Lonwabo (Lobz) Marele is a multimedia journalist, media entrepreneur, philanthropist, and public speaker who aims to create a hub of multimedia entrepreneurs throughout the African landscape.
Through sports and life skills programmes, this co-founder and deputy chairman of the NGO Ngcayisa and Marele Foundation, helps the homeless and youth in previously disadvantaged societies with education and nutritional programmes.
Through these experiences, and those gained through founding and running Successful Journals - a digital wealth magazine and consulting agency - Lobz discovered that generational wealth creation in our townships is simpler than we realise.
We asked Lobz a couple of questions to help you get to know him, before he takes the TEDxCapeTown stage.
What's your X? AKA: What's something you're really great at?
Writing. My superpower is writing. I am able to change lives through the power of the pen.
When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?
As a young lad, my grandparents worked as a gardener and a social worker. When they retired, they could not access some of their retirement funds. This got me asking a lot of questions. I then decided that when I grow up I will become a lawyer, to help them and others that go through a similar situation. Today, I am a professional journalist and a Master of Laws candidate.
Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?
Tony Stark, Iron Man.
What's your favourite snack?
Dumplings and beef stew.
Your number one reason for wanting to give a TEDx talk this year?
For many years I have been following TEDx, watching some of my role models dawn the stage and share their ideas. It has always been a dream to be on the red circle, and now, thanks to God, the dream has become a reality... It is evident that the law of attraction is powerful and alive. I simply want to share an idea, to evoke inspiration around our communities and our continent.