Crystal Clarity

Moonsongs, Vol. 1: Songs for Seeing Your Dreams Through

 

Infectious callings continued to roll in and she blessed many performance platforms thereafter.

 

 

 

 

 

  • Go Play the World Sessions, Dubai (2014 – 2019)
  • World Cultural Diversity Festival, Johannesburg (2014)
  • Ratha Yatra Festival, Pretoria (2012 – 2013)
    With City  of Tshwane civil society environmental activist group
  • My Planet My Choice – Courageous Conversations, Johannesburg (2013)
  • My Planet My Choice – COP17 Conference, Durban (2012)
  • 1st Music and Yoga Therapy class @ the Skills Village Mandela Day adopt a school celebration (2013)
  • Free Minds Festival, Kimberley (2010 – 2011)
  • Sudan 365 – Global beat for peace in Sudan campaign (2010)
  • Fashionable Hip Hop Sessions, Pretoria (2009)

Her  treasured double debut music project that was innovatively self-released in September 2018 includes  Moonsongs Volume1: Songs for seeing your dreams through and  Ba Ra Song: Songs for crystal clarity 

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica  BOIPELO leading Africa on a ‘MOONSONG’ escapade into new beginnings

 

Tell us what drives you? 

I’m driven by the knowing that the ability to experience great freedom, abundance and joy is possible for not some but all of us.

What is your true passion in life?

My true passion is song-writing for self-transformation and positive change.

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

I was inspired by a friend, a poet I met when I was 12 years old. I’d written poems in primary school before that I’d then not yet connected to on an emotional level. I went through a lot of trauma towards the end of primary school and early parts of high school. Writing became a way of releasing pent up heavy emotions and transforming them into something that brought me joy. I also back then struggled to relate to lyrics with negative messaging and would often find myself confused as to why so many artists weren’t using music to it’s full potential

What about your passion appeals to you?

The ability that we have to tap into an indwelling divine wisdom that heals, guides and connects us all appeals the most to me.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Art and Music have always been more than a passion for me and I have because of this always been inclined to finding ways and channels of how one can make money doing them. Attending music business events and understanding the different revenue channels available for artists have also been a strong source of motivation knowing that the world is changing for the better and that there will always be new ways and possibilities to innovate and create wealth as a creative.

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

In 2010 when I was invited by the Human Rights Institute of South Africa to play at the Sudan 365: Day of Global Beat for Peace. This was an event held in 15 countries urging world leaders to take urgent diplomatic steps to prevent a return to conflict in Sudan, leading up to the 2011 referendum.

 

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I’ve given up many times. I now see this as a time to check out in order to re-group. What’s motivated me to keep going is my need to heal, and the desire to see my creations as a tangible legacy for future generations to use and have access to rather than ideas in my mind or in my songbooks.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

The beauty of life, nature and the endless ways and possibilities in which we can co-create along with this greatness motivate me to do better each day.

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

Not understanding someone’s point of view does not deem it invalid. Staying curious and inquisitive rather than judgmental makes our experiences so much more richer.

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

Dedicate yourself to finding who you are and what differentiates you. Something about you that no-one in the world could imitate even if they tried to. Once you’re there commit to that vision.

 

Website                https://www.boipelomusic.com/  

#CreatePreneurAfrica Africa , Ghana’s Danny Arthurz – GHANA’S digital painting shine of innovation

 

A force to be reckoned with, sparkled by a quest for indefinite excellence with GHANA'S Daniel Arthur defines the world of graphic design and digital  painting. The renowned'çelebrity'artist'has worked with a wide range of Ghanaian and international public profiles.

His highlighted prowess in the world of art was presenting past and present presidents of Ghana with paintings. These include Flt. Lt. Jerry John Rawling, Ex-president John Agyekum Kuffour, current President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo as well as the first lady Mrs. Rebecca Akuffo Addo.

Many renowned public profiles have been honored with paintings including Bola Ray of the EIB Network Group, Nana Ama Mcbrown and Ama K. Abebrese who are actresses and Eddie Nartey, an actor, Benny Blanco a TV Presenter, Anthony Karbo, an MP, and a wide range of others.

Specializing in portraits and caricatures he has been motivated from continuous positive feedback from local and international design communities, as well as social media sharing ideas and learning from other artists

With these associations, he has secured a design contract with a London-based company, Zipped Multimedia and is currently the brain behind the design works and branding of  UK based Train2inspire Consultancy and S4L Consult

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica –  Danny Arthurz, defining  Ghana’s shine in digital design!

 

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

Well, I will say Itʼs God who drives me to work hard. I believe God is the master of all creativity and since he has deposited that creativity in me too, it propels me to work extra hard.

Well, my true passion in life is art and music. Music is good for the soul and for that matter, when I am painting with music I get a lot of inspiration and also the edge to work hard.

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

Growing up art has always been something that I really admire. But I wasnʼt so much into it because my educational background didnʼt give me that opportunity to learn at my early stage in life.

I became passionate about art when I met one guy who really inspired me to work extra- hard at my tertiary level. (Takoradi Technical University). I was 20 years of age when I really discovered my passion for art. This guy is a traditional painter and I  am a  graphic designer so I couldnʼt learn the traditional painting, so he started teaching me the fundamentals of digital painting.

Thatʼs when I re-realized how much am good in my field. I decided to visit online to learn more about Digital painting on YouTube.

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Luck of financial support.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

I believe a lot can be done with social media when you look at the bright side of it. The positive feedback I had from social media- drove me to m-make money from my passion.

I realized a lot of people were interested in artwork and some of them encouraged me to work hard. And thatʼs when I realized I have to turn it into business. There are some people I talked to on Facebook that also helped me to get to where I am today and one person that I remember now is OSCAR Bimpong who is an inspirational speaker, This man took it upon himself and connected me to the right people.

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

After my national service in Ghana, I started making money from it in the year 2015. And Ghanaians had an interest in my artwork after my artwork was recommended by some Ghanaian top celebrities and men of high esteem.

What kept you going when you thought of giving up?

I realized the people were interested in it and they were demanding for theirs too. At a point in time, some wanted to pay less for my artwork because they thought it was digital artwork. So I needed to brand myself well to penetrate through the market with my brand.

What motivated you to be even more successful?

Itʼs the determination behind my passion which is the drive to attention greater ambitions, And also to develop my talent to become a profession.

http://www.twipu.com/DannyArthurzhttp://

What do you have to say to all that doubted you?

Itʼs better not to be moved by negativity. Itʼs better to focus more on the positive life, than to lay emphasis on negativity.

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

Be passionate about what you do, work with determination. Stay focused, associate yourself with people who can help you and finally ……Develop your talent into a profession.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Ghana’s John Appiah striving for youth empowerment, leading ventures into human capital development

 

Rated as one of the top 100 influential speakers by  Speakers’ Bureau of Africa  in Ghana, John Appiah leaves no stone unturned in his zest for human capital development and strives enthusiastically for the empowerment of youth. His experience spans over ten years within high profile communication roles inclusive of Communications manager for the British High Commission, Marketing manager at Invest in Africa, Joy Fm's 'Super  Morning show' producer and as a presenter and anchor on TV3 & 3FM

His diverse profile and portfolio is embedded with a Master of Arts degree in Communication studies; A Bachelor of Arts  Political Science as well as  Sociology from the University of Ghana, Legon.

He is also a  Fellow with the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) Regional Leadership Center (RLC) West Africa.

As the  Managing Director of Koforidua Clinic, a Medical Facility that provides health services to the Koforidua community as well as surrounding towns, he lays emphasis on making lives around him better.

The CEO and co-founder of  A-League Consult, an independent human capital development training provider and also the founder and president of the Africa Chamber For Youth Development which is Africa’s premier youth development hub that has the overall goal of being the one-stop chamber where youth leaders undergo training, capacity building, and skills enhancement.

Board member of:

  • Role Model Africa
  • Innovation for Empowerment and Development (IFED)
  • SANYS Health Assistance Program
  • Days For Girls International- Ghana
  • Kosmos Innovation Centre (KIC) Mentorship Board

Resident Communications Consultant

  •  International Perspective for Policy and Governance(IPPG) Africa

  • Young Diplomats of Ghana(YDG).

Volunteer Facilitator 

  • Junior Achievement Africa, Ghana Office

Meet CreatePreneurAfrica, Ghana’s John Appiah , human empowerment enthusiast

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My true passion is to contribute to making the lives of the people I engage with better. In that regard, I run three organizations that help me to pursue this purpose.
Koforidua Clinic which is a medical facility that provides health care for people in Koforidua in the eastern region of Ghana. I also run the A-League Consult which is a human capital development organization that seeks to empower business people, corporate workers, entrepreneurs and musicians/entertainers.
I set up the African Chamber for Youth Development as a non for profit that serves as a tool to equip young leaders and students with leadership skills, communication skills, and personal branding skills.
 How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I have always been a person who loves talking, teaching and leadership. All through my basic education, I had the opportunities to be elected/selected as class prefect. and eventually, in my final year in the basic school, I was elected as School prefect. That is where I realized I had a strong passion for empowering other people to be better.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The opportunity to lift others up and to be able to empower them to achieve their dreams.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I realized that I could actually build a business around my passion to empower people through skills development and capacity building. So after about 10years working in various high profile positions in different organizations in the corporate world, I decided to quit and start my own business. That is where I set up the A-League Consult
.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
It was when I had my first contract to train the employees of a business organization some few months after I set up the A-League Consult
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
The strong passion to make people better equipped and empowered to see their dreams come to pass that truly keeps me from giving up.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The desire to be well positioned and influential to be able to give more to society
 
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Time indeed will make a big difference. The best way to prove all my naysayers wrong is to aggressively work very hard and to stay committed to seeing my dreams come to pass.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Never Give Up! All things are possible to them that believe and are very committed to seeing their dreams come to pass
 

#CreatepreneurAfrica Neil Schell, A story of visually connecting continents

 

Director and producer, Neil Schell,originally from North America and spanning a film and television career for three decades, arrived on Africa's entertainment scene and made a world of visual impact, beyond continents when he teamed up with renowned Kenyan actress Scolly Cheruto. 

As managing director of Cheruscopic Productions, the team has reached phenomenal heights. Currently, they are in development of an animation  African superhero series called MAXUS, Mogaka na Chema, a Kiswahili comedy, as well as OASIS, a co-production with Canada and South Africa supported by the Canadian Media fund and the National film and Video Foundation in South Africa

Neil  Schell has featured in renowned international shows like ‘ The Watchmen’, ‘A Team’ and Fringe. Bridging the continental gap between North America and Africa,  as a mentor and business partner at a leading production house in Kenya,Cheruscopic Production.Combined talents  brought together creative wonders like 39 episodes of a Kiswahili comedy called LokoLoko and thirteen episodes of an English drama, Twisted, as well as 26 Episodes of an English drama called Monica amongst many others.

He is passionate about sharing skills in ongoing actors and apprentice workshops with continous workshops between tight schedules.

A recent social media post by Neil Schell that caught the attention of the #CreatePreneurAfrica research group was an Actors Core Group 2019 course for actors to produce their own projects an take charge of their roles.

It reflected the boom stage of the film and television industry and the constant need for quality content.  It was a call out for actors aspiring to produce their own works and launching a career without ever looking back.

The #CreatePreneurAfrica team reached out regarding a feature film project in development, #SHUJAA, Kiroho Mtoto….#LANGUAGEREVOLUTION regarding a ‘warrior’ lead role envisioned to be played by none other than Lupyana Kihaka, a Tanzanian actor.

#CreateprenuerAfrica – Proudly Tanzanian Actor – Kihaka GND

Neil Schell came on board and agreed to support the project. Cheruscopic Productions were brought on board to join the #LANGUAGEREVOLUTION  as the executive producers of  #SHUJAA, Kiroho Mtoto_Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu #Warrior_ Spirit child taking back our earth… envisioned to be ‘the feature film of the millennium’

#Language revolution!
“Úshujaa  : Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu
#WARRIOR
*spirit child taking back our earth

Meet  the passion of Africa, beyond continental borders  #CreatePreneurAfrica Neil Schell

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

My passion is to tell stories with the purpose of connecting Africa with North America so the people of both continents begin to understand each other more. Right now there is this huge misconception between their inhabitants.

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

I wanted to be a part of the film and TV industries when I was around 16 years old.   But it took me a while to find my place.  It’s kind of been a continuous discovery over the past 4 decades.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The freedom to create, to communicate on a large scale about things that matter and with that communication being able to inspire others to improve conditions for themselves and others.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

It  came hand-in-hand with wanting to reach as many people as possible.  The film and TV industries are the vehicle to achieve my passion and at the professional, money-making level the most people are communicated to

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

 Way back around 1983.

  What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Just somehow knowing that I was meant to do this line of work.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The excitement I have for the projects I am working on.

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

I would have to say, “I know you couldn’t see it in me then but I am glad you can see it in me now.”

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

Be persistent and professional and never stop learning.  Enthusiasm is contagious. Spread it!

#CreatePreneurAfrica – Brazzaville’s Stani Goma on flight 1067 to AFRICA!

Producer and presenter STANI GOMA gets on board Flight 1067 to Africa, (a radio show featuring news and music from Africa) and takes all tuned in to PBS-FM each Sunday afternoon on a soul journey, exploring the heart throbbing sounds of the rich and diverse motherland,the continent of Africa.

He was born in Congo, and grew up in a world of African rhythm, Brazzaville, across the Kinshasa river, the dance music capital!
The multilingual Stani speaks,French, English, Chinese (mandarin), English, and off course, music fluently and welcomes all enquiries at any time!

Arriving in Australia in 1990,  the knowledgeable and experienced radio presenter,  with an instilled passion for the rhythm of Africa, shared his vision on various community radio pathways.

He has had countless interviews with Africa greats including High Masekela, Angelique Kidjo, Youssou N’dour, Baaba Maal and  Papa Wemba and was the MC for a Miriam Makeba concert in 2006 held at the Sidney Myer.

The founding director of  Melbourne African Traditional Ensemble-(MATE).  His other activities include education, research, and  clinical pharmacy as well.

Meet CreatepreneurAfrica STANI GOMA – representing soul sounds from Africa, the motherland

 

https://www.pbsfm.org.au/flight1067

 

 

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

As a Radio presenter, I’m deeply passionate about promoting the music of Africa.

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

I have always loved music. I grew up at a time when radio was the main way we received information and connected with the world. So, I was very captivated by the magic of airwaves from a very young age.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

I like the fact that I get to meet and converse with a lot of great artists including some of my heroes.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

It’s not about money at all. I have nothing against money, but my radio work is very much a labour of love.

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

I honestly can’t remember the first time that I got paid but money has never been the motivation.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

A strong belief that we must own and tell our own story because if we don’t, others will and it’s not that same. For example, if we don’t like the way Africa is portrayed in Western media, we need to be out there telling our own story even if we must do it without getting paid.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I love music and enjoy presenting it. I also see it a mission and responsibility to learn and communicate our own story.

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

Thank you for making me try even harder.

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

I don’t believe in giving “advice” particularly when it’s unsolicited. I tend to prefer an exchange of ideas. We can all learn from one another.

#CreatePreneurAfrica – Bringing sunshine into Africa , Zimbabwe’s Arnold Tanaka ‘Let’s get Solar’

"The future generation look at the sun as the main source of Energy". Solar water, Solar Electricity ,Solar products and even Solar Cars in Africa will revive quickly."                       Anorld Tanaka  

#CreatePreneurAfrica Anorld Tanaka is passionate about power. Power in the hands of the people. He believes that Africa needs a state of the art solar industry for quick and affordability. Africa needs a solar enlightment -  Electricity - solar PV grid-connected & off-grid/hybrid for rural electrification, LED lighting, telecom, water pumping, medical centres, schools and more......

Anorld Tanaka  at the age of 26, is  a renewable energy consultant Nishati Africa in Zimbabwe  that is partnering with an Irish company  called Solaris Energy systems  .Energy Efficiency consultants

  • Solar lamps (social enterprise) & starter kits.
  • Off- & on-grid solar PV for individual homes and small businesses.
  • Solar & Grid LED street-lighting & advertising billboards.
  • Outdoor area and indoor LED lighting.
    Sustainable farming – solar water pumping and irrigation
  •  MULTISPOT & E-CUBE – e-learning. Ideal for off-grid schools, internet cafés, training facilities, offices etc. 
  •  NGO supported projects for schools, medical centres & disadvantaged communities.

Tanaka Anorld
+263775133280
anotana23@gmail.com

Meet CreatepreneurAfrica’s, Anorld Tanaka…. Africa’s light of way into energy dimensions of the future

Anorld Tanaka                                                                   Nishati Africa( Pty )Ltd
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

My passion is solely to serve mankind and to minister to the needs of the people.  I am determined and that  is my life purpose

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

During a three-year spiritual empowerment program at the age of thirteen.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The ability to create jobs. And that means creating sustainability.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

It is all about saving the planet, through clean energy.

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

A community building  project in East Africa, Tanzania as a volunteer in 2015

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Consultation and compassion keeps me going.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I love to create jobs for my continent because i believe is one key to national security, Jobs Jobs Jobs.

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

What profit is there from doubting..

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

I urge all to make up your minds to do great great deeds for humanity. The condition of the world is steadily growing worse and our generation should provide saints,heroes, martyrs, and administrators of future years. With dedication and will power you can rise to great heights.

CreatePreneur Africa – Zwelakhe R ….Making waves across the borders of Lesotho and South Africa

Zwelakhe R is radio & TV presenter, a voice-over artist and also a poet. His true passion is media and entertainment, his tool to reach out and bridge learning gaps. Life is about eternal learning and from that he chooses never to step backward and progress with all around him into a universe of golden opportunity 

2006/2007 – BayFM

2008/2009 – UlimateFM

2014- UCT radio

2017- Mxxl Radio- in
Maseru, Lesotho.

Ltv – Maseru, Lesotho 2008

He is currently represented by  Waka agency, the first Pan African talent agency, based in South Africa  lead  by the acclaimed  Rosie Motene.

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

Meet #CreatePreneur Africa South Africa’s  Zwelakhe R

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

The hunger to succeed at achieving my dreams and living towards my true creed and equally the fear of poverty and not living my life to the best of my ability.  My true passion is media and entertainment

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

I discovered my passion when I was about 18.I loved entertainment;e vents, acting, directing and live performance.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Being able to touch people and engage people through
art. As well as bridge learning gaps through it.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I want to make money from what I love and enjoy.

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

2006, in Port Elizabeth

What kept you going when you thought about giving
up?

I’ve never wanted to do anything else. I’ve never allowed
my self to have a Plan B.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The feeling of success being able to set goals and achieve them. Improving myself.

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

Nothing, I don’t invest my time in entities I can’t make a return on.

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

Learn from as many people as possible. Cut your own path and listen to your gut. Always keep learning…… READ.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Brian Mulondo, Uganda’s ‘Rise and Shine’

Each morning Uganda gets a true awakening with the breakfast show voice of the airwaves, Brian Mulondo, a renowned social media influencer,TV and radio presenter, news anchor and emcee.

His media entrepreneur experience spanning close to fifteen years all initiated around  2003, with a lifestyle  NTV television show “Better Living”. He was then selected for a show called Tricksters,that revealed how people were hoodwinked from property and moneyHe made a household name and became the Uganda brand ambassador for MTN for the World Cup 2010.

After joining NTV as a pioneer host for the morning show, it was rated as Uganda Tv’s ” leading breakfast experience

He currently is also live spreading out lucky numbers each Sunday closing the weekend with Supa 3, the NTV  lottery show.

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Uganda”s breakfast  platter Brian Mulondo

 

He is currently represented by Waka agency in South  headed by none other than the esteemed Rosie Motene

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

 

Tell us what drives you? 

My desire to see a change in the world makes me wake up every day. When I die, I don’t want to just be remembered as someone who was in the media but as someone who left an indelible print on media through inspiring young people.

What is your true passion in  life?

To create some of the most exciting TV shows in history and through that, inspire young people and creatives to achieve
their highest potential.

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

I was serving in Church at Kampala Pentecostal Church which became Watoto where a media department was started with a news slot and when I
asked them in charge to give me a chance to do the 5min clip… and the rest is history. At the time, Nigerian movies had just started showing and my Nigerian accent earned me some love to mainstream TV

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

1. If it doesn’t look good for me, the client or audience will certainly
not appreciate it.
2. Start with what you have and work your way up

What drove you to make money from your passions?

My first shot at TV opened my eyes. I hosted a show called Better Living for free and when I was called by the Producer to get some “facilitation”, it was too huge to be called that. Soon I realized that I could earn a lot while having fun. Years later, when I looked at TV shows, I realized that most shows were poorly done. So I created The Timeline Show and in just 1.5years has brought some considerable income.

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

I emceed a friend’s wedding and he gave me $200 which was quite surprising because I could have done it for free and that was when the light bulb went on…That I could actually be paid for talking while having fun at the same time

What kept you going when you thought about giving  up?

Hmm, This thing called Passion is very hard ignoring. Because I don’t look at this as a job, I always look forward to doing whatever I need to do. Sometimes someone will say something negative on social media and make you doubt yourself but you get back up because you know this is your destiny

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

As I grow older, I realize that I have been privileged to make a
mark on many people’s lives. I can’t stop because it is not just
about me. My life is not just about me but several people.

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

Started from the bottom Now I am here. And to anyone who has been
doubted, as long as you are breathing, you can start all over again and make the best come back.

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

Patience, Patience, Patience. Many creatives let go because
they are not getting the opportunities in the time they expect. It takes time to breakthrough and like someone, you can’t rush quality

# CreatePreneurAfrica, Uganda’s Joan Nalubega answers Africa’s daily prayer to combat the global health challenge of Malaria

 

Joan Nalubega encountered the plight of malaria in Africa one too many times during her childhood years at an orphange in Uganda. 

She resented the female Anopheles mosquito for spreading mortality and poverty by hampering socio-economic development. She was determined to war this life threatening battle against bloodsucking mosquitos spreading malaria, which seemed to be as common as the flu epidemic. 

This all came into effect with the invention of an anti-malaria soap that eventually attained scientific proof all the way from the Mannheim University of Germany of its active organic ingredients that repel mosquitoes. 

Welcome to Joan Nalubega’s ultimate solution for a malaria-free world

Malaria, a mortality contributor accounts for over twenty percent hospital deaths She embarked on training in social entrepreneurship and set off to create a venture to tackle malaria, an ongoing battle in Africa.

She formed a company Uganics that specializes in products to combat malaria. An anti-malaria soap repellant soap lasts for six hours after a bath. Even laundry washed with this soap has the very same effect.

According to malaria reports , children below the age of five are most affected with malaria. Ninety percent of recorded child deaths are due to malaria as rural communities have a lack of mosquito nets that are treated and other preventative measures.

There are continuous efforts by governments to invest efforts in the distribution of mosquito nets and DDT sprays. Malaria, however, remains a factor as these solutions are not long lasting and mosquito nets only function during bedtime.

DDT raises other health concerns due to chemical compounds. The government of Uganda has issued a Medical Certification of Uganics soap.

 

The soap solution is an affordable, organic long-lasting mosquito repellant that even helps mothers in rural families with babies.
The soap uses organic essential oils farmed by rural local women who earn income  and reach self-sustainability providing essential oils and for the product

Uganics Highlights

Anzisha prize second runner up  from South Africa, Johannesburg at the African Leadership Academy  for  eco-friendly  natural mosquito repellent
⦁ Manage&More Uganics Presentation in Stuttgart, Germany
⦁ Uganics presentation and mentorship and TEF Conference in Nigeria by the           Tony Elumelu Foundation
⦁ Grant by Cusanuswerk “Initiative Teilen”, Germany

Meet #Createpreneur Africa Joan Nalubega, our world solution to combatting Malaria

 

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

One of my great visions is to see Africa a better place for us and for the next generation. I believe it’s our generation to mManage&More ake this difference, I am passionate about the well-being of an overlooked population with fewer opportunities to make their lives healthy, mostly because of their financial capacity. I believe everyone can have the best life at how much income they can afford.

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

I was taken to an orphanage in 2003 at Kankobe children’s home with my sister after my mother got really ill, I faced a lot of challenges as a child with no parents around but mostly I was often sick from malaria, this made me miss school a lot, miss playing with other kids and made me as well a victim of discrimination and unhealthy as a kid.

But as a child, I always asked myself why I kept on being sick over and over again, so I developed an interest to learn more about malaria, I told myself when I was 11 years that I will stop this disease before I even had any knowledge or access to internet to search about the disease.

The more I have grown, I have been hearing people having different perspectives of Africa as a continent and its very sad to hear what they think, I want to change that, not by talking about the good things we have but by solving challenges that make us look bad and scary.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

My passion being saving and finding solutions to problems I have faced is much stronger than my need for money and what drives me for Uganics is the need for an affordable, effective and easily usable solution to the big problem of malaria, that would have been easy for me to use then when I suffered its consequences.

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

Depends, I got paid first for solving a challenge when I was 8, I collected tires with my classmates and made sandals for my fellow students who they did not have shoes for school.  For Uganics I started getting paid in 2017 when I sold my first products.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Am very persistent person, I don’t let challenges challenge me and to be specific for Fighting malaria, it’s a purpose since I was a child so every time I get information on malaria cases in hospitals I work with, it makes me feel more responsible to fight the disease.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

My hunger to see change, to see how a world without malaria would look like.

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

The people who have doubted me, have made me who I am today, what I do is I overcome challenges and every time I do that, it’s a success. I do not blame them because we are different people and we do things differently and if anyone want to make it in life they have to believe in themselves because no one believes a person without hope.

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

My advice to anyone who look up to me is, if you are passionate about something and you feel like using your passion to achieve something or as your carrier, go for it, because something you’re really passionate about will never make you tired, it’s something you will do anything for instead of giving up. “Don’t let money be your drive” And if you want to start, start now, if you need someone to believe in you and support you, your right there to do that for yourself then us we will follow, that’s what we human beings do.

#CreatePreneurAfrica’s Uganda’s Flavia Tumusiime – The Essence of Africa

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Bright stars never stop shining in #CreatepreneurAfrica, Flavia Tumusiime's world.  

All the way from Kampala in Uganda, renowned television and radio presenter, actress, emcee and speaker,Flavia's career in Africa's fledgling media world sparked off at the early age of fourteen.She seeded her career when she was selected to host a popular teen television show, WBS TV's teen's club .

With a drive to make a difference,she stayed in the limelight and was featured in CNN African Voices as one of three growing African female brands of 2017.

She continued to host the WBS TV teen show for the coming four years and later  presented K files, a WBS TV program.

Since then she presented the Guinness Football challenge in 2011, aired in Kenya and Uganda. The Big Brother Africa 2012 presenter, joined NTV Uganda as a news anchor and currently co-hosts a morning show, Morning@NTV.

Her radio career initiated as a presenter in HOT100 Fm she is currently stationed at Capital FM.

 

2013     Young Achievers Award for Media and Journalism 

2013 Silver award in the best mid-morning Radio and TV awards

2013  Buzz Teeniez Awards role model

2015 Best Dressed Female Media Personality - Abryanz Style and Fashion Awards 

2016  Best Female Radio Personality - Uganda Entertainment Awards 

She is currently represented by the renowned Waka Agency,  Africa’s first  Pan African Talent agency headed by the acclaimed Rosie Motene from South Africa.

www.wakaagency.biz

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

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flavia_Tumusiime

Meet Uganda’s   #CREATEPRENEUR AFRICA  ,  Flavia Tumusiime

 

 

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

The thought of what kind of legacy I can leave for the next generation of empowered and successful women. Honestly I’m a communicator at heart and I find that my passion is communicating, whether its radio or TV.

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

I was 14years old when I was encouraged by my family to try audition for a teens TV show and I got the job on first try. I really felt like I was a natural and over time I realized I had a passion for it.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

People fascinate me the most. The way they react and are emotional about all I do and say. It’s scary and exciting knowing how much impact I can have.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

When I was transitioning from radio to TV, my then program director encouraged me to try and realize I can commercialize my talent and up until then, money was secondary to my passion and maybe still is but at least now I know and understand the commercial end of things.

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

I was actually paid as early as my first job which was the teens TV show

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I get a lot of moments that make my work hard or tough days. The most uplifting thing is learning to find your own reason and joy for doing your job. I have found my own happy in my passion and that keeps me going.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I write goals every year and if I can see growth especially in my brand each year then I have reason to celebrate. I work on this daily and it’s my motivation

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

Haahaa well the success speaks for itself, all the response I need.

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

To know it’s a day at a time, you won’t work on your goals unless you break them down a day at a time.

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica’s @i_am_godfather,Mike Ogoke, Shining the Light on Africa’s Treasure of Talent

CreatepreneurAfrica's Michael Ogoke , a notable South African Nigerian, is polished with a soul vision ready to sparkle the final shine of Africa's treasure of talent to rise in the helms of universal stardom. His focus and sheer determination is to showcase the jewels of Africa's talent to the  world.

"Africa should not have to wait to be given a helping hand when developing ideas because the talent and creative minds that Africans have are sufficient to ensure originality, creativity and success in all our products”.                             _Mike Ogoke


Nurturing, developing and empowering Africans in the entertainment world, Mike Ogoke had built the throne of Godfather Productions, a black-owned, dynamic platform that is the ultimate route to steps ahead in music, film, TV, Music, Commercial and Corporate Identity.

 

A major player in the African film and entertainment industry, Godfather Productions is behind groundbreaking music videos featuring the likes of renowned African artists like, P square, Tuface, Flavour, Da les, Timaya and Diamond Platinumz, to name a few…

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica  @I_Am_Godfather Mike Ogoke

www.godfatherproduction.com

 

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

What drives me is when i see that people smile & happy towards what i do to promote our continent & also put food on the table in terms of providing jobs for people.

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

I started at the age of 18yrs old & my passion is doing that which i do that gives me Joy.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

When am busy working and advising people.

 What drove you to make money from your passions?

Passion drove me into making money

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

I have NOT been paid for my passion yet!

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Passion

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Passion  and when I see that what  I was part off have caught fire in the Continent & people are now recognizing the work all over the globe

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

To be focus & have passion first

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

To be passionate and be focused.




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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Current Shows:

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

Around 2016, then again and again on some performances

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Tealee Brown @tealee_brown

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Liberia’s  Tealee A Brown

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

 What drove you to make money from your passions? 

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

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

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

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


 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

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

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

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

Revel in your gift and explore. Never hold back!

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

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

 

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

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

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

 

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

I love you and I wish you success.

 

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

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

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

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

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

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica  Kenya’s rising star-  Sheila Munyiva

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Takes a deep breath…..

 

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Waka Talent agency -The first Pan African talent agency.
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“Art gives me freedom. It makes me invincible”                                  – Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

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

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

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

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

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

1. NBA

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

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

2. Presenter and Actor

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

3. EMCEE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

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

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Other projects include

100 toys for 100 kids and  100 meals for 100 families

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

Salum Awadh

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I always remember why I started

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Seeing more entrepreneurs becoming successful through the work I do

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


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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

 https://www.facebook.com/jody.vanheerden.9

www.safutsalfed.co.za

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

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

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

#CreatepreneurAfrica, Igniting Business Sparks, Ghana’s Oscar Bimpong

Visionary leader, Oscar Bimpong, is set in his life purpose to have a positive impact globally and transform businesses.

Author, lecturer, transformational speaker, business consultant, and corporate trainer,Oscar Bimpong is the CEO and founder of Train2inspire Consultancy that sparked off in a 2010 launch.

His passion of motivational speaking as a mentor and coach has led him to forums in Africa and the UK as a guest at motivational speech assemblies, schools, colleges and universities.

“Living in Ghana brings fond memories as it is the best part of my life. It is what shaped my vision and my passion in life. Some of the difficult circumstances I encountered growing up is one of the reasons why I am in the position that I find myself in. It thought me the power of persistence and created the mindset to use the scarce resources at my disposal to achieve my vision against all odds”_   Oscar Bimpong

#CreatePreneurAfrica, Chinaka Iwunze from the Continent of Profound Storytellers

Chinaka Iwunze's purpose driven calling led her life pathway on a soul creative storytelling journey from page seeded conceptualization into moving picture motion - the world of creators, writers and storytellers. 

Her ongoing challenge is to be heard and never let trudges deter her from her universe defined destiny in the world of ongoing storytelling innovation. 

Chinaka Iwunze , screenwriter of ‘Looking For Love’ :  a recent film that premiered in South African cinemas nationwide on August 31, 2018, featuring a renowned cast including Lilian Dube ,Celeste Ntuli,  and Trevor Gumbi

MFA film graduate: University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)

Masters degree in Broadcast Journalism: University of Westminster, London

 

Her work is encapsulated on several established and growing platforms including: