By Siyabonga Sithole
Internationally-acclaimed choreographer Paul Modjadji's keeps on amassing world acclaim and awards everywhere he goes. The prince of contemporary dance and would be king has just been bestowed with another honour to cap off an already impressive year.
On Saturday, Modjadji was awarded a Chong Qing Chamber of Commerce award for the work he does in promoting arts and culture between South Africa, this being his second award in three weeks. Early this month Modjadji through The Leaders Who Dare to Dream Foundation was awarded by Inyathelo Phianthropy Awards at a gala dinner in Cape Town.
"It's a great honour to be acknowledged," Modjadji said after his win." The internationally-acclaimed choreographer said that unlike creative work, philanthropy was something he did out of love and not for recognition. "It is an honour and a hugely humbling feeling to be recognised for working with communities. It tells me that my efforts are noted. But this work with young people is based on the fact that I too grew up without creative platforms to express my artistic talents."
The Hammanskraal born dancer said his foundation established in 2011 had become a beacon of hope to young people who do not have access to spaces that help them resist distractions that contribute to alcoholism and drug abuse.
Through his foundation, Modjadji has reached and given dance classes to over 10,000 young people across South Africa.
Fresh from a two months fellowship programme in the US, with the prestigious Mandela Washington Fellowship Young African Leaders Award, which was bestowed upon him by President Barack Obama, at a ceremony in Washington DC, Modjadji says he was excited to have spent some time in America.