We bring you yet another interesting one-on-one with one of the finest Bulawayo gem, a man with the youth and Africa at heart. I Coach Mallvine (CM) get one on one with Njabulo Moyo (NM) as we get to know more about his many jackets, achievements, vision, aspirations, and life purpose. Njabulo is a Community Solutions Fellow, Civic Activist, Author, Motivational Speaker, Leadership Facilitator, Poet, Publisher, and Life-Skills Coach. Below is the interview I had with him.
CM: Please introduce yourself to the readers
NM: Njabulo Moyo is the founder of Self-Starters Motivation and African Sketches Publishers and a Master of ceremonies with TV show hosting skills. He is a Community Solutions Fellow (Chicago, USA), World Bank Youth Summit Alumnus (Washington DC), a Young African Leadership Initiative fellow (South Africa), a JT Foxx (USA) Certified Mega speaker, and published author of seven leadership and motivational books. He is a holder of a Bachelor of Social Sciences Special Honors degree in Monitoring and Evaluation (Lupane State University),
BA in Government Administration and Development from the University of South Africa, a Diploma in Lobby and Advocacy from the Swedish Advocacy Academy, a Professional Diploma in Development Studies with Centre for Development Studies, Certificate in Community Development with George Mason University in the USA, Certificate in Project Management with National University of Science and Technology, Certificate in NGO Transparency and Accountability with Action Aid International and a Leadership Development Certificate with Africa University. In his writing career, he has developed tools for effective self-transformation and motivation.
Moyo has previously done community development work in Sweden, Denmark, Lebanon and America with a focus on Youth Popular Participation, Entrepreneurship, Life Skills and Leadership Capacity Development. As a development practitioner Moyo has been instrumental in Youth Policy development which saw him present recommendations at the SADC Ministers of Youth Convention and the SADC People`s Summit.
Raised in the dusty streets of Mzilikazi ghetto Njabulo Moyo is a stylish modern motivational writer, development practitioner who in various circles has been accorded prominence and credit. He gained prominence for his self-published work in 2012 entitled African Sketches. From such a publication, his work has managed to attract the attention of Lion Heart publishers in Britain, who published the second edition of the above mentioned second anthology. The author penned another motivational poetry anthology in 2013 entitled “Sketches from my soul”. He has also contributed in the ground breaking 15 author book entitled Success Within Reach which features authors from Nigeria, UK, USA and Zimbabwe.
In addition, Moyo has written a powerful motivational compendium entitled Motivating the inner soul and has gone further to do a compilation that narrates the history of the Arts Sector in Bulawayo through his most recent book aptly titled Heart of Art. Added to these works of literature is a best seller titled Self-Starters and a civic leadership compendium Ubuntugogy: The heart of civic leadership.
He has presented and facilitated processes for Junior Chambers International, Global Business Incubator, Bulawayo TedX Salon, World Bank Youth Summit, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, Rotary International, National University of Science and Technology, American Corner and Junior Council Bulawayo, Ministry of Youth, Sport, Arts, and Recreation as well as the Ministry of Tourism and hospitality in Zimbabwe seeking his motivational voice in their respective platforms
CM: Tell us what does Njabulo mean?
NM: Njabulo to mean means life for the essence of life is for us to be happy and to make those around us happy. We live in pursuit of happiness which speaks to the need for love and a life that is purpose driven.
CM: Tell us more about the African Sketches?
NM: African Sketches is a brand which started as a title for my first book which was a poetry collection. The title resonates with many contemporary issues as summarized by award winning author John Eppel “Sketches is an apt description of these laconic poems, which range in content from domestic issues such as family relationships, through a meta-textual awareness of words (the tools of the poet) to the sensitive, and sometimes dangerous, issue of Zimbabwean politics.
These sketches are deeply African, not only in content but in form, since the chief influences of the poet’s style are praise poetry (connecting us to our oral tradition), and rap: a style created by Africans in the Diaspora, in particular, the West Indies and the USA. Njabulo Moyo is one of a group of talented young poets from Bulawayo who dare to be noticed. We, the older generation of writers, are very proud of them.” The book title is now the adopted name of my publishing house.
CM: How did you come about to publish the book success within reach
NM: ‘Success within reach’ was the brainchild of 11 authors derived from Nigeria, Zimbabwe, and USA .It features the cream of Zimbabwe`s inspirational speakers on personal development, my self being one of them. Sadly one of us Patson Dzamara has since passed on but his story will survive ages to come. He was a servant leader.
CM: How many books have you published?
NM: I have published a total of 7 books of my own. Outside the seven, I have published over 50 authors from Zimbabwe, the United Kingdom, USA and South Africa.
CM: Tell us more about your achievements?
NM: Well for me my achievements have been mostly centered on mentoring brands that have gone on to win awards within the creative sector. I see value in what I inspire in others. Yes, I have been awarded several regional and international fellowships which have allowed me to practice my craft in America, Sweden, Denmark, Lebanon, and South Africa. For me, these are major milestones because they attest to the quality of my work.
CM: You are also radio personnel tell us more about it
NM: I have done several radio programs as a guest with Skyz Metro FM and the Voice of America. For me the future is to host my own show on radio. It something that has been on my radar for some time. I currently host an online TV show called Moment with Njabulo Moyo which is a CnC productions. This has been a great opportunity for me to sharpen my skills.
CM: Tell more about MEGA motivational speaker work.
NM: This is a program by JT Foxx Canadian born America based millionaire who has been on the forefront of inspiring many to reposition themselves for greatness. I met him in Chicago in 2016 after attending his Mega Speaker seminar and have been a part of his mentorship since then.
CM: What drives you to do the work you do?
NM: I am driven by the desire to see an emancipated world. We are imprisoned by many things but most importantly our mindsets. True emancipation is in the mind.
CM: What do you think the arts industry in Zimbabwe and Africa needs to improve on and add quality too
NM: The arts industry in Zimbabwe needs to build a complementary relationship between the artists, art itself, art administrators, and managers. The relationship has to be mutually beneficial with all parties playing a role and attaining value.
Presently in Zimbabwe, not so many artists have managers because of existing perceptions and the lack of corporate support as well as quality world-class productions. To me, all these factors need to converge and speak to each other. There is the entertainment, educational, and business side of the creative industry. One has to understand how each contributes to building a brand.
CM: With the recent outbreak of Covid 19 as a professional do you see it working to your advantage or not
NM: Covid-19 has shifted many narratives as such we need to start shifting our mindset around doing business. Whilst the immediate economic reaction is to feel doomed, I do believe that adversity is the master of all inventions. As such to me the advantage or disadvantages of the pandemic are subject to how we react or we become proactive with the situation. It really depends on how you situate yourself within the predicament.
CM: What are some of the lessons that you have learnt in your line of work in all the hats that you wear?
NM: I have learnt the value of networking and the power of the law of reciprocity. Without strong social capital and networking skills we can only exist and be known for a short stint, however strategic networks are a good pillar for success. This implies that you are not only tapping from others but you have an open door policy of tapping from each other which creates a solid futuristic foundation because we need each other.
Reciprocity to me is about paying it forward. I have certainly been blessed, mentored, and elevated by people who saw potential in me, invested their time and resources in my endeavors. As such I am forever indebted and can only strive to do the same for others.
CM: Please Can you recommend some of your favorite literature to us
NM: I have enjoyed reading the Anthills of the Savannah by Chinua Achebe which dovetails and projects contemporary African political affairs in a relatable manner.
Guy Kawasaki –The art of the start
Buchi Emecheta –The Joys of Motherhood
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