FROM ORDINARY GIRL TO BOSS LADY
Written by: Shanice Pillay
“I dedicate my first book to them (my parents) for giving my siblings and I the best when they (my parents) had nothing, mostly for giving us education something daddy never had,” said Manyama.
These are the touching words which Lehlogonolo Manyama (25) an entrepreneur, engineer and her most recent title a published author, lives by.
“Born and raised in Limpopo (Bolobedu), it’s a dusty village with no tar road and access to adequate clean water. I grew up in a tiny four-bedroom house like most of South African black society. I know all the struggles of using the same room as a bedroom and kitchen. My story isn’t that of a lavish girl who grew up with a silver spoon in her mouth,” said Manyama.
The author is grateful for her family’s upbringing and values.
“But behind it all, I had the utmost warmly upbringing the universe could offer. My parents taught me to Fear the Lord, be humble and respect everyone irrespective of their age and race,” she said.
She opted for Chemical Engineering because she wanted to bring change in the industry as it is a male dominated career.
“I wanted to solve problems (by) applying engineering skills and knowledge. I personally opted for Chemical Engineering because it is broad (universal engineering). It dwells on theoretical and practical of manufacturing and processing, which is something South Africa (SA) still lacks,” said Manyama.
Her entrepreneurial qualities were adapted from what she calls ‘street life’, working as a shop keeper taught her to be business inclined.
“Life has just been about hustling from a tender age. Such an environment influenced me to become an entrepreneur from a tender age and it groomed the business savvy within (me),” said Manyama.
When she was 16 years, her father gave her a book titled ‘Why we want to be rich’ written by Donald Trump and Robert Kiyosaki. The book inspired her to have a different outlook on life.
She believes having a relationship with God is important and if we do not have a fellowship with God, we will find ourselves spiritually empty.
Manyama’s book titled ‘Boss Lady Mentality’ will be released next year, which includes more details of her entrepreneurial skills.
*Caption: Engineer, entrepreneur, and author Lehlogonolo Manyama