About us

While the Essential Millennial is in it’s infancy, we operate as a two-person “team” of talented professionals with a wide range of skills and experience. The Essential Millennial was created to be the go-to place for millennials from all around the world to read about shared interests, keep up with the latest news and engage with each other as we learn to navigate through our lives in the fast-paced, modern world. Please follow our social media accounts or send us an email, you can find out how on our Contact page. We love what we do, and we do it with passion. Providing stories that we believe are essential for our audience is what we’re all about.


Our team


Kyle Smith

Co-Founder & Editor in Chief

Kyle studied a Bachelors degree in Politics, Philosophy & Economics, before completing his Honours in Journalism at Stellenbosch University. He then began his career working as a sports journalist for a number of years before joining a non-profit Telecommunications firm as the Digital Content Editor, where his focus shifted towards cryptocurrencies, technology and providing affordable Internet access to people all over the world, particularly those living in rural areas. He has also operated on a freelance basis across a broad range of fields, including financial reporting, music festivals, lifestyle, and political commentary. Kyle is an avid follower of American politics, enjoys listening to podcasts and learning new skills.

Email me: kylforsmi@gmail.com

Kyle’s stories

South Korea Locks Down Cities As Coronavirus Spreads

The Coronavirus is starting to take hold outside of China and, with a sharp increase in confirmed infections, South Korea is now stepping up measures to contain the virus, closing off two southern cities as well as suspending military operations. Following a rise of 53 cases of infection in the country on Thursday, a furtherContinue reading “South Korea Locks Down Cities As Coronavirus Spreads”

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The Final Step In Digital Migration: Blockchain And The Media Industry

News has been distributed and read online for decades now and the media industry has suffered, but that could all change sooner than you think… I recall writing a feature article while at university five years ago, in which I wrote about how digital media has radically transformed the industry, especially when it came downContinue reading “The Final Step In Digital Migration: Blockchain And The Media Industry”

FW De Klerk and Nelsson Mandela sharing the 1993 Nobel Prize (Getty Images)

De Klerk Withdraws "Totally Unacceptable" Apartheid Denial

Former South African president, FW de Klerk, has withdrawn his comments that denied that the system of Apartheid was a crime against humanity. In an interview following de Klerk’s controversial statements denying that the system of Apartheid was a crime against humanity, he claimed it to be a “blatant lie” that he is an ApartheidContinue reading “De Klerk Withdraws "Totally Unacceptable" Apartheid Denial”

Op-ed: Why Trump Will Be Hard To Beat In 2020

There’s no denying that Donald Trump is a political juggernaut. Even though it seems ludicrous to some, he should be considered the favourite to win the general election in November, regardless of his opponent. And here’s why: Trump shocked the entire world when he beat Hillary Clinton in 2016 in a fairytale (or nightmare, dependingContinue reading “Op-ed: Why Trump Will Be Hard To Beat In 2020”

Essential Destinations: 10 Places To Go In Canada

Canada’s freezing temperatures are certainly worth withstanding and you’ll realise this when you bear witness to the grandeur of its picturesque countryside, made up of beautiful parks, reflective and icy lakes, as well as some urban landmarks. Here are a few of the best places that you need to see when you’re in Canada.


Melissa Da Costa

Co-Founder, Deputy Editor & Head of Design

Melissa graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Fine Art and moved on to complete her Honours in Journalism at Stellenbosch University. Following this, she moved abroad to Fukuoka, Japan, where she kept an online travel journal whilst teaching English as a foreign language. She has since returned to Cape Town and intends to continue her travels to other parts of the world while running her new YouTube Channel, Chat in English With Mel, where she gives advice to non-English speakers about the basics in day-to-day conversation. Melissa’s primary focuses have been photojournalism, videography, social media and blogging. She’s a proud vegan and her interests include listening to music and going to the gym.

Email me: melissadc92@gmail.com

Melissa’s stories

tech is damaging your brain

Digital Dementia: How Your Tech Is Damaging Your Brain

With so much information at our fingertips, we don’t need to retain information in our brains, and yet we often feel so much smarter by virtue of immediately being able to answer any questions we have, and yet, the jury’s still out on whether all this tech is actually making us smarter or causing considerable damages to our brains.

Let's Talk About Rejection

Having, once again, crossed that annual hurdle that is Valentine’s day, there’s no better time to discuss the topic of rejection than right now.

Recognising Red Flags (But Not Where You Think)

It’s easy to fall into the trap of trying to protect ourselves from the hurt we experienced in previous relationships by keeping our eyes peeled for all the warning signs in this new, potential partner: the infamous red flags.
But perhaps those red flags might not be where we think they are

Birds Of Prey: Confronting The Patriarchy With Hand Grenades, Hair Ties, And Glitter

The sequin-studded, psychotic princess of crime, played by the talented and gorgeous Margot Robbie, is back post-break-up with the Joker, and this time it’s all about her. No longer is she overshadowed by her male Gotham counterparts. This story is all hers and for the first time, she controls the narrative. But, unlike many of Gotham’s male figures, she’s willing to share the limelight with an unlikely, rag-tag girl gang.

Living Overseas: Is It Worth It?

There’s a sweet spot when it comes to traveling, somewhere between a vacation and moving. A place that provides most of the benefit, with the least number of downsides. Guest contributor Waylon Kenning explains.

How To Focus On Yourself In A Distracting World

We have so many thing we need to get done, pay for, remember, that we completely forget about the small things that make us feel good. We don’t have time for hobbies, we constantly have to think about what everyone else wants from us, and we have days where we just feel quite rubbish. Here’s how to combat that, and put yourself first again.



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