#CreatepreneurAfrica, award-winning television presenter Uganda’s Kityamuweesi Herbert aka Crysto Panda

Multi-brand ambassador, recording artist, MC, and award-winning TV host CRYSTO PANDA sets forth leaving no stars unturned in sparkling beyond glory........

Born in Kabonera, Msaka, he attended St Jude Primary School, Young Christian Najjanankumbi, St John Kabuwoko, and Datamine Technical Business School before launching his music career in 2017 with Sagala Manya where he featured Da Agent

 

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He then featured in Asht with The Ben from Rwanda

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Meet CreatePreneurAfrica Crysto Panda

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

Crysto Panda is a guy who was born in a poor local village family down in southern Uganda in Kabonera, Masaka district……..My late mum used to be a bartender and she gave birth to me when she was 16years old after dropping out of school. She never studied because she wanted to give me life

Many of her friends advised her to abort me but she never did so, my mum fought so hard for me to study. Unfortunately, I lost my dad when I was 10years old and mum had to raise money for me to study. She passed on in 2011 leaving me with 3 younger brothers to take care of.

The struggle I saw my late mum endure so that I can be who I am today is my still driving force. My true passion in life is to be the best TV presenter, actor, artist and Emcee in Uganda, Africa and worldwide.

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

When I was 9 years old I always told my mum that I wanted to be a doctor one day.  My poverty-stricken life meant cleaning school toilets to raise my school fees.

My school performance became poor in high school  and after a few years my mum passed on when I completed high school

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

I was 20 years old and failed to join a university when mum passed on and I had no sponsors. I realized I could be a good tv presenter, and strived to perfect my language skills in English  like listening to  BBC news and  picking out a few words I didn’t know, noting  them down and then check for the meanings in the dictionary

What drove you to make money from your passions?

I familiarised myself with western music mostly hip-hop music and it took me 3 years as try seeking for an opportunity to work on NTV.

I never gave up trying, then after 4 years they gave me a chance after a seasonal show I did on WBSTV.

 What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

Everything ……..because I hustled for who I am today

Waka Talent agency
The first Pan African talent agency.
wakabookings@gmail.com
 What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The promises I made to my mum before she passed on kept on pushing me and also my siblings. The love of finishing my studies since all my late mum wanted was  for me to finish up my studies and also cater for my siblings.

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

After being given a chance to host Tnation on NTVUganda in April 2015 I was put on probation for a full year without being paid any single penny.

Then in April 2016, I was given my contract where I was being paid 700,000 shillings which I used to pay for my tuition and my siblings too.

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

Crysto Panda motivates me because I look up to myself and every time I reflect back and see how I used to sleep hungry, walk miles and miles to go to school. Trust me I feel like am not yet there so I get to work so hard because my dream is to represent Uganda on big international entertainment channels like BET and MTVBase

Look at me NOW am a living testimony that dreams come true and its never your problem to be born in a poor family but it will be your problem to die poor

Be you, do you, never give up, patience and persistence are key in life, never give up on your education because it’s the key to success.

If I never finished up my studies trust me I wouldn’t be here, I took myself back to school, paid for myself then am a graduate now and am still studying.

One last thing, be versatile and NEVER FORGET GOD because he has a reason as to why you’re still alive.

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#CreatePreneurAfrica Tumelo Johwa , Botswana’s KING TUX

 

Botswana's producer,presenter,actor and voice-over artist,Tumelo Johwa A.K.A KING TUX is aligned with a key objective : Striving to reach limitless heights through the channels of dedication in a composition of teamwork tipped with a cutting creative edge. KING TUX stays committed to expanding the horizons of creativity that outshines with imperative output.

 

Waka Talent agency
The first Pan African talent agency founded  by Rosie Motene
wakabookings@gmail.com

The main highlights if his ongoing workstreams are the following:

  • Produced and co-hosted the UNICEF International Children’s Day of Broadcasting for Botswana Television
  • Co-presenter with the former Miss Botswana of Africa Magic’s  E-ZONE music show
  • News anchor E-Botswana (e-TV)
  • Producer and Presenter ‘Good Morning Africa Botswana  ( Africa Magic broadcast)
  • Producer, actor and director of a Botswana television series NTWAKGOLO DOCU-DRAMA

 

• Producer of  LETLHABILE lifestyle magazine show for the Ministry of youth sport & culture 2010

  • Actor on Morwalela, television series for PSI & Traffic
  • Actor  on soon to be released feature  Film: ‘2064’ directed and produced by Joseph A. Adesunloye  starring Donald Molosi
  • Writer and Co-director of STAIRS, STACKS AND STARES  TV series

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His other achievements include winner of  Presidents Awards Best music video BLAQVELD Gazlam.

He was also the brand ambassador for MASCOM wireless, a mobile network operating in Botswana and was featured in two  TV commercials as well as a  billboard.

Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica Tumelo Johwa, sharing the  creative limelight of Botswana

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

Waking up in the morning and food. My true passion in life is creating whilst I’m still breathing.I’m the type of person who daydreams during a daydream and reconciles with reality.

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

I must’ve been 8years old sitting at capitol cinemas in Gaborone. I’m such a dreamer.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

The magical aspect of escapism of your own dimension to create a reality for someone else.

What drove you to make money from your passions?

While I was studying in cape town I fell upon hard times financially, it became a means of survival and blessed me with an opportunity to exercise and nurture my passion. I earned money modelling, acting, hosted my own poetry show and landed a job working on a television show for SABC.

 

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

2007 doing a tv commercial for PEP

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What kept you going when you thought about giving up?

My daughter. Before that, it was simply the sense of fulfilment that exercising my passion gives. It is my life’s purpose.

  What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

Doing better. I am obsessed with pushing the envelope.

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

They are a non-factor. However, if they are still watching, let’s hope it affects their lives positively.

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

To never stop believing in themselves and that “an idea not coupled by action remains just as small as the brain cell that conceives it.”

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#CreatePreneurAfrica – Listen out for Gabon’s voice of pan African talent, DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI

 

Born in Gabon and currently residing in South Africa, DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI, fluent in French and English, adds a special touch to  the Pan African #WAKASTARS light of accomplished talent. #SWORNTRANSLATOR #POLITICALADVISOR #INTERPRETER #RADIOPRESENTER #VOICEOVERARTIST #AFRICA_CORRESPONDENT #EMCEE #SPEAKER

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

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Meet #CreatePreneurAfrica – DALIN ETOUMBI FOUARI – Voicing out the word!

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

Love is what drives me. People don’t realise how a voice can convey love, motivate and inspire and also hurt.

I love reading and writing, both of them always brings me to use my voice and put myself in a character and playing that role in my head and physically. When I read, I always feel the words, it’s like melting yourself into every single word that you are reading. Same goes for writing, I feel them pouring in me and then I start writing. If I don’t write, I’ll be like something is burning inside me and that is the moment where I’ll grab a piece of paper and write, but I am writing to require it, to express what I wrote even if I have to be a character for the moment, like imagine myself on a scene talking to a kid or a woman. Lol

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

I remember watching movies and concerts where they were always announcing the artist, (James Brown, Michael Jackson, Sam Cooke) I was taking a broom as a microphone and was imitating the speaker. Same for the voice over on TV for movies.

 What about your passion appeals to you the most? 

It will be difficult to dissociate. Cause I believe that my passion for being behind a microphone and talk, goes with my passion for reading, writing and acting

 What drove you to make money from your passions? 

Let me tell you this lil story; one day, I went to Africa N1 to see if I could meet my favourite radio presenter. And while I was in the corridor talking, the director of programmes heard me speaking and asked me to follow him. He gave me a piece of paper with some words and asked me to read. He recorded and said please come tomorrow. I was 19. From that moment, I realised that my voice can be a positive factor. It wasn’t about at that age. And then I find myself in South Africa being a student (actually I was still learning English). The principal of the school announced that there was a production company that was looking for a French speaking Voiceover. That is when I recorded my voice at school on a cassette recorder and applied. That is when I was chosen for the V-O and that is where I realised that my passion could help me earn money and pay for my studies and living expenses.

 When was the first time you were paid for your passion 

It was in 2000, I will never forget that moment

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What kept you going when you thought about giving up? 

My mother’s voice. Even after 16 years of her passing, I still hear her words in my head. She was was my greatest supporter.

What motivates you every day to be even more successful? 

To be in people’s lives and bring happiness. It always gives you a sense of responsibility. It did happen that young women and men came to me because they recognised me through my voice, and hearing them say thank you for being the voice I hear before sleeping is a priceless moment for me. It even amazing when some say “Dalin you are a model to me”, that is my motivation to be more successful.

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

I say thank you to them, cause every time they were doubting me, I was taking my energy and force through their doubts. I realised that they were doubting me cause I was trying, and I was falling too. If I was a failure they would not be doubting me, they would have just ignored me, but no, through their doubts they were paying attention and see where my failures would lead me to. For that, I am thanking them. You know my mother thought me from a young age that I should never give up no matter the amount of failures and obstacles ahead, as long as I know that it is for the right reason.

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

Always be humble and carry love. Never forget your roots, where you coming from. And if you are still blessed to have your mother around, listen to her advice and if it is your wife, listen to her. I always believe that a mother ‘s (women) hearts are filled with love and wisdom, that is the wisdom that guides many of the successful people on this planet.

CreatePreneur Africa – Zwelakhe R ….Making waves across the borders of Lesotho and South Africa

Zwelakhe R is radio & TV presenter, a voice-over artist and also a poet. His true passion is media and entertainment, his tool to reach out and bridge learning gaps. Life is about eternal learning and from that he chooses never to step backward and progress with all around him into a universe of golden opportunity 

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2006/2007 – BayFM

2008/2009 – UlimateFM

2014- UCT radio

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2017- Mxxl Radio- in
Maseru, Lesotho.

Ltv – Maseru, Lesotho 2008

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He is currently represented by  Waka agency, the first Pan African talent agency, based in South Africa  lead  by the acclaimed  Rosie Motene.

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

Meet #CreatePreneur Africa South Africa’s  Zwelakhe R

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

The hunger to succeed at achieving my dreams and living towards my true creed and equally the fear of poverty and not living my life to the best of my ability.  My true passion is media and entertainment

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

I discovered my passion when I was about 18.I loved entertainment;e vents, acting, directing and live performance.

What about your passion appeals to you the most?

Being able to touch people and engage people through
art. As well as bridge learning gaps through it.

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What drove you to make money from your passions?

I want to make money from what I love and enjoy.

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

2006, in Port Elizabeth

What kept you going when you thought about giving
up?

I’ve never wanted to do anything else. I’ve never allowed
my self to have a Plan B.

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What motivates you every day to be even more successful?

The feeling of success being able to set goals and achieve them. Improving myself.

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

Nothing, I don’t invest my time in entities I can’t make a return on.

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

Learn from as many people as possible. Cut your own path and listen to your gut. Always keep learning…… READ.

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#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

 

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“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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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  • 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

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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