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We are not the same, writes Grace Mugabe
It’s no secret that there is another Grace Mugabe and she isn’t an accountant from Perth, plus she is getting a lot of very negative media exposure at the moment so is at the forefront of many people’s mind. For me, this means more and more people do a double take on hearing my name.
It’s become the norm for me to walk into a room and at least one person becomes distracted by my name tag. Obviously, I am not the same Grace that is all over the media but I guess any famous name will elicit a bit of confusion at first glance.
Often what comes next is the inevitable question: “Are you related to Grace Mugabe?”. This is followed by side remarks and whispered comments. It can be super frustrating as I have an important message about financial literacy to share. I always want that to take centrestage and it feels like this is a barrier that I always have to get past first.
Sometimes it even becomes a barrier to business relationships. More than once I have had people want to confirm we are of no relation before they feel comfortable doing business with me. There are about 72,000 Mugabes in the world and it’s not a particularly rare name in Africa.
But I guess it’s still a valid question even though it can be a repetitive one to me. As a matter of fact, I have met another woman called Grace Mugabe who was not related to either of us. On a practical note, I have faced some challenges too. Just try doing a Google search of my name and it’s unlikely you will find anything about me. If you add Australia, or better yet accountant, to the search you will have more luck but it’s not until you add in my business name, Financially Empowered, that you get results that feature me exclusively. As a small business owner this is something that I need to compensate for in my marketing, web development and social media.
There have been many instances where I have had difficulty using my name — for example, doing business with countries in which they have the other Grace Mugabe on some sort of a banned list.
Running workshops means I often use EventBrite to facilitate participant bookings and payments. When it came time for EventBrite to release my payments, I was advised that the name Grace Mugabe was on the US Department of Treasury banned list, which meant I had to jump through a lot of hoops to manage to access the funds from my workshop.
I’m currently experiencing similar issues with PayPal. Not great when trying to make payments to overseas suppliers and PayPal is their only payment option.
When I was at university, my dad sent me some money from the US and the FBI was notified because they thought he was sending money to Grace Mugabe’s offshore account — of course, he wasn’t, it was coming to me.
Then there were the numerous times I’ve tried to access the funds in my bank account only to be advised that the account was frozen and I needed to contact the bank to
The facial recognition technology.