Is it possible to be a model, a fashion entrepreneur and still make a change in your community? Well, that’s perfectly practical as has been showcased by the founders of Reform Africa Group, a youth empowerment and society transformation organization that was launched in Johannesburg, South Africa less than a week ago.
The co-founders are Lihle Nkosi, Fezeka Simelane and Adequate Zwane.
As of the time of this publication, the all women co-founders group had already done some work! They teamed up and visited the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in South Africa. They supplied them with groceries and other supplies.
That’s truly commendable. At Best Model Reviews Africa, we support industrious power women who are impacting their societies in serious ways.
Michelle Obama once said that we all can make an impact at our lives.
“You may not always have a comfortable life. And you will not always be able to solve all the world’s problems all at once. But don’t ever underestimate the impact you can have, because history has shown us that courage can be contagious, and hope can take on a life of its own,” The former US First Lady said.
This was at the Young African Women Leaders Forum in 2011. That is what these young women are doing.
In my sit-down with them, they explained why they started Reform Africa Group.
Harun: So Lihle, tell me, how did the idea come about?
Lihle: The reason why we started Reform Africa Group is because we identified a need in the community. There is a high unemployment rate in Africa and so we want to create solutions that inspire youth to realize meaningful employment and overcome the challenges they face on a day to day basis.
H: Interesting. Fezeka, which personal experience led you into this whole new initiative?
Fezeka: One of many personal experiences is growing up around young family and friends who have desires they wish to fulfill but lack skills, finances to attain to achieve their potential. There has also been lack of mentorship.
H: Adequate, why do you feel Reform Africa Group is important at this point in time? What’s that different thing that you have to offer?
Adequate: Reform Africa came about at the right time because we are still young and our main focus is on youth. We understand the difficulties and challenges they face better. As a young entrepreneur, I will offer mentorship and entrepreneurial skills to young people.
H: Any backing or partnerships at the moment, Lihle? What kind of people are you looking forward to work with, young people included?
L: We are currently working on different projects with 4 different African countries and some of the projects will already be running by June, 2018. The projects will mainly focus on Mentorship and Entrepreneurial Skills.
We have teamed up with young hardworking, passionate and determined individuals in the selected countries, and that is basically the kind of people we want to associate ourselves with.
H: Fezeka, apart from this engagement, what else do you do?
F: I am a youth mentor, speaker and I co-own an online store called Dolce Looks. We retail in wigs, lashes and other cosmetics. Our site is www.dolcelooks.co.za.
H: That’s lovely. How about you Adequate?
H: What about you Lihle? What have you been up to lately?
L: I am currently completing my law degree at Varsity College, modeling (signed under Alushi Models), TV Presenting on various platforms and I now take part in a show called Youth Parliament which is on Power FM.
H: Great! Now, tell me about who inspires you guys in your daily lives.
A: My inspiring muse is Micah Gianneli. She inspires me so much in terms of fashion. She is a very strong phenomenal woman.
F: Mine is Nomzamo Mbatha. She adds so much soul and heart in all she does. Her charisma is contagious!
H: How about you Lihle?
L: My mother is my biggest inspiration. From her I learned what it means to be strong, unshaken, to love and be ambitious. I also look up to Khanyi Dhlomo, CEO of Ndalo Media. When we talk about women who bring positive change and inspire others, she always comes to mind.
H: Finally, how people can get involved?
Young people from across Africa can get involved in our programmes by:
a) Jointly co- organising programmes with the Organization;
b) Actively joining the Organization’s programmes and it’s follow-up process;
c) Being a volunteer with the Organization;
d) By sponsoring the work of the Organization.
Our social media handles are:
Facebook: Reform Africa Group
Interview conducted by @harunmomanyi. Harun is an accredited lifestyle and entertainment journalist, known for working with the likes of Yemi Alade, Vanessa Mdee, Sauti Sol, Eddy Kenzo, K.O and other big celebrities. You can check out more of his work at www.momanyiharun.com.