By: Tasneem Amos
The winds of change are blowing, and the narrative of Africa is also changing”.
– Co-founder of Food For Thought: Leslie Moloto.
We recently came across a phenomenal platform that has been steadily gaining momentum and the interest from lovers of the written word, on the most popular social media streets.
Food For Thought (#FFT) is an initiative, a platform that was created by Leslie Moloto and Thabo Magano, to empower people through stories, conversations, books and merchandise.
We had the privilege of chatting to one of the co-founders, to get the 411 and the 411 is what we got!
The platform was officially launched on 09 August 2017 with an event called Lunch with Legends. Leslie Moloto is a qualified Mining Engineer; however, is a Maths and Geography teacher by vocation. Thabo Mogano is a Life coach, inspirational speaker and an entrepreneur. These gentlemen believe that if we can change the direction of our thoughts, we can change the way that we live and ultimately can change our future.
#FFT was created with the aim to give people something to think about; food for thought. The platform is a space used to facilitate the exchanging of information, which inspires new thoughts and births new perspective. It uses a brilliant concept of connecting people through the various projects, to encourage the exchanging of information and ultimately reaching the objective of empowering people.
Some of the current projects that are running are the “Real People. Real Stories” project as well as the “Reading Relay”.
Real people. Real stories is a project whereby the stories of ordinary people that carry an extra ordinary message, are shared. The kind of stories that people can relate to or draw inspiration from. The first story was published on 05 March 2018 and is titled “Bullied to Writer”. It has reached over 600 people and four African countries. You can read the story by simply clicking Here. The second story is currently in the process of being finalised and will be published soon.
Reading Relay is a fun project created to connect strangers and friends over great food, great coffee and great books. The sessions will host themed conversations, open discussions, reading sessions and a reading relay competition. The events will be hosted in public spaces with the intention of transforming the spaces that people interact with on a regular basis.
The first Reading Relay event will be held at a coffee shop at the Waterfall Mall, in Rustenburg. The event is set to take place on 07 April 2018 and the theme for this session is “Building communities we desire to leave behind”. Click Here for more information on the event.
031’ers, do not despair, #FFT is looking at Durban for the next Reading Relay destination. Sebokeng and Cape Town are also mapped as potential destinations for future Reading Relay events.
Leslie confirmed that they are looking to create and venture into new projects that will connect and encourage people to share information. So there is lots to look forward to.
To connect and with #FFT, check out the following social media handles:
Instagram page: @foodforthought_za
Facebook page: Food for thought SA
You can also send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org
We wish Leslie and Coach T every bit of success with this platform.