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The Dear Upright African Movement.

15 May


One of my passions in life are arts and how we can promote our beautiful continent. I started my Pan African agency, http://www.wakaagency.biz so to bridge the gap between like-minded artisans, activist, and creators. Along my journey, I have worked and still work with phenomenal individuals​s, who live their lives in changing our narrative with regard to how we see ourselves​ as Africans​, how we promote ourselves and what history needs to to be corrected.
Donald Molosi is one game changer. He is a classically-trained actor and award-winning playwright. He holds an MA in Performance Studies from UCSB, a Graduate Diploma in Classical Acting from LAMDA, and a BA in Political Science and Theatre from Williams College. Molosi is featured in A United Kingdom, opposite Golden Globe and Emmy award nominee David Oyelowo and Oscar nominee Rosamund Pike. The film depicts the marriage of Prince Seretse Khama and Ruth Williams in the 1940s and the uniting of the people of Botswana. Molosi divides his time between Botswana and the rest of Africa. His second book, We Are All Blue has been named one of 2016’s most prominent African Books by several literary journals including Writivism.
In 2017, he wrote a thought-provoking​ essay, which received​ great reviews globally. It also received​ some criticism​​m from people who refuse to acknowledge the negative effects​ that colonialism had on our cuture, tradition, identity, ​and ultimately how we see ourselves.

The essay:

Dear Upright African,

I am reminded of six years ago. I had just flown into Johannesburg from Kampala. I was in Johannesburg to do a screen test for a TV series about Botswana. Before the screen test was over I had already landed one of the lead roles. Of course, I was elated, mostly because even though I was enjoying an award-winning acting career on-Broadway and off-Broadway in New York City, I still had the firm desire to do something at home. A week later I was in Gaborone, script in hand, and ready to film. Then an email from the series producers popped up on my phone saying that after “much careful thought and consideration” I had been dropped from the production for “not looking African enough.” The news was more infuriating than disappointing. I found myself wishing they had told me that I had been dropped because I had not been a good enough actor during the screen tests, or that I was asking for too much money. But to say that I did not fulfill​l some British self-styled Africanist director’s zoological notion of what an African looks like was to abuse even my ancestors. I tell you, Upright African, you and I must write and perform many-many stories about the Africa we know where my perfect teeth are not remarkable.

Internalized Oppression seeped into our young minds every time our teachers congratulated us for speaking well, “like a proper Brit” and in the same breath ridiculed us for having Afro-textured hair. British merchant John Locke, in 1561 wrote that Africans were “people without heads.” Trust me, Upright African, to pretend that I don’t have a head (even mind) would have been a ​difficult thing for me to do in high school, or in that audition room in Johannesburg. Locke also describes Africans as people with “their mouths and eyes in their breasts.” Now that would be pure comedy if that sort of language and imagery had not animalized and thingified the African so profoundly in the West’s imaginary that it is partly how Europe justified (to herself and the rest of us) her brutal colonisation of a third of the world. Perhaps Locke would be hilarious if, ​in 1829, European taxidermists had not exhumed the body of a Tswana King to exhibit it in the same way as a trophy animal in Spain for the ​amusement of Europeans who had not seen a Black man before. Perhaps asking me to perform a zoological Africanness would not be insolent if Saartjie Baartman had not been trafficked from the Cape into to being a dancing sex-slave for Parisians at Palais Royal and Londoners at Piccadilly Circus simply because of so-called steatopygia, the “condition” of having a big butt, which apparently rendered her more like an animal and therefore inferior to the European.

When I predictably lived in Paris years after high school I almost-instinctively knew how to catch the metro from Villejuif to Centre Pompidou to Porte de Montreuil. I therefore found myself questioning my education almost obsessive-compulsively​: what study of French history and culture (in a Botswana school) had this been that it almost-by-definition had to displace people who look like me and you out of story whilst the bloody Eiffel tower itself was built by enslaved Africans who died in the process and whose bones remain under the magnificent monument? What if in that high school class you and I had learnt not just about the great French singers Patricia Kaas and Edith Piaf but also about their equally great contemporary Josephine Baker and how she wrote a competing narrative with her body, claiming the agency of the black female body on stage, in Paris no less? How different might our consciousness have been at that age as products of “international” schools? Would we have spent so many disorienting years after high school apologizing for (not) being African? What if we had simply learnt about African empires instead of French history? You see, we also belong in history as protagonists and not just as supporting characters. Upright African, we must also make dolls that look like little African girls. Perhaps I digress but you get me.

When the grand story of David Livingstone’s peripatetic exploits across Africa is told in Big-British-Books-On-African-History used in African schools, private or public, it introduces us to his African aides, Susi and Chuma. We are told that Susi and Chuma were loyal servants to David Livingstone. We are also told that Susi and Chuma were so loyal to David Livingstone that when he died at a location described as “the centre of Africa,” Susi and Chuma risked their own lives by carrying Livingstone’s embalmed body for months from modern day Zambia all the way to the coast of modern-day​ Tanzania so that the body could be shipped off to London for burial. Now, what if we dared to tell the stories of Susi and Chuma not just as servants but also as – to use that fancy term reserved for Europeans – ‘explorers?’ What if in our version of missionary history we also saw Africa through Susi and Chuma’s eyes? Would we not see that Ilala, the Zambian village where Livingstone died, is in fact not the center of Africa but simply a case in colonial cartography full of self-serving symbolism?

I wrote We Are All Blue because beneath the Grand Narratives of global history lie African stories waiting for you and me, Upright Africans in the world, to truthfully tell back into our Consciousness. With no apology. For our own humanity’s sake!

-Donald Molosi

Donald has recently published another book, Dear Upright African. His European book​ launch​ took place at the African Book Festival Berlin 2019. The African Book Festival aims to summon the finest in African and Afro-diasporic​ writing to Berlin. The event was curated by award-winning writer and filmmaker Tsitsi Dangarembga from Zimbabwe. With Ben Okri, the festival’s headliner is another literary giant from Nigeria.
This year the event focused thematically on transitions, change, upheaval and future visions – in a literal as well as figurative sense: How do African writers interpret the issue of crossing borders and trespassing, physically but also stylistically. How are personal experiences and changes in location reflected in poetry? Which political upheavals are picked up on in fiction and how are they interpreted? In which ways can and do African thinkers influence current situations.

To book him as a speaker, consultant, linguist or trainer​, please contact​ us

Africa, we are the protector of the Gods

27 Feb


Most of our history dictates the journeys of men, with limited​​ documentation of the ​female-led​ warriors and heroine stories. The last decade we have seen a positive shift in the female narrative and as we are rightfully claiming our spaces in all aspects of life as we also need to hounor those who came before us. As my three passions in life are women, Africa, and the arts, I was really intrigued by​ this exciting project, “Protector of the Gods”.

“Protector of the Gods” is an afro-futuristic take on three of ancient Egypt’s most sought after queens Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra. The story of each queen will be documented in each film respectively. This historical project will be directed by the creator, Kameko Tarnez.


Kameko Tarnez is an American world musician, soul singer, writer, director, and feature film, producer. He has collaborated with many icons such as Michael Jackson, Erykah Badu, Toni Braxton, Grace Jones, Rita Marley, Vanessa Williams and more. Kameko is also the owner of Archrok Entertainment, a full-fledged Artist Management / Production House. The company was formed by Kameko and a group of global investors interested in supporting the arts. They offer full start to finish production of television, film, commercials, music videos, photography, and music production.

I spoke to Kameko on his journey of writing and directing this epic trilogy.

You started the journey of writing this approximately six years ago, why was it so important to you?

I wrote “Protector of the Gods” because the stories of Hatshepsut, Nefertiti, and Cleopatra have always resonated with me and I felt it was important to write about these historical women from an African perspective. 
Where did the idea come from?
I was raised by strong black women and I feel that Hollywood’s depiction of women of colour​, in general,  has been very limited. Therefore, I wanted to contribute to broadening the scope. I also felt it was important for moviegoers to see the rich culture of Africa, not just through the lens of slavery.  
Give us a break down of what to expect in each trilogy.
“Protector of the Gods” is an afro-futuristic sword and sorcery trilogy set in ancient Kemet. The trilogy follows the lives of 3 of the kingdom’s most powerful female pharaohs (Hatshepsut Vol. 1, Nefertiti Vol. 2, and Cleopatra Vol. 3) while they fight to preserve the royal bloodline, and protect the principles of the gods they praise.  
Where was it filmed and how long was the process?
We started filming Hatshepsut vol. 1 in 2018 in the U.S. and will continue filming Summer 2019 in S.A. 
Have you cast any African talent?
Yes, we have cast some African talent, and are now planning to do more castings in SA before we continue filming. I am proud ​to share that our mutual friend​ Thokozani Ndaba is part of the South African cast.

Can you reveal any big names attached to the project?
At this time, we are not revealing any of the A-list names that have attached themselves to the project. However, I can share that the actress Rhonda Ross (daughter to music icon Diana Ross and entertainment mogul Berry Gordy) is not only one of the film’s producers, but she will star in the film as Goddess Ma’at. In addition, the film will star the actress YahZarah as Goddess Sekhmet. She is best known for her work with Lenny Kravitz and collaborations with Erykah Badu.

As the writer and director, please share some of the dynamic moments that occurred whilst working o the project.
Since we are still filming, my memories are constantly growing. However, thus far, my most rewarding moment has been seeing the costume concept art presented by my creative collaborator Phillip Boutte Jr.  
When will it be released in cinemas?
The film will be released in Summer 2020. 
The executive producer of the production is Hill Harper and this is what he had to say:
“Protector of the Gods” is an epic and magical story that we have yet to see envisioned nor attempted by a Hollywood studio. I am honoured​ and excited to be co-executive producer of this amazing film and help bring it to audiences across the globe. I think it is essential that moviegoers understand and watch historically accurate depictions of African history, from more than simply a slave narrative. Now more than ever, audiences are hungry for stories such as these told without bias. I am excited to be a part of bringing it to millions around the world!

Sheila nyota kuangaza- Sheila is a shinning star.

13 Nov

sheila 1

The past Friday evening I attended the opening of the Joburg Film Festival which was held at the Hyatt Hotel in Johannesburg. The opening film was Rifiki Wanuri Kahiu.

Background on the film:
Rafiki, means Friend, is a Kenyan feature film that is directed by Wanuri Kahiu. Rafiki is the story of friendship and tender love that grows between two young women, Kena and Ziki, amidst family and political pressures. Without giving too much away, the story is about two beautiful souls who fall in love with each other but suffer abandonment due to the homophobic ideologies of their country. The film is set up against the colourful and vibrant streets of Nairobi, intertwining the beautiful landscape with the crazy and fast Kenyan lifestyle​. The story is beautiful, raw and real. Every character of the film tell their own stories and reveal their ideologies of life in Africa and their attitudes towards homosexuality. The writer and director narrated the beautiful love story in such a dynamic way, where you find yourself laughing, crying and feeling their angst, pain and emotional journeys. I love the way in which the director used the different elements of colours to illustrate the feminine powers of the two main characters. The love scenes were filmed in such a magnificent way that reflected the innocence and passion of the actors involved.
The story is not just about a lesbian relationship it allows us access into the politics of East Africa, how homophobic ideologies run through society and churches, the film is about friendship, jealousy and coming of age.


I was really taken by the two lead actresses, Sheila Munyiva and Samantha Mugatsia. I had the great pleasure of meeting Sheila as she was in the country for the festival.
We sat down a few days after the premiere to chat and see what synergies we could create as women, activists, ​and storytellers.
It is no secret that I have an obsession with East Africa, I think it is about the beautiful culture and etiquette that runs through their communities and lives. When meeting Sheila one on one, her beauty, grace, ​and intellect shone through her bubbly personality and smile.
Sheila is Kenyan born, who discovered acting​ by default as she was working as a casting assistant​. She was approached by the director to play the role in the film and like a true professional​l she threw herself into the role and position that it required. Sheila shared how she received assistance from an acting coach before diving into the role and like a true thespian, she did her additional research on her character by engaging in dialogue with the LGBTQI community of Kenya. I salute the bravery of the cast and crew for working on such an important project. The film was banned by the Kenya Film Classification Board (KFCB) which stated: ”due to its homosexual theme and clear intent to promote lesbianism in Kenya contrary to the law”. The KFCB warned that anyone found in possession of the film would be in breach of the law in Kenya, where gay sex is punishable by 14 years in jail. The ban raised international outrage by the supporters of LGBT rights.
The film’s director, Wanuri Kahiu, sued Kenya’s government, to allow the film to be screened and become eligible to be submitted as Kenya’s entry for the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film at the 91st Academy Awards. On 21 September 2018, the Kenyan High Court lifted the ban on the film, allowing it to be screened in the country for seven days, therefore meeting the eligibility requirements. After the ban was lifted, the film was shown to a sold-out crowd at a cinema in Nairobi. The film has traveled​ to Cannes film festival and Sheila shared that when returning home, the cast and director all took different flights home to ensure they would not be arrested by Kenyan officials.

Now back to the dynamic Sheila. As I mentioned she is an actress but her interests are vast and include communications, writing, casting, ​and entrepreneurship. She says that she driven by making a difference. ‘Growing up, I would look around and see so many things that I thought were unfair and that if done in a different way, things would be better. As a child, there’s not much that I could have done but now as a young black woman, all the power rests in my hands and I can make a difference. 
My true passion in life is acting, activism and filmmaking.’

She knows that her brand can be used as a vessel to carry so many messages and create awareness in​ many communities.
She is motivated by her mother and grandmother, Sir Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Libya, our own Nomzamo Mbatha a great woman, actor and speaker and my friend Moana Luu who is the head of Essence magazine.

She believes in pushing women empowerment not only for Kenyans but for Africa as a whole. As she encompasses all my passions, women, Africa and the arts, my next step was to ask what synergies we could create.
I am honoured that she has accepted my offer to be part of the Waka family. We aim to promote her as an actress, speaker, ​and activist for the continent and the world at large.
With her passion, talent and drive, the brand Sheila Munyiva will definitely light up the entertainment world, challenge archaic ideologies and she will be the voice for so many voiceless women.

Sheila nyota kuangaza- translated from Kiswahili, Sheila is a shining​ star.


24 Oct

My three passions in life are Women, Africa, and the arts.

My activism career started over 15 years ago when I did my training through POWA, http://www.powa.co.za. I have used my personal​ brand to create awareness on abuse and issues pertaining to women. I not only share my knowledge that I learned through the training but I share my personal experiences on how the abuse affected me. My aim has and always will be to create awareness, let others know that they are not alone and that the abuse is not their fault, all of this connected to the fact that it has been patriarchal ideologies that have supported and protected perpetrators. We have to redefine our rights and enforce gender equality.

Building​ my personal​ brand.
When I started my career we do not have direct access to PR gurus or marketing specialists who could guide us and those that did, paid top dollar for their services. I built my brand on knowing and understanding my craft, faith, discipline, dedication and passion. I made a tremendous amount of mistakes, partnered with wrong people, diluted my brand as I did not value myself enough and often second guessed my personal​ talent and ability. I value and treasure all those lessons. I have learned that building a brand and becoming an entrepreneur comes with a lot of challenges and frustrations but​ there are also many rewards. It has taught me to push through those boundaries, even when met with resistance. I remember when I was still acting on the soapie, Generations, I wanted to seek a car sponsorship and I naively approached BMW South Africa. My application was denied immediately and I was told that they do not sponsor non-sports people. So I then decided to visit a BMW car dealership in Bryanston, with my then partner. He suggested​ that I just buy one and forget about the sponsorship. I partly took his advice. As I entered the dealership I noticed that there were very few Black people walking in and out as buyers, I engaged with my friends who lived in that area and who drove BMW’s​ and asked where they had purchased their vehicles. Almost all of them directed me to the Black owned dealership downtown. As much as I wanted to support that dealership, I also wanted to prove a point. So I boldly revisited the​ dealership in Bryanston, sought out my vehicle and applied for finance and bought a vehicle off the showroom​ floor. I felt I needed to prove that as a young black woman, I had the ability and power to purchase the vehicle and perhaps the dealership needed to relook their strategy.
A year later I formed a partnership with a woman​ who could assist​ with a concrete​​ proposal and we approached the dealership that I bought my car from and we proposed a sponsorship deal, based on my facts and experience. This was in 2004 and we originally proposed the deal for six months, my contract was continuously extended till 2007. Every six months I upgraded my car to the new 3- series and had the opportunity of test-driving all the new series when they were launched.

The WAKA flame:
My love for the continent began when I started exploring Africa as a TV presenter and producer. I founded my Pan African talent agency, WAKA TALENT AGENCY in 2011. WAKA means to ​shine in Ki-Swahili​. I discovered that there was a gap for representation across the continent, I also saw it as an opportunity to create projects and synergies with other media practitioners in South Africa and globally. At present Waka Talent agency have a footprint​ in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Botswana, DRC, Uganda. Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana, Liberia, ​and Nigeria. We represent TV and radio personalities, speakers, emcees, ​and brand ambassador and influencers. A few of my clients are musicians and models in their own right but we do not handle those contracts nor do we search for that type of work. I often asked if that will be my next move and my answer is no. No, I do not wish to tackle that side of the industry as firstly, I respect that craft and with that aspect comes my second reason, I have no first-hand​ knowledge of it. As a manager,​ I,​ need to understand and know the craft, discipline​, ​ and experience that comes with it.

These are a few of our Pan-African clients

Nurturing the talent
Being an award-winning​​g actress, TV and radio personality award winning film producer, ​and a revered TV producer, I have the ability to provide concrete advice and knowledge in that sector of the industry. As much as I respect the model and music industry, I have never worked down the ramp (professionally) nor have I recorded a song. So why would I have the authority of managing that career?
The moral of this story is that you need to know your brand, work and be passionate about it. When creating collaborations​, always look at what value the two parties​​s bring to the table. There always needs to be a value added beefits to all parties involved.

Time to PASTE.
As we are still focusing on TV and radio personalities and building brands and connecting them with global brands, we also plan to work with other entrepreneurs and artisans who have the Pan African vision and believe in the artistic spirit.
Brand value is not just about designing a logo, it is about a philosophy and a vision. I see the two concepts as one. As my vision and passion is led and dominated by my Pan African dream, I have looked to work with entrepreneurs who seek and live by that. Moving forward, we will be working closely with Paste Studios.

PASTE logo
Paste Studios is a Creative Agency: Specialising in Design, branding and Brand Identity. I do understand that there are many agencies who specialise in these concepts but very few are innovative and keen to understand the Pan African market.
I met the CEO and founder of PASTE STUDIOS Manqoba Nhlapo, at a regular entrepreneurial spot in Johannesburg. We first engaged in conversation last year but as I strongly believe in Gods timing, we only engaged in business discussions this year. His entrepreneurial vision is raw and real.
Many people have this romantic idea that entrepreneurial lifestyle is sexy and cool, with your Mac laptop, you sit at a coffee shop and the work rolls in. Yes,​ you need the laptop as that is our life, we often sit at coffee shops as we need the free wifi. Let us be honest data in SA is ridiculously expensive. We may seem content and cute with our cafe​​e lattes or Americano’s or whatever it is that we are drinking, but often we are sitting with that one cup the whole day long.
So whilst randomly entering our regular space, Manqoba and I started chatting about these exact entrepreneurial challenges. We spoke about how we would see the same faces in the​ public​ workplace but we do to know what we all do. The conversation led to the fact the biggest challenges that small companies and agencies have is that they lack the finance and therefore the resources. We agreed that small entities need assistance from big corporates but we should also look at our smaller entrepreneurial partners for synergies and assistance. We began to understand what our respective agencies do and what our visions are and saw the scope for partnership.

WAKA TALENT will work in conjunction wit PASTE STUDIO on creating platforms and projects that can project to our Pan African audience and climate. They have the design, brand value and knowledge, we have the talent, expertise, ​and clientele, we both are passionate about the PAN-AFRICAN​N dream.

Manqoba’s passion to to create and design as well as connecting people from our continent. His vision is for PASTE to become the frontier of innovative​ design in Africa. Collaborating with the best designers and talent​ too​ bring South African products to a world class standard. Their leading factor is that they have the ability to create and design spaces that will to enrich people and optimise human interactivity.

Our first collaboration will ve revealed soon but should you require any additional information on with agthe ​ency, feel free to contact us:

WAKA Talent agency:
+27 0102861935

PASTE studios:


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

Every day is Africa Day- Angola

23 May

I am a proud Pan Africanist and my three passions are Women, Africa, and the arts. I have decided​d to write up a number of blogs dedicated​ to Africans, who are doing great work.
It is great that we have a specific day dedicated​ to Africa but we need to instill the ideology that Africa runs through our veins, minds, ​and hearts. We need to push this ideology​​ into the conversations we have with our family, colleagues and what we say online. We need to look at the curriculum that is taught​ in our school ​​so that our children are no longer misguided on our past traditions, history, ​and culture.

To start off this series, we go to Angola.

Weza Solange needs no introduction. She is also my client signed to Waka Talent agency, http://www.wakaagency.biz

Weza is an accomplished TV host and producer, Actor, Voice-over artist, Emcee, Brand Ambassador, Digital Influencer​. She speaks English and Portuguese
Her charity and endorsements include:
• 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.


Her acting resume includes:
• Supporting role Inkaba Telenovella on ETV
• Supporting role in Generations: The Legacy on SABC 1
• Lead in The Naked Reality film.

Her TV Hosting credits 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.

Her other accolades include:
• 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’.

For more information or bookings contact us:
Business: 0102861935
Mobile: +27788221244
Twitter: @wakaagency
Instagram: Wakaagency
Facebook page: Waka stars


Serpião Tomás an artist named “Toto ST”, was born in Luanda.
He grew up in a religious family and had contact with gospel music since his mother and aunts belonged to the choral group of the church. At the age of eight, he wrote his first lyrics for a song and began chanting Angolan, Brazilian, North American melodies and other African roots.
The music, a genetic inheritance so well-known in the culture of the Angolan people, is its natural environment and the name he adopted – Toto ST – a reference inescapable in Angola and a bit throughout the African continent. Every single song by Toto ST takes you on an authentic journey to the great diversity of the seductive Angolan landscape and to the deepest roots of the “music of the world”. His music is a unique fusion between Afro Jazz, Funk, Blues, Soul, R & B and Kilapanga.

Singer, composer, guitarist and music producer, Toto ST began his career at the age of 14, participating in works by renowned artists of the Angolan music scene, such as Kalibrados, Genesis and Yannick AfroMan, among others. His music and his very own way of composing are reflected in the songs created for artists such as Pérola, Yola Araújo, Selda and Sandra Cordeiro.

He will be traveling​ to South Africa soon, for more​ information on his work, contact his manager:

D-Empress: Dianne Regisford – 200 Women

16 Nov


I would like to congratulate my sister D-Empress: Dianne Regisford for being selected to be part of the phenomenal book and exhibition: 200 Women.

200 Women is a book and exhibition founded on original interviews and accompanying photographic portraits. This landmark project is the realisation of an epic global journey to find two hundred women with diverse backgrounds, and to ask them what really matters to them.


200 Women is a book and exhibition inspired by a belief that you can’t empower women without listening to their stories. The subsequent idea was to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world – whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown – to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.

The goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but they wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred ‘real women’, with ‘real stories’.

Taken from the website http://www.twohundredwomen.com

Gloria Steinem once said, ‘You can’t empower women without listening to their stories.’ We agree.
This book was inspired by that belief and our subsequent idea to persuade two hundred women in different parts of the world – whether they be rich or poor, black or white, educated or uneducated, famous or unknown – to sit or stand in front of a plain sheet of fabric and to be photographed and filmed while answering five fundamental questions.
Our goal was not to make a book about just successful and powerful women; those stories are important, but we wanted diversity, and above all, authenticity. Two hundred ‘real women,’ with ‘real stories.’
We sought to cut away distractions and the visual context of each woman’s life and to simply focus on her humanity as we asked:
What really matters to you?
What brings you happiness?
What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
What would you change if you could?
Which single word do you most identify with?
We travelled as a small tight group. At every stop, we would set up our humble sheet of fabric in the quietest and lightest space we could find, from a dusty rooftop above the streets of Kolkata to a snow-covered art gallery in northern Sweden, to a Palestinian refugee camp in Beirut, to a hotel suite we could barely afford in New York, to a township in Cape Town where we were surrounded by beautiful kids who thought a Polaroid picture was a magic trick, to the earthquake-damaged hills of Nepal, to the leafy suburban streets of Sydney and to many other places.
With our backdrop in place, and a call for ‘Quiet on the set,’ one of us would begin asking each interviewee about her life and when they were ready, we would quietly ask our five questions, and we would listen.
The list of interviewees was a mix of well-known women and others we learned about as we researched and travelled. Many were introduced to us by generous friends, friends of friends, colleagues and kindred spirits in various corners of the globe. Among them artists, activists, entrepreneurs and even an astronaut, alongside business leaders, a goat herder, a nurse, and a brave Nepalese woman who has spent most of her life living on the streets of Kathmandu selling cigarettes – one at a time – to support her family.
Their responses simultaneously educated, humbled and inspired us. Some came from a place of deep sorrow, but over and over we encountered uplifting examples of kindness, selflessness, strength, wisdom, inspiration and the most compelling of all, truth. Writ large was the value, beauty and privilege of being able to just listen to these women, to truly see their humanity, and to recognise our own in doing so.
In the poorest places, we came face to face with the cruel and very real correlation between poverty and inequality. In those places we shed tears as we listened to the stories of girls trapped into the sex trade, married off to strangers at the age of ten or eleven, denied education and basic freedom, and subjected to all sorts of misery at the hands of men and a patriarchal culture that sadly is still very much in business.
Wherever we encountered these stories of ‘us and them’ there was almost always pain and division. But we also witnessed that when people truly see each other’s humanity, beautiful things become possible.
Ultimately the lesson of creating this book has been that there are no ordinary women, and there is no ‘us and them.’ There’s just us.
People like us.
Geoff Blackwell and Ruth Hobday

The Liberian Warrior Queen

27 Oct

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In 2011 when I started Waka Talent Agency, my first casting assignment was with MNET. Our project title was to run casting/auditions for the Nigerian soapie, Tinsel. The casting/auditions sessions were to find characters from Ghana and Kenya. As I took off with my Nigerian based crew and producer, Rogers Office, we set on finding some of Africa’s most promising talent.
Our first stop was Accra, Ghana. We spent two days auditioning men and women who wished to ignite their passion and pursue their dreams of becoming great African TV stars. On the second day of auditions, this beautiful and vibrant women came into the room, wearing an amazing bright red African inspired jump suit. She was a truly proud woman. When I looked at her audition form, I noticed that she was not Ghanaian but in fact Liberian. I had never visited Liberia but I remember one of my colleagues on Studio 53 once covered stories from there. This dynamic lady was Patrice Juah. She gave an amazing audition and I knew the and there that our paths wold cross again and I knew that I had to work with her.
We remained in contact from then and I followed her career, activism and journey and a few years back, I knew I had to sign her to Waka Talent. I will give a brief description of who she is and what she represents and you will understand why the synergy was so necessary.

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Patrice is a writer, poet, entrepreneur, broadcaster, Girls’ Education Advocate, Communications Professional, Activist, and former Miss Liberia. She 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.
MOIE is an ethnic textile and fashion company that brands and promotes the local Liberian fashion industry and the traditional woven fabric “country cloth”.

Changing Africa entails creating sustainable projects to systemise and pro-mote industries with great potential, such as the Liberian Fashion Industry. Moie is at the forefront of forging avenues in the Liberian Fashion Industry.

Her writings have featured on PBS NewsHour, African Feminist Forum, Liberian Observer, Conversations on Liberia and the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings. In 2013, she was invited by UNFPA to present her poem, “Fistula, I Have Conquered You”, written to honour the survivors of Fistula at the 1st International Day to End Obstetric Fistula.
Patrice is the Chairperson and Founder of the Miss Education Awareness Pageant, Africa’s first Pan-African education pageant, which promotes and advocates for girls’ education on the continent. She’s also the founder of “Sexy Like A Book”, an academic initiative designed to inspire young women and girls to improve their perspective on reading, literacy and education. She’s a regular contributor to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio show, ‘Girl Power’ that promotes self-esteem, confidence, and the importance of leadership in local communities.


She has just published her book titled: Enchanting Voices.

Ms. Juah founded the Martha Juah Educational Foundation, named in honour of her mother, a retired primary school teacher of 47 years, to advocate for scholarships for young girls in rural Liberia.

She was invited by First Lady Michelle Obama in July 2014, for a roundtable discussion on Girls’ Education in Africa, and served as an advisory committee member for the 2015 African Creative Economy Conference, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon. During the West African Ebola outbreak, she launched the “Ebola Is Not My Identity” campaign along with other artists to combat the problem of stigmatisation. The goal of the campaign was to showcase creative works of art that reflected hope for Liberia on her path to recovery, other than the images of despair shown on the new wires at the time.

In 2015, she was featured in Amina Magazine as one of the new female faces of the African Creative Economy, and was also spotlighted by Brand Woman Africa in the same year as one of the women whose efforts are positively changing Africa one community at a time.

This young, driven and vivacious woman believes that for Africa to succeed, Africans must make education a powerful driver and the strongest instrument in the reduction of poverty, improving health, gender equality, peace and stability. She’s a member of UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group on Liberia and recently served as keynote speaker at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Geneva, Switzerland, as a guest of the U.S government. She describes herself as a “gem of unimaginable proportions”.

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She will be in South Africa in November to promote her book: Enchanted Voices as have partnered with Xarra Book stores.
If you wish to meet with her or listen to one of her thought provoking talks on her work, please do let us know.

On the Ebola crisis, Patrice took time to write a poem on the anguish and pain that it brought. She also became determined to not let the disease define her or her country.

The Ebola Ride

By Patrice Juah

On the Ebola ride,

paranoia is the driver.

It takes you on a high

leaving your senses hanging in the wild.

Fear is its deputy,

and panic, the conductor.

You never know which way the bus will go,

but you are told that as long as you stay put, constantly wash your hands,

and limit human contact; you’re in a “safe” place, at least for a while.

You do your best, to secure your seat,

making sure your loved ones are safely on board,

but as the death news come in, you’re reminded that this isn’t a normal ride.

You get a sudden kick, a silent voice asking why you’re still here;

perhaps on a mission, or for a purpose, you think.

Then suddenly humility takes over, the only calm you’ll feel in a while,

as you give thanks for still being alive.

And this is all happening on the Ebola ride.

Still on the road, Pickups rush by with men dressed like aliens,

either carrying or going to pick up fallen victims.

And somewhere at a Containment Unit, a baby cries in horror,

as his mother takes her last breath.

As you peek through the window,

crowded streets create the illusion of a normal life,

but as alive as everything appears from the outside, fear is killing us slowly on the inside.

Sometimes we wonder who’ll get off next.

But that’s the Ebola ride: no traffic lights, no horns,

no road signs, just us against an unseen enemy.

The night brings relative calm, but we rarely sleep,

as the nightmare of what’s to come the day ahead, haunts our dreams.

If you’re a diehard patriot, you remain on the ride for the love of country.

If you’re poor, the ride is your only choice.

If your survivor is your priority, you’re left with more choices then one:

to flee for dear life, with hope of returning when normal days are back?

Well, in the midst of this chaos, no one can tell.

And on the other side, the ocean wind sets the flames in the Crematorium ablaze,

as our hearts leap, for the souls of the ones we loved so dearly.

No last goodbyes, only memories, anguish, pain and grief.

The road is too narrow, the ride long and bumpy.

When will we arrive? No one really knows.

We’re stuck on this ride, with tiny doses of hope.

And though help arrives, we’re still in doubt,

as they too are clueless about when the ride will end.

So world, we’re here,

on this hand washing, temperature taking,

friends avoiding, hugs and handshakes prohibiting,

nonstop Ebola ride.

The Little Stunner takes on the world!

26 Oct


When I started WAKA talent agency, my aim was to create Pan African synergies within the entertainment industry, manage and represent some of Africa’s finest talent and to nurture and train young talent. As I embarked on my journey, I have been blessed that most of my clients have found me, we have seen where the necessary synergy lies and joined forces. When deciding on working with an individual, I always look to see where their passion lies, how they understand the industry and brand value and what their vision is. As I have traveled many times to Uganda, I have really researched the market, the trends and celebrity bouquet. I was fortunate to work with a young dynamic individual, called Sheilah Gashumba. I monitored her for a while as I was rather intrigued by her strong work ethic and ethos. At such a young age she has achieved so much. What intrigued me most is her level of humility, grace and charm but her willingness to learn more and take her rand further.


She has branded herself as the Little stunner, this is her story:
Sheilah studied at The City Varsity Media and Creative arts school in Cape Town.
She is definitely one of the most recognisable faces in Uganda, Sheilah was literally raised on television, having first graced the silver screen at a tender age of 10, as a News Anchor and Reporter of the Kids News show on WBS TV. The gig saw her land a role as a brand ambassador of AQUA SAFE WATER to promote clean and safe drinking water for children.

Two years later, she upgraded to TEENS CLUB, a live entertainment programme that also tackled issues that resonated with teens, as the youngest amongst a team of five teen presenters. The show used to air for two hours every Saturday.
In 2009, Sheila Gashumba garnered another milestone as the youngest journalist to cover the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), which was presided over by The Queen of England, in Kampala, Uganda. During this momentous period, she stringed for Daily Monitor, Uganda’s most widely read and respected independent newspaper, in the CHOGM Teens column.
Always looking for constant growth, Sheilah upgraded to THE BEAT, a musical show on NTV, Uganda alongside Douglas Lwanga where she presents the highly acclaimed Exclusive Access segment. Exclusive Access is a 15 minutes show on THE BEAT that provides exclusive information, studio sessions, behind the scenes of the entertainment industry and the people that run it.

Sheilah has interviewed the following celebrities: Wiz Kid, Davido, D’banj, Yemi Alade, Patoranking and others. Sheilah has also interviewed former Principal Private Secretary to the President of Uganda and Minister of Trade and Industry and Member of Uganda’s Parliament Mr.s Amelia Kyambadde and the Mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago in her Exclusive Access segment.

She is the first and only Ugandan TV presenter who covered the Channel O Music Video Awards, which were held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2014 and the Big Brother Africa Finals in the same year and the most recent prestigious MTV MUSIC VIDEO AWARDS 2016 in Johannesburg
She has received many awards in her lifetime and these are just a few:
Best Teeniez TV Show Buzz Awards 2012 &2013 (T-Nation)
Best Teens TV Show Radio & TV Awards 2012& 2013 (T-Nation)
Best Music Show Radio & TV Awards 2014, 2015
Radio & TV Awards – (Ntv The Beat)
Teeniez Favourite TV Show; Buzz Teeniez Awards 2014 & 2015
Best Entertainment TV Show
Uganda Entertainment Awards – (NTV The Beat)


Business Mogul
Sheilah Gashumba is on her way to becoming a business mogul. In late 2014, she started her own brand house GASH GLAM that deals in 100 per cent human hair extensions, trendy sunglasses, waist trainers and stylish clothes, which took Ugandan style lovers by storm. Celebrities, socialites and fashionistas have her number on speed dial to keep up with the trends.
She has also ventured into events management and is behind Sarafina Events that organised the old out UG-Rwanda night.
She is a revered emcee and show host, these are a few of her prior gigs:
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Sheilah has signed a year contract with Africell, Uganda.
Africell unveiled Celebrated TV Star Sheila Gashumba as their Face of the Popularly Trending Triple Data offer
KAMPALA, Uganda: Africell last night officially unveiled the #TripleData offer to the Ugandan data market. This launch is in pursuit of Africell’s promise to offer the most competitive voice and data deals to their current and prospective customers countrywide.

She will be hosting this years STARQT awards to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa on 4 November 2017.
Whilst in the country she will be embarking on a few new projects, which will be revealed in 2018.

Sheilah Gashumba is living proof that dynamite comes in small packages. I can honestly say that she is a true Ugandan and and Pan African representative.

Zambia’s Geshgroove!!!

23 Oct


My love for the continent began with my time as a presenter and producer for Studio 53, a Lifestyle magazine show that was aired on MNET. Through my work travels I had the wonderful opportunity of travelling the continent, exploring its rich traditions and cultures and the best of it all, creating and cementing fruitful relationships with people that I can now call family. One relationship is with my brother from Zambia, Chishala Chitoshi Jnr. We were introduced when he became the official Zambian presenter and producer for the show. On my first trip to Zambia, the whole cast and crew was flown into Lusaka and travelled the country broadcasting different stories and highlighting the countries, tradition, culture and food.


August 1, 2008 saw the entire African operations of Celtel being rebranded from Celtel to Zain. This marked the end of the Celtel Brand. Celtel was a telecommunications company that operated in several African countries. The ceremony was hosted in various African countries, Chishala and myself compered the Zambian cross over. The event took place at a VIP gala event in Lusaka, Zambia.

Since our early days, Chishala has worked hard on his brand at becoming one of Zambia most highly rated exports as an emcee and international DJ.
Chishala is a qualified lawyer and decided to pursue his first love, that being music. Whilst studying at university, he learnt the ropes as a dj and soon earned the nickname, Geshgroove, which is his stage name up to date. He worked at The Zambia National Broadcasting corporation radio presenter, from 1995- 1996. He worked at Radio Phoenix, radio presenter and producer, 1999- 2006.
He has played in many venues across the world from Australia, to the United Kingdom, South Africa and of course Zambia. In South Africa, he has become a resident dj at News Cafe Randburg, where he has played to full houses.

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He founded his own radio station called FlavaFM, in Kitwe, on the Copper belt. Flava FM 87.7 is a broadcast radio station from Kitwe, Zambia, providing hits from way back, including 1970s and 1980s R&B, rock, house, jazz, soul,
You are now able to download the FLAVAFM App from the Google Play Store, Apple Store and Blackberry World.

Chishala then saw a need for training and passing the baton on so he founded The DJ Academy. It has been in the forefront of securing and promoting events involving International artists.

Apart from possessing 3 sets of state of the art Public Announcement & music equipment, they also provide video filming & editing services and projector & screen services and have a very large collection of music covering a wide spectrum of musical tastes – from African and Zambian classics, hi-life, township jazz to gospel, motown , 60’s rock n roll, 70’s & 80’s disco to everything contemporary – to name but a few.

They also have reputable Master of ceremonies for hire for corporate & social events.

The DJ Academy Zambia is a professional arts organisation that offers a range of DJ courses for absolute beginners to advanced DJ’s. The DJ Academy Zambia has since promoted and tutored many students and professionals into the field.
With access to some of the world’s finest DJs and tutors, along with a proven curriculum, they teach all the necessary skills and techniques, not just in DJ’ing, but also tips on how to develop a successful DJ Career with their learning experience.
The in-depth courses provide technical know-how as well as practical knowledge. So if you are a young artist or an upcoming artist, TheDJ Academy Zambia is the place for you!

DJ Courses
The Dj Academy Zambia offers you absolutely the best and offers you training with various and flexible courses, as mentioned below:

CDJ Course (CD Console)
A Course for beginners teaching you from scratch including brief theory helping you understand and learn the art of DJing. The basic course gives you an introduction to the equipments and covers all the modules which are required to become a DJ.
The second half will include Beat Matching, Mixing, Looping and more other basic techniques. The basic would take 15 working days. (2 hours every day). Time could be fixed as preferred.

CD Turntable
This course also called the VINYL DJ Course which includes an all new art & technique like sampling, basic scratching, advance scratching and also to do the same on turntables using LP’s, 45s and 16s. This is an advance course training to the students to play and master turntables. The Professional Course would be for a duration of 1month, 2 hour class every day.

To commemorate Zambian Independence Day, Geshgroove will be playing at two venues in Johannesburg South Africa.

On Saturday 28 October, he will play at NewsCafe, Randburg from 21h00. On Sunday 29th October, he will broadcast live, 14h00 to 16h00, from Katjushas Lounge in Bryanston. 277 Main road, Cramerview, Village centre, Bryanston JHB.

To creating more #PanAfrican synergies, this week we salute our sisters and brothers from Zambia.