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Nkosenhle Hlophe - Shaping the future of marketing

Nkosenhle Hlophe shaping the future of marketing Business Sense feature Vol 9.5

Kenako Marketing, a full-service marketing agency with a focus on brand storytelling, event management and video production, is shaping the future of the industry in South Africa. Under the leadership of CEO Nkosenhle Hlophe, Kenako Marketing, has grown to become a trusted partner for business of all sizes, helping them to grow and make a lasting impact.

In September 2023, Kenako Marketing hosted a remarkable Business Breakfast event at the Durban International Convention Centre. The event was themed “Growing Brands Through Strategic Events and Marketing”, and it brought together a diverse audience, including marketing professionals, business owners and entrepreneurs, all eager to gain insights and inspiration.

The Highlight

The crown jewel for the event was the keynote address delivered by Carol Bouwer, a renowned South African businesswoman and television presenter. Bouwer’s journey, which includes owning an international renowned television production company and founding the prestigious Mbokodo Awards, captivated the audience. Her insights spanned vital aspects of brand building, events management and the media industry, providing valuable guidance to all in attendance. Yet, it was her professional achievements that resonated; it was her message of empowerment that left a mark.

Carol encouraged attendees to embrace excellence as an integral part of their identity, to pursue their ambitions without apology, and to set their sights high. Her words sparked fire, inspiring the audience to break boundaries and reach for their dreams with confidence.

A Journey of Excellence and Reinvention

Nkosenhle Hlophe, took to the stage to share his journey. Nkosenhle, a qualified Engineering Geologist, transitioned into media entrepreneurship with a passion for strategic corporate communications. In 2010, he established Kenako Marketing, embarking on a journey that led him to engage in events and acclaimed TV productions. His background lies in crafting brand narratives, fostering innovative teams and guiding them towards success.

Leading Kenako Marketing alongside him, is partner, Gugu Hlophe, a qualified Brand Strategist. Armed with a Vega Honours Degree, Nkosenhle has cultivated a company with a mission to TELL BRAND STORIES, BETTER. Their dynamic team consists of a diverse blend of creatives, each bringing unique expertise to the table. From brand strategists and marketers to production gurus, account executives, PR, events and communications specialists, they boast a wide range of skill sets.

With a combined staff experience of over 60 years, some of their creatives bring 13 years’ experience to the table, backed by previous work with corporate, government, and nonprofit organisations. This diverse background enables them to provide a wide range of services to their clients.

New Beginnings

In addition to the significance of the Business Breakfast event, Kenako Marketing has relocated to their new premises located at 135 Musgrave Road, symbolising a new chapter in their journey. This space is a commitment to pushing the boundaries of innovation and storytelling. The premises serves as a hub for creativity, strategic thinking and exceptional storytelling.

In their efforts to strengthen their national presence, Kenako Marketing is in the process of relocating their Johannesburg offices in Bryanston ahead of the Gauteng Business Breakfast which is scheduled for February 2024.

The agency also unveiled their new website,, which serves a platform to showcase their innovation in marketing, PR, video production, and event planning. The online gateway offers clients and partners a window into the world of what the agency does and the potential they offer to brand affinity.

A Legacy of Excellence

Kenako Marketing’s legacy of excellence in the marketing and PR, video production and events management space is a conformation to the power of vision, dedication and commitment to excellence. Under the leadership of Nkosenhle, the future of Kenako Marketing and the broader marketing landscape in South Africa looks promising. As they settle into their new premises, we eagerly anticipate the innovative brand strategy stories they will continue to craft, the events they will execute the finesse and the cutting-edge video and content production they will develop.

Kenako Marketing is more than just a marketing agency; it is a storyteller, a catalyst for change and sign of good things to come in the world of branding and events. As they approach a new era, we applaud their journey, accomplishments and dedication to enhancing brand narratives. In the extensive marketing landscape, Kenako Marketing has consistently upheld a standard of excellence, and their story is far from finished. With a promising future, they are certain to remain leaders in brand storytelling and event management.

Kenako Marketing is extending a complimentary business consultation for any corporate service. They will provide a no-obligation one-page report containing their recommendations for your brand, marketing campaign, event, or company profile video concept.

To schedule an appointment, companies can reach out via email at or contact them through phone or WhatsApp at 081 313 8551.


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