Choma Queens: Young Creative Voices
A lot of the time, I celebrate women who are doing amazing things in the social spotlight or those who are making waves in the business world, so I think it’s time I also show some appreciation to women who are doing their thing in the creative space and making their mark. Here are four women I’m celebrating for being young creative voices in our country!
Rochelle Nembhard, who is better known as Rharha, is a creative director for musician Petite Noir, art curator (a person who chooses art pieces to be shown on display in an exhibition) and traveller who is using her work and talent to help make art galleries more inclusive and diverse. She also recently did a fashion collaboration with a Cape Town based clothing brand. I love how she always uses different methods to express herself and her love for art!
Quote: “Love is the base. It is the foundation from which the art stems. It is first an inpouring and then an outpouring. You cannot give what you do not have. It starts with a deep self-love and acceptance of all I am and all I am becoming…”
Lebohang is a poet (known as “Nova”), a writer and author of a book called Mpumi’s Magic Beads. The book is a children’s fantasy story about 3 little girls who use the magic in Mpumi’s hair beads to make wishes and have fun around the city of Johannesburg. Over and above all the great writing Lebohang does on topics of feminism, she’s also currently studying towards her masters degree in anthropology.
Quote:“I do want little black girls to see [the book] and see themselves and see names that they recognise and hairstyles and places that they recognise,”
Kabrabo Poppy Moletsane
Karabo is an award-winning graphic designer, illustrator and street artist who has worked with many big brands, one of them being Woolworths. I love that she’s dedicated to celebrating African culture in the style of her work too!
Quote: “What keeps me creating daily is the fact that my career as an illustrator, graphic designer and street artist allows me to keep doing the unconventional and experimental with very few restrictions where I would feel more restricted in any other career. I’ve always wanted to leave a legacy the same way.”
Neo is a Cape Town based photographer, who’s well known for capturing beautiful portraits. This young creative, who studied journalism at Rhodes University, has been making a name for herself through the city with her activism for LGBTQ+ rights.
Quote: “I’m fascinated by the opportunities afforded to me by the cool thing called ‘the internet’. I love making content that exemplifies me, and those who will come after me. I want to inspire, and be inspired.”
These women are all so different from each other but I love them all for following their passion so fiercely and not letting anything stop them from making their mark. Do they inspire you too? Let me know in the comments.
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