By Vanessa Papas and Gabrielle Ozynski: Part One Winning At Life: Did you know that young black women are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in America and the talent pool here in South Africa is fast catching up and they’re excelling in industries such as entertainment too.
Our country is home to thousands of young female trailblazers making their mark in the business world: Basetsana Kumalo who became a household name thanks to her fierce entrepreneurial mind and talents. Lynette Magasa who owns one the most successful black-owned telecoms businesses in Africa and Khanyi Dhlomo, founder and managing Director of Ndalo Media. Rapelang Rabana who was listed by Forbes on 30 Under 30 – Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs and appointed Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.
In the entertainment industry there are a number of celebs who are so winning at life: Terry Pheto, international actress and award winner, DJ Zinhle super popular DJ, Pearl Thusi, another actress who is going international, TV personality Boity Thulo who has just released her slimming capsule, TV personality and now author Bonang, who recently released her autobiography, TV personality Minnie Dlamini, actress and producer Connie Ferguson, TV and radio presenter and DJ Lerato Kganyago, actress and TV presenter Thando Thabete, actress, TV presenter and author Khanyi Mbau, actress Nomzamo Mbatha and actress Jessica Nkosi, TV and radio presenter and producer Pearl Modiadie. All these women are doing our country proud with their beauty, skills and talent in the entertainment world.
Here are some of their inspirational quotes about their achieving their goals:
Basetsana Kumalo: “When you wake up each morning, you have to think of yourself as a brand and act accordingly. How well you do that will define the brand’s success.”
Khanyi Dhlomo: “While it is great to have goals and a vision, we need to ask ourselves daily, ‘what am I doing daily that moves me to my goals?’.”
So how then did these young women become the powerhouses they are today? Their success lies in their undying will to become the very best in their chosen industries, all their while pursuing careers they’re passionate about and being prepared to work hard and not give up, no matter what!
Bonang: “Things will always happen in God’s time. Trust that timing.”
Terry Pheto: “Let what you love, be what leads you.”
Pearl Thusi: “Make yourself available and work hard. You are always learning. Talent alone won’t work.”
DJ Zinhle: “To have knowledge is to have power so education is very important, reading is part of educating yourself, so read as much as you can and educate yourself about the field you are interested in.”
Pearl Modiadie: “We all face challenges and sometimes it’s even harder when the odds are against us. The easiest thing to do is to break it all down and take it step by step.”
Nomzamo Mbatha: “Acceptance of the past. Acknowledgement of the present. Plan of action for the future.”
Khanyi Mbau: “I can create my own version, my own earth, through my own vision, as long as it does not affect the next person, but it is my journey.”
Minnie Dlamini: “I have always been one of those people who set goals, and when I [achieve] them I am setting the next goal. I am always trying to better myself.”
Boity: ‘Slowly but surely. Consistency breeds success.”
LeratoKganyago: “Be grounded, be respectful, have your goals written down! DONT FOLLOW THE HYPE!!”
Connie Ferguson: “Success comes with hard work and commitment – professionally and personally.”
Jessica Nkosi: “Every day that I achieve something I set my mind to, is big in my eyes. It’s important to celebrate everything in life.”
Thando Thabethe: ““The most important thing is to start. To begin is to set everything in motion toward a goal, and the rest will fall into place.”
Look out for Part two when we look at more local black and beautiful women winning at life!