PIETERMARITZBURG-BORN businessperson Wendy Nwankwo is proof of how a combination of perseverance, wit, hard work and the ability to recognise opportunities is very much the key to success when pursuing career goals.
Growing up in Sobantu, she didn’t think she would be an entrepreneur but rather had her sights on completing her studies and finding traditional employment. Her plans were halted during her first year of university when her father was retrenched, leaving her no choice but to seek full-time employment so she could support the family.
A year later she was able to return to tertiary studies and completed a BTech in management at the Durban University of Technology. She also did a postgraduate diploma in management, specialising in monitoring and evaluation, at the University of Witwatersrand. However, it was completing her MBA at the University of KwaZulu-Natal that sparked her interest in entrepreneurship.