Maps Maponyane


The poet Horace said, “Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.”

My team and I are currently in the production of a coffee table book featuring notable South African’s where we often delve into the adversities they have overcome.

Maps Maponyane, some will recognise as the legendary footballer’s son, Marks Maponyane. The young Maps has carved his name into South Africa’s lexicon as a celebrity, actor, tv presenter and entrepreneur.

 It was surprising to learn that Maps grew up with a debilitating stutter. He describes the cruelty of other children and the frustration of adults as he struggled to get his words out. Stuttering can have a major impact on self-esteem and interactions with other people, which makes it even more impressive that Maps decided to go head-on into a career that relies on speaking fluently in front of others – Respect!

One can imagine a young Maps looking in a mirror and seeing the only imperfection that needed attention, the words coming out of his lips. How would he surmount this challenge?

John Campbell famously describes the steps that appear on the ‘heroes journey’. In it, the hero is often influenced by magical allies – for Maps’ it was his teacher who taught him that the way to solve his stutter was to read books aloud to himself while alone. By not having the pressure of others correcting him, he was able to overcome his stutter. Plus he developed a love for reading. In the photo, Maps is holding his favourite book, ‘The Picture of Dorian Grey’ by Oscar Wilde.

This is a photo of determination, joy and success. Oscar Wilde said it best, “A man who is master of himself can end a sorrow as easily as he can invent a pleasure.”

Featuring: Maps Maponyane

Studio Lighting: Bekker-Brand Janse van Rensburg and Dieter Bertram

Special Thanks: Pamela Mtanga

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