Kumbirayi Shoniwa Entertainment Reporter
Gilbert Eugene Peters (25) is the founder and owner of Spidex Media Company, a Harare-based business which specialises in print, electronic and social media. The IT genius did a Graphic Designing course conducted by Worldlinks, a Danish-supported NGO which undertakes community development training workshops in high density suburbs for bright but financially challenged young people.
He then enrolled with Trust Academy after which he worked in an internet café and two other Design and Printing firms before establishing Spidex Media in 2011 when he was only 22 years old.
Peters has been in the creative industry for the past seven years and has made it to the top ten Junior Chamber International Creative Entrepreneurs of 2013 as well as a nominee at the Zimbabwe ICT Achiever’s Awards 2013 in the Young ICT Innovator category.
Spidex Media has worked with a number of artists on various projects including the production of Shinsoman’s latest music video “Picture” which is getting great reviews from those who have seen it on YouTube and other social media.
The company has worked on Fungisai Zvakavapano’s DVD album “Social Facts”, as well as photography projects with artists including Mudiwa, Ba Shupi, Trevor Dongo, Yoz and Russo among others.
“2014 is going to be a great year as we aim to take Zimbabwean music videos to another level as we are currently in talks with Channel O and Trace TV to distribute Zimbabwean videos to them.
“We expressed our concern over the low number of Zim videos played internationally compared to our Nigerian counterparts, but they said our videos mainly fail on quality, so we have taken upon ourselves to acquire the necessary state-of-the-art equipment to become internationally competitive,” said Peters.
Spidex Media is also involved in charity work through its Spidex Caredivision, earning the First Runner-up position in the RSCR Awards in Outstanding Women and Youth Empowerment in 2012 for their efforts in paying tuition fees for disadvantaged children in Harare. Peters is a member of the Glad Tidings Fellowship Church and believes all his achievements are the work of God.
He is married to Sabina Takure and they have a son called Jason.