New Executive Committee Member

The IPO Executive Committee is delighted to announce that Rolie Nikiwe has joined the leadership of the organisation. Rolie is a proudly-South African, award-winning creative director of television productions, film and commercials.

Rolie is the co-creator of Rhythm City; the creative director of the multi-award winning drama series: Intersexions: and has directed award winning productions such as A Place Called Home, The Lab, Hard Copy, TshaTsha and others.  He also has 2 feature films under his belt: Inside Story and Nothing for Mahala and a tv-movie Rise.  He also directed: Umtshato, a BrandedSoul co-production which went to scoop a SAFTA for best cinematography.

“Prior to being in the industry, film played very little influence in my life but storytelling was my daily bread. I was named Rolisizwe (“lead the nation”) because I was born four months after Steve Biko’s death. I was born to a father who was a freedom fighter, and heard the stories of close calls with the police, sometimes being caught up in the mix myself”.

“I remember a roadblock up ahead and my father and his comrades having to throw incriminating evidence out of the windows before the police got to them. The tension and the great relief afterwards, followed by laughter over who was more nervous, is still vivid. Now, imagine being the kid that gets to tell that story to your friends. These were the beginnings of the storyteller in me.”

“The truth is, when I found television, it was love at first sight. And the funny thing is, it didn’t feel new to me at all because I grew up with storytelling around me. My grandmother told folktales every night. Stories are universal but the local accent of any story is the heart and soul of a narrative. My point is that television and film are a platform to tell your story. So tell your story; don’t mimic others”.