Top 100 Innovator, Entrepreneur Nwabisa Mayema Photography by Viwe Ndongeni

The Young Independent’s officially launched the #Mzansi100Top2017 nominations with a bang, at the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel in Cape Town; 8th December 2016. 

The room was filled with aspiring and inspiring young leaders varying from fashion designers, bloggers, entrepreneurs, radio presenters all coming together with one objective – to leave an unforgettable mark and bring change within our communities and respective fields.

Guests included our Cape Town- based #Mzansi100 of 2016, Independent Media Executive Chairman Dr Iqbal Surve, Group Executive Mike Ntsasa, our esteemed editor of The Young Independents Saajida Francis and our keynote speaker of the evening, South Africa’s new Public Protector, Advocate Busisiwe Mkhwebane.

One of our #Mzansi100 top 2016 Innovators, Nwabisa Mayema shares her journey of what it means be an innovator.

“Being an innovator means, being a person that doesn’t follow the traditional norm of doing things. It means we are different and that we generally go left when everyone goes right.”

Dream and Act

“Dreaming and acting means that you have to be brave. By dreaming and acting, you have to make other people brave as well so that we can continue a circle of bravery.

We have to talk. We have to advocate for each other, we have to support each other. We can’t just do things in our corners, we must be heard, therefore platforms like TYI enables us to do that”, says Mayema

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Supporting each other

Mayema posed an important question to entrepreneurs and consumers.

Do consumers and entrepreneurs support our innovations?

By young people acting on their dreams, are we supportive of the local buying system where our own people consume local products and services?

Power of labels

Mayema: At some point I was told that I was unemployable, which was powerful because that drove me to become an entrepreneur. The power of that label led to me to understanding that I am an entrepreneur, which really changed how I go about business, and this year being labelled as an innovator and a ‘Young Independent’ has really changed how I go about growing my business and supporting other businesses. 

I run a social enterprise called infinity which exists to support the creation and to support female entrepreneurs.

This quote by Kim Whitaker, also one of TYI’s Top Mzansi100 2016 really moved us:

“Let’s support each other. You have brains in your head and feet in your shoes; you can steer yourself every direction you choose. Kid, you can move mountains.”

((BOOM)) Let’s all inspire each other..

Nominate someone deserving who will benefit from being a part of the TYI identity & community.

Click here to go to the nominations form.

Our Top 100 Young Independents of 2017 will each win:

● A profile in The Young Independents special edition across the Independent Media papers across South Africa in 2017.

● A profile on our youth platform

● Exposure on our social media platforms.

● The chance to win R50 000 in one of five categories.

● Exclusive invitation to the launch event in JHB in 2017.

● Invitations to relevant youth seminars and networks.

Follow Innovator, Nwabisa Mayema on twitter: @NwabisaMayema