WCN Trasmedia Group captures an Interview with The Honorable Phineas Tichana, Executive Director of the Africa Heritage Society.
On Nelson Mandela‘s Birthday The Africa Heritage Society launched The Civil Rights to Platinum Rights Movement and 2011 Songs for Africa a Global Concert Tour to celebrate UN Resolution 64/169 proclaiming 2011 THE INTERNATIONAL YEAR FOR PEOPLE OF AFRICAN DESCENT.
Executive Director, African Heritage Society
The Africa Heritage Society (“AHS”) is a pan-African; South Africa headquartered Non-Profit Organisation whose principal objective is to put Africa and its various interests at the centre of business strategy. It seeks to understand, shape, document and promote business best practices in the continent. We believe that the history, diversity, and complexity of Africa enjoins all of us to creatively and collectively invest in building a new post colonial brand for the continent informed by the capital, execution and knowledge gaps that still pose a challenge to progress and inclusivity.
The AHS Constitution is registered with the Director of Non-Profit Organisations in South Africa in terms of the Non-Profit Organisations Act, 1997. Registration number: 031-076-NPO.
The core activities of AHS evolve around providing a platform to connect and promote business, social and cultural activities in Africa, operating through chapters across the continent.
Recognizing that business schools in Africa do not capture the African story, the AHS through its various initiatives provides a new playing field that enhances the bridging of the knowledge, execution and capital imperfections that inhibit Africa’s trade, investment and growth potential. Simply put, the African story is told, taught and preserved.
“We live at a time of rapid change, development and progress in Africa and the world. In the African context this commands the attention of both local and world business leaders who seek to invest and be a part of Africa’s transformation.
“Whether we choose to call it the African Renaissance, the re-awakening of Africa or whatever, the fact of the matter is Africa is awake, and galloping towards modernity and progress in most fields of human endeavour,” said Nathan Mariemuthu.
Increasingly, Africa is reclaiming the roles and functions others have done for her since the inception of colonialism. Africans have excelled in business, the arts, academia, sports, medicine etc, despite the odds against them. Today, some of Africa’s finest citizens stand at the top of business engines, while even more are gainfully involved in various businesses across the continent.
AHS is a product of this new African reality, driven by business. The members of the society, businessmen, scholars, and industrialists, were motivated by the idea of raising high the collective flag of African success by providing a multi-purpose e-centre to recognise and celebrate African achievement.
The Society is an association of corporates’ and individuals who constitute the membership of the body. As a non-profit organisation they are supported solely by the subscriptions and subsidies from its members.
They consider vital the issues of sustainable profitability, social responsibility, Black Empowerment, all resting on a full and clear understanding of the African experience, African history, African values, environmental concerns and the African political milieu. In short, the Society shall endeavour to promote, support and reinforce the African heritage.
Membership to the Society is open to individuals, corporate bodies, institutions and any other interested parties subject to the stipulations of the constitution. Funds contributed to the Society by its members are utilised to run the organisation, arrange and coordinate networking functions specialising in business, investment and development research. In addition, the Society channels funds towards elected social responsibility projects.
When you join AHS you become part of a pan-African network of professionals who share a common interest in the advancement of business strategy, capacity building and network externalities in Africa. Corporations and individuals rely on one exclusive network that connects them to exchange ideas, pursue business opportunities, share strategies, promote professional growth and success, and partake in cultural and social responsibility projects. AHS also acts as a vehicle for corporate responsibility for its corporate members.
Today, AHS with its diverse membership provides a platform for dialogue among members and creates unparalleled gateways to Africa’s foremost business leaders, captains of industry, professionals, and various distinguished public and private sector organizations.
Interview Questions for Phineas Tichana
My motto– “Make no little plans Here” – It’s not over till I Win”
1. Tell us a little about you – basic background of school, university – the early days.
I graduated with in Computer Science majoring multi programming languages and did not enjoy being locked for hours on the computer. I moved on into media specializing in Videography, TV and Radio and Print production. I have traveled extensively, spent time in UK, Leeds then the US in Dallas, Texas and Africa in between to later develop an appetite for marketing, branding and advertising but in the form of witty inventions which is what I enjoy doing. I have recently, taken a keen in the development of capital projects in African and abroad and am a current candidate for an Associate MBA Degree in Business Administration.
2. Please briefly tell us about Africa Heritage Society?
Africa Heritage Society, a not for profit organization is a Pan African organization affectionately referred to as the “Home of Hope. core activities of AHS evolve around providing a platform to connect and promote trade and investment partnerships, business finance, tenders biddings, social and cultural activities in Africa, operating through chapters across the continent and now globally. AHS is renowned for celebrating African successes and achievements. It’s an exclusive network that connects our members to business opportunities, shared strategies and formation of synergetic relationships, promotion of professional growth, success to play a significant role in to play a constructive role in Africa’s economy, to thrive, expand and be competing in all sectors.
3. Please give us an overview of your role/designation within AHS – essentially your responsibilities and what you’re accountable for.
I attended my first AHS event at our Chairman’s residence, connected with him a couple of weeks later, swallowed a few phrases of inspiration and have never turned back since. It took me a while to study and capture the spirit of AHS. I actively participated in the business networking events, rose through the ranks to become Co-Coordinator and finally became Executive Director at the end of December 2010. As ED, my role and responsibilities are to oversee all the activities of AHS, enhance the brand, increase its influence across the continent, make a global impact whilst being African and create new platforms, opportunities and synergies with other entities to give value to our members as a distinguished and preferred business and social network organization that helps take on our members and simply move them “from the back to the front”
4. Does this align with your life’s passion?
This does align my life’s passion to become an “influencer” that can’t be ignored, to become a brand, a force to be reckoned with as a driver for change and to ensure that to those whom I come across, “the change of story” of their lives cannot be written without my name.
5. Please share with us your positivity for the future of South Africa?
South Africa is my home and I am not here to take sides with anyone but”to take over”
as it has one of the most conducive economic environment in the world and believe that in all that I do, it’s a positive for South Africa’s future in all spheres of the atmosphere being socially, politically, economically, culturally and spiritually.
6. Have you had time to digest the President’s State of the Nation address and how do you feel this will impacts on our country?
I have had time to digest the president’s State of the Nation address and personally see him on that platform as the State’s (CMO) Chief Marketing Officer releasing open doors for the nation to blast into if they can see it, because a nation cannot have what it cannot see.
7. You have consistently achieved great things, what gets you out of bed and to work in the morning – what is your personal motivating factor/s?
The fact that I can go out there prepared to face the obstacles of the day and refuse to take no for an answer and make every situation or brick wall facing me a lie and maintain a spider’s spirit of making work from within itself from building its web and uses for various accomplishments to sustain its existence.
8. A leader faces enormous difficulties – what qualities do you believe have led to your success on a leadership level?
Embracing and believing in all the in-stills and inspirations by my mentor and spiritual coaches have positively led me to have the “never die” spirit that makes me unstoppable and a candidate to “turn the world upside down” by going against the world system.
9. What famous person has left an impression on you and why?
Dr Martin Luther King’s dream reality which we have begun to experience and witness in this life and our Lord Jesus Christ whose legacy is still being carried on today without Him 2011 years later as a result of just giving an instruction to His disciples, the rest is history. This is about me living a life that leaves a legacy for generations to come and refer to as they aspire to be inspired.