Award-winning storyteller and host Nontobeko Sibisi ups the game by now adding the filmmaker to her professional repertoire
Introduction: Media personality and entrepreneur Nontobeko Sibisi was selected to participate in a coveted international film program called Durban Talents, an initiative of the Berlin International Film Festival, part of six international initiatives of Berlinale talent. Nontobeko fought its way past 400 storytelling hopefuls from across the continent to secure its place – after a thorough selection, only 27 projects and 4 film critics, representing 16 countries, made the final selection. Nontobeko is one of two documentary projects from South Africa among others.
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Johannesburg – July 2, 2022 – Award-winning storyteller and host Nontobeko Sibisi Ups The Game is now adding the filmmaker to her professional repertoire. This career development opportunity will see the broadcaster, television producer and director expand her portfolio of activities to also include filmmaking as part of her media production and virtual solutions company Okay Sho! Media. Nontobeko is the Founder and Creative Director leading her team of unique South African storytelling experts who promise to uncover the Okay Sho! Moment in each production. They are innovative and passionate about storytelling and creating connected virtual communities.
Nontobeko Yamantungwa Sibisi is a young South African artist and creative entrepreneur passionate about African arts, culture, history, heritage and indigenous knowledge. When she’s not on screen as a TV talk show host on DSTV’s “Show Me Love” or acting as Sheila on Mzansi GOMORA’s favorite telenovela, Nontobeko is the Founder and CEO of Okay Sho! Media. A production company that focuses on original African stories and indigenous content making the most of Nontobeko’s passions and vast experience in television broadcasting, conceptualizing, producing, directing and storyboarding content for an audience local and international “I believe this experience will help me be even more effective at telling stories through film under my production company,” says the television producer and director.
Nontobeko Sibisi was born and raised in KwaZulu-Natal, where she was constantly exposed to the rich and vibrant culture and indigenous knowledge systems of her people. This, combined with her loving relationship with her grandparents, had a huge impact on the documentary filmmaker “telling stories and having meaningful conversations was always going to be inevitable, I guess – my great-grandmother was a captivating storyteller , I miss that sense of connection when sharing a story – I miss having resonant conversations about the story. I want to carry that energy into my work as a filmmaker
now is the time to collaborate, to share it with the world” adds the young storyteller.
Nontobeko Sibisi holds a BA in Journalism and Media Studies from Rhodes University. Before graduating, the television producer and director was kicked out by the SABC, she first started her time in campus media as a feature editor for the Mail & Guardian’s campus publication called Campus Times. But much of his heart and time was devoted to campus radio – Rhodes Music Radio. Initially as a newsreader, producer and music host/DJ before working her way up to head of programming. The love and dedication to the airwaves (along with my television production lectures) thankfully came to fruition in winning an SABC News Award – Best News Reader, Student Category. The media talent also made her first international trip via Nigeria after being selected from a cohort of 36 young African storytellers trained to cover the build-up to the 2010 World Cup as well as the Africa Cup of Nations. The Twenty Ten Project, an initiative of World Press, Free Voice and Lokaalmondiaal. His work has won local and international awards such as Siemen’s Profile Award in Doha, Rhodes Top 100 Students, including our station’s Best News Anchor, Best Radio Presenter & Station’s Lifetime Achievement Award.
The long and colorful journey is finally complete for the versatile media talent and creative entrepreneur. Nontobeko is committed to making stories and storytelling accessible to everyone and anyone who resonates “there is a demand for African stories and original African content – which means there is much greater interest than ever for who we are and how we are – we just have to tell and share our stories in an intentional yet reimagined way,” says Nontobeko.
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To date, the company has successfully collaborated and produced creative media productions, virtual talks, web series, arts and entertainment television shows on a variety of platforms with a primary focus on television, radio, digital media, virtual and hybrid events. The filmmaker and television producer’s work has been programmed on various platforms such as Mzansi Magic, SABC TV & Radio, Kaya FM, The Mail & Guardian, eNCA/ETV, The City Press, Standard Bank Arts and The National Arts Festival, DSTV Moja. Love Channels and BET Africa/Paramount Africa. “The industry has changed so much over the last few years, especially the needs of the public – I’m really excited to offer my clients creative solutions that meet their needs. I work with great passion to add a ‘spark different” to our projects, this ensures that we create honest and resonant content that is always meaningful to the client and most importantly to audiences everywhere.” This is just one example of how Nontobeko uses her skills and personality to make a difference in the lives of others.
The former eNCA arts and entertainment reporter (DStv 403) is also a big advocate for cultural diversity in the media industry. She works hard to ensure that African voices and bodies are heard and seen with agency. In 2017, she inspired a viral cultural revolution in newsrooms in the name of #RespekTheDoek #DoekTheNewroom #DoekForNonto – her TV report was taken off the air after she appeared on screen wearing a doek. It has seen thousands of people across platforms rally behind his nascent African doeks advocating for newsrooms to embrace the rich cultural diversity and heritage of our country – where the majority of people look like me in color. Nontobeko has long been an inspiration to many young people in corporate environments as organizations have begun to revise conscious and unconscious cultural intolerances in the workplace. Even though I lost my job afterwards, I learned a lot about how far we have to go as a country when it comes to encouraging and embracing cultural and religious diversity, not only on the workplace, but above all with each other. Nontobeko is proof that anything is possible if you stay true to yourself. Especially to the many young people who are interested in documentary filmmaking, television production and content production. His work helps shape the future of documentary cinema. It’s a true reminder that it’s possible to follow your dreams and make a difference in the world.
Nontobeko Sibisi has since successfully positioned herself as a broadcaster, TV talk show host, A filmmaker and television producer, she is currently a member of the Documentary Filmmakers Association where she is developing her skills in documentary filmmaking. With the help of international film initiatives from the Berlin International Film Festival, Nontobeko Sibisi is currently working on his documentary film debut under the mentorship of the acclaimed South African director and producer behind the Netflix documentary series Senzo Meyiwa. Sara Blecher, SAFTA award-winning filmmaker and film professional Nadine Cloete as well as a South African screenwriter and television producer for highly rated shows such as eHostela, The Estate and Gaz’lam – Bongi Ndaba. Also starring is Mohamed Siam, member of The Academy-The Oscars, who is a fiction and documentary filmmaker. The filmmaker and TV producer says: “I’m so excited to have such an exciting opportunity to grow as a creative artist – not just in the creative process but also in the film business, it will definitely have an impact. energizing workout on the rest of our professional portfolio and service offerings.” adds Nontobeko.
Nontobeko Sibisi’s work often focuses on stories that are honest, intimate, intentional, and impact-minded, which she says is key to connecting with audiences. Its goal is to help small businesses and young filmmakers find their own voice and tell their own stories. “I am passionate about helping others tell their stories, and my work reflects this. I am an honest storyteller who relies on resonance and energy work when creating work – I have no not afraid to show the realities of life, which makes my documentaries all the more powerful,” she added.
We can’t wait to see what she does next! Thank you for everything, Nontobeko!
If you want to know more about Nontobeko Sibisi and his work, please visit his website Okayshomedia
About me: https://about.me/nontobekosibisi
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