MANDLENKOSI NKOSINGIPHILE "UKILLA K" SHANDU Featured

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Mandlenkosi Nkosingiphile Shandu, popularly known as uKilla K is a 26-year-old who was born and bred in KwaDukuza, Melville. He describes himself as a huge people's person. “I believe I'm an extrovert and it’s easy to be around me because I make other people comfortable to be around me.”

He strongly believes that the town of KwaDukuza is filled with talent that just needs to be unearthed and thus, took it upon himself to do so. In 2017 he came up with this brilliant idea to start his own YouTube channel that would be a voice of the artists within the town. A first in KwaDukuza, it is called The 4450 Online and focuses on artists, creatives and influential people from all over town. On the channel, you would get an insight into the lives of the various artists that are profiled while also providing them with the right exposure. “You hear how it’s like to come from a town like KwaDukuza. I was trying to shift away from the small-town mentality that we are always subjected to because we are from KwaDukuza.”

The portal hosts 5 segments:

  • The 032s Hottest MC List (hosted annually)
  • 10 Minutes Sit Down with uKilla K (features various artists)
  • 032S Brand Alignment Show (includes different brand owners)
  • Creative Hopping (covers influencers)
  • The Monthly Round Up (round up of the events in town)

The man behind unearthing young creatives is also a creative in his own right and a genius one at that. A jack of all trades- he directs, produces, edits, curates and presents everything that is seen on the channel. Currently residing in Johannesburg for work reasons, uKilla K is Journalism graduate who obtained his qualification at the Tshwane University of Technology. The young pioneer who steered the media industry of the town into the right direction is so passionate about his channel that he never misses an opportunity to record. “Every time I come back home, I make sure to do an episode or two.” 

His dreams of running a channel came to life at university and even chose to major in broadcasting over print. At the moment he is a Video Editor for a production company based in Rooderpoort, Gauteng called 32Done Productions. He specifically edits promos for Starsat, a South African direct broadcast satellite television service.

He has been involved in script writing and video editing for the SABC 1 Edutainment TV Show TOMZ and edited for the SAFTA Nominated 2020 AFI International Fashion Week. “The love for TV never stopped, I’m just glad it grew with time. The 4450 Online helped me grow. It is who I am- uKilla K. Don't forget to say the K”

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