Olive Pride appoints Lungi Nhlanhla as its new brand ambassador

By Faeza
13 July 2015

Lungi Nhlanhla to show the way around olives in all its forms

Leading South African olive oil brand, Olive Pride, has appointed former Masterchef contestant Lungi Nhlanhla as its new brand ambassador.

Born and raised in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Lungi grew up in Westville and is now living in Assagay. She studied Fashion and Textiles Design at the Durban University of Technology and Graduated with a Diploma in the field in 2011.

Says Lungi: “I’m so excited about being the new brand ambassador for Olive Pride. I hope to bring a young and fresh way to using the Olive Pride range of products and how people view it. I want to take people on a food journey through recipes, tastings and various other experiences to enjoy the product. You will need to watch the social media space for the next couple of months to see what I have in store.”

Lungi wants to make fans unafraid to try new things. “I’d really like to get people out of their comfort zones of thinking and cooking. I want to make them realise that food is not rocket science and how much more there is to the product than what you see at face value.”

On her experiences in the food industry as contributing food editor to a leading weekly magazine as well as being the youngest Masterchef finalist, Lungi adds: “Being the youngest in anything that you do is always a challenge as it comes with people doubting your ability. What I’ve learnt from both experiences is that age and experience don’t always go hand in hand. Masterchef and the magazine took a chance with me and I think we all benefitted. It has taught me to take chances and to trust your own ability and God given talent.”

Lungi feels her greatest achievement in life so far is having started her own company and living her passion daily. “It’s not very often that you get to do what you love every day, pour your energy into it and gain great rewards from it too.”

On balancing life and work, Lungi remarks: “It’s not an easy task because I run my own business and sometimes forget to make time for my private life. I think by having made a distinction between ‘work Lungi’ and ‘social Lungi’ has made the task a little easier. I always try making time for family and close friends. They help to keep me happy and remind me to not be so serious as I need to keep a balance.”

Lungi loves traveling and visiting new places. “I’m also trying to make gym a hobby because I feel that you need to keep a healthy mind and body to be at your most productive. I also have a few ideas that I’d love to make a reality, so my goal is to grow Lungi’s Corner and my business relationships to be able to make my dreams come true. Another major goal is to no longer procrastinate and just do - you have nothing to lose as every experience is a learning opportunity.”

“I’m just excited for what life has in store for me. Working with Olive Pride, I wish to expand their reach as well as my own and also to find ways of introducing each other to worlds unknown. If you are passionate about something, you can always find a way to make it work for you,” she concludes.