With his experience in media, graphic design and printing combined with a deep passion for innovation and creativity, Nazeem Junggee launched Nineteen Fifty Design & Print Co Ltd. in 2010. The company specialized in advertising and large format digital printing. After a couple years, realizing that he was in a highly polluting industry, he worked on an innovative solution to reduce the impact outdoor advertising had on the environment. With a grant funding from the U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF), he developed ‘SAKILI’, the brand name for unique and heavy-duty bags made from discarded advertising banners and billboards. His company now turns advertising waste into want.
Nazeem started his career as a trainee layout artist in a daily newspaper in Mauritius. He was later offered a partial scholarship for a BA in Graphic Design at the Academy of Arts University (U.S.). Nazeem was competitively selected as a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow of the U.S. Government’s Young African Leaders Initiative, and a YALI grant winner, part of the U.S. African Development Foundation’s youth entrepreneurship portfolio.
Prior to being a full-time creative entrepreneur, he has also served as a seasoned instructor for undergrad school teaching advertising /graphic design.
Nazeem believes that we can definitely adopt the mission to create and sustain social and environmental values while still running a successful enterprise. As a matter of fact, the business has noticed a significant increase in clients for printing as local companies saw the possibility of giving a second life to their billboards and banners.