Kabelo Maaka is a 26-year-old illustrator, creative director and founder of Cabblow Studios, which she runs with her mother, Tshepo Maaka, the director of business development. As the head of the studio, Maaka wears many hats including administrative tasks and teaching. She is currently running an animation residency where she will give five aspiring animators the opportunity to further their careers by assisting in the creation of their first short film. Her own short film, 3 Teaspoons of Sugar, released in 2019, remains one of her biggest achievements, and gained international recognition with screenings at festivals in China, Nigeria, Germany and Scotland. Despite her international success, Kabelo is committed to telling South African stories and helping other artists do the same.
If the Americans, Europeans and Koreans can export their media and stories, there is nothing stopping us from doing the same.