Hastey-AWe’re reaching the end of this years Ogilvy Graduate Programme and we’ve had a great run but that doesn’t mean we can’t stop reading all the phenomenal blogs that the entrants have put forward.

This niche blog is all about motivating people to tap into their abilities and strive for greatness. Alexandria Allen says “My work is all original, my stories are from ordinary coloured people striving to be somebody” and so Through Coloured Lenses features interviews with people in her community who have achieved what they set out to accomplish and she hopes that her readers will feel inspired to pursue their life ambition with even more zing.

Meet Arielle (No. Not the mermaid who has two best friends called Flounder and Sebastian), we’re talking about the UJ Honours student, Arielle Behrmann. Her blog, Hastey-A is about broadening our outlook to activities we may be skeptical about.

Life and Boxes of Chocolate is the pride and joy of Keagi Makgoba. She refers to herself as that small package of mighty TNT and she’ll pack a proper punch. So dive into her blog and get to know this little Jo’burg chocolate lover a little more.

Here’s an interesting look into the world of UJ’s Fashion by Thato Ntshona. Uniforms were the very bane of our existence at school and so when we arrive on campus that very first time, we realize that self-expression through fashion is encouraged. We swap our tartan skirts and hideous blazers for dyed hair, bright blouses and comfortable footwear. Find out what goes down through the UJ Fashion Chronicles.

UJFashionChroniclesA reminder to all OGP entrants to submit your CV before August the 31st to ogilvygp@ogilvy.co.za

We wait in anticipation for the judges to reveal their decision but we encourage you all to continue your blogging efforts. Have a great weekend all.

LoodleThe time is almost up for this years OGP’s and we’re excited to give you all a taste of what’s been happening with the Ogilvy Grads in the blogoshere.

Meet Lauren Adams (above), a postgraduate marketing student at Red & Yellow in the Mother City who loves fashion, coffee and marketing. Her blog, “Loodle” is about all those great things in life inspired by the creed, “Live! Laugh! Love!”.

Who doesn’t like rugby, right? Kelly Kingwill is the passionate rugby lover of the “Girls Guide To Rugga” giving you insight into the game from her perspective. Kelly acknowledges that women do have a place to love the sport with every fiber of their being just as much the guys and she’s even gone as far as to dedicate her blog to that very cause.

Okwami features design, fashion and photography which this blogger likes to refer to as her “Bare Essentials”. For all those things and a splash of Chinese Calligraphy and a quirky twist visit Ntombi’s blog to see what she considers creative innovation.

This is what Tasmirah Mall has to say about the daily grind: “There’s more to working for a living, there’s living for a living”. She encourages her readers to be open-minded to experiencing Jo’burg in new and exciting ways and reminds us all that we need to reward ourselves for working hard like, indoor go-karting or a grueling challenge at a paintball arena. Visit her blog here.

TasmirahMallWhen we first came across this blog we thought it would be quite intimidating considering it was named “Diariya Of A Mad Black Woman“. Don’t be a hero! We know you were scared just as much as we were. Phumelele Mazibuko bestows this title upon herself but she doesn’t intend to steer us away from the insanity but rather she entices us into her world of crazy. Go on, call her mad. We dare you!

Tuesday just got a whole better when we discovered a horse sporting a blue dress and red heels. Jealous? Well, pop over to The Daily Track Experience and find out more about Kayla Beytel’s obsession with the exhilarating atmosphere of the track, jockey’s and the thunderous sound of horse racing.

DailyTrackRacingA reminder to all our Ogilvy Graduate entrants, the 31st of August is closing day for the 2014 OGP’s but we urge you to keep on inspiring, writing and reading. This is only the beginning so don’t underestimate the power of your blogging voice.

youthlogWe’ve been overwhelmed with the quality of this year’s Ogilvy Graduate Programme entries, have a look at some of the ones we enjoyed this week:

The Youth Log (above) is written by, Marishka Diebold one of our talented Capetonian entrants. Her blog focuses on living the good life that Cape Town offers with lots of great photography.

Our next OGP entrant is Masindi Siaga, an honours student who says, “Where brands, people and great writing meet, that is where you can find me”. So get clicking and visit her blog Seen & Heard for some more insight into her passions: strategic communication, brands and people.

“Stompies: 1. noun (pl.) cigarette butts. 2. to ‘pick up stompies’ is to listen in on random conversation (South African colloquialism).” This is the foundation of Claire Brayshay’s blog, Pick Up Stompies who bases her content on random bits of overheard conversations.

StompiesStuart Hablutzel is the mind behind the blog Citizenise and on his latest excursion to the Neighbourgoods market he takes us on a video journey through the market exposing us Jo’burgers to the Cape Town scene through his eyes. Citizinise is centered around ordinary people doing extraordinary things in business. You can also view his Tumblr for some of his inspiration here.

CitiziniseLast but most certainly not least for this week’s OGP weekend reading feature is Ayanda Mbonambi. She claims that she would unapologetically rent a DVD with her last R20. In her blog, The Unpolished Cut she looks at celebrating the imperfections of this life by finding a cinematic anecdote.

Don’t forget to let our entrants know what you think of their blogs. As Elbert Hubbard said, “The final proof of greatness lies in being able to endure criticism without resentment.”

LifeAfterTheBreakupVlog_TristanWith the influx of entries to the first OGP challenge we understand that it’s tough to choose what to read first, so we’re here to help. We’ve selected a few of the blogs we think would make for some interesting reading over the weekend.

These five graduates display a uniqueness in their writing style and presentation allowing the experience to be totally different at each blog. Tristan Coetzee for example decided that a vlog would execute his one particular post better than what written content would. You can check it out here.

Wouldn’t it be great to be a tourist in South Africa? See what everyone else see’s too? Well, Being A Local Tourist written by Saxony encourages you to explore your local surroundings and venture out to the unknown, like trying out that new cafe around the corner that you casually drive passed every day.


Julia Christison‘s blog, Priceless Petroleum, is all about finding cheap alternatives to use instead of petrol. Her quest often leads to hilarious adventures and disasters, showing that there are many lessons to be learned along the road.

If you’re looking to be inspired through the unusual or just plain curious then this might be what you’ve been looking for: “The point of this blog is to inspire awe and wonder in the imagination of the reader, by looking at some of the most radical, influential ideas being discussed around the world today. Curious?”- The “Awfully Curious” described by Dave Perrott.

Allan Hill is a Liverpool Football crazed fanatic. His blog is titled “#TheHonestTruth” and features LFC… and a lot of it! It has a little bit of Steven Gerrard and some clips of LFC highlights. Allan also has other interests, so you’ll see some interesting posts around his favourite music and what he does when he’s not watching soccer.

TheHonestTruth_AllanHappy reading! We’re sure they look forward to hearing your feedback. For more information on the Ogilvy Graduate Programme visit the official site here.

mainTanya Kovarsky spent more than 11 years working on newspapers and magazines as a journalist, copy editor and editor before she left to start her own work as a trainer, copywriter and blogger to fund her Apple, Converse and washi tape addictions. She’s also a mom to toddler Max, a job she trains for by running the Comrades Marathon each year.

She has a personal blog Dear Max, a parenting site Rattle and Mum, and a running blog called Keep Running. Having edited a parenting magazine, and been on the receiving end of great campaigns, awful press releases, mom get-togethers, and 2am Twitter conversations with other sleep-deprived moms, Tanya is fluent in “Mom” and “What Moms Want”.

In Friday 16 August’s #HowToFriday session, Tanya will tell you what makes moms so influenced and influential on social media (using research and infographics that aren’t hers, plus some case studies). She will tell you what moms want, how to speak to them meaningfully, and what brand campaigns they’ve loved, had FOMO over, or moaned about on Twitter. She’ll also tell you that Huggies is the best nappy (obviously), that moms are still women, and what their insecurities are.

Remember to RSVP and join us to get the inside scoop on this niche community on Friday 16 August at 11:00 on our campus in Bryanston. You can also follow along on Twitter under #HowToFriday.