54Lights with Kondwani Mwase

54Lights with Kondwani Mwase

54Lights is dedicated to celebrating creative culture by showcasing artists, activists and entrepreneurs who are shaping our collective society. By telling stories of those from the African continent, and sometimes beyond it, we are producing an alternative narrative of the continent and its people. So that what was once foreign...is not so. Hosted by Kondwani Mwase

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April 14, 2021 29 min
Writer, producer and director Naledi Jackson returned to our virtual studio to give us a glimpse into her world of storytelling.. For all our day-one listeners, Naledi was our very first 54Lights guest and we are excited to have her back for round 2! This episode dives into Naledi's journey making her way up the movie-making ladder. Her resume, which includes work on the Netflix series “Anne with an E” and her own action-packed...
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NYTimes Bestselling author Hanif Abdurraqib, the mastermind behind Go Ahead In The Rain, among others, joined 54Lights us as this week's special guest. Hanif shared stories from his youth, gave us a glimpse into his love affair with music and opened up about his creative process. An authentic conversation with a humble and gifted artist...who's also just launched yet another powerful book (A Little Devil in America). Tune ...
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54Lights sat down with executive Chef Kiki Louya to talk about her career in food. The renowned chef opened up to us about her life, businesses and motivations. The conversation touched on important topics like food sustainability, the true DNA of an executive chef as well as what it takes to handle the heat of Bravo's Top Chef kitchen - where she is a "Cheftestant" for Season 18.
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54Lights sits down with the young, impressive founder and editor of ARK Magazine, Marie Powell. She openly shares her experiences in the fashion industry and the next big steps. Why the name “ARK” you ask? Let Marie tell you.
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March 2, 2021 32 min
In our first instalment of a mini-series focused on writers, we sat down with Ties That Tether author Jane Igharo. Her book, a modern-day love story, appeals to a wide variety of cultures and mindsets. She builds out a strong and complex protagonist and layers in very authentic tensions experienced by people dating outside of their culture.
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February 16, 2021 33 min
This episode on 54Lights is a rebroadcast of a collaborative effort done with the Ontario Aids Network (OAN). It features a conversation with our influential activist Amanuel Melles. The main purpose of this episode is to shed light on work that's being done, somewhat behind the scenes, by organizations like the OAN and prominent activists like Amanuel.
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February 2, 2021 47 min
Season III continues in celebration of culture creators by sitting down with Chawanangwa Mphande. She's the founder of AFERS, an aspiring non-profit, to talk about her move from Canada to the warm heart of Africa, her personal perspective on mental health and how she is fighting local stigmas. And while her fight is focused at the local level, the challenges surrounding mental health are indisputably global.
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54Lights theme song composers, Andy Ninvalle and Joachim Notebaert, join us for a chat about their road to making magical music. The two joined us from Europe to talk about their journeys as well as their current struggle to making a living in the creative field.
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January 13, 2021 49 min
In a podcasting first for 54Lights, we sit down with a multi-talented creative philanthropist Fungai Mettler to talk about her work, her outlook and her therapeutic style of storytelling. This episode was a dual broadcast...with both Fungai and Kondwani sharing turns asking questions for their respective shows.
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January 6, 2021 30 min
In the first episode of Season III, Art Malawi's founder Manota Mphande sat down with us to talk about how art can drive progressive change, how art can be reimagined to keep artists working and how the business of art is evolving in the warm heart of Africa.
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December 31, 2020 7 min
54Lights launches Season III of the podcast with a call to unity and togetherness. Echoing the spirit of Ubuntu and the call to action of African giants, this glimpse represents a small glimmer of what's in store for the days, weeks and months ahead.
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In a preview of what's in store for Season III, 54Lights is releasing an abbreviated peak at a fun-filled conversation with Roland Best - founder of E-RoL Beats.
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Enjoy a deeply personal interview with leader, writer, entrepreneur and activist Chidiogo Akunyili-Parr. She opens up to us about her work, her philosophy and her approach to helping women achieve their full potential.
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October 12, 2020 48 min
The latest instalment of 54Lights podcast featured a deeply philosophical conversation with author Stafford Attzs. A clinical technician whose range of knowledge spans from pew to pugilism, Attzs has recently written a book - The Narrow Path That Few Will Find: The Evolution of Christianity. 54Lights host, Kondwani Mwase and Stafford sat down to unpack religion, scripture and adherence to doctrine. The conversation zeroed in on St...
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This just in…54Lights podcast sat down with Montreal Chef James Mitchell to talk about his culinary business. Over the years, Chef Mitchell has been methodically plying his trade so that his business can thrive and survive during the chaos of COVID. From chef’s tables to cooking classes, Jaime (as he’s known to some) has made something sustainable in a time where organizations are teetering on the brink. And thanks to the his famil...
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Food for thought!!!! Have a listen to our food focused conversation with Chef Alex Askew. We asked Chef Alex to unpack the food system and explain how it's impacting communities. What we were looking for was a deeper understanding and appreciation of food justice. What we learned, over a stimulating session, was just how real and important these issues are and how they acutely impact people of colour. Enjoy Chef Alex's fr...
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August 31, 2020 47 min
The latest episode of 54Lights podcast focuses on revival. Revival and rebirth within the entertainment industry with a specific lens on the theatre. Sitting down with acclaimed playwright Zodwa Nyoni, we dove into heady topics that ranged from how creatives have to approach the business side of their work to how the writing process evolves to how the industry is reshaping itself during the period of Covid. Zodwa candidly walks us ...
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This just in…Jefferson Darrell started his boutique agency, Breakfast Culture, with the goal of helping organizations effectively reach audiences. The idea quickly evolved to encompass the management of external communications (coined as Woke Marketing) and internal workplace culture. Jefferson joined 54Lights and shared his perspective on identity politics, social movements and, even, family dynamics. His fresh perspective coup...
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This just in….54Lights managed to catch up with media mogul Patricia (Bebia) Mawa. Patricia works alongside her husband, Moses Mawa, in steering an impressive media empire that includes; a 24hour television channel (called AfroGlobal TV), three magazines and several regional networks. While we were pleased that she shed light on her early start in media, our greatest learnings came from Patricia’s willingness to explain the magi...
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July 18, 2020 40 min
This just in…54Lights had a sweet conversation with Neale’s Sweet ‘n Nice ice cream co-founder Andrew McBarnett. The ice cream business is emerging into a formidable brand in the Canadian landscape. In fact, it’s fair to say they have fully arrived. They're doubling their presence in supermarkets across Canada – going from over 300 to over 600 locations. While its competitors are obvious, what's even more obvious that they’...
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