Andani is a verb that means to increase or expand in Tshivenda. In isiXhosa Anda refers to growth or expansion.
About Andani Africa
Andani.Africa’s purpose is to grow and strengthen Creative and Cultural Industries (CCI) in Africa. We do this by creating and co-creating valuable insights through research, strategic advisory and content engagement.
Andani.Africa was formed in 2016 out of a need to address the knowledge gap that exists in understanding the Creative and Cultural Industries (CCIs) in Africa. Andani.Africa’s purpose is premised on the belief that in order to grow CCIs in Africa, sophisticated data collection and analysis need to be developed to navigate the complexities and intricacies that underpin the CCIs in Africa.
This will in turn enable African Creative Industries to reach their full potential. It is through this understanding that the company has positioned itself to be a leader in generating data and knowledge, that not only articulates the opportunities and areas of growth, but is informed by a deep understanding of contextual operations and ecosystems of CCIs in Africa.
About Andani Africa
Lonwabo Mavuso leads Business Development at Andani.Africa. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Dramatic Arts (Hons) in Arts Management and a Postgraduate Diploma in Management from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Lonwabo has played many roles in the creative industries including being the co-founder of Bafundi Film and TV Festival in partnership with the SABC, GFC and NFVF.
He has worked for organisations such as Wits University’s Drama for Life as the Fundraising and Partnership Manager; Business and Arts South Africa as Marketing and Operations Manager and Head of Programmes and Development; South African Tourism as Trade Exhibition Manger; and is currently the chairperson of Arterial Network South Africa.
Lonwabo has led numerous CCI projects in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Ethiopia and Malawi and has vast experience working with the private sector, cultural international development agencies, national and international governments, and creative and cultural practitioners.
Munyaradzi Chatikobo is a Non-Executive Director of Andani.Africa. He is a lecturer in the Department of Cultural Policy and Management and at Drama for Life at the Wits School of Arts (WSOA) at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Munyaradzi has interests and experience in culture and development, social enterprise, arts management, cultural governance, cultural and creative industries, cultural diplomacy, and cultural entrepreneurship. His research interest is in cultural policy implementation with particular focus on the interface between cultural policies and community arts. He is a board member for Nhimbe Trust and the CHIPAWO Trust in Zimbabwe.
Munyaradzi graduated from the University of Zimbabwe in 1995 with Special Honours in Theatre Arts. In 2009 he attained a Master of Arts in Applied Drama and Theatre under Drama for Life at WSOA, where he is currently registered as a PhD candidate since 2015. His area of study is Cultural Policy and Community Theatre in South Africa.
Head of Research
Molemo Moiloa heads research at Andani.Africa. She lives and works in Johannesburg, and has worked in various capacities at the intersection of creative practice and community organising.
Molemo’s academic work has focused on the political subjectivities of South African youth. She is one half of the artist collaborative MADEYOULOOK, who explore everyday popular imaginaries and their modalities for knowledge production. Up until recently, she was Director of the Visual Arts Network of South Africa (VANSA).
Molemo also works with the Market Photo Workshop, the School of Arts and Social Anthropology departments at the University of the Witwatersrand, among others. She has both a Bachelor of Arts in Fine Arts (cum laude) and a Master of Arts in Social Anthropology (cum laude) degree from Wits University.
MADEYOULOOK was nominated for the Vera List Center Prize for Art and Politics 2016/17 at the New School, New York. Molemo was a Chevening Clore Fellow 2016/17, and winner of a Vita Basadi Award for 2017.
Tonderai Chiyindiko holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Theatre Arts from the University of Zimbabwe and a Master of Arts in Applied Drama from the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. He also holds a certificate in Managing the Arts: Cultural Organisations in Transition from Leuphana University of Luneburg, Germany.
Whilst in Zimbabwe Tonderai worked as an arts and culture administrator and manager at the Alliance Française Harare and then at the Harare International Festival of the Arts (HIFA). Now based in South Africa, he has worked for Sibikwa Arts Centre in Benoni; Dance Umbrella Festival; Drama for Life; British Council ConnectZA; and Goethe Institut's Cultural Entrepreneurship Platform. Currently he is co-Director at Andani.Africa.