02 Sep Thokozile Mangwiro, founder of Nilotiqa Hair Care
Meet Thokozile Mangwiro.
Thokozile is the founder and CEO of Nilotiqa Hair Care (pronounced Nile-o-ti-ka)which is a brand that I personally use and love. I was so excited to have the opportunity to talk to her about her journey.
Thokozile is, as she refers to herself, ‘the unintentional entrepreneur’. Her career started in the world of IT having obtained her Bachelors and Masters degree in IT. She worked in IT in corporate for a number of years before starting her hair care brand Nilotiqa in 2016. Nilotiqa is formulated for dry, damaged natural afro hair.
Tune in to hear all about her inspirational journey from tech to being a budding entrepreneur.
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“My love for Africa is very deep and I felt I was not creating anything that contributed to
it. It is in the formulation of my products and the response of clients that I have found
my entrepreneurial spirit. It is in my desire to want to create products that are impact
driven, that will fuel this spirit.”
Get to know Thokozile Mangwiro
What are the 3 words you would use to describe yourself?
Optimistic (about this magic called life).
What is your biggest fear about the future?
I used to fear failure because I hardly ever used to fail. Now I embrace failure as blessing, a guide back to the path I am supposed to be walking and certainly a learning curve.
What would be the title of your memoir and why?
“All the NOs mean something”.
I have gotten so many no’s during this journey that I feel it is a must to journal each historic account.
What gets you out of bed every morning?
Firstly, the fact that I have two boys that I am crazy about, that look up to me. I want them to be proud of what their mother can accomplish in a lifetime.
Secondly, the knowledge that running a brand like Nilotiqa is a blessing and not just a given. It is my obsession that this brand succeed and there is still so much to do. Waking up to another day to fight for its growth is a blessing that I am truly grateful for.
Thirdly, the family and team that support and indulge inspire me to jump out of bed each morning.
What is your definition of success?
Success comes when there is progress in my life. It is not necessarily a destination for me, but a celebration of all the goals that I get to reach, when I do reach them.
One fun fact about you?
I am told I have the most peculiar taste in food. I try to never order the same food in a restaurant; and I will not pay for you if you order the usual “burger”, “pizza”, “ribs”!
Contact Thokozile Mangwiro
Nilotiqa IG: @nilotiqa
Nilotiqa Twitter: @nilotiqa
Nilotiqa Website: www.nilotiqa.com