WE ARE THE CHANGE WE SEEK - MAILANE
SIlumko says he tried to do everything in childhood because he was just interested in enjoying himself. “In my childhood, the goal was to be cool and enjoy my life. I felt like nobody was experiencing what was happening in my life, so in pursuit of my place in the world I found myself dancing, cooking, rapping, knitting and not to mention being part of the school's band as a drummer and cymbalist.
“Besides being in the choir, and attending a boy’s school (Salesian), life was pretty much boring because I couldn't find the sport I was interested in so I spent my time watching all sports on TV, and playing a whole lot of video games.”
He says he only noticed his love for fashion whilst he was trying to look good and get attention from the opposite sex, something largely influenced by him attending a boy’s school. He then realised that clothes sold in stores were just too basic.
“I was honestly just only trying to outclass the other dudes for girl’s attention. Attending a boy’s school highly influenced how we presented ourselves out there, and this is when I realised I was good at putting together DOPE outfits.
The clothes that were being sold in stores quickly became a bore to me because they didn't speak for me as someone who loves to create. Around the same time I was introduced to local designer 'Chenx' who tailored my clique's clothes and I haven't stopped wearing designer/weird/rare clothes ever since. That’s how designing my own clothes for my Label "MAILANE" came about and now I can safely say it is one of the greatest brands to come out of The Kingdom of Swaziland.”
He says the brand name Mailane comes from his biological surname.
“Biologically, I am Si l umko Menziwezintozonke Mailane, but I use Silumko Menziwezintozonke Fakudze. Mailane is my father's last name, but because my grandmother later got married to a Fakudze, and due to the family's unwritten rules, the Fakudze surname was fostered into the family tree. Mailane is then the name I chose for the name of my Designer-Art brand.”
He states that he noticed that his parents regreted the careers they had chosen, which is why he decided to follow his passion. He says his mother is the only person who has supported him, whilst his father seems to be against it
– the same reaction he got from his teachers.
“My parents seem to be living in regret of following career paths that their parents chose for them instead of following their dreams. My mother gives me freedom to express myself and I am forever grateful for this opportunity that wasn't availed to her.
My father doesn't seem to be positive. Most of my high school teachers also took me for the unfocused child and I vividly remember one telling me that I would be ‘a nobody in life’ said to me " simply because they thought I did what I did for girls, missing the whole point, because I did and still do what I do for "ME".”
Silumko says he understands why his father and teachers were against his passion because for a certain time, he invested a lot of his time in areas of personal interest and disregarded his studies, which he strongy advices against.
“My passion had an enormous impact on my studies, which is why I understand t he backlash I used to face. More of my time was being i nvested in areas of personal interest as I grew up. Taking the negative criticism isn't for the weak but I felt it was worth the risk because I was investing in what set my soul on FIRE without seeking validation from family, friends or any social circle.
I strongly believe formal education is important in any career path though, let me state that. So long as you are following your passion, and not pursuing something because your parents or friends chose, because if so, one thing is a definite – you will regret it for the rest of your life.”
SILUMKO’S INSPIRATION AND ASPIRATION
INSPIRATION - I am inspired by all that we have created for ourselves as the human species. And this quote "Everything you have ever wanted is on the other side of FEAR". ASPIRATION - My aspiration is to see more people becoming the change that they want to see in the world. I aspire to be the number one motivator of our generation because I believe "we are the change we seek"
ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE ON PASSION PAYING
Do not try to please people because it hides the real you, invest in high quality clothes and don't forget that "we do judge a book by its cover". The number one entrepreneurship is the CODE to live a happy life in the 21st Century.
Learn something new that is related to your passion on a daily. If you haven't found your passion, "Look inward". Prayer alone does not help, so be firm and consistent with what you want and do whatever it takes to get it. Get out of your comfort zone and remember that the reason you're doing this is to make your life better.
REDUCE, RE-USE, REPAIR, RECYCLE and SHARE KNOWLEDGE
ON DRUGS - In over 90 per cent of drug use cases, it has been a souvenir from this social club named "school" so we shouldn’t really judge drug users that much but instead try help them out of it. If you are already using drugs…Well, look inward and you will find that God gave you this challenge because inside you there already is the ability to overcome the situation. TAKE ACTION!
To the rest of us, if someone you love uses drugs... encourage and motivate them intheir struggle. Create a platform for them to spend their time on activities that keep them away from drugs and talk to a professional without criticising the victim. In most cases, drug use is unintentional and the last thing you can do is criticise a user because as Dale Carnegie said, "criticism only arouses resentment" and in this case it leads to more drug use.
THE BILLS ON GIRLFRIENDS/ BOYFRIENDS
- Speak your heart, let not anyone buy your heart. If you are mentally attractive, you will go for someone who is proud to have you. Well, not because you're pretty or handsome or are monied, but because they value you as a person. All the money in the world can’t compare with knowing you're valued, trusted and appreciated in your role.