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

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

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

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

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

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

She love the arts, she loves nature….

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

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

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica “Tushbee the Tori Goddess”

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

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

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

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


What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

My audience…… my audience appeals to me the most 

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

It was in the year 2003

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?


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

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

 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

 

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


They should keep doubting!

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

#CreatePreneurAfrica, Tanzania Rhythm with Saxophonist Zephania Malembela

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

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

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

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

Saxophonist Zephania Malembela
He has been featured in many albums by other artists both on religious and non-religious music arenas in Tanzania and outside Tanzania. He has been acclaimed by listeners and fans to have a rich tone with a special articulation on his instrument.
Currently, he is a member of the Pentanote Trio working with a renowned jazz pianist Barikeyz Mmbaga and his young brother John Mmbaga, a drummer.
 
He is working on his first solo instrumental album which focuses on a fusion of native music with western and jazz tastes. The album will be released soon.

 Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica , Zephania Melembela

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life? 
What drives me is love. I am a product of love, love from the creator, love from my parents and from the society around me. All the love I received and continue to receive has taught me to value an adventure of becoming a good person and to love every human being by giving my best out of talents and potentials which are invested inside me, music being a major part of me.
How did you find your passion and how old were you? 
The passion has always been with me from the beginning. I come from a musical family, a family that for many generations has taken a leading role of music in its society. My mother, being the nearest of all other family members became my inspiration as she would sing, compose and teach song to a local church choir and she even played guitars very well.
At an age of 13 years I joined the choir she was leading and I started learning to play the keyboard and she was my first music teacher even though she had no formal music classes. She knew how chords were supposed to sound though she didn’t know how to play the keyboard.
We would search and combine the sounds of the keyboard to match the guitar chords that she made on the guitar. That is how it started and the rest is history.
What about your passion appeals to you the most? 
To be relevant to my world by doing the things that complement my talents and potential endowed inside me. Music being among them. To make life a meaningful adventure for me, my family and every other people I can get into contact whether physically or through other media like this.
 What drove you to make money from your passion?
I believe that someone doing his/her passion and being rewarded financially, for it is a sure way of growing the passion to its ultimate potential. This is what drives me to make money from my passion. My passion has to sustain me and to make my family’s life progressive in all spheres that need progress. This is how commitment to passion intensifies. It doesn’t make sense doing your passion with all efforts and then expect to sustain your own life with something else. This will only kill talents and potential and the passion itself altogether.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
It was when I was 22 years old. I had my first payment as a church musician for a church which was just being inaugurated. Later I have been able to extend my horizon beyond the four walls of the church to non-religious arenas musically.
As I said, money is just a reward. I am committed to my passion beyond monetary expectations. Making money is not a goal but money reward facilitates me to achieve the goals.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up? 
No! Giving up? How can someone give up on being themselves? If someone gives up on becoming themselves then who do they want to become as a result? My passion (Music) is who I am, I have never tried to think of giving up because it is like betraying myself and trying to become someone else.
Yes, there have been challenges in the journey and they are still coming even now but I try as much to solve them. It is in solving these challenge progress realizes. I solve my challenges and try to seek other people’s help when things get beyond my capacity. I enjoy working in teams that way.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 
To live an authentic life, to be who I am and to unleash my full potentials as a human being. Success is a process and not a destination. When I wind up my day being better than the previous day musically then I am successful and this continues that way to me, trying to improve myself more every day.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you? 
Doubt is a source of wisdom. For me, being doubted brought positive results. It created to me an avenue to question my inner man and to make a decision based on who I really am and what I am supposed to do with the gift of life I have been blessed with. Though their doubts I was able to find myself.
I will always listen to their doubts about me and I will then keep perfecting myself in order to become my best.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you? 
My advice to them is; Look for that reason, that special purpose, that mission you were created for and then build a beautiful life for yourself and those you love around that reason.
Listen to your inner man and be true to yourself. This will lead you to living your authentic life. It is the best reward that you can do to yourself. Be determined, be dedicated, be disciplined and be willing to sacrifice for that reason. All the rest will fall in their positions. You deserve to be happy, this is the cost of becoming one.

#CreatepreneurAfrica- Nigeria’s sounds of ‘Positive Force’ – Femi Kuti

Eldest son of afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, grandson of political campaigner, traditional aristocrat and women's right activist Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti, Olufela Olufemi Anikulapo Kuti is renowned in his own right.

Femi Kuti, committed to social and political change reaching an ideal free and fair Nigeria, blends colorful tunes into distinctive balanced sounds with 'Positive Force' , the band he seeded in 1985.

Femi Kuti was born in 1962 London and grew up in Nigeria. His musical career started at the tender age of fifteen when he played in his fathers band Egypt 80  in the year 1979.

In 1986, December the 13th, Femi initiated the launch of Positive Force, his own vibrant with his sisters Sola and Yeni as lead dancers. This was his independent launch apart from his father legacy. The very first Positive Force performance was the University of Lagos.

 

In 1989, he released his first record, No cause for Alarm.

  •  By 1991 MYOB was released and four years later the Femi Kuti album was released. In 1998  the release of  “Shoki Shoki”  garnered widespread acclaim.

In 2000  he opened The Shrine, his club, where he recorded the live album Africa Shrine. He won a Monaco “World Music Award” that same year! In 2001 he collaborated with Common and Mos Def on Fight to Win, and then toured the United States with rock band Jane’s Addiction.

Due to personal setbacks, there was a four-year absence. But there was a re-emergence in 2008 with Day by Day and Africa for Africa in 2010, his third Grammy nomination.

His diverse  knack of artistry expanded in  the next Grammy nomination, No Place for My Dream . Like the legendary Fela Kuti, he is committed to political and social causes and fights for the emancipation of Nigeria.

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Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica  Femi Kuti,Nigeria’s ‘Positive Force’ 

 

Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My passion, my soul passion is music. I aim to be as good as I can musically. My driving force is my family. I love for my family, my children, my music and making people happy.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I knew from a very young age must have been 5,6, or 7. It was just a question of how. Finally went full time into music joining my father’s band at age 16/17.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
The love for my children, it is uncompromising it is. And also my commitment to keep trying to be the best I can musically.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
 It’s never being about money really. Love for what I do must important for me. Remaining steadfast to what my music stands for.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
As an instrumentalist playing in my college school band then my father’s band the Egypt 80.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I never thought about giving up.. I even got broke but remained committed.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My music. The love for what I do.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
 People who doubted me?…..
I have nothing to say to them😊.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
Remain steadfast, remain committed and totally be honest and true to life.
We are  one people, one world
One people One world
US/Canada tour July/August