KarIbu. Welcome to this month’s issue of TABJ where we focus on the great city of Cape Town. I am beyond excited to be joining the team at George Media. Everyone has been so kind to me, especially the design team who have patiently waited around while I put the last minute touches to the magazine. Thank you to Anastasia Tubanos for helping me with the transition. I’m sorry for clogging up your email and I hope to continue the wonderful work you’ve done here as Editor.
So who am I? The short story: I was born in Uganda but fled to Canada during the civil war that followed Idi Amin’s regime in the late 80s. Over the past 15 years, I’ve worked as a journalist across all platforms; in Television, Radio, Online and Print. I’ve been incredibly lucky and have done more than I ever imagined as a little girl, living in the refugee camp in Thika, Kenya.
I’m grateful for the opportunity to contribute to a publication that’s centred around my biggest passion – of course after my two babies – Africa. I look forward to learning from the success stories that we feature and I am especially excited to collaborate with you, our readers. We are curious about business and we are curious about you, so please get in touch at [email protected]
I want to share something with you. I failed at starting a business once.
In 2008, I came up with an idea to do a TV show that would celebrate the faces and places of Africa. I wanted to do a show that focussed on the success stories coming out of the continent because I felt the media presented Africa as onesided. Africa has its problems but it is also filled with much beauty, hardworking people, highways and buildings. Yes, I can’t even begin to tell you how many times I’ve been asked if I lived in a tree. Really.
So I shot a pilot called “T.I.A – This is Africa” but then after failing to raise money to fund it, I gave up. Just like that. Now I see other people doing exactly what I wanted to do all those years ago and I regret not having stuck with it. I guess that’s what business is all about. It’s hard and it’s frustrating. It’s competitive and it can be exhausting. But those who stick with it are the ones who are successful. And that’s what the people behind the profiles in this month’s issue have done.
In the past three weeks, I’ve had the chance to speak to a Physicist in Iceland, a South African freedom fighter who now runs her own construction company and a husband and wife team who run the continent’s largest flooring company. They all fought for what they love and their tenacity paid off. If you have a great idea, please see it through. After all, what do you have to lose?
I hope you enjoy the issue. Asante sana for the warm welcome.
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