Another 365 days gone and we all anxiously look forward to another set of 365 days with a somehow new resolve. Forget about new year's resolutions and let us dive into New Year's Commandments.
Here are my personal 10. Let them be yours too.
1. I will Throw a dart on the map and go there.
Everyone knows that Miami or Bahamas are breathtaking getaways from an unrelenting winter freeze, or the struggles of an everyday Malawian but do they really enrich your life beyond a sense of relaxation?
The confines of a luxury hotel resort might afford you the comforts of shamelessly stuffing your face at the buffet, but they won't challenge your ideas about the world and your place in it. What would you bring home with you other than sand in your suitcase and tacky t-shirts for your friends? If you have the means and the funds, go somewhere off the beaten path in 2019. Live as the locals do for a bit; you just might be surprised with what you discover about yourself. I did that when in Lesotho in 2018, I will do it again in 2019.
It is now a norm that electricity is sparsely available in not just rural Malawi, but the whole Malawi regardless of where you are from. Approximately 93% of Malawians are disconnected from the grid or lack solar-power solutions, while the small connected group is currently going 9 hours without electricity. The rural poor masses suffer the consequences even more. Furthermore, the extensive demand for lighting during the night for studying costing more than 1,500MK ($2USD) per week for light sources such as candles, batteries, paraffin etc. according to SunnyMoney 2013. and this $2 USD cost represents a substantial expense for poor families often living on less than $1USD per day.
Of corruption, abuse, ego and the experience while breaking borders in the continent!
In 2017, I traveled from Malawi to Durban, South Africa on road for the first time and in 2018, I made another trip, this time to Lesotho. On these trips, I was with 2 different groups of Malawian youths and we were on different missions. The first trip was with a group of tourism professionals, fashion designers, models media personnels etc to attend a SADC Youth in Tourism Conference organized by RETOSA (The Regional Tourism Organisation of Southern Africa) and the latter was an Africa Tour that I single handedly organised for my then artists, The Malawian Acrobatics Group called Kufewa Acrobatics which starred in an internet sensation Malawian made action movie, The Town Monger.
In Maboneng South Africa with my RETOSA Malawi delegates in 2017. We had fun amidst the challenges.
Its been "years" since I last posted on this space. There has been a lot going on behind the scenes. As I always say, It is important to always sit down, reflect and chart a new course of ones life everyday. In that same line of thoughts, I went on a personal break to do a soul search of what challenges I can help overcome.
This voyage of discovery, took me to one powerful realization. We need solar power to change the world. Forget the bigger solar panels on the roof of rich people's houses. What we need are small solar lights in the hands of rural women and every school child who lives in a house without electricity.
The annual Believe Youth Conference by the Believe Movement is on the horizon and one aspect of the conference this year is talent search. From the latest publications of the full month program released by the movenent talent search activities in singing and dance are highlighted.
One thing the organisers want to achieve is to give a push to Malawian talent to be able to make international impact.
Is this the reason why one of the headlining acts of the Believe Concert along side Special Agent Snypa is MistarPush?
Left Malawi for Kenya on 12th July for the launch of Beyond Hoops BasketBall Initiative.
I have been on emails, phone calls and constantly on my computer trying to find the best ways to work with Malawian talents to meet the growing demand for their services outside Malawi and help professionalize the industry.
Kuwala Creatives was the first solution and we are yet to officially roll out this initiative but we already have big things going on.
But even before that, we have a special mission to unleash. The Believe Movement 2018 is bringing a talent that will help unearth other talents and export it to the world. A sharp shooter and an agent on a mission. Let me introduce to you an amazing artist who will be in Malawi for several engagements in August this year.
Special Agent Snypa!
For the past few weeks, I have been thinking a lot about my life and the role I play in other people's lives. I have spent a lot of hours and days scrutinizing different situations, conversations and just observing other people who are directly or indirectly affected by my life.
This has not been another of those depressed or anxiety moments No!
It has been a sober reflection of my life and the things that happen to me or I attracted to myself knowingly or unknowingly. It has been a journey to the core of who I am and how I interact with the world around me. Its been a soul searching exercise to see where I go wrong.
Talent,manager relationship? Joshua Mwendo far left with artist 3rd Eye closing a deal.
My last post looked at what a talent agent does and this was in a way, in contrast to what a talent manager does. I dwelled much on the agent's role because I thought that was the most misunderstood part. However, several people have asked me to explain what a talent manager's role entails and how would a talent know which manager is best for them.
The Kufewa Team with Flora Suya and Shemu Joya at the launch of Multichoice Talent Factory 2018.
For the past few months, I have been working closely with Kufewa Acrobatics, which is primarily an acrobatics outfit that starred in the movie, "The Town Monger". Their role in the movie has given them a new status. They are now actors too. Our working relationship dates back in 2016 when I firstly booked the team for a gig at The British High Commission. Later on I booked them for another gig at Lake of Stars Children's festival and we kept on working together ever since. My role had always been of their talent agent.
Fast forward to 2017, when the Town Monger film went viral and the world came calling, we decided to change things a bit. I became their talent manager. So what changed? Was it just the name? NO!
Dennis Imaan is a Global Citizen born and currently staying in Malawi. He loves to share his experiences and lessons with others. Travel, Tourism, Innovations, Media and Youth development are close to his heart.