By Irshaad Gangat-Duvenage
Graaf-Reinet born Nolubabalo Mcinga is a business woman, an activist, author, all round philanthropist and now a film director and producer who is looking to change the status quo in the South African film production industry.
As a child, Mcinga who is tenderly known as ‘Babsi’; pursued her passion for business and creativity. She thus worked and assisted for few film productions and not knowing that it could lead to her breakthrough moment of producing her own film, Nelson, that led to her becoming a renowned and celebrated producer in South Africa.
The Be Able Foundation was founded and established by Mcinga. Twenty unemployed black youth from the Eastern Cape took part in the Africa Youth Skills Training with facilitator, Dan Akinlolu, of Madiba Media Productions in November 22 to 26 last year.
The training is proudly sponsored by Bongani Rainmaker, Thembikile Mandela Foundation and the Be Able Foundation.
“The Foundation is a custodian of Ubuntu and initiated a global project to empower the less fortunate and transfer skills in making the unemployed youth employable” said Nolubabalo Babsi Mcinga, the Be Able Foundation Director.
The trainees will take part in an exchange programme coordinated by Mcinga and Veteran Nollywood actor Bob-Manuel Udokwu
who has been newly appointed by Charles Soludo as his Special Adviser on Entertainment, Leisure and Tourism in Anambra State,Nigeria.
The selected trainees are from Dr. Beyers Naude Municipality and Buffalo City Municipality, they will shoot a film in Nigeria the ‘Nollywood way’, during the exchange programme.
Mcinga aspires to tell untold stories with no limit through the industry. In the coming months Mcinga will be shooting two more films in Nigeria and South Africa.
“I am a global film entrepreneur penetrating into Africa and hence I am doing the exchange programme” said Mcinga.
Mcinga worked with Nigerian producer, Henry Atuma, on the upcoming film titled “Thorns in my flesh” which is their first project together. “I am the executive producer, Babsi is the associate producer” said Atuma. The film will be on YouTube end of May 2022, produced by Arrow Dreams Nolly TV and directed by Ilochi Olisaemeka.
Atuma and Mcinga plan to produce more films together casting South African and Nigerian actors.