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20 Mar 2013 16:31
Hip-hop artist and ambassador ProVerb learnt well from his English teachers.
Tebogo Thekisho, aka Proverb, is considered in music circles to be a focused artist. He grew up in Kimberley but came to Johannesburg in search of better opportunities and he completed a diploma in sound engineeringe in 2003.
In 2004 he worked as a technical producer for The Freshest Breakfast Show hosted by DJ Fresh at Yfm.
Who inspired you to pursue a career in music?
I was always a creative youngster and had a way with words. I couldn’t sing but at high school hip-hop became my hobby. It was only after I came to Joburg, where I met and began rubbing shoulders with like-minded people, that I realised I could make a career out of hip-hop.
When did you start school?
I started school in 1987 and matriculated in 1998. I started tertiary education in 1999.
Who were your favourite teachers?
My favourite teacher at primary school was Mrs Bateulous, and at high school it was my English teacher, Mrs Pilkington.
What influence did they have on you?
Mrs Pilkington was a very strict teacher who had a profound influence on me. I enjoyed creative writing in her class. She helped me develop my passion for writing and creative thinking.
What were your favourite subject(s) and why?
My favourite subjects were English for creative writing, and business management, just because I used to get it.
What are the things a teacher should never do or say?
A teacher should never be abusive, destructive or break down a young person. A teacher should strive to empower learners and arm them for life ahead.
From your point of view, what qualities should a good teacher exhibit?
A good teacher should be very patient, stern yet fair and, most important of all, they should have parental instincts because they are shaping young minds and personalities.
What message do you have for teachers?
Thank you for your patience and the support. You are the unsung heroes of our nation.
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