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About Kojo

The Journey

Born in Munich, Germany to a Ghanaian father and German mother, Kojo spent his formative years on the streets of Maseru, Lesotho, eventually completing his International Baccalaureate at Machabeng High School in 1990. After high school, he spent a year in Germany as a Rotary Exchange Student, taking the opportunity to get in touch with his Germanic roots.

Upon his return, he was involved in the family management consulting business before heading off to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal where he received his Bachelor of Commerce (with majors in Economics, Marketing & Business Administration) at the then University of Natal, now University of KwaZulu-Natal.

He then moved back home to Lesotho and was involved in a number of family business ventures, including: Management Consulting; Retail: Cosmetics & Hair Products; Publishing: Weekly Newspaper, Southern Star; and IT.  Projects worked on during this period include:

  • Development of Five-Year Plan for Promotion of Indigenous Entrepreneurs by Existing Support Institutions, Business Advisory Promotion Service (BAPS)
  • Preparation of Marketing Strategy, Lesotho Housing & Land Development Corporation (LHLDC)
  • Study on Lesotho Tourist Board (LTB) Human Resources
  • Study and Action Plan to Address Key Labour Market Issues in Lesotho
  • Lesotho Highlands Water Project Economic Impact Study
  •  Analysis of Lesotho’s Renewable Energy Sector and Business Plans Development for Expanding the Market
  • Production of Press, Security, Delegate & Ministerial Cards, SADC Summit – attended by Ministers and Heads of SADC Member States
  • Supply & Installation of Vehicle Management System, Lesotho Bus & Freight Service Corporation
  • ID Bureau System (Supply & Training), Lesotho National Security Service (NSS)

He re-located to Johannesburg in the early 2000s, initially consulting for an interior design company and then starting Baffoe Kakana (Baka) Consulting, a IT consulting firm.  During this period, he started exploring the more creative side of his DNA, leaving Baka Consulting to work in fashion, event management and explore poetry, which he started writing in his early teens.

He also consulted on a number of projects and businesses, including:

  • Project Manager, Business & Communications Analyst, South African Post Office, Retail Postal Agency Remodelling Project
  • Walk-Down Technician, Portnet Asset Management Pilot, Richards Bay
  • Management & Operations Consultant, Bonngoe ‘Youth Development Strategists’
  • Facilitator – Damelin College (Braamfontein and Randburg), Principles of Marketing, Principles of Management and Office Administration

Writing, in all forms, and concept development are at the core of Kojo and he has since written and performed extensively in the region. He has written and developed concepts for a number of publications and businesses, including TransAfrica Media, Maja Entertainment, Alternative Solutions, Risana Communications, Rockstone Productions, KR8-TIV Management Services, Mail & Guardian (Fashion), Design Indaba, Y Magazine and True Love.

In the last couple of years, Kojo’s focus has been in the media space and he has operated in various capacities, such as:

  • Research / Script Writer on Zwahashu, a Venda/Tsonga Lifestyle Television Property on SABC2
  • Associate and Content Producer on Afro Café, a jazz / contemporary music show on SABC2
  • Content Producer and Scriptwriter on Zooming In On Men, a men’s lifestyle show on SABC3
  • Producer on Making Moves, an entrepreneurship show on SABC1
  • Head of Content: Bonngoe Productions, involved in developing concepts for the business
  • Scriptwriter for the Metro FM Awards 2007 & 2008
  • Founding Editor, Blaque Magazine, an urban lifestyle magazine, 2008

He is the founding member of Monstafunk Productions, a writer, speaker, MC, poet, social commentator, media consultant, artist and dreamer. 

Competencies

  • Poetry – performance & commissions for brands, products, events, etc
  • MC (programme direction)
  • Writing services, including: feature articles, speeches, advertorial, press releases, proposals & pitch documents, company profiles, etc.
  • Concept development & strategy – television, events, etc
  • Media & editorial consulting services
  • Speaking – Identity, Lifestyle, Creativity

Experience           

Kojo has been involved extensively in the poetry movement in Southern Africa and was an instrumental performer and organiser in its growth, having produced platforms, managed artists and performed.

He published two collections in 2005 (Voices In My Head & And They Say Black Men Don’t Write Love Poetry) and has been featured in publications in South Africa, Canada and Brazil. Fascinated with the world behind the words, Kojo’s words embrace the spectrum of human experience and bring together a range of emotions and thoughts in free flowing verse. 

Uninhibited by boundaries, he is constantly learning and stretching his craft… “on a quest to find the perfect poem, a gentle balance between word, rhythm and thought …a poem that sends the moon and sun dancing over the skyline hand in hand”.  His poetry is a passionate journal detailing a life still finding its truth, a life that is neither ordinary nor extraordinary, a life that is representative of us all.

Poetry Performance

He has performed extensively over the last decade, including:

  • CIDA City Campus Mini Concert, 2003
  • Diva Africa Awards Ceremony, 2003
  • Youth Development Trust Year End Function, 2003
  • Open Disclosure Centre Launch, 2003
  • British Council presents The Writers Ball, featuring British Poet, Joolz Denby, 2004
  • FNB ‘One Account’ Product Launch, 2004
  • School Tour & Freedom Bash, Celebration of 10 Years of Democracy Celebration, 2004
  • SAB Miller, Leadership Seminar, 2004
  • Seven Poetry Collective (with 6 other poets), The Lab – Market Theatre; WITS Technikon & Newtown Music Hall, 2004
  • SAB Miller Amstel Event, 2004
  • Voices In My Head Pre-Launch, sponsored by Amstel, 2005
  • Metropolitan, Sikunye Conference, Sun City, 2005
  • Gordon Institute of Business Science, Seminar on Leadership & Organisational Change, Seminar on Innovation, Seminar on ‘Doing Business in West Africa’, Forum on Creativity, Forum of Role of Arts In Empowering the Nation, Forum on South Africa in 2004, 2005, 2006
  • Eskom Generation Farewell Function, The Castle, 2005
  • SACCCOM Awards Gala Dinner, Gallagher Estate, 2005
  • Sowetan / Snowflake Bridal Couple Of The Year 2005/06, Indaba Hotel, Fourways, 2006
  • Dialogue with former President Thabo Mbeki, GIBS, 2006
  • Sunday World Women’s Lunch, 2006
  • Ernst & Young, Alumni Cocktail, 2006
  • Poetry Africa SlamJam, Joburg Show, Oct 2006
  • Sunday World Agency Roadshow
  • Hammer & Tongue Poetry Slam Tour, 13 cities in the United Kingdom, Nov – Dec 2006
  • Sowetan Chef of the Year Finals, 2007
  • Jozi Spoken Word Festival, 2007
  • GIBS Race & Identity Workshops, was also speaker, 2007
  • GIBS Spirit of Youth, was also speaker, 2007 & 2008

Workshops & Facilitation

  • National Arbitrator, Baswa Le Meetse Awards, Dept. of Water Affairs & Forestry
  • British Council Power In Voice Programme, 2007 – 2008
  • Bua Poetry Society, Rhodes University, 2008

Poetry Commission

  • Rand Water Centenary Project, 2003
  • Collect-A-Can TV Commercial, 2003
  • Ernst & Young, Alumni Cocktail, 2006
  • GIBS Poet Laureate, 2008

MC / Programme Director

  • Diva Africa Award Ceremony, Gallagher Estate, 2003
  • YDT Year End Dinner (& Event Director), 2003
  • Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival 2006, Mbira Stage
  • City of Joburg, Joburg Literary Festival Award Ceremony, 2008
  • SA Institute of Chartered Accountants, Thuthuka QE1 Repeat Celebration, 2008
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11 Comments leave one →
  1. tebogo permalink
    May 19, 2009 1:34 pm

    I adore your work chief.A true epitomy of a man chasinng a dream.Keep up the good work!

  2. Ayob Vania permalink
    May 22, 2009 1:12 pm

    Halala Ntate Baffoe…

    Once again, you have manage to school me and at he same time inspire me to up my game!

    May you grow from strength to strength!

    or as Blk Sonshine said it:
    “we grow from seed to tree, me and people, building!”

  3. July 4, 2009 9:23 pm

    Hi Kojo,
    After reading about you as a father and an expert, it is an opportunity for GFIF to involve you.

    At this time GFIF needs expertise like you to achieve its purpose.Visit GFIF website and tell us the role you can play to support us.

    We need the support of International and local individuals and corporate donors,sponsors and experts like you to achieve the purpose of GFIF.

    Nii

  4. September 10, 2009 2:24 pm

    Excellent site, keep up the good work

  5. Rego permalink
    September 16, 2009 11:10 am

    Brilliant writing, have u published or thought of publishing anything yet?

    • Kojo Baffoe permalink*
      September 16, 2009 11:16 am

      Thank you Rego, I’ve published a collection of poetry & a chapbook (2005). Have also had my writing published in a variety of magazines & the like. Working on my next poetry collection.

  6. October 13, 2009 11:37 am

    Hi , I work for a social media company and I on behalf of Doritos, we would like you to give us your day time delivery details.

    Thanks and have a fab day

  7. December 13, 2009 4:13 am

    I was in Lesotho in the early 90’s before re-locating to the US,and I hardly heard anything about you till now- You seems to have a great impact on that Land. Thanki ntate

  8. Masnoena permalink
    January 14, 2010 1:51 pm

    Hi Kojo

    Love ur poems – theyr insightful and thought provoking! Pls send my regards to my friend Estelle nd baby Kweku. From Masnoena Cape Town

  9. March 22, 2010 4:31 pm

    Cricky you’ve been busy!
    Well done – breath of fresh air you are
    cheers

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