BOAF Inducts Ms. Irene Muja to 10,000 Point of Light
“On behalf of the Banking on Africa’s Future (BOAF), it is my pleasure and honour to welcome Ms. Iren Muja to the prestigious 10,000 Points of Light (POL) club, as number (BOAF0453) towards our target of 10,000 names in the BOAF, as an exceptional person in recycling waste tires into furniture, garden decorations and recreational items,” said Stanley Karombo, a member of the BOAF initiative powered by The 1873 FM www.the1873fm.com and The 1873 Network, www.the1873network.org.
Who is Ms. Irene Muja? Ms. Irene holds a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) in Business and PDG in Project Management. She was named the Most Inspirational Women in the Environment sector in July 2018 for her work in waste management. In the same year, she was awarded 2nd Position-Best African Brand in Nigeria.
*Nominated as Smart Cities and Innovation; Certified 3 months incubator program under World Business Angels Investment Forum in Ghana (2018).
- 3rd Position in Entrepreneurship Organizations Global Student Entrepreneurship Awards in Tanzania (2018).
Notwithstanding her challenges and criticisms from some sections of the people who told her that furniture business was not for women, Irene persisted. She said, “In less than a year I was able to train and employ five people who were living in poor conditions.”
A lesson captured from her story is that we are still living in an era of stereotyped model of leadership, A leader assumed to be a Man and assertive women is considered masculine while being assertive is the most feminine attribute (haven’t we heard a tigress guard her cubs?), someone commented on her website.
“A woman who speaks her mind and wears a business suit by default is considered not a feminine enough. A community perceive a powerful woman is a man! In Africa society women represent the largest unserved market in the business so it’s the biggest challenge,” Irene said.
As a youth and gender activist, she challenged women to come out from their comfort zone and stand out as leaders.
Speaking to Mr. Tinashe Mpasiri the host of Sandton Expressshow on Tuesday, Irene said she failed to secure a job for several years and, “decided to use the knowledge taught by my grandmother to make low-cost friendly furniture from waste.”
She continued: “At first, it was challenging, so I sold few of my clothes to start a business.”
“It is my distinct honour and privilege to induct Ms. Muja in our project to create a visible and accessible bank of people using waste tire to make furniture and secure the future that Africa and its inhabitants deserve,” Mr. Stanley Dube station manager ofThe 1873 FM www.the1873fm.com and The 1873 Network, www.the1873network.org.