OCTOBER 27, 2014
XENAH ZIREBWA FROM ZIMBABWE WORKS FOR SKYLINEPROMO, AN ICT BUSINESS PROMOTIONAL COMPANY, AS A PARTNER. HER ROLE AS A SYSTEMS SUPPORT SPECIALIST INCLUDES MARKETING AND SALES. XENAH IS ALSO A PASSIONATE BLOGGER, AUTHOR, SOUNDENGINEER AND DISC JOCKEY.
1. How did you hear about the bus? What made you want to get on board?
I have a friend who was part of the bus last year. I watched how the experience changed her as a person. She became my inspiration and that catapulted a desire within me to apply and be part of the venture.
2.What are you hoping to get out of this trip? What are your expectations?
My desire is to learn more about entrepreneurship, design and development. An entrepreneur has the ability to translate intellectual capital into services that can be transacted. A designer is concerned with the packaging, presentation and profiling of the means used, to interpret the service. A developer is the architect of the interpretation given to the service. It can therefore be deducted that there is indeed translation from conceptualization to actualisation.
Witnessing ideas given shape is one of the thrilling moments I cannot wait to experience. My expectation is more knowledge of business ideas and skills needed, as a new paradigm on how to do business, so as to bring about change in Africa as a whole. The opportunity to meet with other people from different regions will help me to glean in what worked for them, also what worked for me, and what is really a fit proposition to the African context. I believe there is hope for Africa. It is an emerging market.
3. Why will connectivity be so important on the bus?
Connectivity is important on the bus not only for communication purposes. Whatever business idea shall be put across, there is need to get on the Internet, so as to check out whether someone did it before,what they failed in and where they made it. Designers need the internet, so does the developer, all for research and educational purposes. On top of that, people on the bus have responsibilities be it at home or work. Keeping in touch with others outside the bus will help one to deal with pertinent matters.
4.What are the three things that motivate you?
I am motivated by the following: my personal vision…passion for technology, the desire to achieve…self-actualisation, and when someone makes it in their area of choice, it is an indication that I can also do the same.
5. What’s the most exciting/proudest/interesting thing you’ve done to date?
The answer can be classified in this regard, a) socially b) personally, and c) professionally.
a) Socially, I managed to start a Christian ministry on behalf of Campus Crusade for Christ, an interdenominational ministry focusing on universities and young professionals at National University of Science and Technology. We then organised a trip to Victoria Falls just to have fun and also minister to people around the place. The culmination of that was a conference in Zambia of all university and young professionals all over the world who were part of the movement. In the church I belong to, I have managed to lead a department in church, Lifetime Media, which caters for sound and advertisements in church, through seminars and socials.
ii) Personally, I am an anonymous blogger, I have written several books not yet published, but share on Facebook and to friends. I have managed to define myself as a person and I find that astounding.
iii) This year was the most exciting, inspired by the rocketing challenges bombarding my country. With a group of friends we have managed to set up a new department at work, cloud services, under an exciting tag line, “What the future holds.” Our driving force is to see people connect to people, businesses connect to businesses and connected people, connecting with connected businesses. In a bid to do that we have coined a new paradigm to doing business, technology ally and technology hives. Under technology ally, we present ourselves as technology friends to our clients, carry out all the cumbersome technical work, whilst we ensure that they stick to the core business.Technology hives is what they become after embracing the use of websites and also social networks for platform integration. It is still a work in progress, so far the clients engaged are happy with the initiative.
6. What next? What are your plans? (Do you have any future ventures/ideas/projects you’re working on?)
Yes…the future plan is to integrate all businesses in Zimbabwe on one platform, help define the business ecosystem and the indispensability of technology, and how the same both interprets and gives advantage to any enterprise.
XENAH IS PARTICIPATING IN THE AMPION VENTURE BUS IN SOUTHERN AFRICA.