Finweek English Edition - - INSIGHT -

Among its many pro­tégés, Vu­nani counts the co-founder and CEO of phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pany Des­tiny Cor­po­ra­tion Group, Nkosi-Yawo Gu­gushe, who spent seven years with Vu­nani, and Pani Tyalimpi, who i s now head of cor­po­rate fi­nance at Harith Gen­eral Part­ners.

In Gu­gushe’s own words: “Ev­ery­thing I have learnt about in­vest­ment bank­ing, and how to be an eco­nomic free­dom cham­pion in the world of su­per-cap­i­tal­ism that we live in, I learnt from Bu­tana, Mark and Ethan, as well as my other col­leagues. There were prac­ti­cal lessons in analysing fi­nan­cial state­ments, build­ing fi­nan­cial and eco­nomic mod­els, pre­sent­ing to clients and en­gag­ing with them to un­der­stand their point of view and per­suade them to yours.”

“Be­yond that, the chance to freel y ex­press one’s i deas, to l earn through er­ror and cor­rec­tion, to dream into the fu­ture and work to make those dreams a re­al­ity were in­te­gral parts of the pack­age. The fact that one was able to do this in an en­vi­ron­ment owned, l ed and ‘ cul­tur­ally’ dom­i­nated by black people was an eye opener.”

Says Tyalimpi: “They ex­posed me to op­por­tu­ni­ties that I would not be ex­posed to un­der nor­mal cir­cum­stances es­pe­cially around that time. The era was still not con­ducive and not ready to sup­port and de­velop black people, let alone for women.

“The mag­ni­tude of trans­ac­tions I worked on and the role I played in those trans­ac­tions [and in Vu­nani in gen­eral], ex­posed me to deeper knowl­edge and shaped my con­fi­dence and char­ac­ter. I was then pre­pared for the road ahead and to be a player who un­der­stands and is able to com­pe­tently deal with the de­mands that come with this sec­tor.”

She con­cludes: “It is not about a salary only but also the work­ing en­vi­ron­ment. Most i mpor­tantly en­trepreneurs must be self- driven, fo­cused, re­silient, com­mit­ted, de­ter­mined and have tenac­ity es­pe­cially i f t hey are women be­cause they have to demon­strate their ca­pa­bil­i­ties twice as much.”

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