Meet our creatives: loving what they do

Love what you do

Every issue of ReAfrica magazine introduces you to people doing great things in their field, including business, music and fashion. In this issue meet three people who say that success is to ‘love what you do’ :

Stephanie Oyerinde

I have always had a love for fashion but approximately three years ago I asked a friend to show me how to use a sewing machine and make some patterns and I loved it! I knew then that I wanted to keep making clothes for myself and others. I think self expression through fashion is very important. Also being able to support yourself and your family doing what you love! My experience of Africa was on brief trips to Morocco and Zimbabwe. In Morocco I loved the market and the smell of leather, fresh spices and incense and hand made clothing and bags. In Zimbabwe at the time, I went there was a lot of poverty around but despite this the people I met still knew how to have a good time and enjoy themselves. I went to one of the best parties I’ve ever been to. I believe that life is too short, so less talk and more action. Also travel more and have more fun. If I changed anything about my past I wouldn’t be the person I am today and I quite like who I am right now! My best place to be is in a quiet place with my note book and pen, I also love to Salsa.

DJ Mri

I am a DJ by profession. I went to a Christmas party years ago and the DJ didn’t turn up so I suggested I help out. I played and enjoyed the set so I decided to keep on collecting more music and the rest is history. I was born in Africa, I identify with my roots and I am happy with where I come from. One of the things that my African heritage has taught me is the importance of hard work. I’ve grown up to work hard and do all I can to make things work to the best of my ability (with God’s help of course). I would say it also has taught me not to take things for granted. I love our culture, and the people.  My philosophy is ‘life is beautiful, enjoy it one day at a time, don’t let it pass you by. ‘ Also whatever you have to do, make sure you give your all. 
Success to me would be accomplishing what you set to do. Being happy and living life to the fullest. I am most fulfilled knowing that I am making others happy.

Fungai Nengare

I aim to build my community, by empowering children while they are still young, teaching them to have an identity and discover themselves and who they want to be in life. What motivates me is the fact that I want to teach, I want to sing and I want to impact lives, and music and teaching are two of the mediums you can use to do that. The decision to become a musician came when I was a little boy age 9, I love music and how it made me feel and how it had an effect on people. Music was part of my family, my father had a stack of records he used to play and we used to sing along to them and with that came my love for music and my decision to become a musician. Success for me is the ability to do what I love and being able to use it for the benefit of the people around me. My philosophy is ‘it works till it doesn’t and it doesn’t till it works: try all the same. If I could, I would change the mind set that says we can’t do it ourselves or that we can’t dream big enough to be who we want to be.