Donna Africa is an artistic brand created by Donna Africa (Thompson) the brand represents Women’s strength, creativity and power. Donna Africa "The Queen of Dreams" is a package of Donna's artistic works - poetry, modelling, acting, activism among other things. Donna is a creative artist, model, poetess, dreamer, actress and activist. All her work is centred on the desire to encourage other people to keep following and reaching for their dreams.
Donna Africa was born in Salisbury, Rhodesia (present day Zimbabwe) on August 23, 1959. Her parents, Mr David Graham Thompson and Ms Joan Crawford, who were British born. She attended Avondale Infants School in Salisbury; then, in 1966, her parents decided to return to the UK. She furthered her education at John Bunyan and Alec Hunter in Essex, UK. In 1971, her parents returned to Rhodesia, Africa and Donna finalized her studies at Townsend High and Mt. Pleasant High schools. Her first job was at The Herald newspaper, in the advertising department.
In 1978, she escaped the fangs of death. She was only seventeen years old when she came under a barrage of bullets while travelling in an army convoy to Kariba. The Rhodes and Founders civilian terrorist ambush was the narrowest of escapes from her would-be death and changed her mind set forever.
1981. She left Zimbabwe for Johannesburg, South Africa. She had secured herself a new job at The Star newspaper in the advertising department in Customers services. She then went onto work at The Cape Argus newspaper as an Ad-taker, at The Victoria and Alfred Waterfront, at The Paulaner Brauhuis Restaurant and Brewery, as Front of House and Host. Then at The V&A Waterfront at The Waterfront World of Wines as a wine consultant, seller and air freighter in Cape Town, South Africa.
She then received an urgent call from her brother Adam, who was living in the UK with their mother. Her mother had been diagnosed with cervical cancer. Donna had to rush as fast as she could to take care of her dying mother. In 2004 she left Cape Town, South Africa for Norwich, Norfolk, UK together with her teenage son, Chris. Three years later her mother breathed her last. This incident marked a new chapter in Donna's life; it literally turned her life upside down.
Overwhelmed by the loss of her mother Donna drew strength, courage and inspiration from Shaka Zulu. King Shaka Zulu was a prominent ruler of the Zulu tribe in South Africa. This king was a fundamental figure in uniting the Zulu people as one tribe he infected them with his unrelenting passion, courage and wisdom. He is known to have invented the famous iklwa short spear. It was this inspiration that Donna sought to overcome her despair and loss.
In the poem entitled Asimbonanga published in her poetry book, she pays homage and respect to King Shaka Zulu. (Her book is available on Amazon Kindle: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Donna-Africas-Poetry-Queen-Dreams-ebook/dp/B007HKOS6I ) Her poem encourages other people, especially youth, to chase their dreams despite how hard to reach they might seem. She has performed this poetry performance act at prestigious stages such as Britain's Got Talent, The X-Factor among others. She has also appeared in notable TV documentaries and Reality TV shows both in the UK and Africa.
In 2012 Donna was cast as a Ceremony Performer at the London 2012 Olympics Games - after her successful audition - both in the opening and closing ceremonies in her part as a Audience leader performer and volunteer. Her participation and contribution were acknowledged by the then British Prime Minister, David Cameron in a 'Thank you' letter.
Donna Africa's unique character and personality earned her a new status of celebrity in her adopted hometown Norwich, Norfolk, UK. She is a true representation of women empowerment and prides in referring to herself as a Zulu Warrior Poet. Her performances are full of energy and she stands out in her Zulu maiden costume complemented by her trusty authentic assegai spear and springbok shield. She performs her poetry performances acts at cultural, educational and entertainment events.
Her Reality TV Documentaries & TV Shows - ITV Judge Rinder 1st May 2017 she cries "Freedom", Channel 4 "Come Dine With Me" 14th Feb 2017, Channel 5 Documentary "Single and Skint" Nov 2016, Channel 5 Documentary “Benefits Got Talent” November 2015, Channel 4 Four Rooms Oct 2013, ITV The X-Factor 2012, ITV Britain's Got Talent 2012 and BBC "The Weakest link"
A survivor and an inspirational woman who soldiers on despite the hardships and challenges she has faced,
Donna Africa advocates for a positive attitude, self-belief and confidence as the key package to unlock one's potential.
'If you can dream, perceive and believe something, you certainly can achieve it,' she states in her beautifully crafted published poetry book. She encourages her readers and fans to never give up on their dreams no matter how hard they might seem. She uses her poetry and prose as a vessel to share her true life experiences, such as the tragic suicidal death of her sister Krista, her life as an African artist living in Britain and her journey in the UK in realising and conquering her dreams and ambitions. Donna Africa is currently seeking a Publisher to share and publish her inspirational autobiograpy and journey.
Donna's hopes and dream is to connect and become united as one and to inspire you to never give up but to conquer your dreams!
You can find out more about her on her official website http://www.donnaafrica.co.uk/
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