By Ndileka Swakamisa
Following Nomzamo Mbatha’s recent trip to Essence Festival New Orleans, where she hosted the centre stage, the media personality came back inspired and motivated to make an impact of her own.
Beyond the splendour, the annual music festival is known as a social gathering with a purpose and it is currently the largest event celebrating African-American culture and music in the United States.
According to Mbatha, she returned from the trip feeling motivated and inspired by the diverse platforms the festival offered its patrons and not forgetting the meaningful conversations she had with many attendees.
As a result, Nomzamo has pledged to provide transportation to the youth, so that they too can come draw from the well of wisdom on offer when the Essence Fest takes place in Durban later this month.
“When people hear ‘Essence Festival’ they get stuck on the word ‘festival’ and think music or entertainment festivities. I was one of those people and my trip to Nola completely changed that. It’s a cultural experience that celebrates and instils black pride and excellence. Growing up in Kwa Mashu, I know the socio-economic challenges that can make a young mind feel despondent with life- I would have loved to have been exposed to empowering and growth development one is afforded by such platforms as the Essence Festival” Mbatha mentioned in a statement.
In addition to offering the Durban youth a chance to attend the festival, Nomzamo (through her company; GROUNDSIX & Foundation and Lighthouse) is currently looking for Durban based youth between the ages of 18-35 who can be part of the project management phase, by being team leader for the various groups of youth to attend. Do you know what the best part is? This will be a temporary paid work opportunity.
“My aim is to not only expose the youth to the empowerment talks, but to impart skills that they can later use to better themselves in whatever they choose. This will also be part of the Youth Summit Dialogue that will be hosting, where we have global youth motivational speaker Sibulele Sibaca coming to share her powerful story of being an AIDS orphan, living on the streets of Cape Town, to now running a thriving business empire” explained Mbatha.