ROLE MODEL OF THE WEEK, TERRENCE SHIKWAMBANA BASED IN SOUTH AFRICA

terrence shikwambana 

born in 1988 on the 5th of October, in Northern Province, in a small village called, Tzaneen. 8 months later, his parents divorced and then his mother moved to Johannesburg in Soweto  with his mother Rose who remained a single parent to three boys  Shane, Tyron and Terrence. 

Rose raised her children in soweto working as a domestic worker. Terrence was  later registered in Wisani primary school up to grade 7 then later graduated to Progress high school and then moved to nghunghunyani high school.

In nghunghunyani,  he was activily involved in extra mural ativitities like poetry, Rap, acting and debates. He even  won an award in a competion with department of education and arts and culture in explainning the quotes of arms. He subsequently received as a prize,  20 computers for the school and added a subject in nghunghunyani, the computer class. In debate, he was great and successfully came top for every competition and the school office is filled with his different achievements.

Later on, he was involved in an organisation called Soweto Kliptown Youth SKY (

https://sowetokliptownyouth.webs.com)

where music, theatre, painting and dance was the main program, to provide hope to the youth of Soweto. He was involved with the gumboots dance where he was featured  in a dance project called Image In Nation  and travelled to France, perfoming in Toulouse with a group of break dancers managed  by Abdul Duri. In SKY project, many outreach programs assigned with the organisation, involving all members to bring their different skills such as workshops, campaigns…

In 2000, Eric De Sarria, the Director of Mots de tete theatre company Founded a partnership between his theatre company with our organisation. It was called mama africa theatre company with a show called Memories of the battery which appeared in many theatres, Market theatre in joburg, baxter theatre in capetown, Grahamstown and also featured  in the common wealth games.  

in 2005, Terrence got an opportunity to travel to America in Boston to a school Called Nobles green with the artwood family. They supported  him in his perfomance and loved his colourful personality! 

2010 he was involved in British council program called active citizens building a bridge between distant community people, twined with 30 active citizens from Bradford. They came to visit Terrence and others at SKY project and then Terrence visited Bradford in June 2010. Terrence also was awarded a certificate in Bradford for Interaction. 

He was then involved in the Giant Match.

The Giant Match is a French South African project initiated and supported by the Gauteng Provincial Government, the French  Institute  of South Africa, Les grand personnes with further backing from Embassy of France in South Africa the Ile-de-france provincial  Government, Cultures france, with  school of art Unoversity, Danone  and Tv5 Monde. This was a bigger than life production involving theatre staging 30 giant puppets the tusk involving script writting, drawing, mapping, sculting, welding construction, fashion design and performing. – 

2011 He then got participated  in Maloya Boots production where a fushion between Maloya and Gumboots Dance in Reunion Island I was exhibited  in Le Tempo Festival  in Entre-Deux and around all the Island. – 

After all this, he decided to study Graphic design and do workshops and then became a designer in graphics by starting his own brand called Made in Soweto. He has also designed many flyers, posters, banners and signages  for many companies that stands as a reference. such as full branding for Southgate gatewheels www.southgatewheels.co.za, Zimeleni funerals and ttt wheels www.tttwheels.co.zaamongst many other growing businesses. 

Whilst working on his own t-shirt brand Made in Soweto (see photo attached), enabled to provide pride in his culture and the place he comes from. The brand has grown to the international level through Tourism. the designs  has now expanded to stencil art and fine arts  to vary the various mediums to celebrate Soweto! 

He has now  painted over 200 stories and historical series to create awareness of Soweto s  history and culture. 

About TONY TOKUNBO ETEKA FERNANDEZ

Tony Tokunbo Eteka Fernandez is an International Award Winner, Published Author & Poet, Broadcast Journalist, MC and Youth Empowerment Consultant . He is also The CEO of AFRICA4U and The Founder of Africans in The Diaspora People also see him as a Cultural and Social entrepreneur, which means he is skilled in working with many different communities, bringing people together in successful focused events. Tony has organised many cultural events …involving both BME and mainstream communities. He is skilled in hosting events that reinforce community cohesion and bringing different kinds of people together. He has organised events in The UK, The U.S.A, Holland, Germany, Romania, Malta and Nigeria and has visited over 22 European Countries. Tony has also organised The Black History Month Celebrations at The UK House of Parliament for over five years in a row He continues to promote the true life and success stories of Africans in Europe and Africans around the world and has organised several small scale literary and awards initiatives aimed at empowering young people. He has also spent time as an International broadcaster and was The Producer and Presenter for AFRICA4U International Radio Talk Show at Reading4u Radio Station for nearly three years. Tony has interviewed high profile Members of Parliament, Distinguished celebrities and some of Africas best musicians including Ivonne Chaka Chaka and Kanda Bongoman. He has also been a guest on BBC Radio on numerous occasions to discuss the community cohesion events he organises at UK House of Parliament and also to recite some of his published work in memory of Nelson Mandela, 50 Years Anniversary of The race relations act and major community issues. Tony has also a Guest on popular Radio stations in Nigeria and The States In the last few years he has been very passionate about Youth empowerment, community cohesion and cultural intelligence. Tony was born in South London and has lived in several parts of England and Nigeria . He started writing at the tender age of nine, a habit he expressed with creative enthusiasm. Tony writes Poetry, short stories and proverbs on personal development. He is currently working on his 4th book which will also be his first novel. He is also into Public Speaking at Special events and Social functions and is a Mentor for young people in the UK Community. He completed a Bachelor of Arts degree at The University of Lagos, Nigeria in English and World Literature. He later went on to attain a teaching qualification at The Frances King International Training Institute, South Kensington London, it was here he studied Teaching English as a Foreign Language. He also studied Web Design at The City University in London. He published his first book in June 1999 called “The Beauty in the Dark” (A Collection of Poetry which received critical acclamation in many circles around the world). .Tony’s aim in life is to inspire the young generation and to encourage the youth to make the very best of their dreams and aspirations,. He published a 2nd book in June 2009 called ” The Sound of Running Water” – A Family gift book of proverbs and quotations on Personal Development and Positive Thinking . In December 2009, he published his 3rd book called “One Moment of Peace”.- A collection of Poetry inspired by personal experiences and spiritual growth. Besides the fact that the Artist has won International online awards, he is mostly inspired by Life experience, love, music and cultural awareness. He was Resident Poet at the 5th London Poetry Festival in 2009 and has been a guest on BBC Radio on very many occassions including The famous Anne Diamond Show. He has also been a guest on a few SKY TV stations and several International Radio Stations around The World
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