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The role of the creative industry in creating decent jobs for the youth in Africa is crucial.
From Zimbabwe we interview an award-winning blogger and creative. He writes because it’s very therapeutic for him. He creates content with the aim of changing the narratives about Africa. He also advocates that the creative economy be opened, because there is so much innovation on the continent.
Meet Zimbo’s son:
What does being a creative mean for you as a young African?
Having the opportunity to use my talent to further promote a positive African narrative. This is something I have been doing for 5 years through my blog, where I interview African creatives and entrepreneurs. I feel it’s important to have platforms that showcase the talent that fellow Africans have to offer.
Which part of the African continent do you originate from?
I am from Zimbabwe, which is where the name of my blog comes from. Zimbo Son is short for Zimbabwean Son.
Tell us about the inspiration behind starting your blog?
I created my blog as a way of profiling creatives and entrepreneurs. I noticed that some of my favourite creatives didn’t have much information about them online. So, the idea was to build a library of information about them, what inspires them, etc. As a way of empowering and inspiring others. All the work that I have done over the years has led to my blog being nominated for Afrobloggers Awards and Zim Blog Awards. Winning 2 Zim Bloggers 2021 for Blogger of the year and Best Arts and Culture Blog.
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What are you passionate about?
I enjoy writing, it is my therapy whenever I need an outlet. Seeing my ideas coming to life is a wonderful thing to experience.
What are some of the challenges you face as a creative?
As a creative it’s tough to keep creating content, there are times I lack inspiration and motivation to keep writing. Also not getting feedback from readers about the content I have created. I have learnt that when creating content, to do it because I enjoy it and not because I feel pressured to keep creating. Self-doubt is incredibly harmful, but I try my best to remind myself why I started the journey in the first place. That is my guiding light.
Why must we leverage the creative economy in Africa?
Because we have a lot to offer and there is much innovation on the continent. We need to realise the potential we have to be world leaders and how collaborative efforts will take us far.
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