PROFILE: CELEBRATING QUEENS – INNOCENTIA MTHEMBU
It’s Women’s Month so we’re celebrating phenomenal ladies doing extraordinary things while juggling family life. Of course there are millions of these ladies, but because we can’t profile all, we’ve selected a few we thought are worth celebrating.
To start off is Innocentia Mthembu, a 30 year old mother of one who has used her television and film knowledge to empower children from disadvantaged backgrounds.
It’s said that the most important days in your life are not the day you were born or the day you die, but the dash in between. Innocentia Mthembu tries to live a ‘yielded’ life; a life yielded to the desire to make a difference in someone’s life through her gifts, passions and skills.
With a passion for storytelling, music and children, Innocentia studied video production at Boston Media House with the dream of one day producing children’s content that uplifts and sparks a call to action.
Through her company, Blue Lenz Pictures, she has had the honor of doing post-production for TV shows like, Sunday Chillaz, Life with Thami (which received a SAFTA award) and Mother of All Professions.
In 2013 she was selected to be part of the MEDO International Trade Program that saw her and 13 other young entrepreneurs travel to the UK to pursue trade opportunities.
An inspiring opportunity that encouraged her to keep going was when she was selected as one of Cosmopolitan Magazine’s Awesome Women for 2014.
The turning point came when she saw the need for wholesome extra-curricular activities in communities where the youth could be empowered. This is where her second company, Show Time Film Club, was born.
Show Time enables her to “live her dash” by making a tangible difference in a child’s life through the art of film. She teaches children video production skills and how to tell their own stories in their own language. The fun environment creates a great platform for teaching life skills that will be forever beneficial to her learners.
The work done through Show Time led to her being recommended for the Monash South Africa (MSA) LEAD Fellowship program for social entrepreneurs in 2016. And after a long application process, she was selected along with 9 other social entrepreneurs to be part of the first class of MSA LEAD Fellows 2016/2017 who are provided with the relevant support for their organizations.
Furthermore, in 2017 Innocentia was selected along with 19 other social entrepreneurs from around the world as a Laureate Global Fellow and got the opportunity to spend just over a week in Spain where she received vital training.
This is only the beginning for Innocentia, as she believes that she is just laying the ground work that will enable the next generation to have greater impact in transforming our communities.
Look out for our next post, continuing the crown-raising conversation.