Before I explore social entrepreneurship, collaboration, business with a conscious, or even the power of creativity; I want to share what inspired me to start Africanvass.

I grew up in a township in South Africa called Alexandra. My childhood, what one would perceive as growing up in poverty, was probably one of my greatest gifts. I learned about poverty and how it is a state of mind and not a state of being. I learned about how potential in young people dies when they are never taught to believe in who they are meant to be. Fast forward to moving out of Alexandra… I embarked on a television career, travelled the world, sat in boardrooms with CEOs, and met some of the most powerful leaders. Between my childhood as a child in Alex to being a strategy director for one of the top creative agencies in Africa, I realised my purpose. I have a responsibility…

Africa is home to many young Selae’s, her friends, the criminals she knows by name, her community and her caregivers. It is home to potential, purpose and dreams that may never be allowed to shine. It is home to many townships and even more impoverished rural villages. It is home to failed systems that make it more difficult for people to be liberated. While it is still possible to have a good career, a car, pride and a sense of accomplishment, we still go back home to friends and family that live in the cycle of poverty. So why did I start Africanvass? How could I not? Africanvass is more than just a venture. It is looking at Africa and it’s problems as a canvas to make a difference.