Man’s passion to prosper drives him

2016-05-18 06:00
PHOTO: Njabulo Cele Thato Jonkoro has just started an entertainment company, Mochachoes.

PHOTO: Njabulo Cele Thato Jonkoro has just started an entertainment company, Mochachoes.

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ASHDOWN resident Thato Jonkoro is proof that living with a neurological­ disorder, epilepsy­­, is not the end of one’s dreams.

Jonkoro’s passion to be part of the entertainment industry has driven­ him to start an entertainment company­, Mochachoes.

Services the company offers includes event management, planning and executing launches, celebration events, recording music, public speaking, youth leadership engagements and training master of ceremonies for events.

Growing up Jonkoro struggled to walk, talk and write.

“While taking epilepsy medication, I realised that studying at a special school meant I would not reach my full potential.

“That motivated me to start my own entertainment company. I have younger siblings and felt I had to do something to prosper,” he said.

Among the people who have supported him from the beginning is his friend Zipho Makhoba and his parents­.

“The first event I organised was for Mandela Day last year. The second event was in December during the school holidays that was sponsored by Coca-Cola. At the moment I am planning to host Nobuhle Modelling Disability­, a beauty pageant targeted at women living with disabilities.

“Entry dates for the event will be released to the public in due course.

“The pageant will likely take place at the end of August. Currently I use my personal funds to organise events, but I would welcome sponsorship from businesses and individuals for my dream to come true.”

Jonkoro is also an artist and is working on releasing his first afro-pop album.

He performed at the launch of local movie, Isikhwele, at the Edendale Mall and said his music was well received.

He cited Robbie Malinga­ and Babo as his mentors and said he would welcome an opportunity to work with them.

His father, Nhlanhla, said that when Jonkoro was born doctors said he would not be able to walk and that he would have a short life span.

“He cannot read or write, but is talented­ when he speaks. I am extremely proud of my son. He has achieved a lot.”

Jonkoro can be contacted on 076 552 4057.

‘The first event I organised was for Mandela Day last year’

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