Tshepo Mokoena

Who: Tshepo Mokoena
Where she was born: Gaborone, Botswana
Where she lives now: New York City
What she does: Freelance writer

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What she’s been up to lately:
Graduating from journalism school, going to gigs, pitching music and fashion stories and interning for UNICEF.

What good energy means to her:
I suppose good energy’s positivity and a sort of quiet confidence. You see it in someone who’s just content and getting on with it.

Her earliest memory:
Realizing my mother’s name wasn’t “Mom.” My family was hosting a garden party, and I remember it blew my mind that other people called her something else, and I’d never noticed. Typical selfish toddler stuff.

With whom she would like most to go on a tête à tête:
Nelson Mandela. It’s a cliché, but my parents are South African so I’ve been obsessed with him since I was about 4.

The first record she bought with her own money:
Da Brat, “Funkdafied,” on cassette.

Heavy rotation:
Disclosure’s Settle, AlunaGeorge’s Body Music, June Gloom by Big Deal, Gold’s Panda’s Half of Where You Live, and Yeezus. Still.

What cracks her up:
My friends Rod and Rula’s silliness on Twitter and IRL.

What kind of movement she would like to start:
In this country, one that makes reproductive rights for women a priority, and frees them from any sort of religious or moral ties.

Tshepo’s WILD Wish:
To retire in Madagascar or the Seychelles with my housemates from freshman year. It’s, er, part of a 3 a.m. pledge we made to each other in 2006, and I’d like to see how many of us will stick to it.

text by: The WILD

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