Frank Kojo Baffoe Jr. (known as Kojo Baffoe) is a writer, poet, blogger, media consultant (television and print), producer, columnist, editor of Destiny Man, and is currently based in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Understanding content in a digital world with kojo baffoe at mwot 2015
Kojo was born 10 April 1972 in Munich, Germany to Ghanaian father and German mother. He grew up in Maseru, Lesotho where he finished his schooling at Machabeng High School in 1990, He then spent the following year as an exchange student back at his country of birth. In 1992 he moved to Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa to study a Bachelor of Commerce at the University of KwaZulu-Natal there after he moved back to Lesotho and was part of numerous family run business ventures.
Back to South Africa
In the early 2000s Kojo came back to South Africa and consulted on various ventures and businesses, he then founded Baffoe Kakana (Baka) IT Consulting and later Monstafunk Productions. He then went on to work as a producer on Making Moves (which won a Golden Horn for Best Educational Programme at the SAFTAs), Content Producer on Zwahashu, Afro Café, Zooming in on Men.
Kojo's first attempts at poetry were at the Jungle Connection in 1999 in Doornfontein, Johannesburg which is where he started to learn the craft of performance and not just "getting onto stages and mumbling poetry" or "merely just reciting of words" as he puts it.
Highlights of his performances include:
CIDA City Campus Mini Concert, 2003
British Council SA presents The Writers Ball, 2004
Urban Voices Poetry Festival, 2005
Voices In My Head Pre-Launch, 2005
Dialogue with former President Thabo Mbeki, GIBS, 2006
Poetry Africa SlamJam (only in Joburg Show), Oct 2006
Arts Alive Speak Your Mind
Hammer & Tongue Poetry Slam Tour, 13 cities in the United Kingdom, Nov – Dec 2006
Jozi Spoken Word Festival, 2007
Along with performing Kojo has facilitated various workshops and been part of several poetry commissions up till his hiatus from 2008 till early 2013.
Print and digital media
Kojo was founding editor of Blaque Magazine in 2008, a columnist for City Press (South Africa) between 2009 and 2011, and has been the editor of Destiny Man since August 2010. Kojo has been an avid blogger, with Infinite Pursuit on Blogspot, KojoBaffoe on WordPress, KojoBaffoe on Tumblr (to name a few), and finally settling on his own website KojoBaffoe.com while still being active on various social networks.
For me, they are other platforms for communicating and for writing. My blogs were an opportunity to write regularly and share content. Social media is great for understanding people and society, for story ideas, for debate and engagement, for the sharing of thoughts, etc. ~ Kojo