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Crisco BL

My name is Sabelo Crisco Dlamini better known as Crisco BL. I’m an illustrator based in Durban. I’ve been illustrating for about a year & unlike other digital illustrators, I use my phone instead of a laptop to create my paintings.
My art is based on Depression, Anxiety & Anti Self Harm. The reason as to why I base my illustrations around these things is because I don’t think they are spoken of as much as they should be nor are they taken seriously. My illustrations or a form of self-reflection, things that I’ve gone through myself. I feel that in doing this, people can relate to my art as much as I do. 
A lot of teenagers these days go through the above mentioned and don’t have the platform to talk about it or express it. I want to make art that makes people feel like they’re not alone and that there are ways to deal with their pain.
You’ve probably noticed that I use a lot of yellow as a background in all my art. Yellow is a colour that is associated with happiness. I use the c…

Nombulelo Mgabadeli

In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, “Be the change you want to see in the world.”

My name is Nombulelo Mgabadeli, I am an upcoming fitness influencer and motivator. I am a philanthropist at heart and I make it my business to make these two to be more than mere duties but a lifestyle. Life experiences have taught me perseverance, discipline and to focus on my goals. Growing up in a rural area in KwaZulu Natal has taught me that it is not the nature of one’s background that guarantees success and excellent performance in life, but a determination to succeed.

I believe in academia excellence; I am a University of Johannesburg Top Achiever and a Golden Key Society member, these two achievements I hold close to my heart because I find identity and pride in stimulating my mind.

After being a victim of body shaming all my life from family, peers and friends that I was skinny. I arrived in university determined to find comfort in my own skin, I struggled finding workouts that worked for me, food that was ideal and yes, I was frustrated and ready to give up but as the confidence of loving myself bounces about my mind I realised that everything else is a journey that I have tackled with grace and a positive attitude. 

I do not wish to find this comfort for myself only, but also for all those I am surrounded by. Therefore, as the African saying goes, “Umuntu ngumutu ngabantu”, I love serving those around me with my time, love and what I can offer; wealth for me is not only about being rich but it is giving to those who cannot afford necessities. I run annual community engagement projects donating school uniform, sanitary pads and stationery. It is a journey and I am learning everyday how to best use such projects as a grooming scheme for these pupils. 

Where I am going is a journey I would have to walk most of it alone because only I can make sense of my dreams. 

Instagram: @nombuleloh_mgabadeli

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