DreamBox Meets: Tendai Bakasa – DreamBox Studio Lead
A lot has changed in our post pandemic world and with the world slowly emerging from the pandemic, rays of hope and how we can come back better are slowly seeping through. Nothing represents these glimmers better than Tendai’s infectiously smile and bubbly personality as she gives us her views on Africa, it’s growth and the role she sees herself playing as a woman in animation, gaming and e-learning development.
How do I, Tendai Tarumbidzwa Bakasa, view growth? I’d like break it down into the two forces that drive it: Intrinsic and Extrinsic. Intrinsically motivated growth requires me to look within myself to see how best I can develop for no other reason than my own well-being. As selfish as it may sound, prioritising my well-being will not only aide me, it will also give peace of mind to those in my sphere of influence. Let me elaborate, when I become actively aware of my thoughts, decisions, and actions, I can pinpoint areas of weakness and make a conscious effort to improve them, without falling prey to the misplaced insecurities and judgments of other people. This helps me better understand my limitations and how to navigate boundaries created by external forces. not allow external forces to set their boundaries on me.
This slides right into my next point: Extrinsically motivated growth. When I become confident in myself, I can integrate into society to help develop it, rather than knock it down, and I can do so by expanding my knowledge in the cultural arts and do my best to translate them into modern day society. How I do this? I install pride back into Africa through showing our traditions and ancestry in a different light, and I also try by all means to use the strength that I gained from women who came before me to empower those besides me. I would like for us to be a force to be reckoned with, and to do that we must stand and work together to continuously pull each other up to rid ourselves of the dreaded ‘crab’ mentality.
As a member of the Dreambox family, I strive be to be a never-ending journal that is constantly updated with novel information. By surrounding myself with individuals who have teamwork coursing through their veins, I can be constantly motivated to produce work that is of a spectacular grade, which in turn leaves an impact on its consumers.
And sometimes I like to leave a sprinkle of madness on all Dreambox productions <3.