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  • Business Breakfast Africa headed for Bulawayo

    October has been quite the eventful month in the city of Kings and Queens marked with developmental and entrepreneurial  events that have been doing well in propelling the young creatives in the city and country at large. The busy month is not yet over which means there is still room for more events and networking. Add to the calendar the Business Breakfast Africa, which is an inaugural continental program which will be replicated across the continent in other cities. Big names are lined for this first edition scheduled for Friday the 27th of October 2017 at the NUST American Space in Bulawayo. Among the panelists will be Lebogang Chaka, CEO and global speaker of Afro Visionary Legacy, and celebrated Forbes Africa  journalist Ancillar Mangena.

    The ladies will be joined by Minister of Public service, Labour and social welfare Honourable Patrick Zhuwao and a Mandela Washington Fellow, entrepreneur Nkosana George Mazibisa. The theme: entrepreneurship in the new African Narrative: is this the millennial era and African capitalism? seeks to unpack entrepreneurship in the context of eradicating poverty through skilled labour which is relevant to the ever advancing technological landscape. Moving forward, questions like: what does it mean for an ordinary African youth, What are the best practices so far in terms of employment creation in Africa, Can Africa fund Africa in terms of youth led business incubation instead of strongly relying on western institutions, What are Investment opportunities for young entrepreneurs in their respective country, Does pan Africanism extend to business without creating elitism, Beyond borders what can be achieved to strengthen regional integration among young business people? need to be addressed.

    What sets this Breakfast discussion apart from the rest is its focus on young people who form the mainstream of the population and fall within the working force age, though largely not involved in the economy. Above all, the very event is organised by young people who themselves are in the demographics of their target audience and the narrative in question.

    African entrepreneurship is not about self-enrichment, but, it is about lifting Africans out of poverty

    – Lebogang Chaka

    Last week Lebogang Chaka was in Nigeria as part of the leadership with Aliko Dangote (Africa ‘s richest man), Gervais Djondo co-founder of Eco-bank and former president Thabo Mbeki to launch Afro-Champions Initiatives that will see Pan African businesses move towards global giant’s whiles eradicating poverty and underdevelopment in the continent. Her consulting and speaking career has seen her on platforms in Dubai, Ethiopia, Tanzania, Ghana, Zambia and United States (and we are finally adding Zimbabwe). She has featured on various media platforms such Forbes Women Magazine.

    Lebogang Chaka

    Lebogang Chaka

    Ancillar Mangena

    Ancillar Mangena

    Conversely, Ancillar Mangena won the Sanlam Excellence in Financial Journalism Africa Growth story award in 2015. Last year, she won the CNN Multi-Choice Young Journalist of the Year Award, and was a finalist for the Foreign Press Association Young Journalist of the Year award. She is also nominated for the Intombie Young Women In Business Awards. In addition to her work at FORBES AFRICAAncillar co-hosts, Business Tonight, a show on CNBC Africa, a business news channel. Ancillar is also the author of the coveted FORBES AFRICA 30 under 30 list.

    Business Breakfast Africa is a convergence zone for great minds to discuss and reshape the African narrative

    – Nkosana Mazibisa, one of the organisers & speakers.

    On arrival in Bulawayo, the panelists will tour industries in Bulawayo and cultural centres, visit communities and engage with vocational training centres. On Friday, the panelists will host the business breakfast at NUST American space, an event open to young entrepreneurs who should register prior. The event will be live streamed across the continent through social media platforms.

    To register visihttps://www.eventbrite.com/e/business-breakfast-africa-zw-tickets-39165633464 or RSVP Dr. Ayanda Keswa on +263 774 338 422.

  • The Shuga is coming to Zim!

    Sow a thought, and you reap an act. Sow an act, and you reap habit. Sow a habit and you reap character. Sow a character and you reap destiny. No better quote sums up Gilmore Tee’s journey as a creative. The 27 year old global citizen has been stamping out social media Timelines with his digital footprint, while imparting knowledge through workshops and events offline. With such levels of work, it wouldn’t be shocking that his portfolio grows with each passing sunset. The latest addition to his impressive portfolio is the partnership between him and MTV Shuga. It was a good morning on social media when we woke up to an announcement by the TV Show reading:

    📢 We’re excited to be partnering with Gilmore Tee in spreading #MTVShugaDS message across Zimbabwe through the #GTeeVibe on Radio 📻 and ZBC on TV. #GilmorexShuga

    MTV Announcement

    MTV Shuga is a television drama series that was first aired in November 2009 on MTV Base as part of an initiative dubbed MTV Staying Alive Ignite. Its first two seasons were commissioned by MTV Networks Africa in association with The MTV Staying Alive Foundation, PEPFAR (The US President’s Emergency Fund for AIDS Relief), the partnership for an HIV Free generation (HFG) and the Government of Kenya, as part of a multimedia campaign to spread the message about responsible sexual behaviour and tolerance.

    The latest season MTV Shuga: Down South  was aired in 48 different African countries as well as a host of international platforms. MTV Shuga has aired on over 180 broadcast platforms to date. The show has accumulated a number of awards over the years for the cutting-edge show, including; Edutainment Africa Award (2012), ICRW Award for Innovation, World Media Festival Gold & Grand Awards for Education(2014 & 2016), Africa Magic Viewer’s Choice Award for Best TV Series (2015), Third Sector Awards: Big Impact Award (2016) & ISNTD Award for Mass Media & Impact (2017). MTV Shuga is currently in production of its sixth season which is being produced in Lagos, Nigeria. The show will be aired from March 2018. African celebrities such as Tiwa Savage, Lupita Nyong’o, Thuso Mbedu and Macmillan Mabaleka are some individuals who have featured on the show.

     

    This partnership , which is an initiative by the MTV Staying Alive Foundation, will go a long way in educating (especially the youth) about HIV and Aids, not only in Zimbabwe but beyond borders. The partnership also means he is the official licensee for the TV and Radio Drama Series which will see him  partnering with local outlets and networks in getting the HIV/AIDS awareness series showcased across the country and continent. Having successfully curated his podcast dubbed – The Gilmore Tee Vibe – the new season is said to include extracts and conversations from the MTV Shuga drama series. Gilmore who is already active in the creative industries across Zimbabwe and Africa gets to partner with MTV Shuga through his Podcast and other televised platforms.

    I am extremely excited to be working with MTV Shuga in spreading awareness on HIV/AIDS across the globe. Above all, I am grateful to God for granting these opportunities to me. The partnership will see my podcast having MTV Shuga content and also some televised works I will be pioneering for reach across Zimbabwe and beyond. It’s such an honour to have such big brands partnering with you and trusting you with their brands and products

    – expressed Gilmore Tee.

    Follow Gilmore Tee and MTV Shuga on social media for  more updates and dialogue, we just can’t wait for what this partnership has in store for us!

  • How the Harare Natural Spring Festival brought the Spring!

    The Harare Natural Spring Festival has come and gone but the memories and lessons are here to stay. The festival was a first of its kind curated by Kinks & Fros and Langa cosmeticsNyasha Adler, being a natural hair artist and blogger has curated different events on Hair Meets and other gatherings, but all nothing like the festival. It was more of a trial and error, resources allowing it may turn out to be an annual thing. I don’t even know where I was going with my braids because that venue was filled with natural hair ambassadors and torch bearers.

    Unfortunately the sound system wasn’t that good and there weren’t performing artists as expected like typical festivals, but this wasn’t a major setback as the organizing body introduced games and other fun activities. One of the biggest highlight of the festival was the runway which was graced by some very colourful displays of African print and hairstyles which I bet on my last dollar will be trending moving on. There was a question and answer at the end, with the panelists explaining the inspiration behind the creations on the runway. All the stalls were unique in their own manner but ultimately contributed to the natural hair narrative. One which stood out among the rest was the Traditional food stall which I later learnt that its significance. Nyasha explained how she always gets asked about the type of food to eat when growing long healthy hair, and the plug is the food! We even got gift bags filled with African Goodies (Bonus!). Tendai Angela also came through towards the end to bend our backs a lil with some therapeutic yoga moves, too bad I was under dressed for bending but I captured everything for after practice lol.

    For a first of its kind event, it was well organized and curated. I could tell that everyone had fun and learnt a thing or two. Personally I enjoyed and was motivated to keep my crown, the whole event made me realize how beautiful we are in our own hair. Thanks to the festival, I now know where to buy natural hair products and ways to look after my hair in a healthy manner. I have no doubt next year it’s going to be bigger and better. Here are some of the images from the fun we had: