Nipho Mohlala – AsamanĀ 

Asaman meets with 23 year old  Nhlakanipho Mohlala. He candidly shares his story.     

Tell me 3 things people do not know about you, which you feel they should  

I talk in my sleep (or so Im told). 

I am not comfortable with confrontation. 

I am fascinated by human behavior so when I am around people, I keep quiet and analyze them 

You recently graduated from University. Tell me about your qualification and the institution you attended

Yes, I was studying Commercial accounting at the University of Johannesburg and now I am studying Management accounting through CIMA.  We all know what this means? I’m supposed to to get a job and sit in a small office and take orders from someone with a Bcom Honors degree and live a routine lifestyle. Well, that is actually the plan for now, until I am properly settled in Johannesburg and I no longer have to rely on bursary funding.

Is what you studied for what you had always wished to pursue?

  Yes, I think it is which is why I am studying further. I just enjoy doing other things on the side. I don’t want to limit myself, I want to do everything I CAN do. If I have the time, why not?

  What is your involvement with Aaron & Hur?

  Well, as you already know that Aaron & Hur is a creative digital agency which is owned by a friend of mine (I plan to co-own it in future). So when it all started I enjoyed watching them do their work. With me coming from an accounting background I was forced to handle the finances. Until recently when I was allowed to start editing, producing videos and managing social media pages, which I must say has been a lot of fun. 

The Asaman campaign is aimed at creating support for young men. Did you receive a support system that you felt was adequate growing up?  

Well I grew up living with my mom and grandmother. I never really spent a lot of time with my dad, well he was really supportive, he played his role as a father. But, I am really glad I did not live with my father. That man is just like me, that amount of ‘weirdness’ under one roof would have been to much for his wife and kids. Okay, back to the support system. I would say it was adequate, because my mother was the one who taught me how to be a man. I had to learn that at an early age. I learnt how woman should be treated, what they like, what makes them happy and what makes them cringe. Those little things taught me to be a man. 

  From your experiences with men around you, what do you feel you can do better now for future generations? 

The men I grew up around believe that all men should do is work work work. Yes, there is nothing wrong with working for your family but in order to be a ‘close to perfect’ modern day man, your lifestyle should balance. Which is what I want to achieve. A healthy body, an educated mind and a fulfilled spirit. The modern day man should to take care of his body, must be hungry for knowledge and always try to be better than the man he was yesterday. Lastly, he must believe in something. I believe in God, and I believe faith is all a man needs when all else fails. 

What inspires you to get up and work each morning?  

I want to see my mother retire at 50. She’s turning 47 this year, so I must push harder. If I don’t take care of my mother,who will? 

What are your other interests and hobbies?

I really enjoy playing 30 seconds. That is the only thing I count as a hobby because I get paid for other things I enjoy doing. 



  What I find most fascinating about Nipho is his calm. His manners and etiquette are refreshing in an era where melo drama is common. His humor is also notable.  I could say more, but I will allow Nipho to speak for himself as he aspires to inspire.   

  “It doesn’t take any special talent to give up or lay down on the roadside of life and say ‘I quit’. What do you do when disappointment comes? When it weighs down on you like a rock? You either let it press you down until you are discouraged and devastated, or you use it as a stepping stone.” I must learn to apapt and adjust – Nipho Mohlala #Asaman 

Photography by Aaron & Hur