Social media is a very big and helpful tool, and because you have freedom of choice, you choose how you want to use it. You can always post funny videos, complain, learn a new skill or sharpen the one you already have. In this article, we feature a 28-year old up and coming Events Promoter from Ekangala, who used social media to his advantage.
Nkosingiphile Patrick kaNkosi was born in Newcastle, bred in eMbalenhle and then moved to Ekangala. As a child who was raised by his grandmother, Nkosi possesses great creative skills, love for people and hard work.
After completing his matric at Strauss Secondary School in 2010, Nkosi enrolled for Bachelor of Business Administration. Financial constraints forced him to pause his studies.
Let us get to know him better with this Q and A…
When did you start working as an Events Promoter and how did it start?
I started working as an events promoter in 2012, it started out as a hobby until 2017 when I met Gift Sebastian Langa, who was an events organiser. He encouraged me to promote events on my social media account since I had a large following. I started seeing Events Promotion as a career after I was introduced to Felix Rajuili who is an Events Organiser from Free State.
What is the most challenging thing about being an Events Promoter?
Competition and jealousy have to be the major challenges we face daily. Which leads to sabotaging one another. As promoters, we must double our efforts in making sure that an event becomes a success.
What is your biggest career highlight so far?
My biggest career highlight so far is that I had a chance to be an MC on events that I promoted. I had an opportunity to MC events that had some of the biggest artists in the country, including Blaq Diamond, Simmy, Moonchild Sanelly, Thuli P, Mlindo The Vocalist, Leehleza, Rethabile & Winnie Khumalo.
If an event does not go well, do you get blamed as a Promoter?
In case the event does not go well, it could be because the promoter didn't do enough to make sure the event is well marketed. Sometimes promoters do not put in too much effort in promoting an event because they were not paid well and on time by the organiser.
This year has been the hardest year for everyone, how was it for you as someone who works in the entertainment industry? How did the pandemic affect you?
The pandemic and the lockdown affected the industry so bad, in a way that there was no income for a period of five to six months. I had to survive from other hustles. Fortunate enough, I also work in a construction company, that is how I was able to make ends meet.
Who do you look up to for inspiration?
I look up to a friend of mine, Gift Sebastian Langa and Mr Felix Rajuili. These are people who make big moves within the events industry in Bronkhorstspruit.
What are your dreams and aspirations?
One day I wish that Bronkhorstspruit could have an event as big as Spring Fiesta and Fact Durban Rocks. Annual events with consistency. I pray for unity within the event space in Bronkhorstspruit. The goal is to organize and promote my own events. I want to create and annual event that will attract people from different places to Bronkhorstpruit.
If you were not a promoter, what would you be doing?
I am passionate about the entertainment industry, so I would have probably been an Artist Manager. It is my dream to manage and promote local artists and DJs.
Your words of encouragement for those who want to work in the entertainment industry?
This industry requires one to be strong mentally. Be a brand and protect it by avoiding your brand to be associated with false advertising. Make sure that you request confirmation videos from the booked artists. This industry can be cruel, develop a thick skin.
Keep pushing bafo, we love you work thina ekasi and keep on ukuphasisa ikasi njayami
Keep on doing the great work that you do, you are the best and I'm behind you all the way. And keep on being the inspiration that you are to me and the rest of the community. I'm super proud bro.
Beautiful piece! Journey on. Wishing you nothing but only the best Nkosie
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2020-12-05 07:43:27 Nkosingiphile says :
Well articulated piece of work. I'm very happy