ASPIRE’S PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR
This week, Gciniwe Fakudze – the first person to grace the cover of your favourite youth column was unveiled as new mobile telecommunications company Swazi Mobile’s Chief Customer Executive.
And as our first cover, we have followed Fakudze’s moves with keen interest, and we know that so do many other young people who look up to her as a role model.
She has made a great move that represents a young person and what this section stands for – risk takers who will never fear a challenge!
Gciniwe Fakudze has done what so many of our leaders fail to do – which is to challenge themselves, and aim for what they are passionate about! That’s why so many people are sad and inefficient in life – they aren’t doing what they are passionate about.
It’s what Fakudze has been able to do – to continuously challenge herself and subsequently better herself as a brand. With this move, she has moved out of her comfort zone and is looking for a challenge. It is what young people do, they do not fear challenges and that’s why it is of major importance to involve them if there is any development and progression to take place in a country.
Young people do not want dullness and unimaginative ness which is why a 19- year-old Mark Zuckenburg came up with a better form of communication with Facebook, and why a 19-year-old Kai Kloepfer who is otherwise known as ‘the Mark Zuckenburg of guns’ aims to curb gun violence by invent- ing biometrically-activated firearms.
Her move proves a character with guts and insatiable ambition, and this is motivation to young people – because if she has done it, then what can stop you? It proves that it’s possible for a young person to do great things - through persisting to their goals, and of course working hard towards achieving them.
This then leads me to my second point – she has shown that women, well young women to be precise - are also fearless and able to take on top executive positions and further excel in the execution of duties.
With Gciniwe’s appointment, she represents a new era of women. For so long, there’s always been politics towards young women in power. With her, there’s none of that. Her hard-work is what has placed her where she is today. No one can ever credit her success to her tribe, religion, surname or any bedroom politics - because it is known that she is a determined risktaker, who works hard to achieve what she sets her sights on. She is to our country what Lettie Pate-White was to the world when she joined Coca-Cola some decades before an amazing Yende women brought me to this earth.
It is no secret that despite the calls for gender-equality in the world, our country – the whole continent even, has failed to take action and give more women powerful positions. Even with programmes in First World countries designed to encourage women to rise such as flexible working plans, mentoring schemes, assertiveness courses and diversity initiatives and cajoling of all varieties, our country is still falling behind, as it seems all the attempts are in vain.
The only ones who have succeeded in making it have been those in their late 50s. Those who will not face the calamities of rushing home after hours to grill steak for the family dinner or be late f or an early meeting because of ‘issues with the nanny’.
Well Gciniwe represents the success of the new era – and the complete success of this era will also call for the bringing back of those who have managed to bounce back from dropping out because of pregnancy, or those who fell back because of bringing up children. She had stood up for ageism and big-ups to her for that, and of course a big shout out to Swazi Mobile as well for trusting a young person with a top executive position. We know of others who have been in existence for years and claim to believe in the imperative of gender equality who have however failed to prove that. (sighs).