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Calling All South African Creatives!: Meet SA Creative Network Founder Artwell Nwaila And Advertise Your Skills

NuBlack: Introduce yourself …

My name is Artwell Nwaila the founder and editor of SA Creative Network. I’m also a creative editor for a magazine and a qualified fine artist and professional photographer.

I created SACreativeNetwork was because I felt that African creative’s had plenty opportunities to showcase their work but had very little opportunities to market themselves and their business. The space for creative thought leaders to speak was slim to none and showcasing is great but giving creatives a voice is better.

Although SACreativeNetwork does showcase work, we also have a tool called find a creative, where people can advertise their businesses, freelance services or anything else creative-based for free. We also have a program called the content exchange where artists are encouraged to provide content in exchange for an ad, placed at the end of the post. The more the artist contributes, the more their advert is visible. In this way they get prime advertising space and also brand themselves as thought leaders. It is with these tools that we are able to turn creatives into idea engineers.

NuBlack: Favourite song lyric …

“Alright Stop … collaborate and listen, Ice is back with a brand new invention.” Vanilla Ice’s “Ice Ice Baby.”

NuBlack: I’m inspired by …

People who are bursting with ideas. I love feeding off the energy of ambitious people. I’m also inspired by good work, not just technically good work but well thought out strategic work.

NuBLack: My icons, past and present …

My past icon would defiantly be Gerald Sekota. He was a brilliant painter who told his stories with the use of vibrant colours. My current icon is Alf Khumalo. He captured stunning apartheid images and images of Nelson Mandela. Even today, Khumalo carries his camera where ever he goes and is still inspired by his surroundings. Young artists can learn from his dedication.

This piece was originally published on Iamthenublack by Gabrielle Smith in London.

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