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Patrice Juah: The humble voice from Liberia.

25 Oct

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According to the Urban Dictionary​, the meaning of the name Patric​e​ is a girl, who is humble, classy, meek, and wise. She’s beautiful in her own unique way, but her heart is radiant and blessed. She is basically without flaw that the human eye or ear could detect, but she doesn’t realize that, even though she has a healthy level of confidence about herself. She knows who she is and she chooses her words carefully before she speaks. She believes in uplifting and encouraging a sad and downtrodden or confused soul. She’s a peacemaker and a success at life and love.

This is an accurate description of my sister, and client Patrice Juah.

Patrice is a global citizen but reigns from Monrovia, Liberia. We first met in 2011, when our agency were casting in Accra for the Nigerian soapie, Tinsel. Patrice wears a number of hats from Radio personality, author, poet, activist, speaker, model and designer. This powerful warrior​ has a Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, an advanced certificate in Fashion Design, and a certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship. She is also a Mandela Washington Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)

Patrice is dedicated to changing Liberia’s image within the international community. She strives to motivate and empower young women by supporting several local non-profit organisations’ efforts in educating women on topics such as HIV/AIDs, teenage pregnancy, education, and workforce development.
She is also the Founder and Managing Director of Moie, an ethnic brand promoting Liberia’s textile industry and creative sector, while empowering rural weavers and artisans


She has just completed her second book, titled Under Ducor Skies.
Under Ducor Skies is a reflective journey across lost childhood, war, arduous youth, and caged dreams, to a time of soaring peace, where bullets are finally silenced, with an even greater battle left to silence within. In a town that is a shadow of its previous self, and everything around you tells you that you’ll fail, how do you keep the shredded pieces of hope alive?

Under Ducor Skies mirrors life in its various forms—love, growth, adventure, everyday happenings and experiences of people, near and far – known and unknown. You’ll be entertained, inspired, provoked, and pushed to think beyond the layers of what seems ordinary. It is a voyage of dreamers and wanderers, who’ve held onto the tattered threads of their dreams; pushing beyond limitations and challenges, to make something of themselves.

Readers will be given a front row seat into Ducor, the city of dreams, through the author’s lens. They’ll enjoy the openness, depth, vulnerability, and ease with which she shares each poem. Together, they’ll open old scars, mend wounds, laugh, cry, heal and rise. The girl power-themed poems are particularly armed with the right ingredients to give any woman, or girl, back her power, and inspire her to elevate to her most authentic and exceptional self. Leave all your worries, fears and doubts at the door of this book, losing yourself in every page, exploring, rediscovering and emerging as a wholesome you. It’s time to weave stories we’ve long held close to our hearts; those that inspire, challenge, and keep us thriving, in spite of all the crooked paths we tread Under Ducor Skies.

To gain access to her work or services as a speaker or emcee contact​ us,

Simba Mudereri becomes a truly Pan African voice.

1 Jun


When I travel to a new country I always like to engage with people that fall into my three passions in life, being Women, Africa, and the arts. So when I visited Botswana a few years back on an activism assignment, I made the best of that opportunity. I was interviewed on a number of radio stations and one being GabzFM. The station is a young and powerful one that has a large demographic and speaks to the young and young at heart of Botswana. One of​ the presenters who I met at an event afterward​, was Simba Mudereri. I was not fortunate enough to have been interviewed by him, but we sat and spoke and exchanged stories, shared our dreams and expressed our passions. It was soon after that that I discovered that this man was not just passionate about the arts, his voice but a man of credibility. An incident occurred where he had the option to turn a blind eye but he took the higher road. He stepped up as a ​gentleman and provided protection and support to me in so many ways.

Simba at his first Waka photo shoot.

Soon after that after watching his career, he soon became a WakaStar. I have watched him travel between Johannesburg and Gaborone on voice over assignments, pushing his dream and believing in his passion and God-given​ talent. I know after booking him for an emcee event, the testimony from the client will exude one of satisfaction at his professionalism and ability to represent any client or brand that he works for.

In 2017, he was the official emcee from the TedX Gaborone conference. He has emceed a number of events from financial institutions, telecommunications, hotel and restaurant etc.
His voice has been heard in South Africa and across Zimbabwe.
He has been interviewed on many platforms​ from Cliffcentral.com, Transafricaradio, ​ and MetroFM with DJ Fresh.

On Cliffcentral he hosted his own podcast, called Random Musings.
He spoke about a dreaded question that many may be familiar with – “When are you getting married?” Simba looks at when is the right time to tie the knot, whether this institution still deserves a place in modern society, and whether or not age plays a factor in a successful marriage. Together with his in-studio guests, Simba provides advice on how to know whether or not you want to marry a particular person, or whether you are simply compatible with them. ​his gguests​included​ myself and Waakstars Kim Jansen​ and Mapumba Cilombo.

He is not only a consumate professional, he is a God fearing brother, and my partner in crime. He is a powerful​ peoples person and makes friends wherever he goes.

This year he made the decision to move back to his home country,Zimbabwe​. Simba knows and sees the need in using his powerful voice and be part of that enigmatic change that is happening in the country. He has joined the ZiFM family. Simba has replaced DJ Munya on the energetic The Rush  on ZiFM Stereo.
He truly lives and understand the Pan African agenda and I know that this journey will bring him challenges but he will definitely create an amazing platform and leave a mark as he did when left Gaborone.


At present Simba travels between Harare, Johannesburg, ​and Gaborone for other emcee, speaking, ​and voice over events.

If you require additional information on his work, bookings and rates, please contact us.
Telephone: +27 0102861935

Lydia Forson: My African Dustler: A Diva Who Hustles

6 Nov


In my previous blogs I have mentioned that I conducted the casting for Tinsel Ghana and Kenya. During the Ghanaian sessions I had the fortunate experience of meeting the acclaimed actress, Lydia Forson. Like kindred spirits we hit it off immediately. A few years later she came to South Africa as she was cast in the South Africa soap opera: Scandal. Back then many South Africans were not aware of the Pan African entertainment industry and therefore were not aware of the acclaimed artisans that emerge from across Africa, for us it was a great move and achievement. We continually crossed paths on our different interactions across the continent. Lydia is a go-getter, loves life and believes in standing up for justice, when the situation arises, I suppose that is why we are so alike. That is why she is my ultimate: DUSTLER!! A DUSTLER is a diva who hustles. A term I learnt from another Ghanaian DUSTLER, Anita Erskine.
I should also add that both Lydia and I are a little cray cray and have the capability of screeching very loud when seeing each other. In 2012 at the Ama-awards – African Movie Academy Awards , which took place in Lagos Nigeria, I was in the reception area, waiting for something when I heard a voice that I recognised, I turned around and it was Lydia. Normal people would have just greeted but the two of us were so crazy and happy that we both screeched at the sight of each other. One of life’s beautiful moments, that I will never forget.

The rest of that weekend we were thick as thieves. I was rather irritated when we were on the red carpet and a certain African TV presenter started to interview her and in the middle of the interview, the presenter said ‘ stop sorry I need to interview the Holywood guy.’ The ‘Hollywood guy’ was Issaih Washington, the Greys anatomy actor who was fired fin 2007. I was furious and let the presenter, (who I had actually trained when she started her career in 2010) and her producer know that we should celebrate our international stars in the same light as our African ones. The rest of the weekend was full of laughs and plotting our next moves across Africa. We remained in contact and of course she joined the WAKA family.
In 2016 while I was living in Uganda, she was visiting and of course we met and had an absolute blast. I secured an interview for her with our other Waka star Brian Mulondo on one of my shows that I headed at the time.
Lydia and myself at the AMA-Awrds 2012.

Lydia and myself hanging out in Uganda and Lydia with the WAKA star Brian Mulondo.

For those of you, who do not know who she is, this is Lydia Forson:

She is an award-winning Ghanaian actress, writer, and producer. In 2010 she won the African Movie Academy Award for Best Actress in a Leading Role.
Lydia Forson’s acting career started with a cameo role in Hotel St. James (2005), Run Baby Run (2006), Different Shades of Blue (2007) and a stint in the reality show The Next Movie Star in Nigeria (2007).
Shirley Frimpong Manso, CEO of Sparrow Productions, who had previously worked with her in the Ghanaian television series Different Shades of Blue brought Lydia Forson back to the screens through the movie Scorned. This starring role led to her first African Movie Academy Awards (AMAA) nomination as the Best Upcoming Female Actress.
In 2009, Lydia Forson starred in the award-winning The Perfect Picture. She has starred in A Sting in a Tale, Phone Swap and Masquerades. Lydia’s passion for her work is demonstrated in the extent to which she lives out characters in her movies.

Her Filmography includes:
• Hotel St. James (2005) – Cameo Roles
• Run Baby Run Becky (2006) – supporting role[5]
• Different Shades of Blue (2007)
• The Next Movie Star Reality Show (2007) – Third Runner Up
• Scorned (2008) – Lead Role
• The Perfect Picture (2009) – Supporting Role
• A Sting in a Tale (2009) – lead role[6]
• Masquerades (2011)
• Phone Swap (2012)[7]
• Kamara’s Tree (2013)
• “Scandal” (2013) (South African Series) – Aku[8]
• A Letter From Adam (2014) Writer/Producer[9][10]

Her awards include:
2009 – African Movie Academy Award Nominee
2010 – African Movie Academy Award Best Actress in a lead role[11]
2012 – Ghana Movie Awards Best Screenplay ‘In The Cupboard’

Just over the past weekend she won the award for her performance in the Peter Sedufia directed film, Keteke, at AFRIFF. African International Film festival.

AFRIFF is week-long annual film festival that takes place in Nigeria Founded in 2010 by Chioma Ude, The event normally the festival features award shows and film training classes for industry players. This year’s edition, which took place from October 29 to November 4, was climaxed with the AFRIFF Globe Awards Globe Awards at the Eko Hotel & Suites.


Lydia also writes a thought provoking blog, that can be found via http://www.lydiaforson.com. In her blog she serves a fine tea of woman issues—and occasionally runs into politics, causing havoc with her honesty and opinions. One of my favourite pieces included the following one, posted on October 9.


Her blog writes:
So guess who took over the runway at this years Glitz Fashion Week!!
You guessed right. Meeeeeeee!!!!
I still remember cat walking in my living room in  as a kid and telling everyone I was going to be a model.
Then the world stopped me before I could even dream any further,  by telling me I was too big to ever walk the runway.
Who’s laughing now?
There are no limitations to what you can  do with your life. if you put your mind to it and you’re determined, the world will have no choice but to accommodate you.
Big thank you to Latasha of http://www.aboutthatcurvylife.com for allowing me to do this and Abaya of Lagos for the amazing outfit. 

Lydia believes that the day we stop dreaming we end our existence, and that only dreams give us a hope and something to live for.


The Angolan Goddess and media mogul: Weza Solange.

31 Oct

Weza Solange

As I continue profiling my Waka talent, today I would like to introduce you
Weza Solange, our Angolan Goddess and media mogul.
Weza is a TV presenter, actor, producer and digital influencer from Luanda, Angola.
She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and a Diploma in Business Management, is a familiar face to Channel O audiences who have seen her as a presenter on screen.
Weza Solange first got introduced to the whole of Africa during Big Brother’s amplified 6 season.The Angolan beauty caught our attention with her exotic and captivating accent, not forgetting bold personality. 
Weza still remains a household name within the Pan African entertainment industry and with a new role on one of South Africa’s most popular soapie, Weza still has a lot to offer the industry.

She also starred as Fumi Uche in the Mzansi Magic telenovela Inkaba, from 2012-2013.

Weza produced her first TV show, called Acceso VIP.  It’s a lifestyle entertainment show that aired on Jango Magic, DSTV channel 513. Many people don’t know about it because it was in Portuguese, specifically for the Angolan and Mozambican market.

Weza presents the first Portuguese PanAfrican travel show of its kind. It is called Conheca Mzansi, meaning Meet Mzansi. It is aired on Zimbo TV.


Her showreel bouquet includes:

10 Over 10 – Season 2 – Commentator – Herself

Big Brother Africa – Season 6 (Amplified) – Housemate – Herself

Generations – Season 1 – Hope

iNkaba – Season 1 – Fumi Uche

The Channel O Africa Music Video Awards – Season 8 (Channel O Music Video Awards) – Red Carpet Host – Herself

Her TV hosting roles include:

Host of ‘Top Mais’: A music and lifestyle show, aired on Channel O.
Host of the first Miss Africa pageant, 2016.
Host of TV Show Extrem Conversar
V-reporter for the voice of Angola
Co-host on 2016 Miss Africa Calabar for Climate change.
Guest presenter at 2016 MTV Africa awards.
Angola and Mozambique brand ambassador for Sadia foods.
Angolan ambassador for the Africa International Hair expo.
Involved with Adopt A School Charity Organisation.
Doctors Without Borders.

Weza has received many accolades including:
Voted Angola’s most influential celebrity in social media.
Johannesburg fashion week.
Africa fashion week

Her production credits include:
Production of Acesso VIP- Entertainment show on DSTV
Producer of Nzianga guesthouse, TVC
The Voice Angola
Project manager of the Online team for ‘ Big Brother Angola’.

Unleashing Africa’s feminine power

25 Oct

D-Empress: Dianne Regisford
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The entertainment industry across the world is a great avenue to meet beautifully gifted and free spirited individuals. Like every industry, there are the negatives, I choose to focus on the positive. I met an amazing women many years back, who exuded true African pride, beauty and passion. She embodied it all at a time when myself and many other South Africans had not realised or rather lived our truly African spirit. This powerful force was Dianne Regisford. We had met though mutual friends at various artistic inspired events. Over the past two years, she appeared on my radar through the social media space and once again I was enthralled by her strong energy and powerful stature. We began speaking, and soon we decided to embark on a new partnership.
I am a strong believer that every single person we meet is not by coincidence but for a reason. I believe she has so much wisdom that needs t be unleashed. Wisdom on our feminine power, our souls, or heritage and understanding the strength that lies in the African matriarch.
D-empress, soon became a Waka star representing Jamaica and the African diaspora.

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Dianne Regisford is a Feminine Fyah Priestess, inspirational speaker & Intuitive Energy healer. She is a revered Visual & Performance Artiste
The Artivist:
As an artivist (artist-activist), Dianne is particularly interested in creating spaces for sensory engagement, storytelling and encounter.

Her current collections include; Evoking Belonging & The Venus Sensorium: Imbibing Hersto-Rhetoric and other musings…
Both collections, currently in development, are multi-media assemblage of paintings, poetry and spoken word performance, offered as provocations to act.
D-Empress was a participating artist at the world’s leading contemporary art platform for African art, the Dakar Biennale in 2014. She has also exhibited in France & the UK, and has performed in South Africa, Ethiopia, France, Malta and the UK.

D-Empress merges artistry with Kahuna Lomi Lomi – a transformative energy bodywork practice. Trained in the ancient Kahuna Temple Lomi Lomi style indigenous to the Polynesian Islands, Dianne, a practicing healer, visions all of her oeuvres as offerings for healing. Lomi lomi is the word used today to mean “massage therapist” or “Hawaiian massage.” Traditionally in ancient Hawaii lomilomi was practiced in four contexts:

1. As a healing practice of native healers — kahuna lāʻau lapaʻau (healers) and kahuna hāhā (diagnosticians)
2. As a luxury and an aid to digestion, especially by the ruling chiefs (aliʻi)
3. As restorative massage within the family
4. By ʻōlohe lua (masters of the Hawaiian martial arts)

I was privileged to experience a session by D-empress. The experience was truly magical for me. I felt so relaxed and at peace during the massage It really released some long held fatigue and I felt so energized afterwards. I felt like I was surrounded by love and felt pampered beyond words. I walked out feeling like my whole body was on a cloud. I would highly recommend this beautiful journey.


Currently a Social Sculpture PhD researcher and practitioner based at Oxford Brookes University, UK. Entitled, Evoking Belonging, Dianne’s doctoral research explores intersections between the African Bantu philosophy of ubuntu and the cultural imaginary as a dynamic portal to crafting belonging amongst African-Caribbean Diaspora and migrant communities in the context of urban

The Soulfyah Sanctuary: Passion, Purpose, Poetics for Soulful Success

A generative power, healing space for women, their sisters, daughters and mothers, created by D-Empress Dianne Regisford. In the Soulfyah Sanctuary D-Empress inspires, mentors and evokes successful women to cultivate Soulful Success by igniting their Feminine Fyah.

In the Soulfyah Sanctuary, D-Empress offers online & in-person immersive sacred healing journeys to support successful women who yearn to cultivate Soulful Success. Success which embraces their passions, their values, Success which makes a lasting contribution to society and, success which enables impact and legacy.

As a Feminine Fyah Priestess, D-Empress creates sacred healing journey which include heartful teachings, rituals & ceremonies inspired by ancient wisdoms of the African Matriarchal tradition.

An intuitive healer, D-Empress also incorporates immersive hands-on healing treatments in the programmes. These elements combine to create sacred pathways for women: mothers, sisters and daughters as support through modern day rites of passage to live passionate, powerful, purpose-filled lives of legacy.

Watch this space as we plan to create beautiful spaces across the continent for women to indulge in the Soulfyah sanctuary experience.

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