Thabang “Tipidang” Manyelo is a multi-awarded copywriter from FCB Africa. At such a young age, the plethora of awards he has won range from countless Loeries, Pendorings, Cannes Lions, a campaign D&AD Pencil, and South Africa’s first One Show Best Of Show in the Radio Discipline. He is driven by ideas that change the landscape of the industry.

He’s been writing all his life until he made a life-changing discovery after attending a Vega School open day. Tipi couldn’t believe there was a career whereby one gets paid to write – that pushed Tipi to enroll to Vega school and launch his dream career.He grew up in Polokwane, Limpopo, he was raised by his grandmother after he lost his parents when he was 8-years-old. His grandmother fully backed his desire to go to Vega (much to the disapproval of his other family members).

Fast forward…. he then kick-started his career at FCB Africa and, six years later, he has grown into one of the agency’s finest copywriters of award-winning work for clients which include NetFlorist, CANSA, Gill, Toyota and Coca Cola. His most recent awards include Best of Show in radio at the One Show Awards, as well as a Graphite Pencil at D&AD. Tipi was the Inaugural Comedy Central Inter-Agency Comedy-Knockout Champion and in 2016 he was one of the judges of the Loeries non-English TV, radio and print category.

This year Thabang won The 2017 Loeries Young Creatives Award for his award-winning work with FCB Africa. 

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