a talk, especially an informal one, between two or more people, in which news and ideas are exchanged.

Honest stories from creatives & entrepreneurs about their journeys.


With over 100 conversations with creatives from around the world, different backgrounds we have been chatting to creatives we admire on their journeys, ideas, advice & thoughts on different topics and we hope this inspire your journey.



We believe in conversations and community; our talk series encourages honest conversation. Curated by our team we invite creatives to share their journeys in a 3 way fireside chat style conversation (speaker, host and audience) and panel discussions featuring 3/4 creatives discussing topics suggested by creatives. The talks are every month (ish) and are open to public and hosted in central spaces we partner with.



We imagined an annual gathering, a few days of creatives from continent + diaspora in one space in conversation with ourselves on what we are doing, need & want for our continent and we contribute to that; hence the Young African Creative Conference once a year.


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Katlego Tshuma

This week we had a conversation with Johannesburg born multidisciplinary artist Katlego Tshuma. Tshuma recently won the Nando’s Hot Young Designer competition for his “Sangu” bench design. We talk to him about where it all started, his design process when creating the bench and where he finds inspiration.

Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi

This week we had a conversation with Johannesburg based, filmmaker, director and writer Xolelwa ‘Ollie’ Nhlabatsi. In our conversation we talk to him about his journey as a filmmaker, a valuable lesson taught to him by a varsity lecturer and how he approaches his creative process when dealing with clients as well as having the important discussion around payments from clients. We end on a lighter note and ask him about his favorite movies.

Folashade Adeshida

A look at Nigerian tragedy and how an illustrator creates hope through fantasy for the next young future generation. We have a conversation Folashade Adeshida who is a young Nigerian based illustrator and graphic designer. Her work is centered around creating a fantasy for young black children so they can see themselves represented. She has a passion for African folklore and the telling of African stories. In our conversation we talk with Adeshida about where her creative journey began, the challenges she’s been facing currently given the political climate in Nigeria and what her hopes are for her country.

A Moment to Remember: Slindile Mthembu

We talk to playwright and director Slindile Mthembu about her most recent performance piece titled "Re-membering". In our conversation we talk about the challenges she faced while performing this piece, the intention and message she would like to convey as well as the struggles facing the theatre community in a world that is adapting digitally on the daily.

Sinalo Ngcaba

We chat with Johannesburg based illustrator and graphic designer about her work and journey. She uses her illustration to comment on society and "evoke emotions that can change the world for the better, to record and document stories of the current world we live in"

Copying Mechanism: Lindokuhle Skosana

As part of our Coping Mechanism we are catching up with creatives on how they are coping during the Covid 19 crisis. We caught up with artist Lindokuhle Skosana to see how he is doing and coping as a creator.

Sizwe Cele

As part of our ongoing series of conversations with creatives and entrepreneurs, we took some time to chat to Sizwe Cele a Johannesburg based entrepreneur and founder of Khomba and Socly. We speak about his work in mobility and how he navigates and balances entrepreneurship and good quality of life.

Kiboko hachiyon

Kiboko is a freelance illustrator, curator, painter, and the founder of Ifreecans Collective. His work at present focuses on curation, character design, narratives, self-publishing, cross-cultural collaboration, live art and large-scale mural painting.

Mogau Kekana

We speak to the Johannesburg based storyboard artist, illustrator and animator about his journey as a creative, work and being both an educator and creative practitioner.

Andrew Simelane

We speak to Andrew Simelane Co-Founder and CEO of Blacknation an independent digital, and television production agency that produces #POPLITICAL content aimed at the Pan African Youth.

Iria Marina

We speak to Íria Marina a Maputo based photographer, filmmaker & Designer and Co-Founder of natural hair and body products company Ancestori Living. She recently participated in the #CreativeHustles event on filmmaking in Maputo alongside Maputo based producer Peter Gudo and UK based filmmaker Shola Amoo in partnership with British Council.

Kara Atwell-Bennett

We speak to London based freelance Integrated Designer, Art Director Kara Atwell-Bennett and Founder and Creative Director of an online platform showcasing emerging and established creatives of the African diaspora.

Zarita Zevallos

We speak to New York based Haitian photographer and architect about her journey as a creative and the work she has recently completed.

Yannis Davy Guibinga

We took time to chat to Yannis Davy a young photographer from Gabon (Central Africa) currently living in the Toronto Area (Mississauga) in Canada. We spoke about young people connecting with each other, being young & black in Toronto & his travels.

Ben Moyo

We caught up with the Zimbabwe born Johannesburg based photograoher Ben Moyo aka Chocolate Brother about his street style portraits and influences.

Thandiwe Gula-Ndebele

We spoke to #NestlingsAwards winning visual storyteller Thandi Gula-Ndebele about her work with The Foxy Five and the freedom of a boundless world and re-imagining possibilities, ideas, realities, feelings, and experiences.

Lidudumalingani Mqombothi

We speak to Cain Prize award winning writer, filmmaker & photographer Lidudumalingani Mqombothi; about his journey, work and travels. Lidudumalingani is currently based in Cape Town

Sam Turpin

Rapper and producer Sam Turpin performed at our first ever Young African Creatives Conference in June 2017, we caught up with him about his latest neon city lit video Lunar Vibes and his creative process.

Senay Berhe + Teddy Goitom

In June we hosted our first Young African Creatives Conference and invited Afripedia founders Teddy Goitom and Senay Berhe to share their projects and the pulse of creativity in Africa.

Daryne Joshua

The New York Africa Film Festival is an annual event that highlights different films from the continent. South African film ''Noem My Skollie'' had it's New York Premiere at this year's New York Africa Film Festival, network member Didintle Ntsie caught up with the director Daryne Joshua to chat about the film and the impact it's had in South Africa.

Anthony Bila

Just last month we hosted our first Young African Creatives Conference and had the pleasure of having creator Anthony Bila aka The Expressionist share his viewpoint of what it means to be an African in a modern context.

Ssanyu Sematimba

Graphic designer and photographer Ssanyu Sematimba was one of the speakers we hosted at our first Young African creatives Conference that took place in June. We caught up with her to chat about her studies, design work and her love of instagram.