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The Unapologetic Pursuit Of Multiple Passions | Nkateko Masinga | TEDxPretoria



Remember the first time you were asked, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Most people think you only have one choice, one passion you can pursue.

In this thought provoking talk by Nkateko Masinga, she explores the link between occupation and identity and the liberating journey of following multiple dreams. Nkateko Masinga is a medical student, poet, author, publisher and theatre actress from Pretoria. Her poetry is published in U.S journal Illuminations and is forthcoming in UK pamphlet press Pyramid Editions in 2018. She is published in Malawi’s Nthanda Review, Nigeria’s Ake Review, the University of Edinburgh’s Dangerous Women Project and is profiled in South African journals Poetry Potion, Any Body Zine, Ja. Magazine and Guillotine Magazine.

In 2015, her work was shortlisted for the ‘Respond’ Human Rights Poetry Award 2015/2016, organized by the United Human Rights Student Network. In 2017 she was a finalist for the 4th Crystal Ruth Bell Residency in Beijing, China. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honour Society for outstanding academic achievements.

Nkateko is the director of NSUKU Publishing Consultancy, a company she started to assist aspiring writers to get their work published. She has also written and published three poetry collections of her own.

In August 2017, she founded Pass The Mic, a platform for women in the arts to produce work telling their stories on their own terms.

She has performed in two theatre productions: ‘Beautiful Scary Things’ (Joburg Theatre, May 2016) and ‘Deceived’ (SA State Theatre, September 2017) This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

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