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CreatePreneurAfrica South Africa’s Award-Winning Producer, Director, and Trainer Firdoze Bulbulia
She is at the helm of Africa’s entertainment industry shining the light of Africa . Award-winning film and media producer, director, and trainer, Firdoze Bulbulia is the renowned producer of endless documentaries , 6-feature films and multi-media productions for radio and television. Her current work in progress is the Legacy Project – “Mandela’s Africa” and the director- of the NELSON MANDELA CHILDREN’S FILM FESTIVAL (NMCFF)
Firdoze Bulbulia together with Faith Isiakpere, a dynamic entertainment industry duo, are the founders of Moment’s Entertainment, actively engaged in projects fostering millennium development goals striving towards assisting African media organisations towards producing Pan Africa renaissance narratives through films and documentaries.
Firdoze’s early media platform was ignited as an activist using art platforms as mediums of expression and conflict resolution, focusing primarily on the rights of women and children. Her work across the continent of Africa focuses on imparting quality meaningful content as tools of empowering and training children’s programming productions.
She participated in the South African Charter on Children’s Rights and the First World Summit on Children and Television. This paved the way for the SADC Summit and the All African Summit in Ghana resulting in the production of an ‘African Charter on Children and Broadcasting’ , ratified by The South African Broadcasting Authority (IBA) ,URTNA (Union of Radio and Television in Africa), and then endorsed by the Commonwealth Broadcasting Association (CBA)
” I am an international trainer creating media solutions for all sectors, especially for women and children“
She served two mandates as President of the International Centre of Films for Children and Young People -CIFEJ . Co-founder of ABC Africa’s Best Channel- children and youth television channel in Nigeria).
- PhD-Candidate (UJ),
- (MA) African Studies Ohio University, USA
- BA (Dramatic Arts Honours, WITS University, South Africa
- Teacher’s Diploma in English and Afrikaans
- Licentiate (ATCL-LTCL) in Drama from Trinity College, UK.
- Chairperson of The Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA)
- Host of the 5th World Summit on Media for Children in 2007
Meet the Award-Winning Creator of GroundBreaking Media Solutions – Firdoze Bulbulia
Tell us what drives you? What is your true passion in life?
My passion is film, media, theatre- the creative industries and education, working in children and youth media to empower young people in animation and gaming is an additional strand of my passion.
How did you find your passion and how old were you?
I am a political activist and started my activism as a young person at high school. I was detained as a
student activist in South Africa. My focus was, therefore, education and children’s rights. Subsequently, I studied teaching and then Dramatic Arts.
I am now the owner of a company, Moments Entertainment in the creative industries. I am also
the Chairperson of the Children and Broadcasting Foundation for Africa (CBFA)and the Festival Director
of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Film Festival.
What about your passion appeals to you the most?
Telling African stories through film, media and the creative industries from our own (PoV) point-of-view
is most appealing. Empowering children, youth and women is also an important aspect of my activism and
projects that include these sectors are uppermost.
What drove you to make money from your passions?
Film production is a source of income. However, we initially produced television content and industrial theatre as an initial income source. Raising funds for projects can be difficult but continuing the passion is always a fight and eventually leads to funding.
When was the first time you were paid for your passion?
We produced TV content, industrial theatre on voter education, and we produced corporate videos. These
were initial sources of income.
What kept you going when you thought about giving up?
The passion keeps the fire burning. Always producing quality content and moving with the times and the
pace of production is also important.
What motivates you every day to be even more successful?
My motivation is to see a brighter future for African children and to work towards that goal.
What do you have to say to all of the people who doubted you?
I didn’t really have people doubting me -but being an independent producer can be daunting when most people
used to work in a corporate.
What advice do you give to aspiring creatives who look up to you?
Keep the passion! Study! Work hard! And always do your research! Don’t give up!
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