JustLearn.me is a brand new online platform founded by Uviwe Faku, a young black entrepreneur who is also an accounting student at the University of Cape Town. This initiative, a first of its kind in South Africa, allows students and tutors to interact with one another from the comfort and safety of their own homes or any other preferred environments. Continue reading
While we stand before each other as strangers, we are discreetly connected by common human experiences and collectively relate to that which we have seen and felt as individuals. Our estranged relationship becomes apparent when we reveal pieces of our lives in the form of stories; the tales shared around fireplaces, within the walls of boarding school dormitories, between commuters in taxis and buses or even during drunken moments at a bar. In these times of connectedness the barriers housing our solitude fall away, granting us the rare opportunity to recognise each other a little more. Continue reading
Have you ever wrapped yourself in blankets knitted with bullets,
resting your head on pillows stuffed with uncertainty,
while trying to catch sweet dreams on a bed of thorns?
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was my first experience of the much talked about novelist’s writing. Continue reading
Mpho’s discomfort with the black child’s place in the hierarchy of society, together with her growing despondency towards the capitalist system, motivated her to start NCZA Hub; it is an independent business that focuses on multimedia, cultural exchange, art and technology for the youth and women in Africa. “I became conscious of the fact that a black child always has to start from scratch and that there are more black people looking for work than creating it. I was tired of hearing about unemployment rates in South Africa and not being able to control my time. Most importantly, I became less afraid to die or take risks,” she explains.
…As I grew older, my relationship with art took a dip. Distracted by the circumstances that came with the transition into adulthood, I ended up neglecting my soul’s favourite food. This went on for a long time;it was a strange and unexplainable period of silence and dormancy. Fortunately, this period eventually passed, and my passion for art returned. I found myself attending poetry sessions, exhibitions, book launches, theatre productions and other spaces of expression once again. Most importantly, I went back to expressing myself.
Youth Day is approaching.
South Africa is buzzing with activity as individuals and organisations prepare to launch the youth focused content and events they have planned for months.
As a content producer, I want to be a part of this national story. My voice wants to be heard along with everybody else that is making an effort to produce something special for Youth Day. I too want to be a part of this narrative and celebrate.