About Tu Nokwe

My career is on transit; it is time to reinvent myself as a music legend. I took a big step and enrolled for an MBA in Music in the UK, this is my first year. It is a flexible program and the first in the world. It is perfect for me because I am not bound by location and time. I can my life such that I am at any place I choose to be at anytime, as long as I have peace of mind. My MBA program has a set schedule over a period of 3 years where we attend intense few days workshops at the university at certain times within a year. The rest of the time we study online and support each other in study groups on conference calls, emails and video calls like skype etc. Currently I am home in South Africa for a break; to spend some quiet time with my daughter, family and friends; to study, read and finish of my 2nd assignment due this month of January. On the other front, I am cleaning up my online platform, starting with face book. Cancelling all the other face book pages to consolidate with a new official like page: www.facebook.com/tu.nokwe I also plan to set up my online store with platforms like EBay, Amazon, for my book JOURNEY OF MY SOUL, CDs and DVDs, and other relevant wellness and health products and African arts, crafts and fashion merchandise. Please search for Tu Nokwe on face book and 'like the new official like page and tell your friends and family about it. Let me know if your company would like to do business with my organization or my brand at this stage. I am still operating as a Visionary for our NGO, the Nokwe Creative Development Foundation; looking after various charities and arts empowerment outreaches. Here’s my Profile: Tu Nokwe: Originality and Music Power Blend Besides being an actress, South African born Tu Nokwe is a singer, guitarist, composer, lyricist and teacher. Tu Nokwe’ passion and love for children and community is the driving force behind her music. This has seen her Album, African Child win ‘Best release from Africa’ on the British world music magazine. In South Africa, she has performed for the corporate, government and commercial audiences. She acted in the movies Shaka Zulu, The Red Scorpion and has mentored some of the actors for Sarafina, and many other artistic productions Brought up in a family of six singers, Tu Nokwe initially taught music to township kids in her family Amajika Youth and Children's Art Project. She eventually traveled to London and New York and took lessons at the famous Manhattan School of Music. When she returned in 1993, she started gathering material for her first album Inyakanyaka which made its maiden debut in 1996. The album redefined Tu Nokwe as a powerful musician with original ideas. Inyakanyaka was followed by African Child (2002). Tu Nokwe has currently produced The 1st African diary with Self Management tools (Journey of my Soul). The theme of this diary is ‘Order Creates Comfort’. This diary……….. •Cuts through all industries as an intervention tool that promotes; capacity building, service delivery, team spirit, wellness, and self awareness •Encourages people to be innovative and self reliant (not to be afraid to come up with ‘crazy’ original inventions and concepts that can rebuild and uplift our society) •Bridges the gap between high school and varsity, varsity and life, and so on (for everybody to be ready for the job market) •Promotes holistic ideas for bettering oneself and others with positive values (to change the face of the disadvantaged communities and rural areas) Tu Nokwe describes her music as a spiritual new age African sound with influences of jazz and funk. In 2005, Tu Nokwe founded the traditional music project that is positioned to play an important role in the preservation of indigenous African music and the transformation of music education in South Africa. ARTIST - BUSINESSWOMAN - SOCIAL ACTIVIST With 45 years of experience in music, theatre, arts, entrepreneurship, and socio-human development, i have launched numerous project that focus on a integrated, holistic approach to love, life, health, and wealth. Besides being an actress, i am a singer, guitarist, composer, lyricist and teacher. My passion and love for children and community is the driving force behind my music. This has seen my Album, African Children ‘Best release from Africa’ on the British world music magazine. In South Africa, I have performed for the corporate, government and commercial audiences.

Enjoy Free Meditative Songs of Gratitude from Tu Nokwe’s Heart

I no longer wait for the song or the voice to be perfect before I can share the message with the world. If it flows in through inspiration, I let it out. May you be blessed by this message & enjoy it as much as I did; feel the connection with Source Energy(God). This is the Journey of My Soul….tu nokwe

You-Are-The-Love-Song.m4a

The Mirror Effect

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See everyone you encounter as your mirror; because we reflect back to us that which we need to change within ourselves. The idea of Ho’ponopono works the same way. Always practise it…with every unpleasant experience, take responsibility, say ‘I AM SORRY – PLEASE FORGIVE ME – I LOVE YOU – THANK YOU’

1st things 1st – Inner World

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Everyday of your breathing life, allocate the best time4self-work as the 1st thing 1st. The work on the inner-world must come 1st bcause the inner creates the outer. Make sure2start with a session on gratitude4your body/mind/spirit; whichever way u choose 2do it, feel it&let it be sincere; the rest will fall into place, with the Higher Mind taking the lead2guide the plans u’ve set with your physical mind…tu nokwe

Spiritual Hangout Report 1Feb 2014

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1st Spiritual Hangout in 2014: Thank you to all the friends & family that attended the 1st 2014 Spiritual Hangout on the 1st of Feb. After closure at 7pm, we carried on until 22:00 with those who arrived late. That shows how much these kinds dialogues are needed in our world today.

We really appreciate your time. Someone said ‘the greatest gift anyone could give you is their time’. So thank you dear friends & family.

For those who couldn’t make it, there is always a next time.

As promised, we are forwarding to all Spiritual Hangout members; video clips and links of the ideas of the self-healing modalities we discussed(Ho’ponoono, EFT Tapping on meridians, Holy Science, TRE, Gratitude, etc.)

In Ho’ponoono, Dr Len says, “whatever u want to improve in your life, look within and let the God-self do the healing. For any outward experience, ask yourself, “how am I creating this experience inside of me” & heal the part inside that’s creating the outside you don’t like.

In our Spiritual Hangout, the theme we were exploring was: “Understanding & Knowledge Set the Heart Free & Ease the Mind”

Later in the night we did try to explore the Christ Conscious Teachings in relation to the lives we are leading. That teared our emotions apart and left us even more hungry for THE TRUTH about the ‘Purpose of Life’

In summary, we managed to touch on multiple subjects like: Forgiveness & Justice, Healing, Yoga & Meditation, Money, Jews, Africans, Culture, Life Purpose, Vegetarian Lifestyle, HIV & Aids, Unity in Diversity, Holy Science, Jesus, The Meaning of Life, Finding Oneself, Joy & Happiness & Freedom, Our On-ness with all life(including nature & the animal kingdom)

We got carried away and we forgot one important thing, ‘to collect donations.’
We highly appreciate your donation, it’ll go a long way.

(Lack & relationship with money is a big one we’re healing)

Please transfer your donation to:
NCDF(Nokwe Creative Development Foundation) & reference Spiritual Hangout 1Feb’14 Donation.

Bank: FNB
Acc Name: NCDF
Acc#: 62374290361
Branch Code: 250655

Other payment methods if this is easier for you:
- eWallet to 083 954 5444
or
- paypal: tunokweadmin@global.co.za

We’ll let you know of the next Spiritual Hangout & it’s theme. I suspect it will be somewhere around the relationship between Religion, Spirituality & Holy Science

Have a super day & continue to heal your life!!!

Light Of Africa-Thomas Sankara

Thomas Sankara and the Assassination of Africa’s Memory

 

Thomas Sankara was Burkina Faso’s president from August 1983 until his assassination on October 15, 1987. Perhaps, more than any other African president in living memory, Thomas Sankara, in four years, transformed Burkina Faso from a poor country, dependent on aid, to an economically independent and socially progressive nation.

Thomas Sankara began by purging the deeply entrenched bureaucratic and institutional corruption in Burkina Faso. He slashed the salaries of ministers and sold off the fleet of exotic cars in the president’s convoy, opting instead for the cheapest brand of car available in Burkina Faso, Renault 5. His salary was $450 per month and he refused to use the air conditioning units in his office, saying that he felt guilty doing so, since very few of his country people could afford it. Thomas Sankara would not let his portrait be hung in offices and government institutions in Burkina Faso, because every Burkinabe is a Thomas Sankara, he declared. Sankara changed the name of the country from the colonially imposed Upper Volta to Burkina Faso, which means land of upright men.

Thomas Sankara’s achievements are numerous and can only be summarized briefly; within the first year of his leadership, Sankara embarked on an unprecedented mass vaccination program that saw 2.5 million Burkinabe children vaccinated. From an alarming 280 deaths for every 1,000 births, infant mortality was immediately slashed to below 145 deaths per 1,000 live births. Sankara preached self-reliance, he banned the importation of several items into Burkina Faso, and encouraged the growth of the local industry. It was not long before Burkinabes were wearing 100% cotton sourced, woven and tailored in Burkina Faso. From being a net importer of food, Thomas Sankara began to aggressively promote agriculture in Burkina Faso, telling his country people to quit eating imported rice and grain from Europe, “let us consume only what we ourselves control,” he emphasized.  In less than 4 years, Burkina Faso became self-sufficient in food production through the redistribution of lands from the hands of corrupt chiefs and land owners to local farmers, and through massive irrigation and fertilizer distribution programs. Thomas Sankara utilized various policies and government assistance to encourage Burkinabes to get education. In less than two years as president, school attendance jumped from about 10% to a little below 25%, thus overturning the 90% illiteracy rate he met upon assumption of office.

Living way ahead of his time, within 12 months of his leadership,  Sankara vigorously pursued a reforestation program that saw over 10 million trees planted around the country in order  to push back the encroachment of the Sahara Desert. Uncommon at the time he lived, Sankara stressed women empowerment and campaigned for the dignity of women in a traditional patriarchal society. He employed women in several government positions and declared a day of solidarity with housewives by mandating their husbands to take on their roles for 24 hours.  A personal fitness enthusiast, Sankara encouraged Burkinabes to be fit and was regularly seen jogging unaccompanied on the streets of Ouagadougou; his waistline remained the same throughout his tenure as president.

In 1987, during a meeting of African leaders under the auspices of the Organization of African Unity, Thomas Sankara tried to convince his peers to turn their backs on the debt owed western nations. According to him, “debt is a cleverly managed reconquest of Africa. It is a reconquest that turns each one of us into a financial slave.”  He would not request for, nor accept aid from the west, noting that “…welfare and aid policies have only ended up disorganizing us, subjugating us, and robbing us of a sense of responsibility for our own economic, political, and cultural affairs. We chose to risk new paths to achieve greater well-being.”

Thomas Sankara was a pan-Africanist who spoke out against apartheid, telling French President Jacques Chirac, during his visit to Burkina Faso, that it was wrong for him to support the apartheid government and that he must be ready to bear the consequences of his actions. Sankara’s policies and his unapologetic anti-imperialist stand made him an enemy of France, Burkina Faso’s former colonial master. He spoke truth to power fearlessly and paid with his life. Upon his assassination, his most valuable possessions were a car, a refrigerator, three guitars, motorcycles, a broken down freezer and about $400 in cash.

In death, Thomas Sankara’s burial place is unkempt and filled with weeds (click to see Thomas Sankara’s graveyard http://youtu.be/bY2UpSxXPlw ). Few young Africans have ever heard of Thomas Sankara. In reality, it is not the assassination of Thomas Sankara that has dealt a lethal blow to Africa and Africans; it is the assassination of his memory, as manifested in the indifference to his legacy, in the lack of constant reference to his ideals and ideas by Africans, by those who know and those who should know. Among physical and mental dirt and debris lie Africa’s heroes while the younger generations search in vain for role models from among their kind. Africans have therefore, internalized self-abhorrence and the convictions of innate incapability to bring about transformation. Transformation must run contrary to the African’s DNA, many Africans subconsciously believe.

Africans are not given to celebrating their own heroes, but this must change. It is a colonial legacy that was instituted to establish the inferiority of the colonized and justify colonialism.  It was a strategic policy that ensured that Africans celebrated the heroes of their colonial masters, but not that of Africa. Fifty years and counting after colonialism ended, Africa’s curriculum must now be redrafted to reflect the numerous achievements of Africans. The present generation of Africans is thirsty, searching for where to draw the moral, intellectual and spiritual courage to effect change. The waters to quench the thirst, as other continents have already established, lies fundamentally in history -  in Africa’s forbears, men, women and children who experienced much of what most Africans currently experience, but who chose to toe a different path. The media, entertainment industry, civil society groups, writers, institutions and organizations must begin to search out and include African role models, case studies and examples in their contents.

For Africans, the strength desperately needed for the transformation of the continent cannot be drawn from World Bank and IMF policies, from aid and assistance obtained from China, India, the United States or Europe. The strength to transform Africa lies in the foundations laid by uncommon heroes like Thomas Sankara; a man who showed Africa and the world that with a single minded pursuit of purpose,  the worst can be made the best, and in record time, too.

By Dr. Chika A. Ezeanya.

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