Award-winning Producer Gift Sukez Sukali has made it in the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list.
Sukez, who has worked with a number of players in the creative industry as well as produced several music videos for musicians in the country, was over the moon with the development.
“This means a lot. I remember everything like yesterday. It’s been a long time coming. Challenges made us to be more creative,” he said on his Facebook page.
He added that he was humbled to be recognised by Forbes Africa as one of the extraordinary young people under the age of 30 making an effort to change the game in the business sector in the African continent.
“My dream has always been to achieve great things through creativity, team work and collaborations. I am happy I have provided a platform for all HD Plus Creations, staff and myself to express our creative ideas in form of videos, documentaries, film designing and media consultancy,” Sukez said.
He said what started as a hobby in 2014 has grown into an established business that supports more than 10 people.
“This year marks six years of pushing the dream and for us, this is just the start. Thanks to everyone who has supported us in so many ways. I urge all peers to always strive for the betterment of the African continent,” he said.
Several people have congratulated Sukez on the achievement.
According to his profile on Forbes, Sukez, 27, is the founder and director of HD Plus Creation Company Limited.
Bob Phondo, a notable brand manager in the country’s marketing and communications industry, recalls that Sukez in the early days of his business in 2013, was seen with nothing but a camera, working from a backroom focusing on where his passion would take him.
Phondo said using borrowed cameras, lights and computers, Sukez was able to save enough to buy his own HD Camera.
“It could be argued that Gift is the best at what he does in Malawi,” Phondo told Forbes.
According to the profile, one of Sukez’s most early notable work was when he worked with renowned players such as Akon, Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Jah Prayzah and P-Square to produce and direct the making of the 2017 African leaders for change theme song, ‘The Song for Africa’.
His company has also produced content for organisations such as UN Malawi, Unicef and Standard Bank.
Sukez told Forbes that the biggest highlight of the business was when they worked on a film directed by Mark Spencer titled Whistleblower shot in Australia, Japan and Malawi.
Last year, his team also took part in shooting and working on set for two Australian movies, The Drover’s Wife and Fallout.
“Malawi lacks so much in terms of technology, as a result, we fail to have the right connections and network to help boost the business internationally, but we try with the little capacity we have,” Sukez said.
He said when he looks at his future and the company, his vision is to employ more than 1,000 young people by 2030 in Africa and that this includes actors, scriptwriters, directors, producers and cameramen.
Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 says the list is the continent’s revolutionary thinkers revitalising ideas and industries with fresh business models and innovative leadership.
Forbes further says that over 3,000 nominations flooded their inbox this year and that they had a mammoth task of narrowing it down to 30 names.
While last year, they received 120 in total, with 30 finalists each in the categories of business, technology, sports and arts, this year, Forbes chose to stay with 30: the best of the best spanning all industries and that their youngest list-maker this year is just 16.