I CAME, I SAW, I CHANGED A
Chola Chisengalumbwe: cat person, soccer hooligan, etc.
Copywriter, Publicis Africa
Copywriter, Iris DDB
Alumnus, Professional Fellows Congress
Columnist, The Bulletin & Record
Reader, The Bent Agency
Reader, Electric Literature
Author, The Hushness
Clerical Marker, IELTS | AIBT
Reporter, Trendsetters | Youth Media
Sales Assistant, The Book Cellar
I crawled out of a spaceship. I wandered out of business school. I arm-wrestled dictators.
I trashed all the evidence.
So what's next exactly?
A trip to Miami Ad School's Madrid campus, to crystallise 8 years of
copywriting experience with 2 years of design tutelage.
Software that makes it easier for brands to brief
creative professionals, especially in emerging media markets.
A deal that turns the postmodern fairy tale on my desktop into a bestselling novel;
another deal that turns said bestselling novel into a multimedia franchise.
A matchmaking app that renders Tinder obsolete.
A mobile game that (pardon) Makes Poetry Fun Again.
A quiet retirement in a loud city,
in thrall of a shoot-first-ask-questions-later sports organization.
"An ad man who doesn't like to talk about himself? I think I may cry."
An ad worth airing, a campaign worth sharing, blows your mind in record time. (Yes – if threatened with violence, I’ll do gift cards and limericks too.)
CREATIVE STRATEGY, ETC
"I'm glad everybody can make it sound like they're working so hard."
I'll help your brand dominate on old school channels like TV, radio, print, and billboard; on brand new ones like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter; and (hell) on channels that don’t even exist yet.
UX DESIGN, ETC
"Nobody knows what I'm doing. It's good for mystique."
All I need to do is map the user experience across a brand new app, or even an existing one, and all of a sudden you’re breezing: your concept, your campaign, your message is ‘digital’.
JOURNALISM & PUBLIC RELATIONS
"You know, I used to jump off mountains, and it never occurred to me that I had this invisible parachute."
B2B literature, corporate newsletters, opinions on pop culture, and sporting analysis. Deadlines are the ultimate adrenaline rush.
Public Relations, to me, are about achieving a fine balance of proactive and reactive communication.
“Take him, please, I beg of you. I’ll pay you.”
Crispen Sachikonye, Managing Director, Iris DDB.
“Honest. Reliable. Talented. Slightly bonkers.”
Vernon Wright, Editor-in-Chief, The Bulletin & Record.
“I would recommend Chola for any professional opportunity, especially one that would give him the resources and connections necessary to nurture his evident talent as a writer.”
Eleanor Chandler, Editorial Assistant, Granta.
“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THIS, SON!”
My nephew, dominating me on PlayStation.
Martin Luther King Road,