Rosie Motene, actor, radio and tv presenter has taken Africa to the world stage. No jokes.... the accredited international laughter coach, has excelled the media world as a speaker, global emcee and author of note.
And she has summited Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest peak in Africa more than once! Rosie joined the Africa Unite Campaign to stop violence against women and girls in Africa. She summited Kilimanjaro in 2014 to raise awareness for the Tomorrow Trust
“We all have our own journeys and its important to create that but also at your own pace””
She runs a podcast series, Pan African Connect, engaging with
topics in line with her three passions in
life….. Women, Africa, and the arts.
Another achievement reaching heights is when she founded the first Pan African talent agency, Waka talent agency, representing the multitude of talent from the motherland of Africa, from television presenters, brand ambassadors, digital influencers emcees, and speakers.
ACHIEVEMENTS AND AWARDS
South African Style Awards 2003:
Most stylish media personality.
Top 5 best dressed
women in South Africa.
N a l e d i T h e a t r e
role in The Vagina Monologues.
L e g e n d s A w a r d s Ceremony:
R o s i e Motene
L i f e – t i m e
Best producer award and Best African film for
“ Man on Ground” featuring Hakkem Kae Kazim
Women’s advancement forum
Award for her efforts
in fighting against women abuse at the
HOTEL RWANDA Big screen debut , for the Oscar-nominated film,Hotel Rwanda, THE OTHER WOMAN Rosie played the lead in The Heartlands film, directed by Cindy Lee and lensed by Lance Gewer who lensed Tsotsi. NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH: Lead actor alongside Jon Kani in the filmic adaptation of his theatrical piece.
GENERATIONS: South African Broadcasting Corporation ( SABC1) BUBOM SANNA: A drama series themed on aspiring models TV TOWN: A television drama for children STRAY BULLET: MNET New directions Patrick Shai film ZABALAZA: Mzansi magic show.
Broadcasting Venture NTV & Spark TV Uganda Head of productions, programming and acquisitions.
Meet CreatepreneurAfrica- Rosie Motene- Shining Light on Africa
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
Women, Africa, and the arts.
I love being a woman and I am incredibly proud of who I have become. As I
have moved into my 40’s I’ am loving and cherishing the inner strength and
power that I have.
I simply love our continent from his challenges, hidden treasure and power
that it holds.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I was a dancer as a child and completed my exams all the way to teachers
After school, I was accepted into the BA dramatic arts and it was at the end of
my first year when a friend pushed me to audition for a play. On the curtain
call on the premiere night, being on that stage, I realized that that was where I
needed to be.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
mmm…… the fact that I can live, eat and breathe it. I can incorporate it into my
What drove you to make money from your passions?
I strongly believe that if you are not passionate about your career and work, you will be unhappy and bored. So over the last decade, I only work on passion-driven projects
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
I was in a beacon chocolate advert, whilst studying at Wits.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
I have never thought about giving up. I believe that talent is a gift and for me to
give up on that gift from God, would be an insult.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
I have inspired many women from all around the world. I am also aware that
my life can be taken away at any point and so every day I aim to live my best
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Hahahahaha it’s not about you but thanks for the push and drive.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
Take time to discover you, create a path that defines you and feeds your passion.
Build a thick skin and go out and be whomever you want to be.