Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile

 Photo: Aaron Leaf

Photo: Aaron Leaf

As an artist, writer and communications consultant Katlego Kolanyane-Kesupile is passionate about respect for media and responsible storytelling. The Botswana-born Brit and Janet Jackson enthusiast loves bringing her clients’ visions to life. She is all about individuals owning their brilliance, and she helps to get them there by telling their stories.

With 10 years in the game, she credits her upbringing for her inquisitive nature, successful work ethic and sense of responsibility to contribute to the betterment of the world. “I grew up being taught that 'good' is not enough and constant pursuit of excellence must be done with compassion—to self and to others,” she opines. “This informed the honesty I bring to my art and how I teach,” she says. “I have always started from a position of admitting that I don't know everything but I'm willing to discover more.”

Perhaps that is why she met and surpassed all of her biggest goals last year; earning her master’s degree in human rights, culture and social justice from Goldsmiths University of London, performing as much as possible, and becoming a TED Fellow. You might call her a Jane of all trades—she’s currently penning her second poetry collection, crafting a new theatrical solo performance and composing a new musical project. What more could one woman do? According to Katlego, there’s always more. “The UN Secretary General seat will be mine one day; and if not, I'll always work to be in a position where I can influence positive change in the lives of the less fortunate or neglected. We all deserve dignified living.”

With a track record like hers, we have no doubts that she’ll reach all of her aspirations, while celebrating the successes of her sisters along the way. “For too long women have been praised as the glue that binds nations together but never told how to appreciate each other's' strength. We need to always reflect in one another rather than seeing each other as competition…”

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