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

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

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

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

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

 

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Uganda”s breakfast  platter Brian Mulondo

 

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

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

 

Tell us what drives you? 

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

What is your true passion in  life?

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving  up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

2013     Young Achievers Award for Media and Journalism 

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

2013  Buzz Teeniez Awards role model

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

2016  Best Female Radio Personality - Uganda Entertainment Awards 

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

www.wakaagency.biz

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

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

Meet Uganda’s   #CREATEPRENEUR AFRICA  ,  Flavia Tumusiime

 

 

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

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

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

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

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

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

 

#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

 

 

 

“Art gives me freedom. It makes me invincible”                                  – Jerome Du Plooy a.k.a SLIM

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

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

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

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

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

1. NBA

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

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

2. Presenter and Actor

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

3. EMCEE

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

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

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

Other projects include

100 toys for 100 kids and  100 meals for 100 families

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

Her current active projects include:

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

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

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

Meet #CreatepreneurAfrica Karley Mettle

 

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

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

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

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

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

What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

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

What drove you to make money from your passions?

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

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

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

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

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

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

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

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

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

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

    2. Dream, Big, Start small. 

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