Mustafa Kemal Ataturk once said, “Everything we see in the world is the creative work of women”.
When I think of women, who boldly express their creativity in Zambia, one of the first women that come to mind is:
Cindy Kajoba Mithi.
A name many are still getting to know, but certainly one worth knowing. From being a fellow blogger, to founding an online store, to being a designer –she’s a jack of all trades.
This week I had the pleasure of interviewing Cindy and getting to know just a little more about her.
Q: Briefly describe who Cindy is and what she does!
A: Lately when I think about who I am, the first thing that comes up is that I’m a mom (best job in the world) and wife. Besides that, I am an entrepreneur, go-getter, great listener and communicator.
Q: What motivates you to do what you do?
A: I love what I do. It’s my passion to make women feel beautiful and worthy of all the things the world has to offer. If I can get even one person to feel like that? That’s what motivates me.
Q: What goals do you hold professionally and personally? What drives you to achieve those goals?
A: Personally, to become more mindful and learn to ignore my limitations.
Professionally? Firstly, improve my work performance. Secondly, to grow my empire and be able to open up opportunities for others
Q: What led you to get into the profession/role you’re in at the moment as an entrepreneur?
A: I’ve always been a creative person from as far as I can remember. My grandfather was a tailor and father also does a little bit of sewing as a hobby. So I think it’s something that has always been in the family, but I was always fascinated by how something was made. I was always excited when I visited a fabric shop. It’s the little things adding up together that made follow the path am on today.
Q: Who does your family consist of currently?
A: Me, my husband and daughter.
Q: When you’re not working or pursuing your passion, what do you do in your spare time? Any hobbies?
A: One of my hobbies is sewing. So I do sew for fun. I also love playing and spend time with my daughter. Oh, I also like watching TV and reading.
Q: If you could be any animal, what would you be?
A: Probably a Cat, Cats are elegant, independent, friendly and outgoing. LOL
Q: If you had a bucket list with 5 things to do before you die, what would they be?
A: I can only think of 2 and that is
1.Visit Bora Bora and
2. Go New York Fashion week
Q: Now to your life story. Where did you grow up?
A: I was born in Lusaka, Zambia. I lived most of my life in Chelstone.
Q: How was life growing up for you?
A: My siblings and I were so close growing up; we leaned on each other for company and fun. So, growing up with such kind of love was quite awesome. Most of the time when we are in the same room, we sit down and laugh at some of the good times we’ve had together.
Q: What did your parents do and how did they inspire you to be the person you are today?
A: My dad was a police officer, and my mum is an entrepreneur. My parents are very hard-working people. They made sure we went to the best schools and had everything we wanted. Growing up in such an environment really inspired me to be best, and to be able to provide for my kids as well.
Q: Did you have any other mentors growing up?
A: Not really. It’s only in my adult years that I began to look up to other people that inspired me to be who I am today.
Q: Who in your life inspired you to be who you are today?
A: Honestly, I can’t pin point to an actual person who inspired me to do what I do. But I can say I do draw inspiration from hard working women like my mother, my aunt Njinga, Tyra Banks, Oprah Winfrey, Diane Von Furstenberg- just to mention a few. These women to me show true dedication to what they do, and that you can become what you want to be if you work at it.
Q: Do you have any life changing experiences that put you on the path that led you to doing what you’re doing today? If so elaborate.
A: No, I don’t think so.
Q: What are some of the biggest life obstacles you’ve faced in life? How did you overcome them?
A: Staying true to my passion. For the longest time I struggled with doing what I love. I’m into fashion, design and beauty. Growing in Africa or to be particular, Zambia, that’s a very unconventional field to branch into. You always think “I have to do something that eventually land me a white-collar job” and that’s what I did. I chose a career path that was completely difficult for me. So I decided to do something that would make me happy and succeed at.
Q: Being a woman that people look up to what words of wisdom would you give to future generations of girls in your field to come?
A: Do not get rid of who are because of circumstances you find yourself in. Stay true to who you are and do what you’re meant to do, because something done with passion is bound to succeed.
Q: What life philosophy do you live by everyday which determines your success?
A: “Progress is never achieved by luck or accident, but by working on yourself daily” -Epictetus
Q: What vision do you have for yourself? Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years or more?
A: I see myself being better at what I do already and being able to influence the world in a positive way
Q: The core belief of feminism is that of social, political and economic equality and equal opportunity of the sexes. What are your views on feminism?
A: I think, most times when people talk about feminism the first thing people think is women wanting more power than men. Its not about that, its about being treated equally as humans. In the work place, in our homes- for equal opportunities
Q: Do you think feminism is necessary in Zambia?
A: Yes, I do.
Q: Do you think feminism could empower women in Zambia to reach their full potential?
A: Of course, women need to understand their worth and how much more they can do, do as much as any man can do and not hind in the shadows. A woman can bear so pain and carry others burdens, that is a character of a strong person. Feminism can help women lose the fear and just be women.
Q: Describe feminism in one word!
Q: If you could go back in time and write a letter to a much younger you, what words of wisdom would you tell yourself knowing what you know now?
A: Be yourself girl, do not live to please others. You are beautiful and someone will come along that will love and accept you for who you truly are.
*Follow Cindy Kajoba Mithi:
Online Store: https://lwishe.com/