It’s March, Women’s Month, women have been doing great work ever since creation but their effort went unnoticed. Women nature, teach, and inspire. This calls for the celebration of women for the great work they are doing.
Women have been discriminated against since time immemorial but they continue to shine and become an inspiration to many including me the writer. History has it that before the outbreak of the First World War women was not allowed to vote. They were not allowed to choose professions such as law, engineering among other influential positions. However, they were few that were exempted who were in these professions. In some cases, these few chosen ones were from privileged families. Women were not paid the same as men for the same task or job they were doing, men were paid more yet they would have done the same job.
The circumstances changed after the first world war, where women got the right to vote, they were no longer restricted to become lawyers, engineers and they were now paid equally as men as women had been left in a critical position in the industry. These changes were a realization of the great work women did during a difficult moment that is the time of war. The industry kept on going when men were busy fighting on the battlefront.
Although the welfare of women has changed ever since this period, there are still challenges for women to flourish as society has proven that it is not ready to move away from its patriarchal nature. It is still difficult for women to rise and compete with men.
In some instances, women suffer abuse despite having laws that are against the abuse of women. Abuse is a setback for anyone to grow in life. In all this I have mentioned above, there is something worth noting, women continue to thrive and make it despite these setbacks.
Below are some women that have and some are still inspiring generations with the great work they are doing out there. Before looking at these women, there is a particular woman I would like to mention, the mother. Mother is a woman who nurtures children, teaches children all the basics before an individual is called an individual. She does it with tenderness, affection, and emotion. In the home setting, she makes sure everyone is taken care of. She prepares food for the whole family, takes care of the laundry and house chores. The most striking about this is that she does it 24 hours a day. No amount of money can compensate for all these efforts. In this century it’s even worse, women go to work just like men but before and after work, mothers still do the things I have mentioned above for the family. This calls for celebration for an inspiring job they are doing.
Their achievements alone and what they have managed to accomplish are inspiring and it calls for celebration as well as learning something from them. They have shown that you can be what you always wanted regardless of the circumstances. Some of the inspiring women are as follows:
Pearl Mbazima is an entrepreneur and founder of Entrepreneurszw. Entrepreneurszw is a group of female consultants who work together for the empowerment of women and girls ages 8-40. They offer training, funding, and networking opportunities in addition to promoting a savings and investment culture in women and girls.
The key areas they focus on are
- Entrepreneurial Training
- Financial Empowerment
- Personal Development
Also, they have a magazine that encourages women to venture into entrepreneurship. They discovered that entrepreneurship has been dominated by men, fewer women are into entrepreneurship. This has been attributed to a lack of information. She also has LASSACO which is a funding facility providing funding to young women intending to get into entrepreneurship. The great work Pearl Mbazima is doing calls requires celebration.
DR FAITH NYAMUKAPA
Dr. Faith Nyamukapa is a dedicated Christian, young multi- award-winning female entrepreneur, a goal-oriented businesswoman who runs KinderCare Zimbabwe and Transplex Investments, and a Philanthropist. She is also a qualified accountant by profession. Her passion is to work with children, developing strategies for Organisations, and empowering women who run preschool businesses in Zimbabwe. Her inspiring achievements are listed below;
- Trustee for Econet Wireless Group Pension Fund Board-Employee representative from February (2012- July 2015)
- Trustee for Education Support Systems Trust (ESST) Zimbabwe – March 2016 to date
- It is a Trust that helps to advance education in Zimbabwe and information documentation of all communities in Zimbabwe for use by NGOs.
1. 2nd Runner Up Women in Accounting & Investment Sector 2016 – Megafest Business Awards
Megafest is a passionate advocate of women in business, celebrating their achievements, now in its 8th year, the Women’s Awards are about more than simply recognizing and rewarding the courage, leadership, and creativity of Zimbabwe’s most brilliant business women-they play a critical role in raising the profile of women in business.
2. Executive Director of the Year Award- Women’s Heritage Society World Organisation – Award ceremony in November 2016
3. Organisation of the Year Award- KinderCare Zimbabwe Women’s Heritage Society World Organisation (Early Childhood Development Category). Award ceremony in November 2016
4. Brand of the Year Award – KinderCare Zimbabwe. Women’s Heritage Society World Organisation. Award ceremony in November 2016
5. Top Female Academic Philanthropist of the Year Award- Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe. November 2016.
6. Early Childhood Development Philanthropist of the Year Award – Philanthropy Institute of Zimbabwe. Award ceremony in November 2016
7. Pan African Humanitarian Award on Enterprise and Community Development 2016 –Anantara The Palm, Dubai
Honorary Non-Academic awards- 2016
1. Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters Degree from the International Institute of Philanthropy (IIP) 13 July 2016
2. Honorary Doctorate in Business Leadership, DBL –International Women’s University-Mauritius (2016)
3. Honorary Master’s Degree in Business Leadership, MBL- International Women’s University-Mauritius (2016)
Teererai Trent was born in the village of Zvipani in Karoi District, Mashonaland West Province. She was not allowed to go to her local school, Matau Primary School, as a child due to poverty as well as being female, although her brother Tinashe, an indifferent student, was allowed to attend. She later recalled the men in the village including her father “pointing to the boys in the village and saying ‘These are the breadwinners of tomorrow. We need to educate them. We need to send them to school. The girls will get married.”
As result, she taught herself to read and write from her brother’s books and eventually started doing her brother’s homework. When her teacher discovered this (because the homework was done so much better than the work her brother did at school) he begged Trent’s father to allow her to attend school. She then attended school for a short period, but her father accepted a bride price of a cow and married her off young. She had three children by age 18 and without a high school diploma. Her husband beat her for wanting an education. In 1991, Jo Luck from Heifer International visited her village and asked every woman about her greatest dream. Trent said she wanted to go to America and get a bachelor’s degree, a master’s, and eventually a Ph.D. Encouraged by her mother, Trent wrote down these dreams, put the paper in a scrap of tin, and buried it.
In 1998, she moved to Oklahoma with her husband and their five children. Three years later, she earned a bachelor’s degree in agricultural education. In 2003 Trent earned her master’s degree, and her husband was deported for abuse. She has since remarried Mark Trent, a plant pathologist whom she met at Oklahoma State University. After she earned each degree, she returned to Zimbabwe, unearthed her tin, and checked off each goal she accomplished, one by one. In December 2009, she earned her doctorate from Western Michigan University; her thesis looked at HIV/AIDS prevention programs for women and girls in sub-Saharan Africa.
Her life story was featured in the 2009 book Half the Sky by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, and in an excerpt of that book published by The New York Times Magazine. Subsequently, Oprah Winfrey ran a segment on Tererai in the Oprah episode concerning the book Half the Sky. Oprah sent a crew with Trent back to Zimbabwe to dig up the piece of tin in which she had buried the paper with her goals. Since earning her Ph.D. in 2009, Trent obtained a two-year commitment to work with Heifer International (which paid for her Ph.D.). Also in 2009, she founded the Tinogona Foundation, later renamed Tererai Trent International, which has built several schools in Zimbabwe. In 2013, she received Masters in Public Health (Epidemiology) from the University of California, Berkeley from University of California, Berkeley.
In May 2011, Oprah Winfrey revealed that Trent was her all-time favorite guest and donated $1.5 million so Trent could build her school in her old village in Zimbabwe. The school was completed in 2014. In 2015, Trent published a children’s book about her own life called The Girl who Buried her Dreams in a Can, illustrated by Jan Spivey Gilchrist. Her 2017 self-help book, The Awakened Woman: Remembering & Igniting Our Sacred Dreams, with a foreword by Oprah Winfrey, was named the Outstanding Literary Work, Instructional at the 49th NAACP Image Awards. She has been an adjunct professor in Monitoring & Evaluation in Global Health at Drexel University since 2013.
She recently won the US $150 000 in a competition called Africa Business Hero funded by Chinese Business Mogul, Jack ma. Ethel Mupambwa is currently the Co-founder and Executive Director of MoneyMart Finance. She was born in the Midlands province. She completed her high school education at St Francis of Assisi. She then attained her Finance degree from NUST – National University of Science and Technology. Ernst & Young was her place of attachment (internship) in pursuance of that degree. After completing her degree she worked at Rockshade Car Rentals and Tours – she was the Finance and Administration Manager. She started an Internet Café business. Additionally, she would bake cakes and procure hair products that she would sell. In 2011 she along with her mates started a finance business but it flopped in 2013. It is then that she cut her losses and set up Money Mart Finance which became operational in 2014.
She faced tremendous challenges in raising capital for her business. She even had to approach friends and family in pursuit of capital. Starting Money Mart Finance was meant to provide a solution to the challenge of raising capital for a business. She was particularly moved by the realization that most women struggle to bankroll even their very small businesses. She notes how 84 percent of Zimbabwe’s working demographic is found in the informal sector. She also notes that 53 percent of businesses in that informal sector are owned by women.
Makore’s mother and father were teachers. She is married and has two children. She learnt at Mabelreign Girls High School with schoolmates such as Abigail Mvududu, Cleo Tsimba, and Christina Taruvinga who are renowned journalists. Makore enrolled for a Postgraduate Diploma in Media and Communication Studies with the University of Zimbabwe and subsequently for the Master’s program in the same field soon after completing a degree in English and History, to enable her to take up a lecturing post in Media Studies. It was while she was lecturing at the University of Zimbabwe in 2001 that an opportunity to work for a fully-fledged media organization came about. She was appointed head of Kidznet, a strategic unit at ZBC responsible for programs for children between the ages of four and 18. She is also a Ph.D. Student In Business Leadership. During her time at Kidznet, Makore groomed young and talented broadcasters like Tinevimbo Chimbetete, Makanaka Wakatama, Oslie Muringai, Rhymes, and Esther Kusema in line with ZBC’s vision. Makore is a former lecturer in the University of Zimbabwe’s English and Media Studies Department. She was also the chief executive of ZBC from 2003 to 2006. Makore rejoined the University of Zimbabwe in 2007 to co-ordinate the Media Studies programme. She was also a lecturer at Zimbabwe Open University.
She was appointed managing director of Mighty Movies in 2008. In September 2013, Makore was appointed the chief executive officer of AB Communications the company that owns ZiFM Stereo and television production house Mighty Movies. She replaced Supa Mandiwanzira who had been appointed Media, Information and Broadcasting Services deputy minister. In December 2020, she stepped down from her position after she was nominated by Parliament and sworn in by the President his Excellency Emmerson Mnangagwa as a Commissioner of the Zimbabwe Media Commission. Makore sits on various boards including the Broadcasting Authority of Zimbabwe, The Financial Gazette, and Women’s University in Africa.
Josephine Kanengoni is a Zimbabwean-born entrepreneur the founder and editor of an online magazine called Divas Inc which has Zimbabwean and South African editions. Josephine did her secondary at Monte Cassino Secondary School in Zimbabwe. She launched her magazine in August 2011 which is said to have managed to establish itself as one of the leading magazines in South Africa. The magazine profiles black women in Africa among other issues that affect society and women.
Born Samantha Mary Musa (8 May 1989), is a Zimbabwean radio personality, social influencer, philanthropist, brand ambassador, events MC & host as well as a TV presenter. She is best known for anchoring ZiFM Stereo Drive Time Show, The Rush DriveTime. In 2012, Musa started her journey as a radio presenter. She started working at ZiFM Stereo, one of the leading FM radio stations in Zimbabwe, as co-host of “The Ignition” after the departure of top personality, Tinopona Katsande in October 2013.
In 2017, she was named co-host of the weekly entertainment show, Coke on the Beat which aired on Zimbabwean television, ZTV with Tich Maruziva. Popular celebrities like Trevor Dongo, Young Nash, POY, and DJ Stavo have been interviewed on Coke on the Beat. She also had an occasional presenting career at events including OK Grand Challenge VIP Marquee, Steward Bank Mastercard Launch, The Edgars Fashion Extravaganza, and South African Airways Travel Agency Awards. She has covered international events such as the Lake of Stars Festival, MTV Africa Music Awards among others. In 2018, Musa partnered with Jungle Entertainment Ventures (a digital content monetization firm), and KOSHA Management (a branding and business development firm) in a career move that is seeing her invest more in building an international media and content brand that resonates strongly with her growing audience. She was nominated Best Urban Female Presenter in the 2016 Zimbabwe Radio Awards, also she was nominated Best Fashion and Style Influencer in the Zimbabwe social media awards. In the same year, she won the twimbo of the year award of the tribe of influencers awards
Harugumi Mutasa is a phenomenal Zimbabwean broadcast journalist, currently working for Al Jazeera English. Mutasa began her career working for: the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC), CNN, Television New Zealand (TVNZ), Associated Press Television News (APTN), and the STAR Sports network. As a reporter based in Harare, Zimbabwe, Mutasa produced stories about her country for CNN’s Inside Africa, Television New Zealand (TVNZ), and APTN. She is a field-correspondent for the Southern Africa region, based in Johannesburg, in South Africa. Previously, she worked in East Africa, based at the bureau in Nairobi. In addition to these regions, Mutasa has covered stories from across Africa. Although known mainly as a news correspondent, Mutasa also hosts studio-based interview-programs. In 2007, she was nominated in the Royal Television Society Awards as the “Young Journalist of the Year”.
Born on 3 January 2003, she is a Swedish environmental activist who is internationally known for challenging world leaders to take immediate action against climate change. Thunberg initially gained notice for her youth and her straightforward speaking manner, both in public and to political leaders and assemblies, in which she criticizes world leaders for their failure to take what she considers sufficient action to address the climate crisis.
Thunberg’s activism started after convincing her parents to adopt several lifestyle choices to reduce their carbon footprint. In August 2018, at age 15, she started spending her school days outside the Swedish Parliament to call for stronger action on climate change by holding up a sign reading Skolstrejk för klimatet (School strike for climate). Soon, other students engaged in similar protests in their communities. Together, they organized a school climate strike movement under the name Fridays for Future. After Thunberg addressed the 2018 United Nations Climate Change Conference, student strikes took place every week somewhere in the world. In 2019, there were multiple coordinated multi-city protests involving over a million students each. To avoid flying, Thunberg sailed to North America where she attended the 2019 UN Climate Action Summit. Her speech there, in which she exclaimed “how dare you”, was widely taken up by the press and incorporated into music.
Her sudden rise to world fame has made her both a leader and a target for critics, especially due to her age. Her influence on the world stage has been described by The Guardian and other newspapers as the “Greta effect”. She received numerous honors and awards, including an honorary Fellowship of the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, inclusion in Time’s 100 most influential people, being the youngest Time Person of the Year, inclusion in the Forbes list of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women (2019), and three consecutive nominations for the Nobel Peace Prize (2019–2021).
The daughter of educational activist Ziauddin, Yousafzai was born to a Pashtun family in Mingora, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan. Her family came to run a chain of schools in the region. Considering Muhammad Ali Jinnah and Benazir Bhutto as her role models, she was particularly inspired by her father’s thoughts and humanitarian work. In early 2009, when she was 11–12, she wrote a blog under a pseudonym for the BBC Urdu detailing her life during the Pakistani Taliban occupation of Swat. The following summer, journalist Adam B. Ellick made a New York Times documentary about her life as the Pakistani military intervened in the region. She rose in prominence, giving interviews in print and on television, and she was nominated for the International Children’s Peace Prize by activist Desmond Tutu.
On 9 October 2012, while on a bus in the Swat District, after taking an exam, Yousafzai and two other girls were shot by a Pakistani Taliban gunman in an assassination attempt in retaliation for her activism; the gunman fled the scene. Yousafzai was hit in the head with a bullet and remained unconscious and in critical condition at the Rawalpindi Institute of Cardiology, but her condition later improved enough for her to be transferred to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK. The attempt on her life sparked an international outpouring of support for Yousafzai. Deutsche Welle reported in January 2013 that Yousafzai may have become “the most famous teenager in the world”.Weeks after the attempted murder, a group of fifty leading Muslim clerics in Pakistan issued a fatwā against those who tried to kill her. The Pakistani Taliban were internationally denounced by governments, human rights organizations, and feminist groups. Pakistani Taliban officials responded to condemnation by further denouncing Yousafzai, indicating plans for a possible second assassination attempt, which was justified as a religious obligation. Their statements resulted in further international condemnation.
Following her recovery, Yousafzai became a prominent activist for the right to education. Based in Birmingham, she co-founded the Malala Fund, a non-profit organization with Shiza Shahid, and in 2013, she co-authored I Am Malala, an international bestseller. In 2012, she was the recipient of Pakistan’s first National Youth Peace Prize and the 2013 Sakharov Prize. In 2014, she was the co-recipient of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize, along with Kailash Satyarthi of India. Aged 17 at the time, she was the youngest-ever Nobel Prize laureate. In 2015, Yousafzai was a subject of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary He Named Me Malala. 2013, 2014, and 2015, issues of Time magazine featured her as one of the most influential people globally. In 2017, she was awarded honorary Canadian citizenship and became the youngest person to address the House of Commons of Canada.
Yousafzai completed her secondary school education at Edgbaston High School, Birmingham in England from 2013 to 2017. From there she won a place at Oxford University and undertook three years of study for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics (PPE), as an undergraduate at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford a college of the university. She graduated in 2020.
Natalie Jabangwe is a Zimbabwean business executive who is the General Manager and Executive Head of mobile money company EcoCash. A computer engineer by profession, Jabangwe became the youngest chief executive to run a mobile money business in Africa. Natalie is also a published business technology columnist on online platforms who contributes to the worldwide body of knowledge and advises conglomerates on how to apply technology as a pillar for corporate innovation.
Natalie was born in Colchester, Essex, United Kingdom to Zimbabwean parents in 1983. She is the only girl out of five children. Natalie moved back to her home country at the age of one. She went to boarding school for her primary education at Dudley Hall in Norton at the age of nine. She then went to Chinhoyi High School for her secondary education, till Upper Six. she was a school prefect, captain of the Hockey team.
Soon after her A’ Levels, Natalie moved back to England, where she intended to pursue a degree in Law. However, her parents objected and encouraged her to decline an offer at a top law school to pursue a degree in computer science instead. She then attended Middlesex University. While in her second year, Natalie received a Leadership Exchange scholarship for the most excelling female student, a scholarship that earned her a place at Spelman College in Atlanta, Georgia. While at Spelman, Natalie interned at the Mayor’s office, where she was responsible for developing the City of Atlanta’s first IT Security policies. After working for a few years, she enrolled at Imperial College London, to pursue an MBA.
In 2012, Natalie was headhunted by Econet Wireless in Zimbabwe and presented with the opportunity to head the business and market development of EcoCash. In May 2018 writing on her Twitter page, Natalie said she had been selected by World Economic Forum to join the Top 100 Young Global Leaders’ community. The World economic forum confirmed Natalie’s tweets with the following statement on their website. In January 2019, following mass protests and violent crackdown on citizens by the government, Jabangwe was appointed to a 23-member Presidential Advisory Board. She was number 2 of the most influential young people under the age of Zimbabwe in the business sector.
If you have been following the news and trends on social media, you will agree with me that she was among the top 40 influential people under the age of 40. Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is a Zimbabwean radio personality, Master of Ceremony (MC), and a youth activist known mostly for her hard-hitting interviews with guests on her former radio show with ZiFM Stereo. Ruvheneko currently hosts her self-titled show on YouTube which resumed in June 2019. She is also a former ZiFM Stereo Programming Manager. She briefly worked for Zimpapers as Projects Manager for the company’s Radio Broadcasting Division, a stint she later referred to as a mistake as she had chosen “security over destiny”.
In her career, she has interviewed both local, international business, political, and entertainment leaders. Ruvheneko Parirenyatwa is the daughter of a politician and medical doctor, David Parirenyatwa, and the grandchild of liberation war hero Tichafa Parirenyatwa.
She made history in 2016, when she became the youngest appointed Member of Parliament, and in 2018 when she became the youngest cabinet minister in Botswana. Kenewendo was born in Motopi Village in the Boteti Area, in Botswana circa 1987. After attending primary school, she enrolled in Pitzer College. She was then admitted to the University of Botswana, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. Later, she obtained a Master of Science in International Economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom.
In her capacity as minister, Kenewendo was appointed by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres in 2018 to the High-level Panel on Digital Cooperation, co-chaired by Melinda Gates and Jack Ma. Kenewendo was cited as one of the Top 100 most influential Africans by New African magazine in 2018.
Emma Inamutila Theofelus
Her story made headlines when she became the youngest cabinet minister in Namibia. Emma Inamutila Theofelus is a Namibian politician. She was appointed Namibia’s deputy minister of information, communication, and technology in March 2020, as part of Hage Geingob’s second-term cabinet. In her role, she was tasked with assisting in leading public communication on preventative steps against Namibia’s COVID19 pandemic.
At the time of cabinet appointment, Theofelus was age 23 and one of Africa’s youngest cabinet ministers. Prior to her political appointment, she completed a law degree at the University of Namibia. She is also a board member of the National Council of Higher Education. In 2020 she was judged to be one of the 100 most influential African women, the youngest person on this list.
Yvonne Maphosa-Nalube is a Zimbabwean woman born and raised in Plumtree and currently living in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a holder of a Masters Degree in Food Science and Technology from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology and is a lecturer who is currently pursuing a Ph.D.
Her academic journey is a decorated one as she graduated cum-laude for her first degree where she scored 21 out of 22 distinctions and received the Vice Chancellor’s award. In 2018, she penned a piece of literature in the form of a novel titled the y in your man is silent. She also penned another piece titled grasping the straws. In her books, she brings to life compelling relationships that shape African society.
She made headlines mid-last month as the first black and African woman to lead the world trade organization. She is an economist and a 25-year veteran of the World Bank, where she advocated for economic growth in poorer countries. She rose to the No. 2 positions of that organization, where she helped to oversee $81 billion in development financing for Africa, South Asia, Europe, and Central Asia.
In 2012, she campaigned unsuccessfully for the top position at the World Bank, challenging the traditional practice that the organization is always headed by an American. Okonjo-Iweala has also served as Nigeria’s finance minister and helped to broker a deal in 2005 to cancel billions of dollars of Nigerian debt with the Paris Club of creditor nations. She has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Harvard University and a Ph.D. in regional economics and development from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said Okonjo-Iweala’s election to head the WTO brought “more joy and honor to the country.”Okonjo-Iweala said Monday that the challenges facing the WTO were numerous and tricky, but not insurmountable.
Kudzai Violet Gwara (KVG)
KVG is a Zimbabwean radio personality who presents the show 326 Express on Star FM with Phathisani Sibanda. She is one of the youngest radio personalities on Zimbabwean radio.KVG made her name as a radio personality on Star FM where she hosts the 3-2-6 express (a show that has been rated as the most listened to show during drive time) with her co-presenter Phathisani Sibanda.
In April 2017, Phathisani and her signed a six-month ambassadorial deal with the car rental company, Impala Car Rental. The deal would see the two presenters get vehicles of their choice for use during the period. In October 2016, Impala sponsored the duo’s trip to London. She is the recipient of the following honors and awards :
- Winner-People’s Choice of the Year Award at the 2015 ZIWA Awards
- Media Personality of the Year 1st runner-ups at the Megafest National Business Awards 2018.
- The most influential young leaders in Zimbabwe under the age of 40 2021
Winfrey was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a single teenage mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14; her son was born prematurely and died in infancy. Winfrey was then sent to live with the man she calls her father, Vernon Winfrey, a barber in Tennessee, and landed a job in radio while still in high school. By 19, she was a co-anchor for the local evening news. Winfrey’s often emotional, extemporaneous delivery eventually led to her transfer to the daytime talk show arena, and after boosting a third-rated local Chicago talk show to first place, she launched her own production company.
By the mid-1990s, Winfrey had reinvented her show with a focus on literature, self-improvement, mindfulness, and spirituality. Though she has been criticized for unleashing a confession culture, promoting controversial self-help ideas, and having an emotion-centered approach, she has also been praised for overcoming adversity to become a benefactor to others. Winfrey had also emerged as a political force in the 2008 presidential race, with her endorsement of Barack Obama estimated to have been worth about one million votes during the 2008 Democratic primaries. In 2013, Winfrey was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Obama and received honorary doctorate degrees from Duke and Harvard. In 2008, she formed her network, the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).
Credited with creating a more intimate, confessional form of media communication, Winfrey popularized and revolutionized the tabloid talk show genre pioneered by Phil Donahue. In 1994, she was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame. Winfrey has won many accolades throughout her career which includes 18 Daytime Emmy Awards, including the Lifetime Achievement Award and the Chairman’s Award, two Primetime Emmy Awards, including the Bob Hope Humanitarian Award, a Tony Award, a Peabody Award, and the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, awarded by the Academy Awards and two additional Academy Award nominations.
Tyra Chikocho (Madam Boss)
Chikocho was born on April 10, 1985, at Harare Hospital. She is a beauty therapist by profession. She was married to Ngonidzaishe Munetswa on May 5, 2013. Together they have a daughter Mikayla Munetswa. Her debut six-track album Sunungura featured artists such as Ngoni Kambarami and MacDee as well as Kudzi Nyakudya. As a comedian, she has done commercials for OK Zimbabwe, Ring Driving School, and Impala Car Rental. Early this year she was among the top 40 influential leaders under the age of 40 in Zimbabwe.
In 2007 she was named the best student under the most difficult conditions in the Midlands Province of Zimbabwe. In December 2012, Chifamba was 5th on Forbes’ list of Top 100 Youngest Powerful Women in Africa. She was mentioned in the Book of African Records as the youngest university student in the continent.
In October 2013, Chifamba was a delegate at the launching of a Terre des Hommes campaign for girls’ education in Rome, Italy. She has received various accolades during the years and has curved a motivational speaking career out of her inspirational life story. She graduated with an Honours degree in Accounting from the University of Zimbabwe on 29 September 2016. Currently, she is pursuing a Zimbabwe Certificate in Theory of Accounting (ZCTA) and graduated with a Masters in Accountancy from the University of Zimbabwe on 10 October 2018.
At the age of 25, Sne Mthembu became the founder and director of her law firm, Passcara and Partners Inc., based out of Durban, South Africa. Her focus is on handling cases dealing with family and personal injury law among others. Becoming a lawyer is no easy feat and thousands of dedicated students around the world work tirelessly to gain entrance into a promising law program. For her, not only did she obtain her law school degree, she proceeded to use her education to open her law firm all before the age of 30.
What I have learnt from these great women is that you can still be successful in life despite the challenges available. It is rather unfortunate that nowadays people are inspired by material things such as flashy cars, fancy clothes, and all-white parties. However, success is being able to become what you intended to become as well as reaching the self-actualization stage, a stage where you become an inspiration to the people out there. These women have done that already, they are an inspiration.
Happy Women’s Month