I am a Creator
Mawandumusa Kheswa spent the early years of his childhood living with his mother in a township called Gamalakhe in Port Shepstone. He started out on television as an isiZulu News Anchor and research writer. One can say this was where his love for storytelling and using imagery to drive a message came about, “I’ve always had a love for photography, but I never really thought I’d pursue it.” he said when asked about his line of work. He started out by shooting videos for himself in 2007 using a smartphone with imported parts to enhance the cameras abilities – talk about a modern day McGyver.
According to Mawande, – as he is known by his peers- his first love had always been soccer and if he could get the opportunity to re-live that dream he would choose it in a heartbeat. Seeing that he did not become the next Teko Modise, he has learnt the valuable lesson about life that ‘not everything is in your control’. The best thing about Mawande is that he loves what he does and intends to stick to it for as long as he possibly can. I suppose this comes from the fact that every different project he takes on presents a different challenge which he uses to his advantage to constantly improve on the next project based on lessons from the previous one.
”I am very proud of all of the projects I’ve done because they’ve helped me grow.”
When asked to rank his level of expertise, he was brutally honest that being a beginner does not give you the ‘Professional’ title. His take on big clients is that every client is a big client because each client serves an important role in his career and dream. One of his career goals is to work with big names in the industry and start advertising his services. Even though that dream hasn’t fully manifested yet, it doesn’t mean he hasn’t done a lot of groundbreaking work. He has worked on documentaries, films and other projects of the same caliber. Majority of his work is yet to be released because of this transition. When asked his reasons for not showcasing or having his work in the public eye he said, “I don’t churn out content for the sake of flooding social media and chasing relevancy, I take my time learning and applying.” .
With his Videography and photography still being on its early stages of development, he promises that his best work is still to come. Of course, most artists never sees the full potential of their work, but maybe you as a reader can decide for yourself how good he is by checking out his work on his social pages which he uses for business purposes.
“One of my main career goals is to drive a film industry with an identity such as that of Nollywood. Through this I would be able to produce over 10 films per annum working with developing artists.”
Every form of art requires attention and understanding, Mawande has adequate knowledge of the arts and can produce content for other people, content for himself and can follow briefs like a charm. Of course, everybody knows that the road to knowledge never ends. He is a big dreamer since he doesn’t only dream for himself, but he does so for others too. His dream project involves using his skills and resources to develop and produce talent and with all the knowledge he has, he intends to use it to better the lives of others by providing education, training, jobs, funding and other opportunities. As a long-term goal, he sees an academy that focuses on creative arts, specifically film, writing, acting, scoring and so forth.
“20 years ago, I never thought I’d be on television or be in love with art, so the journey I am on is a journey set out by the higher powers that be. My job is to embrace it and give it my all.”
Visionaries live among us. It takes the right people to appreciate and honor such talents. He is a Creator!
By Thembelihle Valentine Shiloane