While many of Zimbabwean and African youths are blaming lack of financial support and absence of a coducive environment as the reason for not making money, Mambondiani begs to differ. BancABC Managing Director, Dr. Lance Mambondiani has revealed that in this day and age as well as going forward, knowledge does not exactly equate to high earnings, but what is important is what one does with their knowledge.
The respected business executive was speaking at a Global Shapers’ 2020 Road to Davos Youth Townhall workshop held at Mt Pleasant Business Park last Friday.
While many of Zimbabwean and African youths are blaming lack of financial support and absence of a coducive environment as the reason for not making money, Mambondiani begs to differ.
“I went to the University of Manchester and earned a PhD, but last year, an 8 year old earned US$26 million dollars (from Google AdSense and YouTube). Do you want to know how much my salary is? ” said Mambondiani, to the amazement of his audience.
He reckoned that top Zimbabwean social media commedienne Madam Boss, real name Tyra Chikocho, actually earned more than prominent PhD holders in society.
Dr. Mambondiani, a former Chief Executive Officer at Steward Bank, advises youths and adults alike to stop thinking in terms of the current educational setup which was built for the past, not for the present.
“You cannot solve today’s problems using yesterday’s logic,” he says.
The words “talented” and “beautiful” sum up Tyra Chikocho, a gospel musician-cum-comedian making it big in the local showbiz industry where only the brave have a speck of chance to survive.
Also known as Madam Boss, Chikocho’s life is a classic rags to riches story as she stayed in the rural areas as a toddler and was a maid before what she has become today.
With her voice matching her stunning looks, Chikocho has a bag full of head-turning traits, which have unsurprisingly won her many hearts among the urban lot exposed to her work on social media. Interestingly, Madam Boss believes there are no bounds to anything one can do in life and she is a living testimony.
“When you pray to God, don’t ask for money, don’t ask for fame but ask for wisdom… Once you have wisdom, you can do all things,” she recently shared with her 18 000 followers on Instagram page @madama_boss_zim.
Although her first album, produced by MacDonald “MacDee” Chidavaenzi, could not jumpstart her into fame, comic skits highlighting the abuse maids face from their paymasters attracted attention last year.
As she climbs up the ladder, flights overseas for shows have become a regular feature on her calendar as another tour beckons for her, this time to Australia.