This Wednesday, 16 June marks 45 years since the Soweto youth uprising and Kaya 959 has launched the #YOUthSAY campaign which gives youth in the city a chance to have their say.
Giving the youth a platform to voice their concerns about issues while sharing solutions on how achieve these objectives.
Midday Joy with Unathi engaged with two impactful young women who rock, Buhle Samuels and Candice Modiselle.
Candice Modiselle gives youth key message to stay true to yourself
Actress and media personality Candice Modiselle spoke about her uncertainty about getting into the entertainment industry.
“It was a move that I was unsure about and I was unaware if this would be a lucrative future for me. When academics were the primary focus there was still a need for me to push black excellence.”
Speaking to Unathi, Candice praised her praying mother who cushioned her every fall and celebrated her every win for her successes.
“It is is because of my mother that I couldn’t fail.” – Candice Modiselle
Her advice on sustaining a future in the industry comes from experience and a key message to stay true to yourself.
Many make comparisons between Candice and her sisters which meant having to push herself out of her comfort zone and form her own identity.
“Playing the long game, I don’t believe in hype, I don’t value trending every week but high five to you if you do. I just want to focus on substance. This is why I’ve said no more times than I’ve said yes to roles and offers.”
Listen to the full interview here:
Buhle Samuels’ message to the youth, “Be your authentic self”
Unathi also spoke to South African actress, host and singer Buhle Samuels who is also global ambassador along with Cardi B for the brand Fashionova.
Her message to the youth is that of constant learning and finding a way to turn your talent into a viable option to capitalise on.
“When I started, social media was huge and it could be a social space or it could be turned into social work and that is how I started out, by owning my social media space.”
She encourages the youth to keep positive and always push for a way even if the knocks keep coming, which they do for everyone but that shouldn’t sway them and deter them from making progress.
“Realise that the conventional ways of making money don’t have to be the only way to make a living. Create your own path based on whatever talent you have.” – Buhle Samuels