#CreatePreneurAfrica Marial Awendit, Poetically speaking from South Sudan

He is a poet, a songwriter, essayist and a fine artist too! Marial Awendit, all the way from Yerul, Eastern Lakes State, Republic of South Sudan is leaving no stone unturned....bringing back the WORD.....

He won the 2016 South Sudan Talent Youth Award and the Best Poet award in the 2018 Babishai-Niwe Poetry Award for African Poets.

The founding editor of Kush Poetics a forum for South Sudanese poets and artist has been published multiple times in a range of publications

  • Kalahari Review
  • Brittle Paper
  • African Writer
  • Praxis Magazine Online
  • Best New African Poets 2016 Anthology.


He is also a  humanitarian aid worker with Caritas-DOR, a humanitarian aid organization and the Secretary-General for Eastern Lakes State Youth Association.

Meet # CreatePreneurAfrica, poet from  South Sudan -Marial Awendit

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

I have the passion to create. To bring things to existence. I could do that best with poetry and other art forms available to my being.

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

The passion to create art has always been there but I was caught up in many academic pursuits. I was in medical school.

I started writing when I was financially unable to pursue Bachelors in Medicine and Surgery in 2015 and when I was depressed. The death of my father in 2014 and my brother the same year brought to me grief that I could only express through poetry.

What about your passion appeals to you most?

I am easily misunderstood so poetry says what I mean. I feel relieved. I make people argue with the more permanent voice, a poem.

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

I first got paid for designing book covers, writing titles, designing logos and writing short stories in 2016.

What drove you to make money from your passion?

 I was asked to serve for fees and that’s all that happened. I also had to raise money to help me purchase books and writing materials.

What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

I was about to give up writing in 2016 when my art attracted both positive and negative appreciation. I had lost 150 poems to a close conspirator. I was forced to reconstruct and actually thought of quitting but you know persistence will always have better results.

What motivates you every day?

I feel motivated by the impact my poetry makes on others. This has been fed back to me by many artists and literati who take their time to follow my work.

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

Doubt would have been detrimental if I let it sap my confidence, belief and faith. Somehow those who doubted me gave me a push.

What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?

Focus on your work. Believe in yourself. Be original.

#CreatePreneurAfrica – Poetically speaking : Mak Manaka

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.


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.