WHAT It Takes!

Introducing Creative Nestlings first book, a collection of advice from African creatives who have shown that they have what it takes to pursue the creative life succeed, fail and keep moving forward!

About the book

Join our founder dillion s. phiri as he visits and elicits Advice from over 60 young African creatives who have made it work as a passion and business. Itumeleng SOLAR Modise on investing in your energy account, Anelisa Mangcu on starting, Andile Buka on bringing life to your work,  Tiisetso Molobi aka urbanmosadi on the business of creativity, Nereya Otieno on pacing yourself through self doubt, Gareth Pon on finding your voice,  Sindiso Nyoni on putting in the work, Maneo Mohale on the elusion of perfection, Rendani Nemakhavhani  on collaboration and Atang Tshikare on success as a fantasy - to name just a few.

The book follows their journeys, insights, and ideas from great these creatives who have spoken at our Conversations On Creativity talk series. 

We revisit them in their spaces as they share their greatest lessons on starting, failure, success, passion, quitting, health, family, balance and the all-important business of creativity. The book aims to inspire, educate and celebrate African creativity from the experiences of actual African creatives.

In true Creative Nestlings spirit the book is self-published and in collaboration with members of our network with photography, design, and illustrations. 

- Pages: 148
- Print Run: 1000 copies
- Size: A5
- Soft Cover, Pur Binding

ISBN: 978-0-620-80178-2

The cover illustrations are by Musonda Kabwe and the whole book is designed by our friends at Samuel. They really did a good job.

For more info on the book email dillion@creativenestlings.com


Success is a subjective concept, meaning the definition varies for different people. However we do live in a consensus society, captivated by a search for normalcy and meaning, so we base our definition of success on the images of success that are given to us everywhere we go.

This is dangerous for the creative, could see you sink very deep into a misunderstood depression or knock your confidence - comparing yourself to others that is anyway.

Success should be something you define for yourself based on the goals you have set and your methodology. For me waking up and spending 15 minutes or more on a piece of work makes me feel successful because I am doing the thing I love the most, with my time and my space, the way I want to do it. 

- Tsoku Maela  / Photographer provocateur & Artist

Creatives Featured.

Aaron Yeboah
Abdul Dube
Amanda Sibiya
Amy Jephta
Andile Buka
Andrew Simelane
Andisswa ‘Andy’ Mkosi
Anelisa Mangcu
Anthony Bila
Atang Tshikare
Athandiwe Ntshinga
Charmaine Ngobeni
Cherae Robinson
Daniel Ting Chong
David Tshabalala
Dylan Valley
Elisha Mpofu
Gareth Pon
Itumeleng Solar Modise
Jade De Waal
Jade Doreen Waller
Kent Andreasen
Kent Lingeveldt
Khanya “Kyeezi” Siyengo
Khanyisile Mbongwa
Kunyalala Ndlovu
Kurt Orderson
Lethabo Mokoena

Lidudumalingani Mqombothi
Lindsey Appolis
Maneo Mohale
Marco Morgan
Mushambi Mutuma
Mx Blouse
Nas Hoosen
Nereya Otieno
Nokulunga Mateta-Phiri
Noncedo Gxekwa
Nthabiseng Mosieane
Palesa Kgasane
Rendani Nemakhavhani
Rizqah Dollie
Robin Brink
Sam Turpin
Senay Berhe
Shallom Johnson
Sibusiso Mkhwanazi
Sindiso Nyoni
Sinomonde Ngwane
Sphiwe Giba
Success Maake
Teddy Goitom
Tiisetso Molobi
Tsoku Maela
Vincent Manzini
Vincent Moloi
Vuyolwethu Dubese
Yannick Noir aka Petite Noir

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