#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.

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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.

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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 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 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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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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#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 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..…..

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

 

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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 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!

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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 – Cape Town’s ‘global lens’ wonder Ayesha Kae-Kazim

 

With a soul life purpose embracing diversity of people and places, eighteen year old Ayesha Kae-Kazim, educated in fourteen different countries all over the world,is ready to set 'global footprints'on the world stage in the narrative of captivating images.

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An aspiring documentary photographer, Ayesha  Kae-Kazim is currently studying photography and imaging at New York University. Her creative vision was seeded in early life stages. Born into a prominent family of creatives, her magnetizing aspirations set off into the world era of imagery and its significant role in today’s modern world.

by : Ayesha Kae-Kazim

A modern age career in photography is backed by marvelous and creatives with amazing creations.  Ayesha’s global perspective inspires her vision to unite different communities through art. Her lens often draws her to striking colors and individuals lost in their element, performing the tasks they know by heart.

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Gifted with a life purpose of meeting new people and learning about new cultures, she is drawn to experiences and lessons learned. Her ultimate passion is rooted in the visual medium of storytelling. A platform for juxtaposing communities and world exploring

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By: Ayesha Kae-Kazim
“200 kilometers into the Arctic Circle, a place I would never thought I could have ended in…… Traveling to all these different countries my teachers and my classmates have been the one that I think I’ve learned the most from, about not only the country that we are in but also about myself and what I would like to give back from my journey”
 Ayesha Kae-Kazim
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“You can be solid in your beliefs and your understandings of the world but you can also learn to cultivate them based on what you learn from others”
Ayesha Kae-Kazim
By: Ayesha Kae-Kazim
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Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Global Visionist Ayesha Kae-Kazim

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

I find myself continuously inspired by the stories of others. When I take photographs, my aim is to draw connections between the subject and the viewer.

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

When I was around 10 years old, a friend of my dad’s let me experiment with his digital camera.

This was the first time I had handled a DSLR and I was instantly drawn to the way I could capture my reality from different perspectives and in varying atmospheres.

I went from taking photos of flowers and landscapes that I found generically ‘pretty,’ to capture the candid moments between friends and family. I took comfort in the ability to record and replay memories and thus, photography became a way for me to create a visual journal of my life.

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

I have never been fond of writing and didn’t grow up keeping a journal or diary. When I discovered photography, it became a way for me to document the moments that were important to me, exactly as they happened from my point-of-view.

The thing that drew me most to photography was the way in which the medium allowed me to share my stories with others while remaining true to my reality.

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

I have yet to make money from my passion! I’m currently in university studying Photography & Imaging and hope that this will take me on the right path to a fulfilling career both in financial and emotional capacities.

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

N/A See Above.

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

Before applying to university for photography, I constantly questioned whether studying a subject within the visual arts field would be the right decision for my future.

However, after talking to family friends who work in areas including film, music, and photography amongst other creative areas, I realized that no matter how much I tried to steer away from this path, would always be drawn to photography. Knowing that I am now receiving guidance from artistic mentors in university motivates me to cultivate my vision and work towards establishing myself as an artist.

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

My peers within university consistently motivate me to work harder within the photographic field. Through class critiques and discussions, I learn about new ways of looking at the world especially within environments that I once considered overly familiar.

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

I have been fortunate enough to be surrounded by people who continue to motivate and support. For one thing, I feel that I have been my biggest critic and I have learned that sometimes you are the only one standing in your way. I may not always be self-assured, but I am learning to have more faith and confidence within my work.

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

It sounds cliched but follow your dreams. As I mentioned before, no matter how much you try to deny it, I believe that you will always end up doing what you are innately drawn to.

Instead of diverging away in search of a ‘more stable’ career, I would encourage those who are passionate about the arts to dive straight in and give their 100% to establishing their career.

#CreatepreneurAfrica- Riaan Hendricks, prolific South African filmmaker on the “Ramothopo the Centenarian” journey

A multi-award winning, Cape Town's prolific film director, Riaan Hendricks weaves into a rich tapestry of storytelling moments engrossed in the delicate elements of his creations. He wavers on motions of a constant struggle to engage audiences with emotional landscapes of life characters and stories into the beyond of everyday lives. His latest film follows the 110-year old Ramothopo and his 99-year-old wife, Anna.

Ramothopo

 

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He initiated his ‘sterling directorial debut’  into the world of documentary with ‘A Fisherman’s tale in 2004.

His celebrated work constantly pushes the boundaries laid out in the documentary genre. Riaan is currently completing his Masters in Film at the Universtiy of Cape Town( UCT).

Skype: riaanhendricks | Twitter: @filmseason
Vimeo: riaanhendricksfilm | Facebook: riaanhendricks

A Fisherman’s Tale (2004) “…reminds me of the art of Picasso and Diego Riviera, who had used their art to animate the condition of the working people and their dignity”
– Professor Ben Turok, 
Independent Newspapers.

His film “The Devils Lair (2013) was received critical acclaim and was played on almost all the continents receiving multiple film awards.

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  • Best Documentary World Cinema Award at the New Zealand International
  • Documentary Edge Festival 2014
  • Best Documentary Feature Award SAFTA’s 2014
  • Best Documentary Feature Editor Award SAFTA’s 2014
  • Jury Special Mention Documentary, Luxor Film Festival, 2014
  • Best South African Documentary Feature, JOZI FILM FEST 2014
  • Best South African Feature Documentary, Screen Excellence Award, 2013
  • Jury Special Mention at the 24th Festival Cinema Africano Asia Latin Americana, 2014

Meet CreatepreneurAfrica’s  profound South African filmmaker, Riaan Hendriks

Riaan Hendricks is a filmmaker. A beekeeper. Publisher of Docstreet Radio (www.soundcloud.com/docstreet).

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What is your latest film all about?

My latest film is titled “Ramothopo the Centenarian”. It’s story of what it takes to return the love and care to 110-year old Ramothopo old and Anna his 99-year-old wife – who for generations played a vital role in their family and community.

In her younger years, Anna spent her younger life as a prophetess and healer. Leprosy was amongst many of the sicknesses she knew how to cure. She assisted many barren women to have children.

Even the mentally ill were lined up at her door for help. It’s not easy to judge her age from gauging her intelligent conversations. This woman she is strong – and surpassing 100 is nothing new in their family.

Their home was always a refuge to those in need of help.

Ramothopo was a preacher over hundreds of people. It’s his feeble state that compelled his granddaughter to spend more time with him in what seems to be the last years of his life. She’d leave her Cape Town family behind and journey the 1800km trip with 2 year old Anushka to attend to Ramothopo – whom she calls her dad. Her own dad passed away when she was still very young.

The film itself is a heart-warming experience. We all have a Ramothopo and an Anna in our lives. And if time permits – we too will find ourselves where they are. After watching the film – you’ll never look at life quite the same again.

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How did you finance the film?

This is one of the most expensive films i’ve made in recent years. It’s also my longest. The cost cannot be translated into cash value – since it’s entirely funded with passion, handwork, and perhaps diligence. Usually, you’d go out and look for money before you film – or when you are in the edit. This film, however – was never meant to be a film. Initially, I was merely taken by the contrast between my two-year-old daughter and her interaction with her great-grandparents. I chose to film it for memories keep shake.

However – the more I filmed, the harder it became to confront the themes as it manifested itself.

I’m of sound mind and healthy body. To confront the realities of feebleness, old age and the dependence on love and care is the hardest I’ve ever filmed. Yet it’s in the very struggle of processing the themes and translating it into meaning that a film gets born. From experience, I know that is how all my films are done. It’s in your heart where the film gets born.

Thus every time we went to Botlokwa, i’d film. And the more I filmed – the more the humanness of feebleness, madness, and love emerged.

A life experience that changes you often makes a good film. This film changed me. I could not walk away from it without translating it into cinema and be titling it “Ramothopo the Centenarian”.

Where to from here?

Well, the film was finished a few days before the Encounters International Documentary Film Festival. The festival itself has always been the home ground of South African documentary cinema. So I’m thankful for their continued support of my work over the years. But with the Ramothopo, I truly thought that this time around they will be rejecting my work!

The film has possibly the longest documentary film shot that I know of. It’s a black and white film. It’s about old age. Yet, the maturity of their film selection and their ability to appreciate documentary cinema implies that South African documentary has a great future under their curatorship. So long live Encounters!

Obviously, we’d like to have the film broadcast. It is the centenary year of Nelson Mandela. If ever a film reflects the lives of our ordinary aged and feeble – this is the one.

I’m hoping a broadcaster will pick it up – so that we can translate some of the sweat, blood, and tears into bread, butter and attend to some requests their granddaughter has for her grandparents.

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

It’s in the heart. That’s’ where it starts. Follow your instinct – even if it makes little sense. It’s not supposed to make sense – you are a filmmaker, not an actuary. If the final product has no resonance with your audience – move over to the next film. It’s a combination of your external physical craft and your internal filmmaker’s voice being honed. If the festival or funder rejects your work. Cry loud. Wipe your tears soldier. Eventually – it will all come together. You have to explore and discover through your cinematic choices who you really are.

And you have to push it. When you are young – it’s easy to close doors with your restless passion and vocal conflicting ideas. It’s fine. Let them close the doors. If you are able to stand up for what you believe and go hungry for it. Do it. It will only shape your character resulting in better work down the line.

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

My first real paid job was when the National Film and Video Foundation funded my 26-minute documentary “A Fisherman’s Tale (2003).” When you consider how these guys are developing our industry, making huge financial investments in our development as film-makers – often granting us the license to explore our medium: regardless of its commercial value. We should applaud them for it.

Storytelling is an act of culture – their commitment ensured great vibrancy thereof. Furthermore, they managed to create a conducive environment to grow our talent and industry. If only our public broadcaster could come to the table in the same way. Could you imagine what positive impact that would have on the emergence of South African cinema?

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#CreatepreneurAfrica, Liberia’s Patrice Juah – “A Gem of Unimaginable Proportions”

“She is a Poet”

“She is a Writer ”  

She is a  Presenter 

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Patrice Juah is on a mission, a soul mission. A universal calling to support young women leaders. A Mandela Washington fellow of (YALI), President Obama's Young African Leaders Initiative ,Patrice Juah is dedicated to shine the light on marvels of Liberia.

 

  She is the crown of

#CreatePreneurAfrica  !   

 

 

 

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A poetic narrative documentary ‘LONESTAR Gem of Unimaginable Proportions is currently in development based on the publication #UnderDucorSkies”

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica, Patrice Juah: The shining light of Liberia

#CreatePreneurAfrica – Patrice Juah
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?

I’m driven by creativity, purposeful living, my love for my country and continent, and the desire to make a difference.

My true passion in life is to use the many gifts I’ve been blessed with, to impact lives, and leave behind an inspiring legacy for generations after me.

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

I found my passion at a very young age. As a child, I always enjoyed writing, public speaking and engaging with my community, hence my choosing to study Broadcast Journalism, and continuing to write today.

I spoke before an audience for the first time when I was about three years old and made my broadcasting debut at age 13 or 14. I also started writing at a very young age and won a national poetry competition when I was 16 years old.

Those two passions helped set the tone for the work I currently do.
And although there were times, when I somewhat deviated from them, I always found my way back.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

What appeals to me the most about my passion is how writing, speaking, and all my other talents enable me to connect, inspire and share my experiences with people.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I’m currently investing in my passion and making some money along the way. Earning money from my passions enables me to sustain them, and encourages me to keep pursuing my purpose. I’m consumed by my passion, and doing other things always felt draining.

As the saying goes “If you do what you love, you never have to work a day in your life.” Hence, I seek to disrupt the “struggling artist” narrative and inspire creatives to know that we too can lead financially successful and fulfilling lives.

The journey is long and arduous, but with building and investing in my projects consistently, the fruits will be remarkable someday.

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

During my freshman year in college. It was an exhilarating experience. When I was younger, people would always tell me that the path I’d chosen would lead to a broke life; that writers, journalists and creatives, don’t make money. Doing my first commercial for a major GSM company and getting paid for it was reassuring.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Giving up has never been an option for me. I stop, rest, or even cry, but the thought of giving up never crosses my mind. When I experience challenges, my faith in God, passion for what I do, support from my family and loved ones always keep me going.

Having a solid support system and people who believe in me, is empowering. Also, seeing the impact we’ve had on the girls we work with, through our educational initiatives (Martha Juah Educational Foundation and Sexy Like A Book), drives me to keep pushing.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I believe many people’s destinies are tied to mine, so if I succeed, they too will. If I fail, they will as well. In order to amplify my work and help my people and country, being successful is paramount.

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

I’m so focused on my own journey to care about doubters; they’re all distractions. If I’d say anything at all, it’d be to focus their energies on their own lives and work on elevating themselves.

What advice do you give to an aspiring creatives who looks up to you?

Be authentic, bold, and convicted in pursuit of your passions. Follow them wholeheartedly and tune out distractions along the stairway to your dreams

 

“I aim to stand by organizations in their quest to enlighten women on pertinent everyday issues like teenage pregnancies HIV/AIDs, education and development in the workforce”

 

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More about Patrice!

  • Founder and Creative Director of Moie, a social enterprise media platform specializing in public relations, content development, events planning and retail management.’

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  • A columnist for  UK’s Vital Woman Magazine’s, Girl Empowerment section, her writings have featured on PBS news hour, African feminist forum, Liberian observer  “Conversations on Liberia”  as well as  the “Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings.”

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The Pan African conquest of solidarity reached a solid impact for Patrice when she met  Rosie Motene, South African founder of the Waka agency, at an audition of 'Tinsel' in Ghana. She signed up for the audition.

Although she did not make the cut, the impression left was an empowering journey that led to her immediately taken onto the Waka Agency database of exceptional talent in Africa.

” I feel truly blessed to have crossed paths with Rosie Motene. She’s an exceptional woman and a true gift to Africa and the world”

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  • UNFPA invited her to present her poem” Fitsula, “I Have Conquered You” in 2013. It was written to honor the survivors of Fistula at the 1st International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.
  • Patrice is the founder and chairperson of the Miss Education Africa Pageant, Africa’s first Pan-African education pageant, which promotes and advocates for girls’ education on the continent.
  • She’s the founder and editor of “Sexy Like A Book”, an academic initiative designed to inspire young women and girls to improve their perspective on reading, literacy, and education.

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  • She’s a regular contributor to the United Nations’ Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio, now ECOWAS Radio show, Girl Power, that promotes self-esteem, confidence, and the importance of leadership in local communities.
  • She’s a member of UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group on Liberia and sits on the board of the Liberia Literary Society.
  • She recently served as a keynote speaker at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Geneva, Switzerland as a guest of the U.S government.
  • She founded the Martha Juah Educational Foundation, named in honor of her mother, a retired primary school teacher of  50 years, to advocate for scholarships for young girls in rural Liberia.

Patrice holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Political Science, an advanced certificate in Fashion Design, and a Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship.

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  • She was invited by former U.S FirstLady, Michelle Obama, in July 2014, for a roundtable discussion on Girls’ Education in Africa, and served as an advisory committee member for the 2015 African Creative Economy Conference, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon.

During the West African Ebola outbreak, she launched the “Ebola Is Not My Identity” campaign along with other artists to combat the problem of stigmatization.

“The goal of the campaign was to showcase creative works of art that reflected hope for Liberia on her path to recovery, other than the images of despair shown on the news wires at the time.”

In 2015, she was featured in Amina Magazine, as one of the new female faces of the African Creative Economy, and was also spotlighted by Brand Woman Africa in the same year as one of the women whose efforts are positively changing Africa one community at a time.

“This young, driven and vivacious woman believes that for Africa to succeed, Africans must make education a powerful driver and the strongest instrument in the reduction of poverty, improving health, gender equality, peace and stability.”

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CreatePreneurAfrica – Botswana’s Donald Molosi’s “Critical love letters to Humanity”

It was a soul calling for Donald Molosi...born with a passion to spread the word. A renowned writer, playwright, and actor, he has been awarded over twenty-five acting awards internationally, fifteen writing awards and was the first Motswana to launch performances on Broadway.

“critical love letters” to humanity – Molosi describes his work in a BBC interview

In his viral essay “Dear Upright African”, Molosi explores the need for a liberated school curriculum in Africa. It is a calling for genuine African history in African classrooms.

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He delivered a keynote address at the Bucknell University’s Black History month,  themed on the archives of post-Colonial African performance.

From an early age, Molosi sparked a flair for performance naturally. By the time he turned sixteen, he was already on the journey of touring with arts festivals and co-writing plays.

Molosi was the youngest to hit the airwaves when he became a Yarona Fm radio announcer.

He was a child presenter on Botswana Television in partnership with UNICEF to empower youth and make their voices count.

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When he was seventeen, he wrote his solo performance, “Fragments,” based on children’s rights. The critically acclaimed  “Fragments” got him invited to the United Nations General Assembly on Children in New York and he performed  for world leaders like Kofi Annan and Nelson Mandela.

He continued to advocate for children’s rights through his  “Can I live” poetry exhibition, based on interpretations of the  African Charter on the Rights and Welfare of the Child.[11

A language historian, Molosi is multilingual. He speaks Setswana, French, Swahili, and English. He is conversational in Ndebele and Zulu. His writings have shed light on the diversity if Africa in multiple narratives, debunking misconceptions of Africa.

He is currently represented by the  Pan African Waka Agency, founded by  award-winning actress and media proprietor from South Africa, Rosie Motene.

Theatre

  • 2003   Fragments

  • 2008   Blue Black and White

  • 2010 Today it’s me

  • 2013 Motswana: Dream again

  • 2017 Tumultuous

  • 2017 Yaguine and Fode project

  • 2017 Black Man Samurai

Filmography

2016 A United Kingdom

2009  Given

2007  Green Zone

  • 2006 Breakfast in Hollywood

His latest documentary, “We Are All Blue,”   an Africa Day premier on May 25, 2017, debuted all over Africa on DSTV, Multichoice. The documentary carries the final televised interview with the  late  Sir Ketumile Masire, former president of Botswana

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It has premiered at the Ditshwanelo Human Rights festival and made a cinema debut in conjunction with the first Dalai Lama visit to Botswana.

Molosi shared the stage with Dalai Lama in the historic conference to explore the African way of life, Ubuntu/ Botho in the modern Botswana era. 

The  framework to heal the trauma of the colonialism and trauma  legacy, advancing in social justice and equality.

 

Molosi is also a songwriter and a singer and has a project lined up to showcase singing and songwriting.

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Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Donald Molosi

 

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

I am driven by the desire to live a life of purpose. My true passion is to express myself through writing and performance and I am elated to be having my passion as my profession, therefore.

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

My passion found me before I was born. I knew at 4 what I would do with my life and it is exactly what I am doing today.

I have been performing all my life and my early start meant that by the time I was 15.  I was internationally recognized enough for me to address the UN General Assembly at that age.

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

I don’t think of my passion as something that necessarily has to have a wholesome appeal to me. It is a calling and I need to fulfill it to keep my spirit and the world around me stable.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

The need to grow the same passion. The ability to finance my plays and films and still travel the world launching my books.

I monetize what I do purely so that I can invest in my talent and growth and have freedom as an artist without being held hostage by misguided sponsors. That is partly because I come from Botswana where a real artist can only survive by investing in themselves.\

In Botswana, there are two ways to survive as an artist, generally – either by corrupt means or by monetizing your talent.

That is why I enjoy working on Broadway and Hollywood half of every year because in the US you actually compete against other talent and the arts are not subject to the corrupt whims of politicians.

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

I definitely don’t recall the first time as I was below 10. I recall being extremely excited when I got my contract with Yarona FM when I was 15.

I was paid really well by Yarona FM even as a newcomer at the time. I was the youngest person on the radio at the time and the year was 2001.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I have had challenges but I am not sure that I ever wanted to give up. I operate in full knowledge that this is my life’s purpose and legacy.

So, even when I face challenges I go through them without shaking the core of what I do in the first place. And that is because I am clear about the legacy that my name should leave behind.

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

I only pursue success so that I can better help and mentor others. For me, success is never really for the individual alone.

I choose to live a life where I challenge myself to use every day to be there for myself and others. That motivates me to get up in the morning because that is work that is never finished.

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

I have nothing to say to them. I will let my work speak for itself and hopefully, they will learn from it the value of talent, hard work, and self-confidence.

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

I advise them to speak from the heart and to speak truth to power. African artists are too silent about the lack of art academies in our nations for example, and yet we pour our taxes into our governments hoping they build one.

African creatives must stand up and let the African politicians that we see the lavish ways our corrupt leaders live on our taxpayers.

We must let them know that we will not tolerate that selfishness any longer while our industries suffer and countries like Botswana don’t even have a national theater after 50 years of being a country ….And yet we have the most fantastic corruption of national funds that my generation of Batswana has ever seen!

 

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#CreatepreneurAfrica- ‘Afrodazzled’ Kenyan Artist Cyrus Kabiru- “C-Stunner Spectacular Spectacles”

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Cyrus Kabiru

Electronic refuse dumps in the Nairobi, the capital of Kenya was a stepping stone for Cyrus Kabiru as he gave dumped materials new life.

 

His creative pathways embody soul playfulness and inspire the  Nairobi youth and creatives alike.

C. Kabiru

 

He steps in various aspects of art, between sculpture, performance, and fashion.

His gallery has sculptures, glasses and humorous canvassed painting portrayals of contemporary life in Kenya. Bottle caps are sewn together depicting African nature.

 

Artwork beyond the regular , his life journey is embodied in the prosthetic knowledge gallery.

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His obsession with eyewear all started when his father refused to get him ordinary spectacles, so he created his own special twist in eyewear. He turns spectacles into various forms that enter a new realm of creativity into the beyond

My spectacles draw curiosity and attention . It therapeutical in a sense!

 

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#CreatepreneurAfrica Spectacular Inventor Cyrus Kabiru

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life? 
 My passion….. My passion is my creation. My passion is my art.
How did you find your passion and how old were you? 

A young age, I forget how young I was. I just know my dad inspired me. He did not like the ordinary in anything! even refused to get me glasses I desired, so I created them!

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 
Art defines me. If there was no art there would me know me.I would feel like I live a soulless life.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
What drove me? It kind of came naturally. People started to buy my art. They started requesting my art and wanting to pay for it.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
 In 2005. My uncle bought from me for $9.
After that, he felt guilty for paying such a low amount and always dashed off when he saw me!
  What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
 I used to give up on a lot of other things in life. Not my art. My work. It’s about treating it as a calling and one can never actually give up what is a natural calling. A life purpose
 What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

Every day, Every morning when I wake up, I fell like I must achieve something. I want to raise my art to new heights. I want to soar my art internationally. More so.I do believe it is already there.

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

Doubt me if you need to…..thats your choice ……but not my work. It has been a long journey for me to reach where I am

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

Just believe in what you are doing, be the best and if you want to move be your unique self. Be what you want to be