Tholakele Antamu began her work in mentoring, through her love for performance. While studying at the Cape Academy of Performance Arts, she realised there was an underdeveloped space in which art could meet and become therapy. After a year abroad, expanding her curiosity in the performance and therapy sphere, Antamu fell into a love-hate relationship with psychology. Her studies at The South Africa College of Applied Psychology guided her to further studies with The Creative Grief Studio where she graduated as a creative grief, loss and trauma practitioner.
As an Empowerment Practitioner, Antamu centers her methodology around the internal belief in self or lack thereof. She offers individuals space and time to witness their own power through the myriad mediums that she has archied over many years. Antamu began working with the concept of power over 10-years ago when she was first gifted the opportunity to investigate her own femininity and blackness through theatre, by creating a solo piece of work entitled ‘Exhibit-S, an Ode to Saartjie Baartman by a Black South African Woman.’
After years of repeated requests from the South African adoption community, Antamu subsequently began her adoption work through the medium of theatre. The mother-daughter show entitled, ‘Black and White an Adoption Storytelling’ has been touring South Africa since 2017 and now has a sequel entitled ‘Black and White in Colour’.
Antamu’s primary intention is the empowerment of adoptees. She is committed to ensuring that the adoptee voice maintains command over the socially accepted adoption narratives. These often, if not always are most harmful to the adoptee.
Antamu’s work expanded into queer spaces and melanated spaces as the need arose. She now works in corporate spaces, educational spaces and runs her own business where she sees individuals, couples and families. Antamu believes that empowerment will constantly evolve. As the times shift so will the hands who hold the power.
“I did not know how powerless I was until I realised how afraid I was to leave my house” – Tholakele Antamu.