Never at a loss for words, renowned South African poet Mak Manaka tunes into soul rhyme in his rooted "arts for transformation" soul calling. Mak Manaka brings out the word,to the people....to the nation!
Mak Manaka @MakManaka Award winning poet and writer. Poetry-101-with-Mak-Manaka-and-Likwid-Tongue
His full name , Maakomele, means to represent in Pedi, and so he does! The motivating “warrior of inspiration” voices out his poetically engaging word.
His late father was a poet, playwright as well as a painter. His mother an actress dancer and choreographer. He was born into a realm of ‘Art for social transformation.’
He has proudly represented South Africa in Jamaica, Spain, and Cuba, and performed for the prolific Nelson Mandela as well!
Moving around on crutches due to a historic misfortune does not dampen his spirit as he ”words on”……..
Meet CreatePreneurAfrica- Mak Manaka
Tell us what drives you?
It’s the knowledge that I’m alive and doing what makes me alive.
What is your true passion in life?
My true passion is the battle in articulating the conditions of truth. So the search for my true self is, in essence, my true passion.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
Well, passion found me in my mother’s womb and ever since I’ve been trying to understand why this passion. Coming from a family of artists, my late father is a playwright, painter and poet, and my mother a dancer-choreographer and an actress. So from an early age passion has been life to me.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
I’m yet to receive an answer from passion itself. One thing I know about passion is that it pays no bills but it does make rainy days seem like summer skies. I guess it’s the self-fulfillment of self-worth that appeals to me the most.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
Like I said, passion pays no bills. Self-determination pays the bills, not my passion. I think it’s important for us to unpack the meaning and function of the word passion to ourselves. How do you understand your passion and is it passion or self-determination that makes earns you a living within the construct of capitalism?
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
To be honest with you, I’m still waiting for the day I get paid for my passion and I doubt that day will come coz my passion is nor for sale. On the other hand, I was about 21 when I got my first paycheck for a performance, poetry articulates condition, then it is my honor and privilege to have such a gift and be paid to share it.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
It is the thought itself that keeps me going. We don’t give up or give in at any point coz we are suns, who wear heat in our hearts. Giving up is not an option but to give and share the heat with others is our main purpose as Africans.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
The love for loving life…
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
Don’t doubt your self, rather support your self and buy my books.
What advice do you give to aspiring creative is who look up to you?
“Look not to the stars but to your self” coz “to thine self, be true”-Shakespeare said both those quotes a long time ago and before I can tell anyone anything I have to tell my self. So before you leave the house, look at yourself and smile and be in love with the mirror. In the mirror is the sun inside looking back at you, so look to self to be selfless.