A resilient Seabela Maila Earns his Stripes in the Arts Industry


By Theodorah Waga Mawasha

MOTUPA-Seabela Maila grew up in Jokone(Motupa) village in Bolobedu, Ga-Modjadji, amongst other places where he spent his childhood in the Mopani District. The 32-year-old spent most of his childhood herding livestock and reading ferociously as a pastime.

Maila wears many hats. He is a writer, researcher, and broadcaster whose career kickstarted in 2014 at Energy FM, (a Polokwane-based radio station), under the mentorship of Aubrey Moleya, popularly known as Ashifashabba. He has since grown from strength to strength.

“My Media career debuted at Energy FM.  Aubrey Moleya taught me the ropes and contributed immensely to my successes.  The art space is cutthroat and not for the faint at heart. Talent alone is not enough”, Maila announced.

The thespian completed a certificate in community Journalism at UNISA. He is a triple major at the University of Cape Town-a Bachelor of Arts majoring in Media & Writing, Politics & Governance, and Film & Television.

He was the editor of the novel “Diary of a side chick-Makhwapheni” by author Lesego Maake, who also hails from Bolobedu.

Maila was recently credited as one of the writers of the second season of “Giyani Land of Blood”, a much talked about telenovela on SABC 2, to mention but a few of his accomplishments. He also worked on three seasons of Muvhango, which airs on the same channel.

“I am passionate about African languages, identity, and culture. Writing contributing articles for Mail and Guardian, Eye Witness news, and giving talks on Talk Radio 702 is my biggest highlight. I have had my fair share of challenges as well. I survived food poisoning while mourning two of my uncles and grandfather during exams. It was a huge blow. I nonetheless came out stronger”, he said.

The academic strongly recommends formal education but emphasizes resilience and self-education as necessary qualities in the age of Information Technology.

Maila is anticipating studying for an Honours in Cultural Policy and Management at the University of Witwatersrand.

“I am content, unpredictable, and ready to steer my career to the next direction”, he concluded.

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