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female leaders - Interview with Bibi Apampa, QueenMakers
April 23, 2010
Inside / Out with Bibi Apampa
is the Director of The Empowerment Centre Ltd, Founding Trustee
She is also an internationally sought after Author, Entrepreneur,
Motivational Speaker, Global Trainer, Life and Business Coach and
Investor who has helped many people improve their lives financially,
physically, personally, spiritually and professionally.
issues do you feel affect girls and young women in Zimbabwe?
I think the
main thing is not having a role model. Many of them seem to have
lost hope. They don't seem to have a vision of what they want
in life and what they want to do. I find that very painful. I see
girls that have no idea of where they're going. You ask them
what they want to do in the future and they say I want to be a beauty
therapist. I ask them 'don't you want to go to Uni,
don't you see yourself becoming a lawyer?' The girls
are not aiming high. I think when we went through the challenges
of the past few year, many of them saw their parents fortunes being
eroded, many of them saw people they looked up to coming down and
not having much. So for them they lost hope. For many of them they
saw their parents not being able to afford the basic necessities
of life and they asked themselves, so what's the hope for
do you think women themselves need to do to bring about social and
political equality in Zimbabwe?
think there is inequality as such. I think women are empowered;
they just need to do more. They need to become role models and to
teach young girls that there's a future out there for them,
that if they conceive and believe it, they can achieve it.
think there is a role for men in helping women achieve their goals?
In my own life, for instance, my father was a role model for me.
He always told me I could achieve anything. I think when you have
a positive role model it helps a young girl to grow more fulfilled.
She's very comfortable in herself, she's confident and
she knows she can achieve anything.
is the defining idea behind Queenmakers?
The idea is
to raise future female leaders. We find that men have been leading
us since Independence, but in the areas that women have held positions,
they have been outstanding. The idea behind Queen maker is to help
nurture, promote and develop young women who we have identified
as having the potential to become leaders. Grooming and mentoring
them and helping them to achieve their goals in life.
do you identify potential leaders?
We go into schools,
we have debates, and we hold competitions. We look for ladies who
have a fighting spirit, we look for ladies who are focussed and
who, and even though their academic performance may not be that
high, have a goal and a vision. All they need is someone to mentor
them and hold them by the hand and show them the way to the top.
programmes will you be running?
We will have
three programmes or academies. The Queenmakers Academy, in which
young ladies will go through a period of personal development, acquiring
life skills and where they will be trained to become leaders. Once
they graduate from the Queenmakers Academy, they will be matched
to a mentor in their chosen field. This will be someone they can
be accountable to, whom they would submit their school reports to,
someone who will show them how, they themselves, became successful
in the field the young lady wants to be in. Then we will have what
we call the Entrepreneurs Academy. We are thinking of raising ladies
who would have their own business, they therefore need the skills
to become entrepreneurs. The academy will teach skills on how to
start a business, how to run and grow their business globally and
not just within Zimbabwe. The last academy we are running is called
the Brides Academy. This is for women of marriageable age. We want
to raise ladies who will be successful at home as well as in their
profession. Before the young ladies get into marriage, they will
be given pre-marital counselling where they will be taught how to
know and choose their life partner. Someone who has the same vision
and goals; someone who would share their aspirations in life. We
want young ladies who see marriage as a covenant not as a contract
that you can get out of. They would go through courses in home management,
home finance, child and toddler care, and relationships. Our slogan
for this academy is 'warm house, warm food, warm bed'.
have any words of advice?
The first thing
is to have a dream, its only when you have a dream that your dream
can come true. So you need to know where you are going and what
you want to achieve. You have to have the desire to be successful.
You need to cross over a mental line in your mind so that you can
be determined in fulfilling your success. Next you need to be determined
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