Ogilvy & Mather introduces the 2015 My Future First students with an art exhibition

Ogilvy & Mather introduces the 2015 My Future First students with an art exhibition

A continued partnership between Ogilvy & Mather, the Ntshulisa Foundation and Vega School of Leadership welcomes 12 new future leaders to the My Future First programme.

JOHANNESBURG, April 15, 2015 – Ogilvy & Mather South Africa (O&M SA) is hosting an art exhibition tonight to announce its continued commitment to education in the creative industry by welcoming the 2015 class of the My Future First (MFF) programme, the result of a partnership between O&M SA, The Ntshulisa Foundation and the Vega School of Creative Leadership.

Titled #voice4thevoiceless, the exhibition is of work done by the students of MFF, which celebrates women and the fundamental roles they play in our societies, our countries and our homes. Many achievers were chosen as contributors for inspirational quotes on gender issues which provided the theme for the learners’ artworks. Learners have created visual artworks, media compilations and poems based on their chosen quote as a tribute to women and children which will be showcased at the Johannesburg campus of Ogilvy & Mather.

Since piloting the programme in 2013, more than 20 students have successfully completed the year-long programme with an additional 12 participants taking part in this year’s intake.

Abey Mokgwatsane, Chief Executive Officer of Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, says the initiative is close to O&M SA’s heart as many of the students hail from grass root backgrounds and communities in Gauteng where opportunity for higher education is low and only 10% have a chance of attending tertiary institutions. “Some of the students who have attended the programme, stem from child-headed households. We have been delighted with the results and are looking forward to welcoming the next set of young, passionate participants to the programme.”

“We’re very proud of the continued commitment from Ogilvy,” says Karissa Samuel, TNF’s Founder and CEO. “Our partnership with the agency and with Vega has allowed us once again to break the misconception about the creative industry. Our hope is that The #voice4thevoiceless becomes the catalyst for positive thoughts and attitudes, instils pride in the citizens of Africa, and generates greater endeavours to make this nation a better place for all.”

Students who have been selected to be part of the 2015 MFF Programme: Shirleen Mkwebane; Koketso Letlape; Nefetari Galeta; Jarryd Varathaiah; Refiloe Nkosi; Nothando Shange; Kevin Lubane; Natasha Reddy; Noluthando Gema; Joshua Storom; Luciano Charles; and Mpho Moshikaro.

The #voice4thevoiceless exhibition will run until 13h00 on Friday, April 17th 2015 at the Ogilvy & Mather Johannesburg campus. For more information, please contact Nomsa Radebe at Ogilvy Public Relations, Johannesburg on +27 11 709 6608 or nomsa.radebe@ogilvypr.co.za.

Notes to Editors

Press Contacts:

Nomsa Radebe

Ogilvy Public Relations, Johannesburg

+27 11 709 6608



Mark Zeller

Ogilvy & Mather South Africa

+27 11 709 6705