Thokozani Ndaba is the Founder and Executive Director of Ntethelelo Foundation in Johannesburg. Ndaba works with different institutions and organizations in the Southern African Region, nationally and internationally to tackle human rights violations.
As a theatre practitioner, activist and facilitator, Ndaba’s work comprises activism, education, and research. She is a former Ford Foundation Fellowship recipient who completed her Master’s Degree at New York University’s Steinhardt Educational Theatre. Ndaba holds a BA in Applied Drama and Theatre from the University of Witwatersrand.
Thokozani does excellent work on social justice issues using Theatre of the Oppressed techniques and a range of other applied theatre methodologies. She uses theatre as a facilitation tool in communities and as an educational tool within the classroom.
Sthandiwe ‘Stha’ Kgoroge
Stha is the Founder and Creative Director of the Afrika Creative Cool agency. She leads the agency to source, profile, manage and scout African creative talent on the continent and globally. The agency curates and develops content that speaks to the African point of view with an authentic African narrative and reflections. She is also a partner in a TV and Film Production company, BlackBench Productions.
Stha is a household name Africa as a seasoned actress on TV, movies and documentaries. She’s the Founder of vintage inspired fashion line, Poetry Museum. She is a Sociology and Drama graduate from the University of KwaZulu Natal and serves as a Forum Member of the KwaZulu Natal Anti-substance abuse.
Born in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania- Mel box Carter, Also known as Blak RappM.A.D.U.S.A., emerges from those humble streets to take the conscious music movement by storm. Through spoken word and melodic lyricism this rapper, poet, activist and historian paints a vivid picture of her culture via social and political justice interwoven with spiritual inspiration. With a degree in Africana Studies from the University of Pittsburgh, M.A.D.U.S.A., whose name is an acronym for “Making A Difference Using Skills and Activism”, uses her vast knowledge and experiences to relate to the masses.
From poetry slams, freestyle battles and talent shows nationwide, she has displayed her colorful perspective and unique lyrical ability. Her outstanding reputation, along with her work with numerous community outreach organizations, such as Community Empowerment, New Voices Pittsburgh, and Scientific Soul Sessions, has made her a very sought after champion of the people.
She is currently on a youth organizing campaign with SOUL (the ‘School Of Unity and Liberation’) that is based in Oakland, California. This multi-talented artist is on a mission to change the world by spreading a positive message and call to action for all poor people through her musical expression and activism.
Phedra Gremillon, a Chicago native, spent several years in Paris as a much sought after hairstylist. Her cultivated brand of personalized hair care services often caught the eyes of an array of clients in Paris and throughout Europe.
Her roll-up-the-sleeves approach toward business and ability to forecast trends on a global scale made perfect sense when Gremillon included personal shopper to her repertoire upon returning stateside to establish New York City as home base for her businesses. She sourced finest hand made products and worked intimately with local artisans in areas like Coscu (Peru), Cappadocia (Turkey), Ubub in the Uplands of Bali.
She describes her newest endeavor, FiFi Rouge, as, “An emporium of curated goods and artisanal products that draw inspirations from the people around the globe who make them. FiFi Rouge is where luxury meets affordability.”
Phedra also finds time to mentor a group of girls in South Africa’s marginalized Alexandra township. Her ability to connect with people and sensibilities lends well with her own level of spiritual grace and gratitude.
Not one to sit idle, you are likely to find Phedra perusing ancient spice markets in Aswan, Egypt, or learning the art of slipper making in Morocco, or even learning to swim along the banks of the Nile.