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Brand to Build with Thembe

By Thembe Khumalo

Every week we ask African leaders to share their stories - How did they become who they are? What motivates them to overcome challenges? Where are they going from here? Our goal is to showcase African leadership brands while inspiring and edifying the next generation of leaders.
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No 7. You Can Find Your Purpose

Brand to Build with ThembeAug 31, 2020



LadyTshawe is a multi-talented award-winning artist. Her artistic style, expression and image embody her abilities, aspirations and achievements. She is a force whose convictions and views about equal opportunities for self-expression influence her writing, theatrical roles, music and conversations.

Her professional artistic journey began in 2009 and she advocates for expressing herself as a person, which is far from the need to be afforded privileges because she is a woman. She aspires to influence the performing, entertainment and research sectors globally.

Lady Tshawe has performed in numerous theatre productions in and outside the country such as Zambezi Express, Tellers: The Musical and Blood Tongue which saw her win best theatre actress in 2018 at Bulawayo Arts Awards (BAA), to name but a few.

Also in 2017 she was selected as the Zimbabwean Scriptwriter for the Zimbabwe/UK collaboration ‘Unified Women’ under Nhimbe’s WiTT programme. Under the same WiTT programme In 2021 she was selected to be the Zimbabwean Lead Artist for a Zimbabwe/UK collaboration 'Here, There, Now'. In 2019 she wrote and directed her first theatre production ‘6.55’ which saw her win the 2020 BAA Best Theatre Production, started her own theatre company in 2021 which staged its first play ‘Kumnyama’ in the same year.

Lady Tshawe plans on creating a hub where artists can be mentored and trained in poetry, script-writing, and acting, assist them to get published or have platforms to perform and create work. She is currently the Project Coordinator at The Oasis: Creators Hub.

She one day hopes to create a tea brand as she is addicted to tea and thinks coffee ain’t all that :)

Aug 29, 202320:20
Aug 16, 202333:19


Linda Mabhena-Olagunju is the Founder and CEO of DLO Energy Group Resources. At the age of 27 she became the owner of one of Africa’s largest wind farms. Globally she is one of the first black women to own renewable energy power plants. She is a unique African voice on matters of climate change and the just energy transition. DLO Energy Resources Group operates as an independent power producer, driving the transition to clean and sustainable energy solutions in South Africa and other parts of the African continent. With a track record of successful operational and financial involvement in the sector, DLO Energy Resources Group has established itself as a leading force in the renewable energy industry.

Over and above her roles in the energy sector Linda is an experienced executive. She was the youngest member to be appointed to the University of Oxford’s International Advisory Board. In 2023 she was listed as one of the most influential women in Africa by New African Magazine. She was also listed on Oprah Winfrey’s Power List and has been featured on the cover of Forbes Africa. She is the recipient of the 2017 Veuve Clicquot Businesswomen Award as well the prestigious CNBC all-Africa Business Leaders Awards.

Instagram: @lindamabhena_olagunju

LinkedIn: Linda Mabhena-Olagunju

Twitter: @linda_mabhena

Aug 08, 202331:57


Sapi Bachi is the co-founder of Queen Productions. She has over 20 years’ experience in the Marketing and Communications industry. She has worked in various capacities including leading a regional multimillion dollar business. Sapi is an entrepreneur whose focus is on Africa and Africa’s potential to be self- sufficient. She is passionate about storytelling and changing the narrative of Africa by shining a light on the untold stories of African Women.

Jul 25, 202330:43


Nozipho (Mbanjwa) Tshabalala is a conversation strategist moderating global conversations that are designed to have measurable outcomes. She is in demand for her unique and insightful ability to facilitate difficult conversations with courage, depth and breadth. As an internationally acclaimed conference moderator and Human Capital Advocate for The World Bank and Global Citizen, she has successfully moderated conversations for global and African institutions including, leading listed and unlisted multinational corporations, business schools, and civil society organisations that seek to leverage conversations for change.

Nozipho is also an award-winning financial markets broadcaster lifting the African business story through the lens of leadership, performance, the political economy, development finance, gender mainstreaming, and youth development.

Nozipho is an executive director at LRMG, supporting the LRMG transformation journey, a faculty member for Duke Corporate Education in Africa, a fellow of the Gordon Institute for Business Science’s Centre for African Management and Markets (CAMM), a Tutu fellow, and in 2019 was named one of 2019 100 Most Influential Young Africans.

She is an alumni of the following academic institutions:

• Said Business School, Oxford (Tutu Fellow)
• University of London (Masters in International Studies)
• Stellenbosch Business School (|Masters in Development Finance – cum laude), • University of Pretoria (Hons: International Relations)

Jul 18, 202327:29


Zandile Zazalicious Ndlovu is a media personality, public relations consultant and SRHR Gender Rights Advocate with over 20 years work experience in media communications, marketing, business development, financial and conference management. She was that familiar face that conducted public health awareness campaigns on tv, radio and roadshows across the country during Covid 19 pandemic with the Ministry of Health and Childcare, Ministry of Information Publicity and Broadcasting Services and the Ministry of Women Affairs, Community and SME Development. Her love for journalism and broadcasting started at Solusi University where she worked in the Student Media Centre and was trained as an intern at the ZBC Bulawayo Montrose studios. After graduation she became a banker for 7years before moving into the NGO sector in South Africa. She worked as the Operations Manager for Media Monitoring Africa and helped train journalists from across Africa on Media Ethics and Child Rights. Her project with Children in Media won her a 1 million euro grant and got her to showcase the child journalists presenting a petition to the Heads of State in Durban for COP17 in 2010. She returned to Zimbabwe in 2012 to care for her mother and concurrently made a name for herself as a Radio personality and TV News Anchor. She served 4 years at ZBC First on the Main News then on Good Morning Zimbabwe as well as on the Current Affairs desk as host and producer.

A highly sought after Master of Ceremonies with experience with the UN, Zimbabwe Government, Corporates and Embassies. She is a multi-lingual and passionate creative. An Events Planner as she has been the Executive Producer for the NAMA from 2011-2014 and ZIMA. Has MCd national musical galas. Current Affairs TV Producer having been the tv host at State functions such as Heroes burials, and most national day holiday events. She brings life to an event with her bubbly, energetic and highly interactive engagement approach.

She founded BrandZa Communications in 2014 upon her return from the USA. It’s a media consultancy company that designs media content and messaging for clients. They Film and do tv shows or documentaries such as the NDS1 dialogue series for Ministry of Finance and Economic Development and the Office of the President and Cabinet. She also does public relations and crisis management with solutions for corporates, politicians and artists. She also offers conference and events management services including professional MCing. She is currently in university pursuing a Masters in International Trade and Diplomacy with the University of Zimbabwe with the aim of becoming an Ambassador serving the nation.

She has a vast network of government, corporate industry experts, service providers and entertainment talent she works with and has carved a niche in working with most notable corporate brands in Zimbabwe and South Africa. She is a Media Entrepreneurship (IVLP) USA International Visitor Leadership Program Fellow and Women In News Africa Accelerator Program Fellow. And she was the Zimbabwe team manager at the 2017 World Championships of Arts held in Hollywood with her team bringing home 12 gold medals, 1 bronze and 2 silver medals.

Jul 11, 202330:42
#55 Dont Call It A Comeback!

#55 Dont Call It A Comeback!

Yes, we're back. It was a long time-out, but a productive one. In this solo episode, I'll be sharing some of the reasons I needed to get away, and what i think is so good about spending some time away from the hustle and grind.

Jul 04, 202322:45
#54. SICELO DUBE - The STEM Lady

#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. 

Oct 27, 202139:04
#53 BEV SEBASTIAN - Untamed

#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.

Oct 20, 202139:48
#52 ANNIVERSARY EDITION - Invest in yourself

#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

Oct 13, 202121:12
#51 TRISH CARMEN - How image creates credibility and confidence

#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

Oct 06, 202135:35
#50 EMMANUELLA IMO - Communication for non-profits

#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.

Sep 22, 202140:05
#49 TSITSI MUTENDI - African Family Firms and Securing the Future

#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.

Sep 13, 202151:07
#48 The Creatives - BETTY SIBESO

#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

Sep 06, 202121:31
#47 The Creatives - NTOMBI MALAZA

#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:

Jul 21, 202132:12
#46 The Creatives - MARK VAN DEN BERGH

#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.

Jul 05, 202129:41
#45 The Creatives - Atang Arnold

#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.

Jun 28, 202121:27
#44 The Creatives - SHINGIRAYI SABETA

#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”.

Jun 01, 202148:39
#43 Kuda Musasiwa - A serial entrepreneur leveraging technology

#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, 202101:24:16
May 12, 202121:00
#41 ELINA KAMBA - Neuromarketing

#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

Apr 27, 202142:48


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

Apr 20, 202138:47
#39. AMMA ABOAGYE - Intrapreneurship and cultural innovation

#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


Twitter: @TheAfropole 

Instagram: The Afropole

LinkedIn: Amma Aboagye

Apr 13, 202144:02


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. 


Apr 06, 202120:42


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

Mar 30, 202101:08:39


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

Mar 22, 202157:44


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: 




and Facebook

 Capstone Resource Centre(CRC), 25, McEwen Street, off Herbert Macaulay Street, Sabo, Yaba, Lagos

Mar 16, 202156:42


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.


  • 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

Mar 09, 202157:19


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.

Mar 02, 202133:01


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. 

Feb 23, 202146:06


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

Feb 17, 202131:16


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. 

Feb 10, 202152:24


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.


Feb 01, 202143:28


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.

Jan 26, 202155:36


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. 

Jan 19, 202101:10:11
#26 The Power of African Women

#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. 

Jan 12, 202145:18
#25. Bold and brilliant beginnings at Brandbuilder

#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.
Jan 05, 202133:35
24. Powerful questions for a year to remember!

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. 

Dec 29, 202019:31
No 23. People Need People

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 

Dec 21, 202016:50
No 22. Falling in love with a wounded land

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. 

Dec 14, 202036:48
No 21. Telling it like it is
Dec 08, 202033:39
No 20. How do you want to live?

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. 

Nov 30, 202001:00:59
No 19. Can you optimize yourself?

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!
Nov 25, 202033:53
No 18. Ideas that Solve Problems
Nov 16, 202047:20
No 17. It's not about the money in the honey

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.

Nov 10, 202048:37
No. 16 Lessons from an Executive Coach

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. 

Nov 03, 202048:43
No 15. Unleashing your inner Empress!

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.

Oct 27, 202047:24
No 14. Feeling stuck or frazzled? Me tooooooo!

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:-)

Oct 20, 202022:02
No. 13 Who are you and why do you matter?

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.
Oct 12, 202015:20
No 12. Do you know your power?

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!
Oct 06, 202018:19