Mogau Seshoene Biography
Mogau Seshoene was born in Turfloop Mankweng township in Limpopo, South Africa. She is the founder and chief executive of The Lazy Makoti.
She hosts a Tv cooking show that showcases African recipes on a national Tv station. She promotes the South African culture and heritage through education about traditional local South African c.uisine.
The Lazy Makoti was established after he gave cooking lessons to a friend who was struggling to learn to produce South African dishes. That friend later recommended her services to a few other people. She registered the business and turned the idea into her livelihood.
She had a fulltime job in the finance sector and she quit to focus all her energy on her new establish business, The Lazy Makoti. The Lazy Makoti offers intimate and informative cooking lessons for the modern Afropolitian who wants to know how to prep authentic South African dishes. They also sell contemporary, locally made kitchen accessories such as aprons, chopping boards and wooden spoons.
For her work as an entrepreneur, Mogau was selected as one of Mail & Guardian’s Top 200 Young South Africans in 2015, and was featured on Forbes Africa’s 30 Under 30 list this year. Mogau was also chosen by President Obama to be one of Mandela Washington fellows, taking part in a six-week fellowship that ended with a meeting with the president in Washington DC.
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Mogau Seshoene Age
Mogau Seshoene is in her late 20s.
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Mogau Seshoene Interview with the Cosmopolitan South Africa
Source: Cosmopolitan South Africa
On Choosing To Be An Entrepreneur:
Mogau Seshoene: I was really unhappy in corporate, and uninspired. I longed to have something of my own, a legacy to leave for the next generation. But more than anything, it bothered me that in South Africa, other cuisines (and therefore cultures) were more celebrated than our own. People know more about sushi and Bolognese than they do about mogodu! We are losing out on valuable culture that is communicated through our food and the way it is prepared and enjoyed, because we are not doing enough to promote and celebrate it.
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On Her Concerns Going In:
Mogau Seshoene: My first concern was starting capital. How will I raise the money needed for a business that is both a product and service? Money for both the manufacturing of the kitchen accessories and retail products, as well as money for a studio to give the classes. Necessity breeds innovation, as they say, and entrepreneurship forces you to be creative and think of ways around whatever challenges you face. I overcame these challenges by learning to bootstrap and find alternatives – we do house calls for the cooking lessons, which means the classes are conducted in the comfort of your own kitchen, and at pop-up markets for the sale of the product.
On Learning Lessons:
Mogau Seshoene: I definitely didn’t know my own strength. A common thread for most women is that, despite all the truly remarkable things we do, we still don’t quite know or understand just how powerful we are. Unfortunately, we wait for confirmation from loved ones and shiny awards. I no longer have that dependency, and have learned to trust the universe. Learning that life is unfolding exactly as it should, and that what I am searching for, will meet me with the same vigour with which I search for it.
On Advice To Aspiring Entrepreneurs:
Mogau Seshoene: Fight the urge to be superwoman. Find a mentor, seek help, join an incubator.