A Recipe For Educating Africa

Praise Majwafi is a young graduate who hustled his way into a recent Heavy Chef event, was so impressed that he wrote the following article and submitted it to Heavy Chef. The HC team, in turn, were so impressed with Praise that we promptly hired him.


On the 14th of September 2018, I attended a Heavy Chef event called Educating Africa. The event was the result of a partnership between Heavy Chef and the Thabo Mbeki Foundation Youth Hub. With the common misconception of Heavy Chef being a culinary school, I will add to this confusion by sharing the following recipe with you.

How To Host An Extraordinary Event In Africa

Servings: 300. Preparation Time: 2-3 Hours


  • 300 x Business Orientated Individuals

  • 1 x Operations Specialist (S`onqoba Mbeko)

  • 1 x Entrepreneur (Sam Paddock)

  • 1 x President (Thabo Mbeki)

  • 2 x MCs (Caley & Siyabonga)

  • 1 x Marketing guy (Fred Roed)

  • 2 x Camera Crews

  • 1 x Schindler Elevator

  • 1 x Teenager (Me)


  1. Have a vision aimed at igniting a powerful discourse on how we can change the dire challenge we’re facing on the African continent regarding education.

  2. Make relevant calls and send multiple emails to invite everyone on the ingredients list.

  3. Welcome the 300 Business Orientated Individuals to a scenic venue with drinks on the house.

  4. Usher the President into the venue safely.

  5. Lead the Operations Specialist, Entrepreneur and Marketing guy into a Schindler elevator.

  6. Get the Schindler elevator to stuck halfway between the 16th and 17th floor of the building for 40-60 minutes.

  7. Let the MCs stir up a discussion on the 4th Industrial Revolution amongst the crowd.

  8. Once the discussion starts picking traction, rescue the people stuck in the elevator and welcome them to the stage.

  9. Have the camera crews record the event.

  10. Give the teenager a pen and book and the rest will unfold.


Store the notes of the teenager in room temperature until he is asked to write a follow up article on the event.

S’ònqoba Maseko was the first of the guest-speakers to grace the stage with her charismatic smile and bountiful knowledge. Within her speech, she highlighted that we as Africans in a global nation are living below our true capabilities. We should stop being spectators trying to catch up to something that is already outdated. Implementing challenge-based learning and giving the students a chance to solve problems results in them seeking knowledge on the topics and therefore educating themselves in the process. Her suggested solution to evolving our current educational system is to use a pragmatic approach to early childhood development.

This was then emphasised on by Sam Paddock with his presentation on how using a range of lenses to solve complexities within the educational system is the best way to develop a system that encourages skills development. He believes that bridging the gap between love and learning is the ultimate goal for sustainable growth amongst the youth. By treating learning as a currency and using the mass human potential we have to put people-first with technologically driven solutions, we will be contributing to the economic growth of the country.

The words of former President Thabo Mbeki concluded the talks from the guest-speakers.

With a very short and simple message, President Mbeki encouraged us to talk less and act more on action-based plans aimed at making a positive difference within our society.

Let me say no further; I believe we have a meal to attend to.