Noxolo Mafu is the Deputy Editor for Huffington Post South Africa, a photographer, videographer, and all-around, visual creative. She burst onto the social, and cultural scene with her critically acclaimed documentary Soweto Rising, which is a fast-paced, profound film that initiates a radical dialogue about Johannesburg’s street culture with local trendsetters.

If you ever meet Noxolo, it will be almost impossible to believe that she is only 24-years old. She is wise beyond her years, and her high-spirited nature makes her the perfect person to tell the stories of others through her photographic and videographic pieces.

Prior to joining Huffington Post South Africa, Noxolo was an online video journalist at News 24 Live, and in her recent interview with Destiny Connect, she revealed that her time in the media has given her ‘the ability to incite conversation’. She goes on to share, ‘the conversation in media is constantly changing and I enjoy it. I am also very visually stimulated, so being part of an industry that makes the content which then transcends the intention it may have had, was super inviting for me.

What gets you out of bed in the morning?

I find getting out of bed an exciting thing. Each day there is an opportunity to learn about myself, the people around me, and the real purpose behind my existence. I get up in the morning to learn, to build, and to ensure that we create a firm foundation for black children to blossom. I want to eradicate doubt in the lives of our children to come.

I also love breakfast so, waking up just means that I have an excuse to brunch.

What’s your single biggest goal for the year ahead?

I tend to get in the way of myself, so I am sitting on a lot of ideas, because I think they still need work. I am working on being far braver, and making sure that I launch my YouTube channel, and develop a documentary that has been in the works. I guess, I would like to extend my skill set, and learn by working on the things that matter to me.

What advice would you give to your 10-year old self?

Wow, 10-year old Nox! Well, the first thing would be to stop obsessing over your body. You are a baby, and comparison is a thief of joy. Most importantly, I want to remind you that you have a unique path in this world and you need to enjoy your individuality. Play harder, and remember to trust your voice.

Are there any women that you would like to give a shout out to?

All the strong, fearless women in my family. They have really groomed the person that I am today. My mother, Meisie Mafu, and sister, Nandi Mafu, really have held me to their hearts through it all.

Shout outs to all the creative women inspiring me from afar; Nandi Dlepu, Thithi Nteta, Khanyi Dhlomo, and Basetsana Khumalo. This list is endless. 

I am lucky to ride with some phenomenal women – to name them would be a long exercise.

What makes you proud to be a South African woman?

I am proud at how incredibly savvy, intelligent, and warm we are. With the continued onslaught on women, it inspires me how much we are able to wake up, and lead whether it be in protest, the boardroom, or even in a household. I am proud to be part of a community of creators, and I work hard every day to do right by women.


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Photographer: Paris Beuller

 

Disclaimer: The opinions and views expressed in this blog post are those of the interviewees, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Sprout Creative PR.

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