This South African Activist Just Scored A Lead Role In Drake’s Please Forgive Me

Bob Nameng plays a DJ in the 30 minute visual.

September 26, 2016


Drake's short film, Please Forgive Me, is streaming on Apple Music right now. Directed by Anthony Mandler and scored by Noah “40” Shebib, the film also features a starring role for South African activist Bob Nameng as a DJ.

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In 1987, when Nameng was 16 years old, he founded the Soweto Kliptown Youth group. SKY, as it is known, aids children and teens in Soweto's poverty-stricken region of Kliptown. The non-profit youth center was originally based in Nameng's aunt's house, where local kids would turn up for choir lessons after school. The center soon expanded though and now provides sports, reading, drawing, and performances arts classes, as well as empowerment and life skills classes for girls.

“Children are the future of this country and we need to empower them and to realize how vital they are to the growth of South Africa,” Nameng told the Daily Maverick in a 2011 interview.

In 2013 Nameng gave a TED Talk, which you can see below.

Nameng also met with Skrillex during the producer's visit to Soweto in March 2016.


The FADER has reached out to a representative for Bob Nameng for comment.

This South African Activist Just Scored A Lead Role In Drake’s Please Forgive Me