Former housekeeper now owner of 5 star luxury hotel…it’s stories like these to live for

By Tafadzwa Hove

In a positive story which is making rounds on the internet a former housekeeper who used to work at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in the United States is now the owner of a five star luxurious hotel. Souadou Niang is the owner of Palms Luxury Boutique Hotel in Dakar, Senegal.

She told BBC Africa that ,”I started out cleaning toilets. Today, I am the manager of my own five-star boutique hotel with 60 employees.

Born and raised in Dakar, Niang moved to the U.S. at the age of 18. She went from New York to Washington, DC, where she applied for work at the Ritz-Carlton to help pay for her academic fees.

Niang worked cleaning rooms at the hotel for 10 years while also studying. Throughout those years, she always dreamt that she would someday become more successful in the field. Indeed, she later got a job with the management team at the same hotel she started working as a housekeeper.

Niang further said ,”I rose through the ranks and that’s where I got the passion. I said one day I will go back to my country and show that luxury and quality of service can be achieved there.”

And she did exactly that! She launched Palms Luxury Boutique Hotel upon returning to Dakar, Senegal in 2017. However, the journey was not a bed of roses. She experienced rejections from several banks mainly because she is a woman. Not until one investor believed in her determination and took the risk to invest in her project.

Now, Palms Luxury Boutique Hotel is a famous five-star hotel which is run by a staff of 80% female. Niang chose to hire more women as she believes in their potential.

Moreover, she hopes to expand the hotel locations across Africa and even internationally.

She comments, “My dream is to conquer Africa, and why not the world. As the international hotel franchises in Africa, we should be able to adapt our Afro-chic boutique hotels in Western countries, and show African women can run luxury boutique hotels with the same standards as the international hotels.”

Inspiring: Woman who started baking business using a wheelbarrow now employs 2 people

By Tafadzwa Hove

A story of a woman who started a baking business at home making use of a wheelbarrow is making rounds on the internet and has inspired many. The woman by the name Tumelo Motau hails from Limpopo ,South Africa.

Motau (34) recently bought a pick-up truck and now supplies her products to tuckshops within her area. She sells bread ,fat cakes and bread rolls. This is a huge milestone for Motau as she also created employment for two people.

Netizens were greatly inspired by this remarkable story as they have ushered in praising comments. Here are some of the few comments below :

“A lady on a mission, Work Girl…..”

“This is the kind of people the government must assist to grow their business. Not the multi millions going to connected cadres.”

“This lady is empowered by ambition. She must be exalted….”

“You must see her at work, she’s got the most gifted hands, and such a blessed mind. Big up”

“Inspirational story. With clear vision of where you want to go, you will definitely find your way even though difficult.”


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I wish south African can learn from you and stop complaining about unemployment while sitting under the tree smoking and chatting

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Kenyan entrepreneur opens factory producing plastic bricks

By Tafadzwa Hove

In an interesting story making rounds online , Nzambi Matee, an entrepreneur from Kenya who is the founder and owner of Gjenge Makers,  has opened an innovative company that changes plastic waste into bricks that can last longer than concrete.

Matee, a materials engineer, founded the company in the year 2018 out of frustration with what the government was doing (and not doing) with the problem of plastic pollution.

“I was tired of being on the sidelines,” she was heard  telling Reuters.  Matee procures  the waste that cannot be recycled from recyclers for a small amount. She also procures the waste from packaging factories free of charge.

Her factory manufactures different varieties of plastic waste such as high-density polyethylene, used in milk ,bleach bottles and shampoo bottles; low-density polyethylene, often used as bags for cereals or sandwiches; and polypropylene, used for ropes, flip-top lids, and buckets; except polyethylene terephthalate or PET, commonly used for plastic bottles.

She has employed her knowledge within the field in  designing machines that blend plastic waste with sand, heat it, and compress into bricks in different thickness and color. Matee boldly and  proudly claims that their product is “almost five to seven times stronger than concrete” yet sustainable and affordable.

Since the time of it’s formation, her factory has recycled over 20 tonnes of plastic waste, producing 1,500 bricks each day. She said she hopes to add another bigger production line that could triple capacity.

He started with only R800 (US$56),now makes R20 000(US$1 400) per month

By Tafadzwa Hove

In an amazing story which is circulating on social media ,a young man from South Africa has inspired a lot of netizens  by his street hustle business . The man Itumeleng Lekomanyane (29) is the founder of Sandwich Ntam Ntam a street hustle which is focused on sandwiches and scones.

This shows that anything is possible in this life if you put in hardwork ,consistency  and patience to it . This story supports the famous saying,”anything big starts small”,as Lekomanyane is now earning an income of R20 000 ( US$ 1400) after getting started with only R800 (US$56).

Lekomanyane now has 5 stations where he conducts his street hustle and has even employed four people.

20 year old girl turns into millionaire through hairdressing

By Tafadzwa Hove

Nia The Loc God, a self-taught hairdresser has become a self-made millionaire after she began a hairdressing business venture without formal training.

Nia The Loc God, has revealed on Twitter as to how she became a millionaire at such a tender age. She stated that she simply started by making herself and her mother’s hair at home and was later recruited by a local braiding firm due to her talent.

Whilst doing what she was born for, the beautiful girl launched her own product line and it has become greatly successful and she’s out of words.

Nia The Loc God wrote on Twitter, “Some of you are confused by exactly how I became a millionaire. I started off doing my own hair and my mother’s hair at home. Eventually I had the opportunity to work in a hair braiding shop. I did hair for 3 years. When I was 19,I started my own product line.”

After barely a year when the product line was initiated, Nia The Loc God is now a full-time CEO whose networth has been estimated to be over a million US dollars.

This amazing story is a testament to young people out there to never give up on themselves;even without formal training they can achieve great things.