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Background and biography.

Joe ‘Human’ Nawaya

Joe is a Creative Entrepreneur, Brand Identity Developer and co-founder of a multidisciplinary agency, Creative Mind Space. As a creator, he partners with some of the country’s leading brands to deliver unique, stylish & bespoke creative experiences for their businesses. He was plucked from his origins in the Democratic Republic of Congo, crossing borders and raised in South Africa. His approach to brand partnerships is fueled by insights-driven creative executions that exhibit his style and brand in every detail. his work has been moulded by his life, experiences and distinctive taste, which continually come to the fore in what he’s produced.

Being recognized by Fast Company as one of the Top 20 Under 25 most inspiring young South Africans, speaking at the Standard Bank Future Movers Summit and listed as a Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 Honouree – 2019 are some of the most notable moments in his career to date. Aside from helping craft brand experiences, He pours his purpose into his Pioneers VS Pretenders podcast. “It’s a platform that allows me to drive progressive conversations and tackle topics ranging from the creative hustle of industry originals to life as creators and entrepreneurs. All of this is done to inform and inspire the youth of our African continent in their pursuit of their creative hustles in our era.”


Speaker: YOCO Xchange Small Business Summit – 2020

Presidential Award – 2019

Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 – 2019

Speaker: Standard Bank Future Movers Summit – 2019

Host: Pioneers Vs Pretenders Podcast – 2018

Brand Ambassador: Bespoken Man – 2018

Speaker: Orange Farm Youth Summit – 2017

Fast Company Top 20 Under 25 – 2015 

Brands I’ve Partnered With

In the media

Some good things people say about me

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