Five minutes with OPW presenter finalist and entrepreneur Noni Mbete

Philanthropist and entrepreneur Noni Mbete
Philanthropist and entrepreneur Noni Mbete

What made you enter the OPW presenter search?

I felt I definitely brought in my different presenting skills. It’s extremely important to be someone people can easily relate to when doing a job like being an OPW presenter. I had it locked on! I’m friendly and I love people.

What have you been doing since the competition?

I had my last-born in June last year. Since then I’ve been busy with my brand and entrepreneurial business. I’m also studying, doing my Bachelor of Business Administration. It’s been a crazy 10 years since I’ve finished school, in-between work as a qualified finance business manager, building my brand, being a wife and a mom.

What lessons have you learnt from your father, Putco Mafani, about making it in the entertainment industry?

I’ve watched him as a young girl with aspirations to follow in his footsteps. He’s so humble and loving. He always reminds us to be deeply rooted in prayer and to never forget the people, to make time to stop and touch a life. I’ll forever carry that with me and put it into practice. The entertainment industry can devour you so quickly if you don’t know yourself and what sets you apart.

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Why did you start the Resolute Women Campaign?

Resolute Women is my personal message to women. I want every young woman to be admirably purposeful, determined and unwavering. And to inspire older women, that can make it possible for young women to become that, to do so. We supply underprivileged girls with matric dance dresses and also hold a mentorship program to provide the girls with mentors to guide them. We’re currently working on our Resolute Youth development summit.

How do you strike the work-life-mommy balance?

I’m a very ambitious person and I’m fortunate to have a husband who understands and supports me. I have to give my family their time. I draw so much strength from them, and they keep my cup full. I’m able to give the best of me in every other aspect of my life, because of them. I strike the balance by prioritising the important parts of my life.

Five tips for other women trying to build a brand:

Know what you want to achieve with your brand. Always put that first; your actions must never contradict your brand. Set your action plan, how you plan to get there and identify what you need to build your brand.Don’t get distracted, focus on yourself and don’t ever mimic other people and their brands.

Pray and have faith. Whatever God has set for you, no one can take away. It’s yours and you have to trust that.

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