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By Thembe Khumalo
Every week we talk to African leaders about how they are successfully building their business or personal brands for better income and impact on the continent. We discover what makes them tick, uncover what hurdles they have overcome, and celebrate their growth and learning.
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#54. SICELO DUBE - The STEM Lady
Sicelo Dube is The STEM Lady. She gets this name from her passionate contribution to the field of STEM in education, entrepreneurship and philanthropy. Endowed with drive, determination, and dignity, she is the role model that many of us wish we'd had.  Sicelo brings glamour, grace, and a touch of genius to the field of STEM, successfully expanding her business interest across the continent and inspiring young women and girls to follow in her footsteps. 
October 27, 2021
#53 BEV SEBASTIAN - Untamed
Beverley is a British born South African who was raised in several countries including South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, and the UK.  She has held various roles in the NGO and development space including heading a monitoring, evaluation and research department at a large NGO that supported orphaned and vulnerable children across South Africa, consulting, and directing NGOs in the palliative care and paediatric oncology space in Zimbabwe. Beverley holds Bachelors, Honours, and a Master of Public Health Degree from Rhodes University and the University of the Western Cape respectively.
October 20, 2021
#52 ANNIVERSARY EDITION - Invest in yourself
Consider the time you spend with family and friends - cocktail parties, family lunches, networking events, birthday celebrations… you make time for all these. Apart from time, you also invest money and effort - think about what it costs to raise a child from infancy to adulthood, or the amount you spend on bachelor parties, kitchen teas, birthday presents for people who are close to you. What about the effort you put into resolving family disputes, counseling friends through career crises and relationship drama.  But when you are asked to take 15 minutes a day to meditate or write in your journal, suddenly the time seems so scarce! Why? In this episode, host and life coach Thembe Khumalo shares some reflections on what it means to invest in yourself and some ideas on how Brandbuilder can help you do that. Because, as she says, "You are worthy." Instagram / LinkedIn: @brandtobuildco @thembekhumalo
October 13, 2021
#51 TRISH CARMEN - How image creates credibility and confidence
Trish Carmen is a consultant and coach in image, personal branding, grooming & etiquette. She helps individuals, executives, scholars, celebrities, and entrepreneurs showcase the best version of themselves through their appearance, behaviour, communication, and digital footprint. She has 16 years' experience in the Fashion Industry. Instagram: @trishcarmen.firstofhername
October 06, 2021
#50 EMMANUELLA IMO - Communication for non-profits
Emmanuella is an excellent Non-profit communicator and result-oriented strategist with proven expertise in non-profit communications, brand management, content creation, digital marketing, and copywriting. She is also a French language tutor. Emmanuella is the Director of Communications NOB Foundation and Health Volunteers Nigeria Initiative alongside the Founder of Ellah communication, a communications agency she founded to help nonprofits build and grow their brands and influence online and offline. While non-profit communications consulting is her primary job function by the day, she also enjoys mentoring young ladies.
September 22, 2021
#49 TSITSI MUTENDI - African Family Firms and Securing the Future
Tsitsi is Founder and Lead Consultant at Nhaka Legacy Planning. She is also Co-Founder at African Family Firms (A nonprofit Africa Family Business Association) Tsitsi Mutendi is a well-versed, award-winning businesswoman with over 12 years of experience building her own successful publishing and education businesses, during this time Tsitsi developed a passion to assist family businesses to build multi-generational businesses which translate into multigenerational legacies. Tsitsi is recognised globally for her business acumen and world-class delivery. Through various board appointments in numerous industries, Tsitsi has had exposure to many global business development strategies, especially in Africa. Tsitsi has vast international business and family business experience. Today, Tsitsi is the founder and owner of Nhaka Legacy Planning which she formed in 2018. Her main focus is on working with Individuals, Family Businesses, and Families of wealth in Family Governance and Family governance tools as well as working with Family Offices to create relevance between Family and Office. Her other areas of expertise include; family communication coaching, family & business strategic planning, corporate governance, succession planning, business continuity strategies, conflict resolution & mediation, coaching, and mentoring. Tsitsi is a certified Family Business Advisor and Family Wealth Advisor through the global Family Business Education Network, Family Firms Institute. Her passion for family business has awarded her the opportunity to be an international speaker and author on the subject, particularly on family governance and business continuity. Tsitsi has a weekly podcast called Enterprising Families that focuses on discussing issues that affect Families Enterprises and family businesses to manage better their journeys as families in business and issues that are of interest to them. Tsitsi also owns and runs a successful group of Montessori Primary Schools. Most importantly Tsitsi is wife and Mom to 3 cherished children (Jasmine Mufaro, Daniel Djimon and Nyasha Maia) who have given her more motivation to leave an impactful legacy.
September 13, 2021
#48 The Creatives - BETTY SIBESO
Betty Sibeso is the creator of Namibia’s leading digital magazine, Monochrome Magazine, and the founder of creative agency, Beso Media.  She is a graphic designer by profession and a passionate creative entrepreneur. IG & Twitter: @bettysibeso
September 06, 2021
#47 The Creatives - NTOMBI MALAZA
Ntombi is an experienced designer, brand marketer, cultural insights lead and content creator. Driven by the love for creative brand strategy and culture, she takes pride in providing the best possible opportunities for growth for companies and teams. As a Head of Brand, her goals include brand growth and developing insight led solutions. In addition to her primary job functions, Ntombi has been recognized by TBWA\ for her extraordinary commitment to Backslash and leads the Backslash Africa & Middle East chapter. Ntombi has worked in the advertising industry for 8 years, gaining experience in design, marketing, and brand management. Ntombi is widely known for her multiple talents, agile work ethic, strategic thinking and depth of knowledge on contemporary cultural trends impacting Africa. Outside of the office, Ntombi enjoys content creation, reading and traveling. Get in touch with Ntombi here:
July 21, 2021
#46 The Creatives - MARK VAN DEN BERGH
My name is Mark Xolile van den Bergh. I have extensive experience across a variety of businesses in South Africa, and abroad. Part of my experience lies in digital marketing and compliance and this has led me to have vast experience in small to large enterprise business operations. I have contributed to the success of many organisations by entrenching myself into problem solving and collaboration on projects, with clients and non profit organisations. My interest in creating digital platforms and presences began in High School (King’s School Bryanston) and I have always been highly driven to achieve outstanding results. My studies led me to explore a creative outlet through Art and Design while abroad on a GAP Year to London and Edinburgh. Leith School of Art saw my initial interest From initial brainstorming and design sessions, I try to holistically understand what the client needs – oftentimes this is something they are unable to voice themselves as they do not know what is digitally possible. I work closely with teams that I am in to ensure that their expectations are met, and that future long-term business relationships are not only possible, but ensured – believing in the longevity of integral business relationships. The process of developing these initial designs into a working and successful model has enabled me to maintain good relationships and continue to grow or augment online offerings. Alongside my personal drive to always produce quality digital experiences, I am equally motivated by working within a team. I am a natural leader and pride myself on the professional and encouraging relationships I foster with my team members. I enjoy upskilling and training members of the team, and have an unwavering patience (I do live up to my Xhosa name). I believe that the success of a team lies in the ability for the leader to create a well-communicated, clear and concise project brief that the team are then able to follow, develop and implement with the least amount of misunderstandings. When this process is correctly implemented in a team, the flow and success of each member is evident. It also easily highlights members of the team who may need further upskilling. Currently I head up a UX/UI team and am a Product Manager overseeing a development cycle in an award-winning marketing business. Using an in-house platform we provide solutions that enable engagement and position businesses through a multi-layered approach, focusing on mobile-first technologies. I also run my own digital systems company, Mobile Moment, with a few clients, both enhancing currently deployed systems that automate work-process and leveraging my experience with IOT technologies to bring about simple automations for complex solutions. On a more personal note, I believe in a mindful and balanced lifestyle, and part of achieving this for myself is to pursue regular running, cycling, gardening and home maintenance. I'm a DIY-kinda-guy who loves the challenge of renovations, restorations and more – never shying away from hard-work! I also give back to my community by being part of a Men's Mentorship program. All in all, I want to be a good ancestor and leave behind a better work environment, world and situation when I need to step aside or leave.
July 05, 2021
#45 The Creatives - Atang Arnold
Atang L.S Arnold is the founding manager of “The Space Botswana” a newly established Art Gallery / Creative Hub based in Maun, Botswana. She holds a Creative Multimedia Degree and runs her own Multimedia Production company- Lipstick and Dust (Pty) Ltd . She is a voluntary Public Relation Officer of Okavango Artists Association ( O.A.A). She also holds a Creative Hub Entrepreneurship Academy accreditation for The Space Botswana - by British Council South Africa, in collaboration with Nesta and Hivos - Completed in July 2020 and Social Entrepreneurship 2021 by British Council Botswana. Atang recently facilitated at the 2020 Ngamiland Creative Network Project (NCNP) funded by CIPA on “ Creative Block and COVID-19 Challenges as an Artist, also 2021 Project Mobilization Manager for the NCNP through O.A.A. Atang is national Top 10 in the Creative Business Cup -Botswana 2021. She has exhibited her paintings in Namibia and Botswana. Atang aims to constantly innovate, share knowledge and educate other individuals in the arts and community.
June 28, 2021
#44 The Creatives - SHINGIRAYI SABETA
Shingirayi Sabeta is a Brand Strategist and Creative Director who helps businesses grow and be more innovative by helping them understand and connect with their customers. In short, he designs businesses.  Before starting brnd. consultancy in 2008, Shingirayi worked across several branding and advertising agencies in South Africa, Kenya, and Zimbabwe, and also gained experience in corporate marketing as a Regional Brand Manager at Coca-Cola Southern Africa. When not spending downtime with his family, Shingirayi enjoys producing music, DJing, writing and blogging, and a spot of pick-up basketball every now and then. Shingirayi is available for branding consultations and speaking engagements. You can reach Shingirayi at or visit for more info.  Follow him on Instagram, LinkedIn and Facebook using the handle “Shingirayi Sabeta”.
June 01, 2021
#43 Kuda Musasiwa - A serial entrepreneur leveraging technology
Kuda Musasiwa is a Zimbabwean entrepreneur, musician, communications practitioner and music producer. He is known largely for airing his fearless and outspoken views on social media, and also known for founding tech-based businesses Fresh In A Box, Fresh Ideas and Fresh Logistics. Musasiwa was born in Harare’s oldest suburb of Mbare and lived in the UK where he moved to after school. In 2008 he made a decision to return. Commenting on his decision to come back home, Kuda says “I decided to come back to Zimbabwe in 2008 when I was working as a cleaner & Night Porter at a local 3 star hotel in Essex. I was that cleaner whom the MD used to call into his office every night to assist him with his million £ pound Excels, then send me to make him a cuppa.” Kuda is also known for his brutally honest #TeaTime videos on Facebook and has been one of the young vocal voices on Zimbabwean political and socio-economic issues over the past couple of years. We would call him #onetowatch Fresh in a box Kuda on twitter
May 26, 2021
Being a reflective leader means that you are interested in, and committed to, examining your own reactions, thoughts, and feelings about the work you do, the people you work with, and the processes you use to get work done. So why do so many leaders struggle to make reflection a part of their leadership practice?  In this episode, I'm going to give you a few ideas for simple and easy reflection and relaxation practices, as well as taking you through a simple body scan. I am also encouraging you to download a free copy of my collection of meditations called Words for Word. You can find it here. 
May 12, 2021
#41 ELINA KAMBA - Neuromarketing
A business growth and digital marketing strategist, ex-LinkedIn employee and a coffee lover, Elina loves helping people set up, grow and scale their businesses online. She uses marketing psychology to help you give your business or brand a competitive edge and superior Customer Experience in the digital space. Elina loves using technology to transform the organization’s operating model and bottom line, in a customer-centric way. You can find Elina on LinkedIn at
April 27, 2021
Chidi Afulezi is a product management and media guy with a broad set of experiences in the corporate and entrepreneurial arenas. His product chops were honed at Sony Music, Time Warner, and Turner Broadcasting/CNN (now WarnerMedia) where he led mobile and digital product teams, and prior to that was a key member of the wireless engineering team that designed and built AT&T's digital wireless network in the Washington DC-Baltimore markets. He wears his entrepreneurial hat modestly with three failed ventures and now on his fourth venture, The Massive Company—a media and communications venture studio cofounded with Zain Verjee and focused on the continent of Africa and its diaspora. He and Zain also run the Zain Verjee Group, a communications consulting company. Chidi is also Managing Principal of redKola Digital, a product consulting and advisory outfit based in Atlanta and Kigali. As a teacher and instructor, he is the Head Faculty of PIE (Product, Entrepreneurship, and Innovation) at the African Leadership University School of Business, a role helping lead a product and media shift on the continent. In addition, he is a member of the Product Management Executive Education faculty at the Haas School of Business (University of California at Berkeley), and a product management Enterprise Instructor with General Assembly. Chidi has led product workshops and programs at blue-chip companies such as Walmart, United Technologies, Delta Airlines, Cox Media amongst others, plus product work with startups such as ALU, Moringa School, and more. A recipient of bachelor’s degrees from New York University in Mathematics and Electrical Engineering, he also holds an MBA from the Stern School of Business at NYU. For more on Chidi, visit
April 20, 2021
#39. AMMA ABOAGYE - Intrapreneurship and cultural innovation
Amma Aboagye is the Founding Curator of The Afropole and Host of the Podcast Inside Out by Amma G. Amma is a fervent believer in the power of people to drive change and has been using various forms of media, including blogs and radio programming, to empower people and promote meaningful conversations about the role Afrodiasporans play in their global advancement. In 2019, she launched her podcast, Inside Out by Amma G. a podcast all about intrapreneurship and corporate venturing: providing tips and tricks on how to build within any system. She has since held 3 Vision Board Parties attracting over 100 participants. She has also developed an intrapreneurship guide and will soon launch online courses. Amma is a self described “cultural innovator” and believes the hard work, is the heart work. She is excited to sit at the intersection of faith, innovation, and Afrodiasporan empowerment. When Amma is not working, she can be found praise dancing on Instagram. Founder, Inside Out by Amma G. & The Afropoleself-described Website:|  Twitter: @TheAfropole  Instagram: The Afropole LinkedIn: Amma Aboagye
April 13, 2021
Today I am rounding up some of the many lessons I learned from each of the incredible women we featured on the WOMEN WHO DARE SERIES in celebration of International women's month.  Jackie Mgido, Modesta Mahiga-Mbughuni, Saray Khumalo, Adetola Akinola, Njambi Koikai, Brendah Nyakudya, Yawaa Hansen-Quao, Pastor Funmi Johnson, Barbara Kamba-Nyathi, Advocate Fadzayi Mahere, I thank you all for sharing your stories here.  I salute your courage and wisdom, and wish you every success as you continue to do your work in the world.  #womenwhodare
April 06, 2021
If I had to describe Advocate Fadzayi Mahere in three words, they would be:  Clarity, Courage and Commitment.  A constitutional lawyer who has been in practice for 12 years, she practices as an advocate at the Harare Bar. Her main fields of practice include constitutional law, human rights law, and administrative law. In this conversation we talk a lot about how her early years prepared her for life as an advocate, the important role that mentors and role models have played, and why engaging with the political situation in a country is everyone's responsibility. Her passion for the law is palpable, and her commitment to righting wrongs offers hope in a jaded world.  Fadzayi holds a Masters in International Law from the University of Cambridge and a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Zimbabwe. Prior to reading law at Cambridge, Fadzayi worked in the Office of the Prosecutor at the International Criminal Court in the Hague and for the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda. She was also awarded a Pegasus Fellowship from the Honourable Society of the Inner Temple in London, which enabled her to work in various Chambers in London, including Essex Court Chambers and Doughty Street Chambers. In addition to her professional commitments, Fadzayi was the spokesperson and a leading political activist in the #ThisFlag Citizens’ Movement between 2016 and 2017 where she led a political activism campaign against top government officials including the Governor of the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe and the Ministry of Health. She ran for the post of Member of Parliament for Mt Pleasant Constituency where she contested as an independent candidate in the 2018 election. Fadzayi is currently the National Spokesperson of Zimbabwe’s main opposition party, the Movement for Democratic Change Alliance. You can find her here: @advocatemahere on Twitter @zim_iron_lady on Instagram, and  Fadzayi Mahere on LinkedIn
March 30, 2021
Barbara Kamba-Nyathi is The Emotional Alchemist: Psychotherapist, lifestyle and wellness coach, and bestselling author. She is the founder and CEO of Bold Dialogue.  Barbara is a Tony Elumelu Foundation alumna, Cherie Blair Foundation alumna, and the Namibia FlyingLabs in-house psychotherapist and interim director brand ambassador for U Motle. She is also the country chapter head for First Class On Your Becoming Namibia and Zimbabwe and a two-time TEDx speaker. Barbara is a catalyst for holistic transformation, empowerment, and regeneration. She is an intuitive healer who assists people to regenerate after deep emotional wounding, trauma, personal and professional loss, and life changes. She blends coaching and psychotherapy with eclectic methods such as Gestalt, color, play, and clay therapy to activate and achieve holistic growth and healing. She holds an OA Dip for coaching, Post Grad Dip Psychology from Roehampton University, You can reach her on or @bolddialogue on Instagram Her website is
March 22, 2021
What I learnt from this conversation with Pastor Funmi Johnson was how important it is for a mother to have a vision for her children, how critical it is for a man to marry a woman who is wiser than him, and how patience pays off in the end - you just don't know when!  Olufunmilola Ayoola Johnson (Funmi Johnson) or Pastor Funmi as she is affectionately known, is a life coach, certified International Financial Corporation ("IFC") trainer, a passionate intercessor and astute counsellor who brings clarity in the areas of family life and entrepreneurship. She is Chief Executive Officer, Whitefield Foundation, a not-for-profit enterprise that provides education and financially empowering skills to women and youth across Africa. She has also been involved in several relief initiatives. An Associate Member, International Third-World Leaders Association (ITWLA), Funmi has three kingdom books to her credit, 'Must I Submit?' , 'The Secret Black Book Of Wealth' and the best-selling 'The Secret Golden Book of Wealth for Couples'. She is the Convener, 'Couples Breakfast', an outreach that seeks to build formidable families. Her greatest passion is to see all humans walk in dominion as God intended (regardless of gender or color). She is host of the popular weekly radio programme, ‘FamilyTodayWithFunmiJohnson’ that airs every Friday between 11:30am to 12noon on Inspiration 92.3fm Lagos, Nigeria. Blessed with three young adults, Funmi is married to Tokunbo Beulah Johnson and together they exercise spiritual oversight on The Capstone (Church Without Walls), a kingdom enterprise in the city of Lagos. Follow her on:  Youtube Instagram Twitter and Facebook  Capstone Resource Centre(CRC), 25, McEwen Street, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos
March 16, 2021
Brendah has been marching to the beat of her own drum since she left home in her early twenties - making her mark in media and digital communication. She is a talented and adaptable communicator and writer who loves telling stories that resonate with brands and audiences at large. As an entrepreneur, she built a Johannesburg based digital content studio which became a force to be reckoned with on the digital marketing landscape. Maidenand Pty Ltd (formerly Content Candy) produced top-quality content – across traditional and digital channels – for some of SA's biggest brands, agencies and publishing houses. She has penned business pieces, thought-leadership articles and socio-political commentary for The Daily Maverick, Mail & Guardian and Atlanta Post in the US. In corporate circles, she held Marketing positions at Media24 (FHM and heat magazines), Mail & Guardian and Multichoice. In 2011 she took the helm of the prestigious Afropolitan Magazine as Editor, a position she successfully undertook for a 5-year period. On the media front she was a radio presenter at Radio 3 in Zimbabwe and MetroFM and Radio 702 in South Africa. Achievements Finalist in the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards South Africa 2020 in the category of Outstanding Writer. Finalist in the Nedbank 702 Small Business Accelerator programme in 2017. One of 50 women entrepreneurs chosen to take part in Standard Bank’s #EntrepreneurialSpirit Winning Women programme in partnership with GIBS. Finalist in the Zimbabwe Achievers Awards South Africa 2014 in the category of Small Business Owner. Featured in Mentorfeed and Essentials magazine. One of 75 African women picked to be part of the inaugural Young Africa Women Leaders (YAWL) initiative by former FLOTUS Michelle Obama. Social Responsibility Co-founded early education centres for underprivileged children in Johannesburg. Member of the Young African Leaders Initiative. Accredited Women's Life Coach and Counsellor.
March 09, 2021
Njambi Koikai is a radio & TV host, artist, DJ, actress, event host, endowarrior, and celebrated reggae emcee based in Nairobi, Kenya. Born and bred in Kawangware, she grew up around great musical influences that heavily inspired her interest and career in music. Known for her outstanding persona and stage presence especially in the reggae scene, Njambi came into the spotlight when she hosted a reggae show on Metro FM. A trailblazer and multi-talented superstar, she has cemented her place as one of Kenya’s renowned media personalities. Born and raised by a single mum and her late grandmother in a slum in Kawangware in Nairobi, Kenya, Njambi's mum sacrificed all she had to make sure she got the best education.  As a young child, she suffered a serious identity crisis and teenage delinquency coupled with Endometriosis that saw her go through a very rough period of high school. But  - she came out fighting and today she counts her mother, grandmother, and younger sister as her greatest influences. They instilled great values, the essence of hard work, the importance of prayer, and through their subtle strength, intellectualism and motivation.
March 02, 2021
An entrepreneur who leads with passion and boundless energy, Adetola is as action-oriented as she is thorough. When nothing is moving, she makes it move. A strong advocate for preparation and mentorship, she is a testament to how both these factors can propel you to success if you trust the process. Her never-say-die attitude has lead her into ventures as diverse as events management, auto repairs, entertainment and promotion, food, beverages, business services, and property management. This diversification has enabled her to keep her business afloat and her staff in employment right through the various difficult COVID-19 scenarios which have affect the events and hospitality industries the most. Adetola is a very active member (and former president of the Nigeria chapter) of Junior Chamber International - JCI.  With 15 years work experience in the corporate sector (including banking, construction, manufacturing and hospitality) where she honed her skills in sales, marketing, relationship management, credit analysis and customer service, leadership, and management, Adetola now leverages everything she knows for her own businesses.  In this conversation, she shares the story of her leadership journey as a woman who dares. 
February 23, 2021
Did you know that children who are allowed to climb grow up to be more confident as adults?  The secret to confidence is not really in the climbing - it's the falling that matters most. Children who are allowed to climb become accustomed to falling, and that's what expands their confidence! In this episode Thembe Khumalo shares some of the most frightening moments of her adult life, and how she pushed against her fears to achieve her dreams. We hope these stories help you find the courage to move forward with yours too, and we'd love to hear your feedback on what has resonated with you most in the Women Who Dare series. Email us on or comment in our social feeds @brandtobuildco
February 17, 2021
There is something to be said for a leader who has the call to lead running in her veins and imbued in her spirit. Yawa Hansen-Quao is one such woman. Learning from an early age never to let anyone steal her voice or her power, she grew into a strong, successful, courageous woman who is accelerating African development and economic growth through building a stronger civil service in Ghana.  A visionary leader whose career landmarks include being recognized as one of Africa’s Rising Leaders at the World Economic Forum on Africa, being awarded an Eisenhower Fellowship in honour of her pioneering work nurturing emerging women leaders, being the Founder of the Leading Ladies’ Network as well as serving on the board of Ashesi University? There's more, but we want you to focus on this conversation for now! Yawa believes her imagination is one of the most important tools she has, and shares some really game-changing tips for finding your courage. 
February 10, 2021
Saray Khumalo doesn't just push barriers, break taboos and smash ceilings, she also climbs mountains - literally! She became the first black African woman to reach the summit of Mt Everest on her 4th attempt, which tells you everything you need to know about her resilience, determination and strength of character.  But for many years Saray was coasting along, doing the things a good girl is supposed to do and ticking the right boxes. As an experienced business executive, she has a solid track record in some of South Africa’s leading financial institutions as an eCommerce and Loyalty Specialist. It took losing a family member for her to ask herself some tough questions about purpose, passion and the price of complacency. Today she is a global transformational coaching working with executives and business leaders across the world. She is also the founder of Summits with a Purpose, an initiative that has raised funds and built physical and digital libraries in disadvantaged African schools. She believes that literacy and education have the power to change the narrative for the next generation.  
February 01, 2021
Fierce, phenomenal, and utterly fabulous, Modesta Mahiga-Mbughuni is a woman on fire. A lawyer, author, leadership coach and so much more, she was named “one of Africa’s Movers and Shakers” by the Times of London. She is the founder of Modesta.Africa and her mission is to build African leaders for global competitiveness. Her story will make you laugh, cry and applaud, but most of all, it will leave you inspired to play your part in bettering Africa today.
January 26, 2021
Jacqueline Mgido is a renowned celebrity makeup artist, stylist, entrepreneur, and CEO of ​Jackie Mgido Cosmetics​, an international makeup company with locations in Zimbabwe, Los Angeles, Uganda, and Kenya. Jackie’s artistry, dynamic personality, and passion for excellence have enabled her to amass an impressive clientele of critically acclaimed artists, to work on film/television including: MTV, the Billboard Music Awards, The Real Housewives of Orange County, All My Children, Another World, The Bachelor, The Bachelorette, and the Academy Awards. and to have her work featured in media campaigns for Louis Vuitton, Elle and Forbes magazines. In addition to this, she is the CEO of Jackie Mgido Cosmetics, a brand she founded to "​ ... provide woman across the globe with innovative and affordable products and services that enable them to enhance their natural (beauty/features) rather than change them.​ "  A proud daughter of Zimbabwe, Jackie is thrilled to call Harare home to both the company headquarters and flagship store. She and her team are excited to continue to grow the company organically and are constantly developing a new line of products and services.   Her energy and enthusiasm are unstoppable! Jackie Mgido is a woman who dares. 
January 19, 2021
#26 The Power of African Women
How much do you know about African women?  About their history, their potential and their power....?  This conversation will inform, entertain and inspire you. Now here is a man who understands African women: Mutsa Samuel is a global speaker, a serial entrepreneur and the author of Your Authentic Self.  He has spoken widely in Africa and Europe and spreads his deep love and respect for Africa and Africans wherever he goes. Today he shares insights on African identity, what makes women wonderful and his favourite African women leaders. 
January 12, 2021
#25. Bold and brilliant beginnings at Brandbuilder
We have a very important announcement, and a conversation about the future we want for you, our clients as well as for Africa.  Join Thembe Khumalo and Selina Zigomo on our first episode of 2021.
January 05, 2021
24. Powerful questions for a year to remember!
As we come to the end of an extraordinary year, how can you make sure you hold on to everything that was good about 2020?  How will you avoid repeating the mistakes you made in the past?  What lessons might you be missing that could propel you forward in the year ahead?  What matters most as you plan your life going forward? I have put together my favourite planning questions for you.  there are some good old favourites that you've heard before, but also a few newbies that might surprise and delight you! Enjoy the conversation and see you on the other side. 
December 29, 2020
No 23. People Need People
I am riding solo this week, sharing a part of my personal story that convinced me about the importance of being part of a community and reminding you of the beautiful Christmas present Brandbuilder has prepared for you.  Merry Christmas 
December 21, 2020
No 22. Falling in love with a wounded land
When other little girls were dreaming of becoming princesses, Debra Magwada already had her eye on a bigger prize - the earth! She learnt from watching her grandfather and the community around him that you have to respect everything that comes from nature - people, animals, plants, land. In this conversation, she shares her journey to becoming one of a handful of female conservation entrepreneurs in Africa, and how she came to be the Founder and CEO of Rejuvinate! Umhlaba, a company that sources financing for land restoration from those who inflict the greatest damage on it. . She also shares some of her deepest insights, including the fact that you are your own motivational speaker. 
December 14, 2020
No 21. Telling it like it is
If you want to do something big, something scary, something amazing, the best person to talk to is someone who has done it before you.  Find out what you can learn, what preparation you need to make and which mistakes you can avoid.  Tariro Makina, Selina Zigomo and Michell Hakata have all taken the brave move to quit the 9 to 5 and go solo. Find out what they have to say about it in this episode.  Then, if you want to know more about building a consulting practice, if you want someone to help you develop an actual actionable plan that you can use to set up and grow your side hustle or full-time consultancy, sign up here for the Monetise Your Knowledge programme, running from 14 to 18 December 2020. 
December 08, 2020
No 20. How do you want to live?
Carl Joshua Ncube isn't just a comedian.  He is an astute businessman who has carefully curated his brand over many years to deliver the life he wants to live.  In this conversation, he tells us how he sees life as a long game of snakes and ladders, how he became who he is today, and why he and his wife are living on a bus in the resort town of Victoria Falls.  If you've ever wondered what it might be like to live your truth, look to Carl and Nelsy, and you'll get the live experience. 
November 30, 2020
No 19. Can you optimize yourself?
Jito Kayumba is a partner in a private equity firm in Lusaka Zambia. But he is more than that. He is a teacher and a student of life - constantly pushing the boundaries of his potential, driving towards excellence and making his contribution to building the kind of Africa we all want to live in. We talked about mastery, about creating systems for succeeding in your field, about personal branding and the role of social media, as well as about what’s hot in Africa right now!
November 25, 2020
No 18. Ideas that Solve Problems
If you love thinking about thinking, and talking about solutions; if you love pondering about purpose and investigating innovation, then you will love this conversation with Musekiwa Samuriwo. An entrepreneur, strategist, designer, author, speaker and consultant, Musekiwa makes a life and a living by using his gifts to add value to businesses, individuals and communities. He has mastered accumulating knowledge and packaging it in ways that make it accessible to broader audiences. His latest book, The Lion and the Maasai Warrior simple and transformative ideas that cost very little - he calls them bare bone innovations, and explores how Africa can use the skills, talents, and time it already has to develop innovations that can solve many of the problems facing the continent. 
November 16, 2020
No 17. It's not about the money in the honey
It's really about the critical role that bees play in the global ecosystem. Terence Chambati is an advertising executive turned conservation entrepreneur.  His story left me gasping on so many different levels.  Listen in to find out how he made the switch, and why the work he is doing is so important, not just for Africa, but in the world.  You'll be inspired by his vision, motivated by his boldness and enthralled by his compassion for and sense of responsibility for the planet.
November 10, 2020
No. 16 Lessons from an Executive Coach
This week Akua Nyame Mensah talks to us about building self-awareness, simplifying engagement and setting and achieving appropriate expectation. But that's not all - she also shares some her of exciting career moves, and the lessons she's learnt along the way.   When a seasoned coach tells you you can "make the most of your future by understanding your present," you can't help but really pause and reflect on your life. Here's hoping this episode results in as much insight and introspection for you as it did for us. 
November 03, 2020
No 15. Unleashing your inner Empress!
Empress Pat is a force of female energy that you do not want to mess with.  Deeply immersed in the media and communication space, she is passionate about recognising and elevating the humanity of all people and especially that of black women.  Pat shares highlights of her journey to recognising her inner empress and how she built an authentic personal brand.
October 27, 2020
No 14. Feeling stuck or frazzled? Me tooooooo!
Join me on a self-coaching journey in this episode as I go through 8 of my favourite ways to find clarity and calm when I am feeling overwhelmed.  I think you'll find it useful:-)
October 20, 2020
No. 13 Who are you and why do you matter?
Who do you want to be?  Where do you want to go?  How do you want to live? These are critical career questions for every leader.  They help you live a life of purpose and align your daily activity to what's most important in your life. Brand positioning is the most important process in building a brand because it helps us figure out where a brand sits in the sea of competition and what territory it seeks to own and dominate.  Listen to Thembe in this episode where she provides some tips about what you can do to start the process of positioning your brand. 
October 12, 2020
No 12. Do you know your power?
If you have ever doubted your power or had any kind of discomfort about standing in your power, you need to listen to this. You will find out what I learnt from Pattie Sellers at Time Inc, and what my mother said to me in the middle of a break-up! 
October 06, 2020
No. 11 African start-ups, systems and scaling
Noreen Makosewe is a London based strategy expert who supports small businesses that are ready to scale. Her path to this sweet spot was more like zig-zagging a jungle gym than climbing a corporate ladder, but that journey helped her get real clarity on what matters most, and what her specific important work is the world should be.   Join us as we hear about her journey and her thoughts on the start-up scene in Africa. 
September 28, 2020
No 10. Women in Leadership in Africa - the ICT Space
What does it take to build a successful brand as an African woman leader? Is there room for women to lead in the ICT sector in Africa? What can women learn from those who have succeeded before them? What does the future look like for the next generation of young women who want to lead? All this and more as we talk to Sonwabise Mzinyathi, Chair of the Board of Directors for the South Africa Women in ICT Forum. Sonwabise is passionate about the potential for technology to help governments and industry bridge the global inequality gap. She is the (Acting) Chair of the Board of Directors for the South African Women in ICT Forum, a Forum that services to create opportunities for women in South Africa’s ICT sector and ICT-enabled industries. She is also the founder of Source Creations, an impact investing company focused on environmental, social and governance (ESG) innovation in the technology space. Sonwabise serves as a Councillor on the B-BBEE ICT Sector Council. She has a post-grad in International Relations and is pursuing her MBA with the African Leadership University School of Business. Sonwabise’s career has led her to leadership roles with global tech companies; namely: networking and software company Cisco Systems where she was also a Board Director, fintech data analytics company Refinitiv, and media and data company Thomson Reuters. She has also been a Diplomat of South Africa based at the South African High Commission in New Delhi, India. Currently, she looks after Global Policy and Government Affairs for Southern and East Africa at Global Citizen, which curated Mandela 100 in 2018, in April 2020 curated the One World-Together At Home global broadcast which raised $127 million towards the COVID-19 response, and in June 2020 curated the Global Goal- Unite For Our Future campaign which received support from AU Chair President Cyril Ramaphosa and raised $25 million in COVID19 response initiatives from the ECOWAS region. She is a speaker and a columnist on the topics of economic benefits for diversity and inclusion with a focus on women in tech, ESG investing, sustainable go-to-market strategies that embed UN SDG considerations and ESG investing. Mentoring young people is something she is deeply passionate about and pursues it in her spare time. LinkedIn: Sonwabise Sebata  Twitter: @Sonwabise
September 21, 2020
No 9. Pump up your Productivity with The Goal-getter Girl!
If there’s one thing I learnt in this conversation, it’s that Tafadzwa Bete Sasa doesn’t let you get away with ticking boxes! If you set a goal, you better believe she’s going to require you to achieve it. Join us for this really helpful conversation full of practical strategies to help you be more productive. Tafadzwa Bete Sasa is a high-performance coach, training facilitator and consultant. She designs and facilitates tools and systems to help individuals and teams clarify goals and align day-to-day activities towards the results they really want.  Away from her laptop, she loves hugs and hot chocolate, yellow flowers and spending Sundays on self-care and her favourite humans. 
September 14, 2020
No 8. Can your personal brand survive African politics?
Edward Shila has taken what he’s learnt from a career in advertising and communications as well as his entrepreneurial skills into the political arena in Tanzania. His clear vision for leadership on the continent might just inspire you to do the same!
September 08, 2020
No 7. You Can Find Your Purpose
Are you tired of hearing about how you need to find your purpose? Or not sure what people even mean when they talk about purpose? Then you will love this conversation in which Barbara Mutedzi, a conscious leadership coach opens up about purpose and how your leadership journey can benefit from you knowing yours.    Barbara Mutedzi is a Conscious Leadership Coach trained in neuroscience-based coaching and with a background in health and community psychology; socio-cultural and medical anthropology. As a human catalyst, her purpose is to help you harness and control the power you already have within you, to live your life purpose. Where you may not be sure or need help clarifying your purpose, Barbara helps you on the path to figuring it out. Specific to businesses and leaders, Barbara focuses on sharpening their leadership skills, by honing in on their business acumen, emotional intelligence and agility; all with the purpose of increasing performance, impact and profit.  You can find Barbara on or follow her here:
August 31, 2020
No 6 - What it takes to win in the FMCG industry in Africa!
Our guest Tess Aromesule is a consumer packaged goods expert doing business in Lagos, Nigeria. She coaches and trains SMEs in the FMCG sector on everything from negotiating with retailers to branding.
August 24, 2020
No 5. Let’s talk pricing!
How do small business owners find the right balance between maximizing revenue and making their goods accessible to the people who need them? In this episode Thembe discusses 4 critical things you need to look at in order to get your pricing right. PLUS some bonus pricing tips
August 18, 2020
No 4. Secrets of successful public speakers with Miss Noma
What’s the number one skill you need to be able to sell your business or product? Public speaking! If you have strong presentation skills you will find it much easier to persuade people to work with you. Listen to Noma, a speaking coach and customer service consultant.
July 24, 2020
No 3. Five Good reasons to rebrand
We try to discourage rebranding on a whim, but sometimes the situation does call for a new look and feel! Learn more about when it’s OK to change your visual brand identity.
July 08, 2020
No 2. Branding gets personal
How did we come to start talking about personal branding and what does it really mean? Tune in to learn more.
June 30, 2020
No 1. 8 Powerful Personal Branding Habits
Which habits can you adopt to make sure your personal brand stands out above the noise. In this episode we break down what personal branding is and how you can start to build a good one with great habits.
June 23, 2020