Ofentse Modiri – Asaman 

Asaman sits down with 27 year old entrepreneur and music enthusiast Ofentse Modiri.  

What do you believe defines manhood? 

 That’s a deep question, a question that’s subject to opinion informed by many things. Il try give my view on the matter. A man must at times be hard as nails: willing to face up to the truth about himself, and about the woman he loves, refusing to compromise when compromising is wrong. A man must provide for he’s family and love his wife as Christ loves the church. A man must be strong yet tender, he must be able to discern which battles to fight and which to let Go. Most importantly Manhood is about leading by example by Fearing God and respecting all man. For me these are what Manhood is about to me.

 What do you do on a professional level and are you fulfilled in that particular field? 

I’m a civil and construction contractor mainly. I run a small but growing company in this very exciting sector and loving every minute of it. I feel very fulfilled in what I do, it’s a sector that embraces change and is ever growing. I know I’m in the right place and will continue to grow and learn.

Who are your male role models and how have they impacted your life? 

My father has to be the first up there. Bg Modiri has been a big role model and influence on me and many other young men. From a very young age he not only kept telling me but showed me that there is no limit in what one can achieve. He’s achievements alone as a father,entrepreneur and a preacher man were and continue to bear testimony to that.

“Attitude and not Aptitude will determine your Altitude” ” Your busy becoming what you will become ” are but just a few murmurings he’d always remind me of and helped me build the character I boast today as a young man.

Mr Sizwe Kweyama and Mr Ralph Nkomo, are the other two gentlemen I look up to. As a young boy or man there are those silent role models you can relate to from a distance. In short these gentlemen taught me determination is key, taught me how to embrace my weaknesses and accepting them in turn nullifying them as weaknesses. Through their ambitions and aspirations respectively showed me it’s possible to punch above your weight and go for whatever it is your heart desires.

What are your thoughts on in regards to how women are commonly objectified?  

I think objectifying is a problem both genders face to some degree, yes it can be more so in the context of woman. My stance is simple, it’s wrong period. I do however feel that as much men need to adjust their outlook on the matter and realize there’s more to woman than mere objects, I feel woman collectively can and should take active steps to impose and express their independence.

As a man who has recently committed to start a family, what values do you believe a man should possess within a home to make it a home of substance? 

As a man about to start a family there are a few things I intend to be the corner stones in our marriage. Love, Respect, Fear of God, Honesty and companionship. These are the values I want to impart as a man, as a husband and one day as a father. I hope to be decisive and lead by example.

Why do you prefer being addressed as a entrepreneur instead of a businessman?

The reason I prefer to be addressed as an entrepreneur instead of a businessmen is because fundamentally these are different and I boast entrepreneurial characteristics over that of a business man.

Fundamentally A businessman can make a business out of an unoriginal business or product idea. He enters into existing businesses, such as franchising and retailing. He chooses a hot and profitable business idea regardless of whether it is his original idea or borrowed from someone else.

A businessman defines success as the success of his business and its stakeholders. Its stakeholders include himself, co-owners, employees, customers, investors, and even his community. An entrepreneur doesn’t define success. He simply do his job and let history defines the success that he accomplished. Remember that this list is only according to my own opinion, and I don’t mean to put one of them on top of the other. Both businessmen and entrepreneurs are supposed to be the kind of people that our world needs. A businessman needs an entrepreneur. An entrepreneur may also need a businessman. There can also be a person who is partly a businessman and partly an entrepreneur.

Do you think businesses do enough in terms of social development projects, and what could they do better to make this process a tangible one? 

I honestly think that businesses do take their social responsibilities very seriously and have very adequate social development programs in place. In South Africa opportunity as a young ambitious somebody opportunities are plentiful in this sector. I think the disconnect is perhaps in educating people on these opportunities rather than there being a lack of them. As a young black man I bear first hand testimony to this, determination and perseverance have no substitutes. Be diligent as a young man and rest will fall into place, take my word for it.

The word ‘musician’ is loosely used quite often. As a person who enjoys music and performs as well, what are your thoughts on the above mentioned? 

Yes it’s true that the term Musician is over used and abused. As a scholar of music and a serious lover and appreciator of music I’ve come to realize that there is no regulatory measure in music and arts in general as opposed to corporate or business perhaps. This Is why people feel their entitled to call themselves musicians after learning 3chords on the guitar. It’s really not for me to say if it’s wrong or right however I do feel that if we are to cultivate the quality we aspire we need to respect the art of music and be more focused on learning the Art of music. I feel if we respect the art as maybe we do the medical field the term musician will be as carefully carefully used as “Doctor” perhaps, intern cultivating excellence in this beautiful art we love dearly.

What is integrity to you? 

The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.

Bob Marley

That’s what integrity is to me.

  May I never forget, on my best day that I need God as desperately as I did on my worst day 

Photography by Aaron & Hur 

 

 

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Author: Mathunzi Macdonald

South African born Creative, writer. performing artist and educator. More about me on www.mathunzi.com

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