#CreatePreneurAfrica Nigeria’s “Lady E”- Voice of the airwaves Igniting Minds, Awakening Consciousness

Ejiro Umukoro AKA 'Lady E', Nigeria's powerful voice of the airwaves, leads pathways of synchronising her multiple roles in diverse fields of broadcasting, journalism, social entreprenuership, publishing, and personal development. Writer, media trainer and key mentor in career development (ICIR-MACARTHUR Foundation Training for Journalists), Lady E  is also an Ambassador for Youth and a Women's Advocate. "DISTORTION", her upcoming Mental Health Crime Fiction Novel is composed of creatively woven character sketches in a topping of real life investigative stories.

Currently the General Manager and Head of Station, Mega 89.1 FM, Warri, she has been at the helm of leading radio stations in Nigeria as a leading content creator, pioneer voice and manager.

https://www.thecobuilders.com/publicprofile/f511949bbf98dea8228afc5fd49b3e5b

  • Voice of Nigeria
  • Radio Nigeria
  • CTL TV, NTA
  • Rhythm 93.7
  • HOT FM
  • Trend FM
  • She was nominated for the ICFJ Knights Award
  • Awardee and Fellow of the Wole Soyinka Centre of Investigative Journalism: Reporters Leadership Programme (FRLP in association with Free Press Unlimited, Amsterdam)
  • Code for Africa’s WanaData Champion South/South (MVP 2018) for undercover investigations delving into the  Rise of  Female Secondary Schools students into cult-gangs.

 

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At a recent Cobuilders, MediaGig Lady E succinctly laid out the state of the media in Nigeria

 

 

Mentoring over 3000 youth, her  passion for developing creative talent has harnessed notable names including Timi Dakolo, who too lead as the first West Africa Idol’s winner and comedian, Mark Angel.

Meet  #CreatepreneurAfrica – the voice of Nigeria @LadyEumukoro

 

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

I think I found my passion, since when I was very little… I recall, when I was five years old, my father had a knack for buying me books. They knew I loved to read, I liked to talk, I liked having a great conversation and I enjoyed dancing and being in the arts. I listened to the radio a lot.

By the time I was in my adolescence my mum used to make fun of me because of the way I’ll sit close to the radio. We had this big radio back then, she would be surprised and just tease me and say ‘what are you doing with the radio’… I used to sleep with the radio more or less, and by the time we got transistor radios, I was sleeping with the radio.

I listened to broadcasters and they just inspired me. I liked how they talked, the way they created content, the music they play and how they tell the news, and news that was breaking.

It was fascinating growing up like that.

And ever since my curiosity has always taken the better part of me. When I was thirteen I self-published my first novel; like a mini-book….mini novella. I  published it on my own and I put it together …….unfortunately when we relocated it got lost in transit! How that happened, we don’t even know.

So writing, speaking, curiosity for research, these have always been things that fascinate me, and they drive why I  pursue what I pursue. I’ve always been in touch with my five capacities, so I’ll always talk about training programmes and helping people tap into the best of who they are, into the core of their essence. I tell them to remember their five capacities – and all of us have it. The thing is: can you identify yours and can you develop them further than just being gifts in themselves or just curiosity or interest and take them to become crafts and make them more professional so that they earn for you. So for all my five capacities tap into them and they really take care of me more or less. I earn through them and keep honing my skills and capacities: each one of them

When I say this, people keep wondering what are their five capacities? It’s your talent: your natural gifts. It’s your interests: things that you are curious about or fascinates you; your hobbies: things you find fun to do and just enjoy doing them while your skills are your craft and expertise. That’s what skills are when you really you look at it. Some persons have natural skills but when honed they become like you have natural expertise. But these skills often are learnt if you go for apprenticeship, for example, if you are naturally talented in singing, if you go for skills training in how to be a better singer, you just hit the notch further beyond the natural gift itself!

So skills are very important in life. You also need to have passion, your mission in life. For me, my mission in life is to impact people and inspire people to become their most authentic, truest, honest and best expression of themselves.  That’s what my mission really is and it fuels everything I do. You’ll see my passion reflected in all my other four capacities. So once you know your five capacities in life, it’s easy to run with them!

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

First I am a self-driven person, what drives me is the desire to make impact, to uplift people, to inspire and ignite the minds of people, to attain to the truest highest, expression of who they are and I’ve always believed we can be what we want, we can create the world we live in, in the way it ought to be so we can also thrive.

So for me, the core of what drives me is a constant, insatiable belief that things can be better, should be better and we can make it better, as long as we are committed to ensuring that we don’t give up on humanity.

I’ve always believed that goodness exists everywhere and we have to talk about them and help goodness triumph more than the way we promote evil always drives me. And that’s why when I take up a story as an investigative report, or as a broadcast journalist, the goal often is: what I say, does it inspire somebody to become extraordinary doing ordinary things? And when you think about it, we inspire each other to aspire to be the best of one another, we mirror off each other in a very positive ways. So these are the things that really, really drive me!

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

 The part of my passion that appeals to me most is how I love to mentor. I always believed that the reason why there are gaps, even in professional courses, in professional careers, in personal development, is because people aren’t mentored. So one of my greatest passions is mentoring.

Wherever I am, I am mentoring people, I don’t mind the time it consumes, I don’t mind the resources it takes out of me to get them, I don’t mind the commitment it requires for me to do it, it just comes easily and it’s driven.

And because I love to mentor, I have seen how doing that has impacted thousands of persons, and when  I see that kind of level of impact, it drives me more and tells me, you know what, this is something you gotta do and I apply it in every facet of my life, in everything I do.

I always mentor people in any of my five capacities wherever I find them, so even if you in a different field from the field that  I am…. what I do is ignite your mind,  it’s the only thing I do. I ignite your mind!

In the area of civic intelligence, in the area of broadcast journalism, writing, speaking, I just ignite your mind! In the area of how I interact with people, in terms of interacting in the neighbourhood where I am when I see children and notice that they don’t seem to be performing very well, I reach out to them, I talk to them, I sit down with them, even though they may not be related to me, but  I don’t care. Same thing when I see people in my field,  even not in my field and I see them struggling in their career, I like to have a sit-down talk with them. When I see people struggling with personal development, I love to have a sit down with them, because when I talk with them and solve their problem, I inadvertently also solve mine. So this give and take thing……I love to do it … because giving actually makes you better.

The moment you give more of yourself, the more you add to more of you ..because you search for more to add to what you have so that you can give more to people. So you see how it works? The more give the more you get, cause you’ll always go out to get more so that you can fill up all you are given out. So my goal is to empty myself totally of everything I have, while I am still alive.

 

What drove you to make money from your passions?

So we live in a society, where to survive you have to transact, so for example, if you want to buy foodstuffs, if you want to maintain a certain lifestyle the exchange of value is money.

And the reason we all are here is one, we make contributions to the world, and because we make contributions to the world it means that our services will be engaged one way or the other. So when you give value for value, you get also value, you get something in return and the reward of hard work is payment of some sort.

So yes its important one actually makes money from their passion and sometimes it may not be in direct cash, it could also be in kind. So I am one who’s an advocate of making your passion take care of you. We shouldn’t be beggars, while we have so much to do, we don’t get value for giving that we give. There are times when goodwill is not enough to sort out your needs, there are times when you think about it deeply, you really do need the exchange of currency of some sort that is in use at the moment.

And it’s just proper that one gets value for value, for services rendered, for commitment given, for time expanded, for resources provided, and yes when you can give value for value in terms of services and solve a problem, then you are a solution provider! Wow… and then you get paid for it… So I understood that concept very strongly from early on and I tapped into it and I said what is it that people are looking for in having as a solution to something they need that I can provide and get paid for it? Once I understood that concept, I ran with all my passion and …..that’s how I survived and continue to survive in my own little way…

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

The first time I was paid, it was for my passion for speaking. I was 14 years old! I was asked to be the person to MC, the compere for a wedding event. There were over 300 people who attended the wedding ceremony. So it came to me because I’ve always been a speaker within the religious circles where I was more or less brought up in and, they always knew me as somebody who spoke, was outgoing, was a refreshing person to engage with, and I had a way with words. People used to say, I was witty, and I could actually engage and converse with people for very long hours.

I’m a talker (laughs)…and that was the first time I got paid for my work, for my passion for speaking for inspiring and making people feel good just listening and get them in a space of having a convo as it were. That was the first time I really got paid, I would say. It was quite a lot of money back then, so I would say that was really, really the first time I was paid …. like really paid for my passion for speaking.

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 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The only thing that stopped me from giving up is just knowing that I felt I had not attained, or made my contribution the way I  had told myself I wanted it to express itself…. So while I have mentored thousands of young persons, I realised that it wasn’t enough in the sense that I had a bigger picture of it, and I just felt that the reason for my existence is actually to make a contribution before I leave, so it wasn’t as if there were no moments of depression,  there were no moments of sadness, of pain, of disappointment, of rejection, all of that was part of being alive….. if you understand it.

Whenever I felt so low like that, I tell myself you know what, while I was even growing up, because of the path I was taking following my passion, I was told I would not succeed, yes I was told by people who were supposed to show me more love and support in the community, that I would not succeed because the passion I was pursuing, the desire to be a broadcaster, to be a  journalist, was something they didn’t consider it as favourable because of the religious setup at the time. It was quite a big deal…In fact, I was told that if I wanted to be a broadcaster or journalist or wanted to go into the media, that means that  I am a prostitute!

In other words, there was this perception that women who went into the media were actually prostitutes … and the only question I could ask was: if women in the media were called prostitutes then what would you call the men… therefore the men too are prostitutes. For me there was no other you are going to want to defend that kind of conversation because we had wonderful women so good at their jobs, and you tell me the only label you could see was just that? Meanwhile, when these women finished with the newscast and then the discussion about the news comes up, the female broadcasters would be quoted!

I saw that inconsistency and a bit of what I considered hypocrisy… I felt that how can we say we are not part of the world, yet we are in the world and so much of it is right there in front of us and we are impacted by it, whether we get involved or not. Yet it can be reduced if we get involved and make sure that our silence doesn’t stop us from thriving and surviving intact. So when you look at that background it was tough. I told myself: you know what, you’ve got to get yourself to that point where you have envisioned and right now I am at that place where I have done what I intended to do that I am just content that I have gotten there in a sense ….so that, it’s so easy to look back and say you know what…you are on the right path, this is your track, keep at it.

So, no matter what’s thrown in my way, I am just going to enjoy it, go with it, and say this is part of existence, part of living; let’s empty ourselves until we are done. That’s what inspired me to write my forthcoming book, a mental health crime fiction novel titled “Distortion”, hitting the shelves in October.  It will also be available as e-publications and all of that. It will give an insight such that many persons will see how I evolved into becoming an investigative journalist…Now that is a big one.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

 

Every day when I wake up, I  just want to fire people’s imagination. I want to ignite peoples minds, that’s the only thing that drives me. That’s why I decided to set up my own media organisation called LightRayMedia.

Through LightRay Media, my goal really, is to see how I can ignite peoples minds. I want to ignite the masses’ mind, so we can work like a hive mind, especially my country Nigeria, where there is so much lack of civic engagement to hold government accountable.

It needs to get to a point where people are armed with information. And you know that ignorance breeds unwillingness to engage, it breeds a kind of dysfunctional apathy, it disconnects from reality, a place where you are put to the point of subservience and continue to be pressed on the neck, while you keep shouting, “Í can’t breathe”.

This is the political sphere and environment we are living in,  in Nigeria, and my goal is to see that we change many of this narrative. We must begin to engage each other, we need to call each other up, in terms of accountability, we want to account to one another, because if we don’t do that, what’s going to happen is that we are going to live in a world of chaos, we are going to live in a world where even your own value, even your five capacities, will not even give you money or goodwill in return. And we cannot live in that state.

A state where politics has subdued us so much so that we can’t even succeed, we can’t thrive, bad roads, lack of industries, moribund industries in Delta State,  imagine we have over 22 moribund industries gone and nothing is being done to revive or create more industries to that effect. Politicians leave politics, money stolen, at the end of the day, it’s our commonwealth and we do not get to benefit from that commonwealth, in an oil-rich state,  for example, like Delta state, you know…  that is just shocking, not one city, not one town in the whole of Delta can boast having the best kind of health care system, best roads, best food distribution network, extraordinary transport system… Not in the whole of Nigeria, not one city, not one town can boast of a complete social set up, that drives the social economy, that you can say all infrastructures are in place and say this is a model city, or model town that people can reference, we don’t have that in Nigeria.

And this is because there is not enough civic engagement. We need civic intelligence and that’s what I am promoting. The moment we are all civic intelligent,  remember, knowledge is power when put to good use. Knowledge is power when put to good use, I keep telling people. It is not enough to have the knowledge, but it becomes more powerful when you put it to good use. But we are not doing enough of that other part. While we have knowledge which should give us power, we are not putting it to good use and that’s where the engagement is lacking. I think this is the next passion in my life that I want to pursue, consistently and aggressively in a positive way until we see something good comes out.

I’ve always believed that in mentoring, children are the people we should mentor because, at the end of the day, they become the adult that’ll take care of our environment, they will be in positions of power and responsibilities and if we don’t handle them now in a beautiful sense, in the way we manage and train them better to become far better than we are, we’re all going to be in trouble.

Because when we become older in our age we are not going to see a better Nigeria! That’s why we just have to take the bull by the horn, and get everybody civic engaged, upgrade our civic intelligence and let’s get to engage with one another and hold each other accountable, not only the government..

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

 To all those that said I would not make it,  who were so religiously driven to tell me to my face that the path I am taking would lead me nowhere and that I would not be blessed by God, and God will be angry with me for choosing the path I’ve chosen, I really don’t have to say anything to them because I’m here, I’m standing!

And when I see people who tell me every day: ‘Lady E, thank you for what you do for me, thank you for inspiring me’, I’ve done my job.

That’s what I set out to do, I”m doing it, I continue doing it. And that’s all that truly matters, really….

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

To every aspiring creative, I will say this to you: be true to who you are. Know who you are. Accept all your five capacities.

Identify how you can make money through them through skills development or craft expertise and see who you can find that is notable in the field of gifts, of talents, of skills and all these passion that you have that’s similar to yours that can inspire you positively. Look at what they have done, read about them, you may even go out of your way and tell them ‘look I want to interview you’….. because you can learn a lot from an interview.

If you have specific questions you want to ask them, go ahead and ask them those questions, reach out to them, and be polite, be respectful and tell them this is why this is important to you, and for example if anyone wants to reach me, you are all free to. I am a mentor for life, I ignite people’s minds. Someone used to tell me that when I speak I raise up the dead, and that’s exactly what I do. And I want to keep doing that, speaking into people, igniting their minds, and waking up the best inside them so they can fly as the super trooper and super rocket that they are.

So go out of your way, put it down in writing, you must always have a journal where you write all your thoughts, and you work with affirmation, every single day of your life and you do not breathe life into negativity, you choose your network, expand your network, get your social network currency at its top, be very specific, deliberate and intentional about who you interact with and who you put in your inner circle of influence.

It’s very important if you want to be higher up there,  by your own standard, not anybody else’s standard, by your own standard…

I’ve lived all my life based on my own standard, my goals, my vision, my mission, where I’m headed to, and how I envision them. So you have to have a vision board, a beautiful board,  where you look at yourself and say this is the picture  I see, and this is where I am at, and go reach for it and do everything you have to do to make it happen. For example, I spend so much money buying books, I spend a lot of money for trainings even flying out of the country, or within Nigeria for trainings because I felt I needed the extra skill.

The point is, you must invest in your personal development. Invest in your professional development. It is non-negotiable!

#CreatePreneurAfrica JHIKOMAN, Tanzania, Sounding out PEACE, DIVINE AND UNCONDITIONAL LOVE&UNITY

Jhiko Manyika, a reggae artist from Tanzania has been actively seeding the roots,sounding out out social oppression and clouds of injustice life storms curbing the rise of our people. His vocal expressions aims to strive to a world of Peace and Love wrapped in eternal Unity.

Exploring the African continent and the International Western World , JHIKOMAN brings to the world  healing sounds in a combination of Africa  soul music, blended in acoustic reggae  in diverse tunes of English,Kiswahili and his mother tongue Nyasaksi

Born in 1972 in DaresSalaam Tanzania, Jhikoman’s creative expression in molded in his works as a sculptor, painter and a farmer. He is currently based in Bagamoyo, Tanzania

Lead singer  and vocal coach of AfriKabisa Band and is the vocal coach for AfriKabisa band records  and took on the role   of vocal advisor at TASUBA arts college in Bagamoyo.

With an ongoing stream of productions, he has toured Norway, Finland, UK and performed locally at the Zanzibar film festival and Sauti za Busara as well as the Bagamoyo International Festival

Get tuned in the sounds of emancipation with JHIKOMAN CDBaby, iTunes and Amazon.

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https://jhikoman.hearnow.com/

Meet CreatePreneurAfrica JHIKOMAN , PAINTER, SCULPTOR and  Roots Reggae Artist

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
I stand for truth, equal rights and justice.  We need to improve the African family ……home and abroad. I will always remind humanity that there’s God and we didn’t create ourselves.
How did you find your passion and how old were you? 
At the age of eleven, when I started seeing my older brother playing the guitar,r I naturally loved it. I  promised myself that one day I will play the guitar.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Being able to express myself freely
What drove you to make money from your passions?
When I became a professional musician I automatically start earning.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
2000 when I released my first Album Afro-Caribbean beat. Mwananchi store published the Album and paid me.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
My mission of spreading messages of peace, love and unity, fighting for equal rights and justice. I keep going since music is the vehicle.
 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
Good times and bad times alike… When people are praising I don’t want to let them down. When haters rise up and wrongly accuse, I always work harder to prove them wrong. CHANT DOWN BABYLON!
 What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
They have to know I didn’t call myself…..I doing Jah work!
HalleluJAH!
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Consistency.. Keep doing what you’re doing will get better and better through passage of time..Bob Marley says “ Time alone…TIME WILL TELL”

CreatePrenuerAfrica’s ‘Modern Pharaoh’ Ahmed Atef, visionary all the way from mystical Egypt!

 

Ahmed Atef paves creative pathways of fantastical video illusions with digital enhancements that are sure to draw everlasting smiles with evocative imagination!. He dreams of progressing each day and shine on his distinguished art forms, ready to explore and create unique digital picturesque monuments of wonder!

https://www.youtube.com/c/AhmedAtef9494/videos

 

Meet CreatePreneurAfrica, Egypt’s digital visionary  Ahmed Atef

 

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

My passion drives me. My true passion is searching for everything new

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

I don’t consider passion is a constant, I have a new passion every day.

 What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

Anything that needs to squeeze my brain thinking, I like that!

 What drove you to make money from your passions?

It was one of my dreams that I make money from my passion and I think it’s everyone’s dream. Think about it if you love what you do, you never ‘work’a day in your life!

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

Payment  has usually been soul rewards, but I think at the beginning of this year I actually reached an income stream

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

If I quit that will make the people who were saying I will fail,  right. So I refuse to quit.I refuse to fail

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

Every new challenge motivates me to reach out to neverending creations

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

Take a second look!I did it you all!

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

I don’t consider myself as a model, because I think I have a long road for my dreams, but a thousand miles start with a step.

#CreatePreneurAfrica Favour Suyi -Nigeria’s Medical Laboratory Scientist , enilghtening all about the awareness and enlighten the public about the plight of haemophilia

Favour Eguagie-Suyi, all the way from Edo State in Nigeria,a 300 level student at Ambrose Ali University.Africa's Medical Laboratory Scientist in training and a licensed Medical Laboratory Technician. He is stepping in full steam ahead with #Cobuilders in the enlightenment of his passion and profession!
https://www.thecobuilders.com/project/view/39b57fb27e3626154aa92b7789b65949
He has worked at the University of Benin Teaching Hospital (UBTH), Edo State Central Hospital and shared skills in the private health sector as well.

Meet CreatePreneurAfrica Favour Eguagie-Suyi, Nigeria’s Medical Lab ‘Futurist’

https://www.thecobuilders.com/project/view/39b57fb27e3626154aa92b7789b65949

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

What actually drove me to pursue haemophilia was my exposure to the pains and limitations of haemophilia patient. These people know little or nothing about their condition and peg it on some speculation thereby their condition grows from bad to worse. I discovered the way to help is to enlighten my people.

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

The passion to be a medical laboratory scientist came when I was in senior secondary class two. I got to know about the profession through my dad, he introduced it to me, I made my research, checked other medical profession and decided to choose this path and since then I have a strong drive to get into the profession and make a difference. As a youngster, I discovered I was called to be a medical laboratory scientist

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

What appeals to me most is the fact that I could render help in a genuine way by resuscitating men back

What drove you to make money to life from your passions? When was the first time you were paid for your passion?

I have never been paid for my passion all I have done was sacrificial

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 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

What really kept me moving during difficult times was my passion for my profession which reminds me I may be the hope of some few with no hope left.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

What motives me to be more successful is passion for my chosen profession and the fact that I could touch the world if I can be diligent.

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

To all those that doubted me, I will say don’t give up on a man with dreams because someday that dream will speak

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

To aspiring creatives I will say don’t give up soon, it may be tough but you can pull through if you persist

CreatePreneurAfrica Nigeria’s Geologist Nifemi Fayefunmi, leaves no stone unturned!

Fayefunmi Oluwanifemi, a geology student from Nigeria believes in himself. Living by high standards he treats all and everything the way he wants to be treated. In a search for positivity and trusting intuition with  #Cobuilders.

– A dynamic social media platform with #Badgers. Doers and #Givers.

The use of Drones for Geological Mapping and Surveys    This project enables Geologist's and other researchers to be able to make use if Drones to map or study a particular area without the need to go through stressful or rigorous exercise

Originally from Lagos. he is currently studying a The Federal University of Technology Akure.

https://www.thecobuilders.com/project/view/1d9b0c2166f745725ac678d695ed4d03


Meet CreatepreneurAfrica’s Nifemi Fayefunmi,Finding Solutions in the world of  Geology

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


Well, what drives me and keeps me going is just the love I have for geology and the study of the earth and it has kept me going for a while now and I believe it’s taking me places… My true passion is to be a world-class geologist and to impact lives through geology

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


I noticed while I was in secondary school my love for geography and I really did well in the subject so a day came I asked my geography teacher what career I could study since I had a passion for geography so he told me about geology so I started working toward it and I thank God for how far he has brought me

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

Finding solutions with my passions

What drove you to make money from your passions?When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
Well I have not really made money from it for now but in the coming year I believe I would
 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

What has kept me going is the love for geology and also the love for the earth and what it comprises of.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Knowing I have the ability to make a difference!

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


Well to those who doubted me I would say it really help me because I would be where I am today if not for some of the doubt you had about me so I will say a big thank you.

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

I just want to say you can do it don’t let anyone intimidate you or try to discourage you just be determined and give it your best shot.

 

 

Linkedin fayefunmi Nifemi. Facebook: nifemi fayefunmi

#CreatePreneurAfrica Tanzania’s Wilson Nkya :Digital Content Creation ,Capturing Africa’s authenticity

Willy Nkya, a landmark in the world of STORYTELLING IN AFRICA is purpose driven in several pathways.He is an actor,Radio/ Television host  Production Designer, as well as a Film and Television Producer.

Tanzania's visionary Digital Content Creator is set to ignite the spark in  life pathways of creative youth.... transforming PASSION TO PROFESSION!

 

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica, Tanzania’s visionary Wilson Nkya – Igniting the Creative Souls of Africa

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

My passion is showcasing the beauty and authenticity of my land and my people through captivating digital visual storytelling. That’s why I decided to be an African inspired filmmaker and entertainer.

 

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

Ever since I was young, I wanted to hear and share different stories of people that have inspired me. When I joined College in 2014, I had just turned 20 years old, that’s when I decided to start following my passion.

I was majoring in logistics and Transport Management, but after classes, I would do some creative projects like theatre and later on in my second year I won a Tv Presenter competition and started a lifestyle and fashion Tv show titled “Fashion Voice” the show aimed at giving a voice and showcasing the different talents we have in Tanzanian lifestyle and fashion industry.

The show never saw the day of light since we had a challenge of funding. But when I finished college in 2017, I had an opportunity to study one year fully funded sponsorship at the Multichoice talent factory Academy in Nairobi, Kenya studying Film and Tv production. Hence I started adding value and skills to what I was passionate about and was able to transform my passion to a profession

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

Every time I get to hear a new story and share it, and every time I get feedback of how the stories I have made have impacted someone’s life.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

After seeing that the visual industry is growing hence I had to monetize my passion in order to survive and match the modern means of storytelling, Hence but first  I had to transform my passion to a profession so it can make business sense and be commercialized. I was able to do this since in the Multichoice academy we learnt on the business of film and Tv

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

During college, I had an after school job as a lifestyle blogger and I would get paid through the articles I write, But currently, I get paid as an actor, Production Designer, Art director, Producer and Film &Tv consultant

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

 

Every time I felt like giving up, I would always look back how far I have come, and I would see how unfair to let all those sleepless nights, all those hurdles that I have jumped, all the blood, sweat and tears to just go to waste?? And I would get up and keep on moving

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I believe every day is a new day to learn something new and be a better person today than you were yesterday. And somewhere out there, there is a boy who needs to hear my story and get inspired to do even greater things and reach their full potential.

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

I wanna say thank you…Because of them doubting me, I worked 10 times harder to just prove to myself that they don’t know what I am capable of.

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

I would advise them to be confident and they should push themselves beyond their comfort zones, They have even greater potential than they imagine. Also, they should know that they aren’t getting any younger. START NOW !! With what you have. And yes the creative space can be tough, but it’s important to have multiple streams of income,.Personally I have an online business of selling African accessories across East Africa, I do art direction and production design, I act,I consult and I do Voiceovers too.

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#CreatePreneurAfrica ‘Groovy Kamo’s’ Soul Awakening Visual Narratives

Self-taught photographer, 19-Year-old Kamohelo Mahlatsi, all the way from Katlehong in Gauteng , South Africa, leaves no lens unturned on his mission to visually narrate stories through the intriguing captured imagery. His work focuses on  infusing a revival of  black pride  with powerful imagery

His passion and love for photography come from being fascinated to freeze moments in time that last for eternity. In October 2019 Kamohelo won first place at the Excellence In Education awards by ThinkAhead for the #mySA Photography category

18-year old wins award for incredible South African photo!

 Images arouse memories of emotions sound, sight and smell of the moment it was captured”

 

“The Envisioned Self.” photo series was inspired by the writing of Steve Biko.

“The series features solely black subjects with the intention to infuse black pride back into the community through powerful imagery.”

Inspired by the writings of Steve Biko, Kamohelo felt a need to do the series after personal experiences within his own community.

  ”uSpopo no’ Groovy: (The African Adam and Eve)” was released on the 11th of January 2020  and has been met with a positive reaction on social media.

Meet  South Africa’s Groovy Kamo,  leading pathways of awakening visual narratives

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

Photography is my true passion.

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

When I was 16 I had a group of friends in high school who started a creative collective and I wanted to be a part of it but the only way they would let me join was if I could bring a skill to the collective, so I told them I could be their videographer because I used to edit and shoot YouTube videos when I was younger. One of the guys in the group had a camera and he would let me use it from time to time and through that, I was able to experiment with what is now my passion, photography.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

That probably has to be the nostalgia that is native to photography. the ability to be able to freeze a moment in time and being able to look at a photograph that allows you to ‘’relive’’ certain moments in life is what makes me enjoy it so much!

What drove you to make money from your passions?

When I realised that I am able to monetise my passion, I started doing research on how to monetise my photography just so I could reinvest the money into equipment and personal projects.

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

In 2017 when a friend from high school asked me to shoot a couple of photos of her for her modelling portfolio.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Keeping the right people around me and reading self-help books on a daily helps me persevere through the difficult times.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The fact that I am aware of my potential and also knowing that the only limitations I have are the ones that I set upon myself.

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

Keep doubting and I’ll let the work speak for itself.

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

Embrace who you are. When starting out as a photographer, you would think you probably need to find professional models and book expensive studios just to do a shoot but not only is that costly, it is also not your reality so start off by documenting your reality. Shoot friends, family and neighbours and grow from there.

https://germistoncitynews.co.za/217109/living-life-through-the-lens/

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica ‘Spopo’ – South Africa’s budding model and more _Siphokazi Moss

Welcome to the world of 'Spopo', Africa's shining light, a budding 18year old ready to blossom into the world! Currently residing in Germiston , Gauteng she has represented local brands like  'iVintage Yakho' and Blackanese . Her latest feature is in the “u’Spopo no Groovy” series is a revitilising and reawakening redefinition of narratives in a composition of  visual storytelling portraits of the compelling  ""African Adam and Eve"







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

I cannot pinpoint my passion to a specific field as of yet. What drives me is the results that come with working hard towards a piece and giving it your all.

https://twitter.com/GroovyKamo?s=20

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

I have always been interested in a vast array of things but I think I fell in love with working to create beautiful and honest pieces when I met GroovyKamo in December 2017. I have learnt a lot since then and fell in love with being in front of the camera mostly.

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What about your passion appeals to you the most?  

The ability to tell a visual story. Storytelling has been a major part of my entire life and the fact that I can help to tell an artist or designers story through a photograph is the most beautiful part of creating.

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What drove you to make money from your passions?

It has never been about money for me. More about love.

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

I haven’t been paid as of yet. One day though.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

The knowledge of my potential.

https://twitter.com/GroovyKamo?s=20

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

 The rich content this continent has to offer. There are so many stories to be told and that fact motivates me.

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

Keep watching the space.

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

I do not think I am in the position to give advice to creatives as of yet as I am also still learning, but my daily motto is to work hard towards whatever you believe in and  never doubt yourself nor your potential.

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#CreatepreneurAfrica : ”Voicing out words of mental emancipation for Africa, Tanzania’s N.b.o.Sengasu

 

Author and Poet, N.B.O.Sengasu, is in the leading line of being the voice for social and economic justice in Tanzania,his homeland,and for Africa,his continent.
The word warrior is a patriot  and strong believer of mental emancipation for Africans from the womb of poverty.He stands up strong in his stance of mental liberation with, no war,no corruption, no tribalism, no political differences or hypocrisy.He missions towards eradicating waves of betrayal amongst  fellow leaders will wipe away famine on the treasured continent of Africa and crowning us with prospects of  to be  a Wealthier, Healthier and Happier and Sound Africa.

NURUDINI BAKARI OMARI  AKA  N.b.o.Sengasu was born in a small village (Goha, ward Mazinde, district Korogwe on 28 February 1998.

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He schooled in Arusha from 2016-2018 and was then selected to tertiary education at Sokoine University Of Agriculture (SUA) in Bachelor of Tourism Management (BTM).

Meet Tanzania’s Warrior of Words #CreatePreneurAfrica N.b.o.Sengasu

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

This is the ‘safari’ of my life,  made by challenges and difficulties that determined my future.

From younger days to being a teenager different feelings confused my life….like dreams of being a pilot, when I saw an airplane for the first time……being a driver, because it was the  profession of my uncle ….being big farmer and pastoralists like my parents ……..and then  more to have more wives, like my grandfather.

But these passed like a shadow in my eyes like dreams of Collins African Youth (Birds) melted by either economic, social, environmental or a political system of where they live.

Families raise kids according to what they envision will be the future of their sons and daughters. With an uncountable number of challenges in my life of education, I never gave up. I believed in working hard to reach my dreams. I thought education only could make my life but only imagination and stories remain in my mind.

I had a passion to bring honor at home for eliminating poverty I will reach my passion of being the hero in my  family , nation,and Africa as whole…… hence there is where my real choice in life came to join fellow Patriots Africans (African Birds Singing) for the same song in action (African Songs) to reach development,

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African Birds is many with different colors, birds with black color, white, black, and red are all found, for these unique homogeneous and heterogeneous characters.

African Birds naturally come up with different songs as they seem in the book “Africa Birds Sing, African Songs” songs were sung with different melodies and messages to the whole generation. There might be singer birds who mean by singing with other birds with a common goal or only singing as hypocrites …..or whatever but , because they sing I should join them with new idea from the heart…. prepared to show them the right way of singing nicely, good songs with message and melody to use and resemble our content of singing.

Hence like me like all other African Birds Singing looking for development through different songs. I used to support singers but Stick-on “Mental Liberation” to the other birds in Africa, especially those singing wrongly by whatever force drives them but to the contrary, with our theme to liberate Africa from the womb of poverty to reach DEVELOPMENT. That is all about my beliefs, dreams, passion, and spirit of my life, just as a system made by many things as I become matured enough not because I have been born with it …..no…….one day I could give up by challenges and get fed up and comfort myself with defensive mechanism like a rabbit …….. those were the same childish dreams of being pilot, to buy ship, to be rich, to have many wives, to own the world, to have my own country Africa and starts Gorilla fighting again against colonialists host with elements and foreigners for Africa Independence, not a single Nation.

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

My passion is my life, the journey of my life since birth to the maturity is how I recognized the right passion of my life, hence experience made me have a choice from my dark period to the age I started to be aware and conscious.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I hope my passion appeal to me the most because of being in great seek and thirst for changes in myself, my country, and my family Africa to reach the goal of African DEVELOPMENT.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Making money is among of the agenda in my movement of Africa liberation, the development we need is to improve life welfare, poverty is my enemy with a long history with me, my country and my family Africa.

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

Most of the time I used to give free services to people in need through consciousness and message of my poems in believing that with my strength, a spirit of hardworking and helpful heart, that one day benefits me as an impact not because I was making a business of writing.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Though is very challenging but many things encourage me in this movement,the movements of former Philosophers,Patriots and Men of action , not only Africans but those who did things for majority and tried to change their society and the world positively in their level best like The Late Mwalimu J.K.Nyerere,Mu AmarGadafe,Nelson Mandela,Fidel Castro,Che Gu Guevara,and Karl Marx , Through these people I learned to believe in success, not failure, with whatever reasons but to leave legacy to the generation.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The success of other people belongs to the same life as me, people who had a very hard life but fight to success and today they have Big names, why not me? Yes, I can do it too …..I can be, either an Artist, Businessmen or whoever achieved their life with struggle l should learn from them. It tells me is possible to move from zero to hero, from sand dune to mountain.

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

I advise people to have the mind and tradition of believes that everything is possible in this world if you have a passion for it, and you really want it. And the wise way to doubt and fundamental criticism should be for the sake of making the best things not discouragement. Criticize and show the right way to do the best, this is helpful to get better people who make the best things in society.

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

For those who look at me, they should learn to be their best , even more than me because I know still weakness in me and my work,  all should know that everything is possible. Whatever the issue is that you have on your own mission, strategize on your plans and missions…….never give up, just cooperate with others, ask for help from others. Let them advise you, but not decide for you, because people’s feelings will never be the same.

#CreatepreneurAfrica, award-winning television presenter Uganda’s Kityamuweesi Herbert aka Crysto Panda

Multi-brand ambassador, recording artist, MC, and award-winning TV host CRYSTO PANDA sets forth leaving no stars unturned in sparkling beyond glory........

Born in Kabonera, Msaka, he attended St Jude Primary School, Young Christian Najjanankumbi, St John Kabuwoko, and Datamine Technical Business School before launching his music career in 2017 with Sagala Manya where he featured Da Agent

 

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He then featured in Asht with The Ben from Rwanda

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Meet CreatePreneurAfrica Crysto Panda

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

Crysto Panda is a guy who was born in a poor local village family down in southern Uganda in Kabonera, Masaka district……..My late mum used to be a bartender and she gave birth to me when she was 16years old after dropping out of school. She never studied because she wanted to give me life

Many of her friends advised her to abort me but she never did so, my mum fought so hard for me to study. Unfortunately, I lost my dad when I was 10years old and mum had to raise money for me to study. She passed on in 2011 leaving me with 3 younger brothers to take care of.

The struggle I saw my late mum endure so that I can be who I am today is my still driving force. My true passion in life is to be the best TV presenter, actor, artist and Emcee in Uganda, Africa and worldwide.

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

When I was 9 years old I always told my mum that I wanted to be a doctor one day.  My poverty-stricken life meant cleaning school toilets to raise my school fees.

My school performance became poor in high school  and after a few years my mum passed on when I completed high school

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

I was 20 years old and failed to join a university when mum passed on and I had no sponsors. I realized I could be a good tv presenter, and strived to perfect my language skills in English  like listening to  BBC news and  picking out a few words I didn’t know, noting  them down and then check for the meanings in the dictionary

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I familiarised myself with western music mostly hip-hop music and it took me 3 years as try seeking for an opportunity to work on NTV.

I never gave up trying, then after 4 years they gave me a chance after a seasonal show I did on WBSTV.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Everything ……..because I hustled for who I am today

Waka Talent agency
The first Pan African talent agency.
wakabookings@gmail.com
 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The promises I made to my mum before she passed on kept on pushing me and also my siblings. The love of finishing my studies since all my late mum wanted was  for me to finish up my studies and also cater for my siblings.

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

After being given a chance to host Tnation on NTVUganda in April 2015 I was put on probation for a full year without being paid any single penny.

Then in April 2016, I was given my contract where I was being paid 700,000 shillings which I used to pay for my tuition and my siblings too.

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

Crysto Panda motivates me because I look up to myself and every time I reflect back and see how I used to sleep hungry, walk miles and miles to go to school. Trust me I feel like am not yet there so I get to work so hard because my dream is to represent Uganda on big international entertainment channels like BET and MTVBase

Look at me NOW am a living testimony that dreams come true and its never your problem to be born in a poor family but it will be your problem to die poor

Be you, do you, never give up, patience and persistence are key in life, never give up on your education because it’s the key to success.

If I never finished up my studies trust me I wouldn’t be here, I took myself back to school, paid for myself then am a graduate now and am still studying.

One last thing, be versatile and NEVER FORGET GOD because he has a reason as to why you’re still alive.

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#CreatePreneurAfrica, Tanzania’s John Gambula’s tapping into Bagamoyo’s hub of creative talent

Tanzanian Musician,Choreographer,and allround Performer, Bagamoyo's  'Shijaa'John Gambula,founder of 'Afrika Chungu Marimba',stays committed to empowering the untapped hub of artistic talent in the world of rhythm and beats. He shares his artistic  skills in active participation as a teacher and researcher.  He embraces various soul rhythm projects in Africa and internationally crowning his efforts with his uniquely designed creation of homegrown traditional instruments ! 

All about Afrika Chungu
Marimba.

The vision of ‘Afrika Chungu Marimba’ is about rooting a prosperous Africa  under Africa’s umbrella of  abundant talent. Harvesting a generation of  ever-flowing sustainable development with an emblem to maintain Peace Love and Unity on earth

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In the world of arts, I found Afrika traditional music instruments have a bigger role to play....Passing on the heritage.   -John Gambula 



Once the creators of these exceptional unique musical instruments can no longer continue creating the instrument, the instrument production ceases to exist! Beautiful and awesome musical instruments become extinct! Traditional instruments with  powerful emotional melody leave us

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Even at TASUBA, Bagamoyo College Of Arts (traditional instruments that were once used there are no longer available once the creators of the instruments retire or pass on…All we are left with are modern instruments.  Essentially, we lose our soul…..                                    John Gambula

My idea was intense research into folk music and instruments of our 128 tribe’s in Tanzania. I met artist elders and learned the art of creating them.  We taught and learned in unison ending with a fusion of traditional African instruments with Modern instruments in a  collection of instruments, songs and melody, and rhythms.

“Afrika Chungu Marimba” is dedicated to uplifting the coming generation to reinvent and empower the younger generation to reap the benefits of the powerful sounds rooted in their heritage, showcasing the marvels of Africa’s treasured creativity to the surrounding world.

Rithisha Sanaa Project (RISA Project)

HOPE+ACTION=CHANGE (FUTURE)

The initiation of the Rithisha Sanaa Project was rooted in my passion for working with children. After introducing my ideas to friends we gradually set it off!

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Facilitating youth and children in the pathway  Spiritual, physical, moral, cultural and society’s economic uprising was in motion

Any movement towards achieving a certain vision the most important seed is HOPE. But HOPE alone is not enough. Actions should be taken to attain the desired CHANGE.

“Afrika Chungu Marimba”  Ten Commandments

  1. Integrity
  2. Ethics Volunteerism
  3. Spirit Commitments
  4. Hard work
  5. Leadership
  6. Teamwork
  7. Continuous improvement
  8. Communication
  9. Recognition
  10. Accountability

Meet CreatePrenuerAfrica  John Gambula,  seeding  hope in the uprising  Africa’s untouched talent hub

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What drives you? What is your true passion in life?

It’s all about “doing what I love”. Doing what I love earned support from society. I always dreamed of reaching heights in the world of arts and sharing my skills

My true passion is sharing skills and growing budding talent in society. I want to be the key that unlocks treasures of talent. I believe in supporting and improving skills in creativity.

By sharing what I have children learn easily and interact. I help children to be observers in the creative world. Sharing through arts builds respect. It builds understanding

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

Since my childhood, I grew up surrounded up in artistic societies. I joined dance groups in my village and I found my passion for dancing and singing

What about your passion attracts you most?

Working Hard. Achieving more. Sharing what I have and learning from others.

Arts and creativity is an effective tool of body, mind and soul empowerment for children, youth and society in general.

What led you to make money from your passion?

Earning from what the work I love.  Getting paid for performances and selling creative products ensures every life moment is special. Time is precious and being privileged to savor every  living moment, loving your work on earth, is loving life

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

When I was kid age of 10 years I got money during my dancing. Audiences come and give rewards on stage

There were rewards at wedding parties and dance performances. These were my first steps to earn money through my passion.

What kept you going when you thought giving up?

Ultimately, my passion I have, together with the appreciation from my people in the society I communicate with. Changes always need action and effort to reach desired dreams.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The desire to succeed and working hard to give more to society.

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

“Time tells and the results can prove”

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

Work hard and stay committed. Do what you love most. Never Give up! Do what you love most. Things are possible.
Hope and commitment and actions bring you to future change.

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ChiniYaMbuyu : Musical ‘Storytelling’ Theatre – we need poets,musicians,performing artists and storytellers

 +255 658496359
shijagambula@yahoo.co.uk
gambulajohn@gmail.com
Facebook: John Gambula
Facebookpage: Chungu Marimba
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Websites: http://www.johngambula.wix.com/marimbadrum

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#CreatePreneurAfrica’s seasoned hotelier , Zimbabwe’s Steven Nemasango

In the realm of an economic meltdown with little or no prospects to aspire to, Steven Nemasango embarked on a journey for across the Zimbabwe border on a purpose driven search.

An initiation into desired greener pastures meant selling roses a night at traffic lights and cutting roadside grass in South Africa

However, trials,tribulations twisted in daily life hindrance paved his pathway with stepping stones to success........
Steven Nemasango Assistant General manager for a prestigious Boutique Hotel in Magaliesburg, South Africa and acquired his first Degree in Information & Technology Management.
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Meet Zimbabwe’s, #CreatePreneurAfrica’s  Steven Nemasango

 

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

I am success driven and I always challenge myself that whatever background disadvantage I had must not affect my future goals. I never blame anyone for my poor upbringing instead I use that to motivate myself to success against all odds

 

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

I was 18 and growing up with a single parent she mended my hospitality passion. My number one passion was IT which was beyond my mother’s affordability.

I ended up studying and fulfilling my passion for hospitality.

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What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

The love for the hospitality industry, meeting new people and creating opportunities and now IT within the hospitality and the ever-evolving trends in the industry

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Loving what I do and doing it best.

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

When I was employed as a Room Attendant at Holiday Inn Harare in 1999 …… that was the birth of a star in the making through determination and perseverance. 

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Resilience, Passion, Determination, Patience and never die attitude

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

I am not in a competition with anyone, I run my own race at my own pace, I don’t look on my left either right to see how others are doing. There is a season and time for everything and I know my time will always come

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

I was told that I will be destitute for my entire life, but I was destitute for three days and I picked up the pieces and continued to build my puzzle.

The best is still to come so I wish those that doubted me a long life to see me flourishing. In my vernacular, they say if you kick a frog you think you are punishing it whilst you are actually helping it to cross.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you? 
Never ever stop dreaming, the horizon is endless. You definitely sow today and reap tomorrow. The journey to success is littered with thorns, rocks, doubters, all sorts of discouragement, backstabbers, jealous, etc., but set your eyes on the goal and do not lose focus. Victory is certain, my spiritual being then tell me that ‘If God is on your side who can be against you,’ Romans 8 vs 31
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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.
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#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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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.
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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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 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.

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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

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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

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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.”

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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

 

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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.

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#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”
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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)

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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

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

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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.

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#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.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 




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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

I’ve never listened to them.

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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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.

#CreatePreneurAfrica #SHUJAA_KIROHO MTOTO…# LANGUAGEREVOLUTION

#SHUJAA _#WARRIOR  #Kiroho Mtoto : Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu  #WARRIOR  *spirit child taking back our earth_
The concept needs no global applause for it’s creation for any individual. It is a  universal calling _The creators are merely messengers.
It has been seeded, will be rooted and branched for the final soul harvest. The journey will manifest….  as it is surely a key to  “heaven on earth

http://www.thundafund.com/project/spiritchildwarrior

https://www.gofundme.com/shujaa-warrior-languagerevolution

Join the #LANGUAGEREVOLUTION_#SHUJAA #WARRIOR_ #KIROHO MTOTO coming soon. Spirit child taking back our world!

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https://www.gofundme.com/shujaa-warrior-languagerevolution

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

“Úshujaa” : Mtoto wa kiroho kurudisha ulimwengu wetu
#WARRIOR
*spirit child taking back our earth
  • Nena Tenacity #SHUJAA MESSENGER TEAM
  • Kihaka Gnd #WARRIOR
  • Gontse Manyelo #LIVECAPTURE_#camerallightsaction
  • Makhomotho Ngwasheng#FINALTOUCH..master of post-production…….
  • .Joseph Sarimbo…#MWALIMUKISWAHILI . Kiswahili expertise..
  • Sipho Mushwana#KISWAHILIAMBASSADOR
    musically flowing with PAN AFRICAN  MAKUKU LEGENDARY ENTERTAINMENT compositions .and more..tune in.

MESSENGERS ON BOARD

Testimonial from #SHUJAA Messenger
High and low tides….life has been on low tides…cash flow not flowing can leave you numb,  you pass out most of the day. Today passing time waiting for answers, I went outside, listening to president Magufuli,, workers day speech…And I imagined, daydreams, dozed off n dreamed in scenes, myself @kihakasupertanzaniastar @Mwalimu Kiswahili we’re meeting with Magufuli. Magufuli was chuckling n amused at my theme cos he figured I was not quite eloquent with Swahili. And I had to state a case of the concept. Justified myself as a third eye.
Then I said we just need support to.make the movie, the profits can go to Tanzania development budget and a portion to SA Kiswahili launch since these are in our storylines.yes….my.dream …We met Magufuli

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

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“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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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

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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
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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
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#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.

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

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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#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

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  • 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.

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Tanaka Anorld
+263775133280
anotana23@gmail.com

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

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Anorld Tanaka                                                                   Nishati Africa( Pty )Ltd

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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

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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

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 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.

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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 

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2006/2007 – BayFM

2008/2009 – UlimateFM

2014- UCT radio

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2017- Mxxl Radio- in
Maseru, Lesotho.

Ltv – Maseru, Lesotho 2008

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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.

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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.

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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.

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#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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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 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.

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#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.

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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

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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.

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#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.

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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…

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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!

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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!

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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……

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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

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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….

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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.
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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!

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#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

 

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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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.
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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.
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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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Waka Talent agency
The first Pan African talent agency.
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Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

Takes a deep breath…..

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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.

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What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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  • 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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

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

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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 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

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“I believe a life without a vision is like a journey with no destination in mind”    Oscar Bimpong

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“I believe a life without a vision is like a journey with no destination in mind”    Oscar Bimpong

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He is currently working on the manuscript of two books: 

Leadership Lens: A Spectacle that fits everyone

 Mindset Revolution - Re-engineering the Mind from Prison to Purpose

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Meet  # CreatePreneurAfrica, OSCAR BIMPONG

A visionary leader paving promising economic pathways of success!

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

I have been asked this question of what drives me the umpteenth time and my answer hasn’t changed over the years.

My mandate on earth is to help as many people that I can to realise their vision and to live their full potential in life.

I believe a life without a vision is like a journey with no destination in mind.

My mission is to help people and organisations to identify where they are and where they want to be and to develop a plan to get there. That is every vision must have a passion that fuels it.

For me, the testimonies I get from the people are the fuel that ignites my passion on a consistent basis.

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

In relation to when I discovered my passion, I can say at a younger age. My dad, Edward Bimpong, inspired me at a younger age.

He is the one that told me that, Oscar, always pursue your own vision even if you have a full-time job.

This statement is ingrained in my mind such that it is part and parcel of my life. However, my passion was ignited after University. I have exploited different businesses over the last two decades until I found out what my true purpose on earth is.

That is the teacher in me was brought to bear in the last decade, leading me to become a motivational speaker, a business trainer and a consultant.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

The fact is not every passion starts to make money from the first day you identify it. That is the reality on the ground. Many in life are disappointed not just because they are not good at their trade but because their concentration on money prevented them from having opportunities to exhibit what they are passionate about.

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

I remember the first time I made money from speaking was about five years ago after working on my vision for three years prior to that. Since then, more doors have opened to me to speak on different platforms across the globe. My initial sacrifice of giving my services for a free paved way for others to know what I’m worth and what I can do to the best of my ability.

Can you define the root of your passion. What makes it personally appealing to you?

What I have got to understand over the years is that if you identify your purpose, giving up begins to become extinct in pursuit of your vision. Your purpose becomes a hobby. I have never seen anyone in life that has given up on their hobby just because they are encountering challenges in pursuing it. Many always give up in life because their God-given purpose is not aligned to their vision.

Furthermore, my source of motivation every day comes from God and secondly my conscious effort to bring a difference in the lives of the people I encounter on the daily basis. The more I get results, the more motivated I become. Meaning consistency in pursuit of any vision is critical to the success of that vision.

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

To the people who doubted me, especially from family and friends, I have got to a stage in life where I have discovered that they are part of your success journey.

I always advise people that, those that doubted you should not make you feel bad or emotional, but they should be a source of inspiration, not to prove them wrong, but to let your success story inspire hope in them and ignite their vision as well. That is, I want them to say to themselves:

“If you could do it, then we can achieve our dreams too”

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

My advice to anyone aspiring or pursuing their vision is to understand that this is a journey and not a destination. Success is not an overnight phenomenon but a continuous effort to become a better version of yourself or vision on a daily basis. The moment you have the passion for instant success, that is the moment you start to fail.

Patience, tenacity, hard work with a strategic focus and a positive mindset coupled with self-belief is what you need to survive in the market of pursuing your own vision.

It is never an easy journey, but having role models that have done what you want to achieve is one source of inspiration to let you know that it is possible.

That is I want to assure you that it is possible if only you believe.

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

 

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

 

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

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

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

Here I am. You can see it.

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

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

#CreatePreneurAfrica South Africa’s Refilwe Madumo

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

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

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

 

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Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – Refilwe Madumo

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

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

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

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

 

 

 

 

The first creations were

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

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

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

Every child should embrace diversity in the world”

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

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

 What drove you to make money from your passions? 

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

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

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


What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

 

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

 

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

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

 

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#CreatePreneurAfrica, Nigeria’s_ Mr Austin Uche_ Dr Moringa_Herbal Healing

Mr Austin Uche...DR MORINGA , a  PAN_AFRIKAN visionary, a determined natural herb healer follows the essential life testimony "HEALTH IS WEALTH". He pledges to play his part in the strengthening of the health of AFRIKAN people so that they actively build the continent and the world at large. He acknowledges the prevalence of modern sicknesses and believes that "NATURE TREATS NATURE".

"Stigma generally attached to African herbs. The Western world who wanted to promote their pharmaceutical industry and amass wealth painted natural indigenous herbs and practices thereof as pagan or evil"

“Use indigenous organic herbs to help maintain their bodies healthy and also to deal with many diseases because natural herbs have the ” pure spirit of life”
Dr Moringa

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Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica…… Herbal Healer.Mr Austin Uche- Dr. Moringa 

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

Natural Healing. God-given. This I believe is the amazing Moringa tree. My name is Mr. Austin Uche, people around me know me as Dr. Moringa because of the knowledge I share about the powerful healing Moringa tree. I believe in the treasure of natural herbs in Africa

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

I started knowing about Afrikan herbs from my grandmother when I was about 6yrs of age. She used to use herbs to heal people in the family and around too. She told me about how Afrika was blessed with life and natural herbs and knowledge and wisdom by God and she always emphasized that we must not forsake this divine heritage from God who created our ancestors.

I grew up drinking and using herbs all my life and I’ve never been to clinic or hospital all my life .hahahaha (he laughs)

It’s unbelievable!. After she passed flesh nobody continued with the healing at home.

One day in my sleep she appeared up me and called me by my Igbo name ‘KELECHI’ which means thank God.

She said “my son don’t let my dream die or be forgotten. Continue where I left.” She stretched her hand and touched me and showed me a tree called DOGONJARO which she used a lot while she was still in her flesh (alive). I woke up.

I was 20yrs old then. I traveled to Lagos and started attending church. In church every last weekend of the month we used to go camping and fasting in the Mountain of mercy in Ekiti state. One night in that mountain I overheard and eavesdropped the conversation of 3 elders discussing the Moringa tree.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

One day I asked an elder called Mr Maze Onyenso about the Moringa tree.he said to me “my son Moringa tree is a miracle tree of life which cures over 300 sicknesses in the human body “I requested him to show me the tree and he took me to the home of another elder in another village called Korodi who has the tree at his yard.

In that yard, we arrived and I took the leaves of the tree and ingested them .after that I felt lots of energy in my body. The old man of that house explained to us the health benefits of the Moringa tree and showed us Moringa seeds, leaves,oil and many other herbal concoctions with moringa tree. From then I decided to venture into this moringa healing mission

 

What drove you to make money from your passions?


I started in Lagos selling moringa herbal products of different packages and other indigenous herbs too. Things didn’t go with maximum momentum. One day I decided to travel to South Africa to meet my friend therein.

In SA one day I was arrested and put in the police station cells. In the cells my grandma came in a vision and said “my son go back to what you know best and don’t do anything you don’t know or that will put you in trouble in life .you are a saviour of life ….” after waking up I thought of what I can do and remembered what my grandmother had said to me sometime back about continuing from where she left. Having been released from cells I used the last money I had and posted it back home for my friend to buy n send me some moringa herbs. It is that stock I started with.

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

I had no shop so I used to sell at the taxi rank where I could meet many people from different places. I introduced the Moringa tree to the people around and explained it’s health benefits. The Moringa tree and herbs grew in fame and people started calling me Dr. Moringa. With the belief in the divine powers, I persevered and continued selling the herbs to earn a living while healing the people. After a while, I could afford a shop from which you operate and the clientele grew.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up? 

 

The biggest challenge have been finances to make this business grow to my envisioned level because this is big and we need lots of things and machinery too so that we can even improve on our packaging to meet the modern standard.
Another issue is the stigma generally attached to African herbs. The Western world who wanted to promote their pharmaceutical industry and amass wealth painted natural indigenous herbs and practices thereof as pagan or evil.
So our Afrikan people sometimes prefer to go for and spend in western medicine. This cripples the growth of indigenous healing businesses. Processed medicine is less powerful than original organic herbs yes our Afrikan people must realize this and change their attitudes so that we grow in health as a nation.
A healthy nation can build itself and improve its standards of life using its indigenous resources. Sometimes there are those who discourage me against this healing business especially in times when I can’t make enough to cover all my needs and bills.
So yeah this creates internal pressure to you see but we learn to overcome that.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
All things motivate me to continue with this business. When I managed to heal my father who had arthritis I realized the power there is. The feedback I get from the people who buy herbs from me and get healed while some who used to fail to get kids managed to conceive after using these herbs. New knowledge and skills I get each time about herbs and mixtures and also creative managing skills motivate me. Belief in myself and in the divine higher power keeps me moving on and on. I thank God for knowledge because knowledge is power
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you? 
hahaha….. mostly I don’t feel bad now because I have come to self realizationion and I believe in me. I believe my dream is life itself . So when i realise any discourages me or doubt me I feel inspired to work more and increase my creativity in my business.
 What message do you have to those that doubted you?

I thank them for fuelling my inspiration in my business and it is such attitude that built me into a strong African conquering lion I am. What makes a man in life is even doing successful things which prove those who are contrary that a gift is God in a person so God is limitless.

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

Dr Moringa “firstly I encourage my African sisters and brothers to discover themselves and stand for who they are and live to manifest the God in them .

Never let your gift remain silent till you go with it to your grave. Be confident in yourself get up wakeup be a servant to your nation.

Yes, never give up in the good you do no matter the obstacles . Your health is the basis for your wealth.

Use organic African herbs to empower your health . These herbs contain the life force of God when u use them you absorb the life force of God into your body . Eat healthy too . With our health, we can build AFRIKA.

Cell:- 0836149125 or 0611046074
Email:-moringaaustin@gmail.com.
PHYSICAL ADDRESS:- SHOP NO.3
Corner Albertina &Frank Street 
Roodport 
Johannesburg 
SOUTH AFRICA.

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passion? 

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

Nothing at all.

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

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

 

 

#CreatePreneurAfrica, 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

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

She is actively involved in creative writing teams for internationally distributed shows such as a miniseries for Ebony Life Channel,  acquired by Sony Television Pictures (pre-production) , as well as Bedford Wives, an SABC TV series currently available on Amazon.

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  • 2014 : Jack Nicholson award for  Screenwriting
  • 2015: Ron Baham Memorial Fellowship in Comedy
  • 2016 : DISCOP pitching competition for the TV category.

Chinaka also teaches TV Writing at AFDA Johannesburg, one of the
top film and television schools in Africa.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica, Chinaka Iwunze on her visual journey from page to screen

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
After years of thinking I know the answer to this question and then realising I haven’t the faintest clue, I think I may have come somewhat close to an answer to what truly drive me or what my true passion in life is and that is: happiness.
Happiness should be the beginning and the end of every journey. The problem is that we as people have an idea of what we think drives us and we make a move for it but what we don’t realise is that we are fighting against our natural, organic happiness.
Happiness does not always come as we have imagined it and so we fight it, instead of letting it happen… But if by passion you mean my career then that would be visual storytelling!
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I was five years old when my passion found me. I used to go around with a note book which my parents made sure to replace when I ran out of pages. I wrote stories, very random stories.
However, it was when I was doing my undergraduate degree that I was able to pinpoint and focus my passion to film and television. I knew I wanted to see my stories on the screen – big and small.
Passion comes in two phases: 1.) Fate – where God puts the purpose… the calling… the ideas in your heart and no matter how much you fight it, you will never have peace until you answer to it.
2.) Destiny – where once you have answered the calling to be a storyteller, a creator then you make things happen. Force people to notice you, hear you and never let ignorance from others or fear deter you. It’s not easy.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? 
The spiritual side to it. I am someone who naturally wants to be in control of things and writing and creating has taught me that there’s a natural process to things.
You cannot rush the process. It’s interesting how when you are writing and you realise there’s a greater power at hand when suddenly the plot and characters suddenly come together so organically, so deliciously you want to jump on your table and do the shoki while crying at the same time.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I had no choice. Like I said, it was a calling. When you are constantly receiving ideas – even in the middle of the night, at some point you have to ask yourself what will you do with them.
At first I engaged with it for my pleasure and then I met people that helped me realise that I could make money from it and I decided to walk that path.
It is not an easy path and that’s why I know there’s a greater power at hand. It is by the grace of this higher power, of God that I am able to keep going. And of course the support from my family has been everything.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
When I came back from film school, I got my first writing gig with Ebony Life channel. That was in 2016. I wrote for Fifty The Series.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I remember the day I watched the Lord of the Rings and as I sat and watched the end credits roll up the screen, I cried. I cried, not because I loved it so much (which I did) but because all I could think about was that I should be part of those names on the end credits.
I should be sharing stories with the world too. I need to be telling stories. So whenever I want to quit I remember this. I know that my heart will feel a void if I quit and that’s not a nice feeling.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My family, mentors and friends who have been so supportive of me. I want to be successful for them, for myself, for God.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
“Watch this space. This show has just begun!”
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
My advice is: always say yes to opportunities that will allow you to showcase yourself. Keep your mind open but alert. There are many opportunities, both good and bad.
You need to know that you will be burnt along the way but always remind yourself of why you want to create and keep creating!
Never stop.  Also keep speaking to people and don’t wait for someone to help you out, if you need to cold call a company or someone, do it! You are your best agent!
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#CreatePreneurAfrica – Ghana’s Karley Mettle Addo FEMALE CORPORATE MC

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

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

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

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

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Her current active projects include:

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

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

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

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Karley Mettle

 

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2. Dream, Big, Start small. 

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

#CreatePreneurAfrica from the foothills of Kilimanjaro- Joseph Adelard Sarimbo

 

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

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

 

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

https://web.facebook.com/bryansarimbo?ref=br_rs

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

KARIBU.....He sees his calling as a mission for all to fall in place one day! SIPHO Mushwana has a soul passion. A soul passion of UBUNTU. A writer, a musician, and a teacher and a soul Pan African visionist...he is ready to set stage for the unity of Africa across tribal or geographic locations!

"I am fully in the field of Afrikan Culture and education for the development of the Afrikan nation" ...........Sipho Mushwana

UBUNTU is the essence of life, the Afrikan way. Sipho Mushwana, #ExploremotherladAfrica author and editor, and also  on a screenplay team of ‘ SHUJAA, KIROHO MTOTO  set up to be the feature film launch of the millennium..…..

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His life chapters are engraved in his collection of  expressive writings:

  • ONCE WAS IMPORTANT
  • GOVERNMENT TERRORISTS
  • THEY KNELT AND PRAYED MAMA
  • BETRAYAL

His soul introduction is circumvented in his essays

  • ÚBUNTU,
  • NURTURED BY NATURE
  • CHURCHES IN AFRICA

He grows in his creativity and content and rhythms of emancipation He has engaged in multiple projects in various studios and keeps shining the light.

He has a soul passion for KISWAHILI.  The liberating and uniting language across tribes and ethnicity for A Pan-African cause – The world is awakening into a realization and uprise of a continent bearing centuries of downgrade and shame.

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Meet #CreateprenuerAfrica  SIPHO MUSHWANA  steering the realms of PAN AFRIKA

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

What drives me is my soul calling. A purpose driven life. I see myself as one of the single rays of the sun that illuminates the entire universe as a single droplet combined to make the biggest ocean.

What drives my movement is the journey of self-experience. That is the biggest aspiration. To fully explore, experience and manifest the god, Goddess power and essence in me.

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

I became conscious of myself in1999 when nature and the universe ushered me into the area of PAN-AFRICANISM AND AFRIKAN SPIRITUALITY. Since then I have been growing

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

By the  UNIVERSAL LAW OF RHYTHM,  nothing is permanent. All things come and pass. So I keep real and true  to my PURPOSE OF THIS REINCARNATION as I also acknowledge that  soul transition may happen at any moment in life

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

Depends on what payment is defined as. I have been paid with the realisation of my purpose in this universe. Rewarded I can say. A gift beyond borders

Let’s develop the script fully and make it more competent for the market THEN THE UNIVERSE WILL AWARD THE PROJECT WITH SUPPORT FINANCIALLY

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Even if it is 100% overcast in the day, The sun never fails to give light. This natural phenomenon inspires me to tackle challenges with all courage and self-realness

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

OK, another person’s eyes are my mirror to see some parts of me and the feedback fuels my energy field to think extra creatively and work extra harder in all that I do. To them, I say I always take their doubts for motivation BECAUSE IN MY INNER WORLD PESSIMISM HAS NO PLACE. I advise all to always see the light in the next person and also have faith in that EVEN THE LITTLE SPARK OF A FLAME CAN GROW INTO THE BIGGEST FIRE OF LIFE.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

I advise all to get intact with their inner selves and discover the nature of creation in them. Nurture that into self-manifestation. All is possible when we align our psyche body soul into the laws of the universe

 

#CreatepreneurAfrica : South Africa’s Mpilo Ntshangase , Shining the Forex light of Africa

Mpilo Ntshangase's life journey started as a soul calling in the core of South Africa, Kwa Zulu Natal.  His personal 'passive resistance' and purpose driven resilience initiated as an electrical engineer......and then, the time arrived.... he sparked off an electrifying journey through the intricate power of economical reasoning. The world market of currencies beyond borders---FOREX

 His overwhelming sense of community kept his spirits alive in midst of life adversities.  His daily ritual stood by the words of Nelson Mandela……..Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world’. It became his prophetic tool of economic emancipation.

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He trudged through pathways, initially certifying himself as an electrical engineer. Further advancement was in BSC in information systems.

Daily living and paying the bills, defined his success in society, but he wanted and needed more. Drawn to the market of currencies, he endowed in foreign exchange.

He went on to complete Honours in BSC Information technology, but eventually was magnetized back into trading forex masterplan

In today’s world there is an abundance of open pathways. Far more than there were two decades ago   ____ Sobethu

Meet CreatepreneurAfrica’s Sobethu – The Forex Light of Wisdom

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

I have a series of embedded passions from athletics to mining. My true passion. Where do I begin? Hard to answer as I hold each one of them close to me.

My passion is life. Breathing every day. Being alive, sharing……caring. My passion is about uplifting life circumstances and transcending over the blocks, pass the trudges, wither the storm and stream ahead!

My passion blossoms into doing all I can do for others. I feel when you have an abundance to give you do it holistically. You do not feel any loss giving out what you have. My passion is seeing all around me blooming in success. I beam in the success of others. A combination of individual success equals the success of  our nation and our global world

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

I cannot place a definite age to my passion about living. Since the day I was born I guess. Haha…… But I heard my brother Sthembiso was not too happy about the news of my arrival. I was lucky. I was the last born, so I guess I can never really truly know his state of mind at that time.  A new arrival invading your space. We are a true team now though!

Ok ..let me get down to the list.

Athletics was my passion, that was in early schooling year, and soccer of course. But that subsided with societal realities and rules.  I had to study and get a job to live.   A technical background secured this at tertiary education life stages. So  I qualified as an electrical engineer. I qualified and certified myself until I had a BSC  and Honours in Information Systems.

I discovered Forex as a byline along the way. An income coming in added benefit to a 9-5 regular job. Then I saw the potential in the forex market.  I was magnetized. There was no stepping back. Making a living at your fingertips. Who could ask for more?

Forex is natural, not about certified education, but mental emancipation, An overall empowerment tool. There were no traders or mentors when I strolled into the sector in South Africa at that time. This is when I decided to take it on to train others.

Meet CreatePreneurAfrica Sobethu FOREX LIGHT IN AFRICA

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I spent seventeen years of my life waking up to new working days, just to pay the bills. Wasted time and energy.  Most of us only realize this on retirement.

Passion is not automatic when your hours are controlled in a clock system. Passion subsides.

My passion is rising above this and teaching others to do the same.

What appeals to me is uplifting lives. We can rise against economic disempowerment thrust on us. We can. There is no reason to be crying at budget speeches and waiting for handouts and grants. Africa must rise again!

What drove you to make money from your passions?

Passion becomes money, Passion pays you if you are true to your cause. You are guided to empowerment at the tip of your fingers.

What drove me to make money from passions? I saw a way out of nine to five lockdowns as a method. Emancipation in the true sense of the word,

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

When I was an engineer I was paid. That was a tool of empowerment into the world of money. My passion is abundance and the root of it monetary elements!

As a sideline, I initially experimented in Forex. Then I earned my first five thousand rands. That was a breakthrough. I saw with skill, potential was there. Soon after I doubled my 9-5 paycheck through forex! The time had come. There was no turning back.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

There was never giving up for me. I come from a supportive family of seven siblings. And being the last born I have always been protected by my family shield.

At first, failure can really burst your bubble. This is when I initially stepped back. After some failure. But I don’t see it in those terms anymore. The unsuccessful moments were there as a lesson to drive ahead!

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

What motivates me is the power to change lives. I know I can and I will. What motivates me is seeing others around me take on the mission with tools to trade. Their success is my motivation.

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

I can share the knowledge I have gained when they are ready. And they will see the fruit of their doubts that empowered me

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

Life is filled with serenity and somberness too. It’s part of the package. A recipe for endurance. Stay sober, know your facts and get ahead in the full steam of present! The escarpment of the past may have been there, but were building blocks of what made you and didn’t break you

Progress because you can.  Do not give up. Losing means to learn from it. Turbulence cannot be accepted as a norm. Rise above! Because you can. There are no limits.

Patience , Perserverance , Commitment as accepting that being unsuccessful does not define failure but ioens up new learning paths

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

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

Residence: New Caledonia, Noumea with Milton Band.

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DAVID MARAMA DISCOGRAPHY

1.Watafiti Tanga: 

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

2, Watafiti Umoja : 

Frontline Studios, Harare 1984

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

3. Muziki Manjaro: Melbourne, Kangarumba 2006

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

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

5. Royal Swazi Spa:Melbourne 2015:African Puzzle

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

8. David Marama with Milton Band: Melbourne 2013

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

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

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

Gavaza :

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

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

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How would you feel?

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

Meet CreatePreneur Africa  A musical legend  from Malawi – David Marama

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

Tell us what drives you?

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

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

What is your true passion in life?

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

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

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

What passion appeals to you the most? 

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

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mthunzi Mvubu

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

 What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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#CreatePreneurAfrica Marial Awendit, Poetically speaking from South Sudan

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

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

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

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

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

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

Meet # CreatePreneurAfrica, poet from  South Sudan -Marial Awendit

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you most?

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

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

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

What drove you to make money from your passion?

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Sonto Nhlapo

 

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

Sontanne Group

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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PILI MTONGA  +255 657 348 876

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

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

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

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

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

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

#AFRICA MODERN ART FASHION

The Story Of Bagamoyo

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

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

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

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

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

 What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passion?

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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#CreatepreneurAfrica – Africa Modern Arts Project Bagamoyo @ Saidi Mbungu

 

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

 

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

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

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

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

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About Us

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

He has actively contributed to many digital platforms:

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

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

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

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

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

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

https://www.wakaagency.biz/

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

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

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What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My children, my husband and my faith in God.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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