Renowned videographer Gift Sukez Sukali says his being listed by Forbes Africa among 30 African achievers under the age of 30 provides a springboard to his industrious ambitions.
The Malawian entrepreneur, popularly known as Sukez, says he intends to expand his business by opening branches across Africa as he tries to maximise on the potential that can be harnessed elsewhere.
He said in an interview: “I want to have branches across Africa. Right now we are working on opening a branch in South Africa, Zambia and Botswana before we explore other countries in Africa. And I want to employ not less than 1000 people by 2030. That is my goal right now.”
Sukez said he was very excited when he learnt of his being listed among Africa’s elite young businesspersons considering the poverty in the country.
Sukez said persistence and self-belief are some of the attributes that have earned him his latest recognition.
“Even now I believe that creativity will take me far. I have also involved people with creative minds as we have a team of 18 people now which I feel is amazing. This team has contributed to the nation in many different ways creatively,” said Sukez.
He urged his fellow creatives to be patient and persistent and place their trust on their creative instincts. He said it is also important for one to be spurred by passion and avoid doing things just because someone is doing it.
The 27-year-old is the founder and director of video production company HD Plus Creation Company Limited. He has been named alongside other 29 young entrepreneurs from Africa by Forbes Africa for their outstanding contributions in various fields.
The Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list recognises the continent’s revolutionary thinkers revitalising ideas and industries with fresh business models and innovative leadership. The list is made up of individuals from categories such as business, technology, sports and arts.
Over 3 000 nominations from across Africa were received which were later trimmed to 30 after a rigorous sifting process.
They say they were able to come up with the list through their robust reporting and vigorous vetting, the experience of their editorial teams across Africa, extensive research, studies of databases and media coverage, and also knowledge of the team of external judges.
One of the organisation’s partners Fran Luckin said: “Leaving an ordinary career path to start something new and original is difficult and lonely and success is not linear. Making the list must be an incredible encouragement to the brave young people who’ve struck out on their own.”
Sukez formed his company in 2013 and he worked with America pop artist Akon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Jah Prayzah and P-Square to produce and direct the making of the 2017 African leaders for change theme song, The Song for Africa.
The biggest highlight of the business was when they worked on a film directed by Mark Spencer titled Whistleblower shot in Australia, Japan and Malawi. Last year, they also took part in the production of two Australian movies, The Drover’s Wife and Fallout.