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Abner Mariri

Abner is an inspirational speaker, transformation and development consultant and change architect whose enthusiasm is contagious. He consistently dazzles his audience – not with complicated theories, but with real-life examples of the importance of persistence, determination, passion and hard work.

During his seven years in the United States, Abner obtained a Bachelor’s Degree from UCLA. In addition, this multi-talented professional speaker also worked on many entertainment projects which lead him to cross paths with comedian Bill Cosby, Little Steven, the legendary music producer Quincy Jones and Mrs Martin Luther King Jnr - the widow of the great American Civil Rights Leader.

Having spent seven years in exile, Abner returned to South Africa and established Empowa Investments with top businessman Caesar Molebatsi. Empowa is a 100% black owned business with the aim of harnessing investment opportunities in South Africa.

Abner is currently a shareholder of Empowa
Investments, and through this vehicle is a significant shareholder and non-executive director in the following underlying assets:

Non-executive director and shareholder/FIMA
Non-executive director and shareholder/Rockfibre
Non-executive director and shareholder/Empowa Grinaker LTA (recently sold stake in Aveng)

Abner’s style of presentation is adaptable and tailor-made to the client’s needs – from the boardroom to the shop floor.

What our clients say ...

"Abner was awesome! He was relaxed and had his audience captivated from the start to finish. His message was very effective. We enjoyed him tremendously!"
Neville Koertzen, Group Development Manager, The SPAR group

"Our delegates simply loved Abner. He is such a professional, eloquent and articulate speaker.
He had the audience eating out of his palm for the whole duration of the talk. Most importantly, he was well prepared, stuck to the brief and nailed it completely. He was amazingly captivating, humorous and informative. Given an opportunity we wouldn’t hesitate to have him talk at more of our functions!"
Lebo Mmakau, Events Coordinator, Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority (PSIRA)

“He did “what he does best” and exceeded my expectations. He was great and I have never laughed so much in my life yet motivated to take responsibility of my life and to “stop blaming everything on apartheid.”
Sesana Parks, Merchandise Planner, Discom

“Full of life and energy. Abner teaches people very simple lessons, that are executable and practical!”
Motshabi Nomvethe, Sales Manager, Old Mutual South Africa Licensed Financial Service Provider

“Very powerful, self driven/experiences, focused and strikingly classic.”
Charem Farao, Finance, Prosperity Health Namibia

“Abner’s presentation was the perfect choice to close off an extremely successful two day conference with our top reps. The delegates went home ‘soaring like eagles’ and extremely motivated. Thank you Abner, you were terrific!”
Robyn Levitt, Marketing Co-ordinator, African Life Assurance Company Limited

“Inspirational with great humour.”
Ray Whitmore, Managing Director, Spar Build It

“This was a very inspiring presentation. It was well presented and the message was very clear to all. He also kept the audience involved and I think he has a good sense of humour. I will definitely refer him any time to any organisation. We need more presenters like Abner. A person that is passionate about his life and his dreams! Well done!!”
Sonet Guy, Manager: Partner Marketing and Intranet, Sentech

"Abner's work was an inspiration to a very diverse group of people." Lars Steyn, Shaft Manager, Sasol Mining

"An extremely dynamic speaker! Abner's presentations are exhilarating and inspiring."
Estelle Pretorius, Marketing Manager, Sasfin Bank

"Far exceeded my expectations ... Abner is a powerful and a credible speaker. He eloquently summed up everything I wanted to cover in two days in one hour and set the scene for fruitful and open discussions. Excellent presentation and highly inspirational message. We truly enjoyed the presentation and the message was taken to heart, it blended very well with the theme and the objectives of the breakaway. Keep up the excellent work. God bless you."
Busi Hlongwane, ED Finance, Eskom
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