Musa.E Zulu is a published author, an award winning entrepreneur, international artist, celebrated motivational speaker and prominent disability activist in South Africa. He is also Creative Director of Valhalla Arts which handles his creative works including his published books, artwork and disability economic empowerment programs. The company administers, on his behalf, the drawing of contracts, sponsorships, collection of his royalties, exhibitions, sales and Intellectual Property Copyright.
After achieving an Honors degree in Sociology at UKZN (1993), he lectured in the Faculty of Humanities before moving to the corporate world as Human Resources Manager. He was fast climbing the career ladder when his life took a dramatic and unexpected turn. This was in 1995 when he was23 years old. Paralyzed and left in a wheelchair after a car accident, he found himself faced with one of the hardest challenges life can bring – disability.
Applying his personal philosophy of embracing change, he not only found a way to cope with his new life, but to inspire others as well. Book through Motivators
He has been named “Man of the Moment” [True Love Magazine 2002] and ‘One of 10 South African Men we just Love’ Oprah Magazine 2006]. In 2005/6 his artwork was commissioned as Presidential Awards of Excellence to business achievers by the Institute of Personnel Management [IPM]. In 2006 he joined forces with a paraplegic friend to establish INDIMEZULU Trust which awards bursaries at tertiary levels of education to students with disabilities in KwaZulu-Natal.
In the year 2007 he won both the Best Entrepreneur of the Year Award and the coveted Platinum Award at the annual Black Business Quarterly (BBQ) Awards. In 2009 Musa Zulu – Motivational Inspirational launched the ‘Santa Wheels’ Christmas project to bring cheer to children with disabilities in community centers and hospitals during the festive season.
He is the recipient of both the eThekwini Municipality’s Mayors’ Achiever Award (2013) and ‘The Phoenix Light Group Distinguished Service Award’ (2013) for the role he has played in pioneering new models for disability integration and economic empowerment in South Africa. In 2013 the KwaZulu-Natal Department of Education presented Valhalla Arts with an Award in Inclusive Education at an occasion held in celebration of the 3rd of December, which is International Day for Persons with Disabilities.
In the year 2014 ‘The Language of Me‘ was one of the books analyzed and critiqued by Dr Ken Junior Lipenga for his PHD thesis titled “Narrative Enablement: Constructions of Disability in Contemporary African Imaginaries” submitted to the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences at Stellenbosch University. In the year 2016 he received an Award at the 2nd Annual ‘We Can ARTS FESTIVAL‘ held in KwaZulu-Natal and coordinated by OUTRAGE CONCEPTS in partnership with the Department of Arts & Culture for his contributions to the development of literature and disability arts in South Africa.
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