Full name: Zizo Tawonga Anyasatu Chuma (prefers Anyasatu, pronounced Ah-nya-sah-too)
Age: 22 in 2 months
Business name: Hair by Nzuri
Operating since: January 2020
Instagram: @hairbynzuri [Personal IG: @anyasatu]
Personal Twitter: @blaackmonalisa
Other: I am a YouTuber! My YouTube channel is ‘Anyasatu’.
Bio: I am half Malawian and half South African (Xhosa), a special breed, HAHA. I am a second-year student in a culinary school in Stellenbosch. I am doing a three-year course to be a chef, which is not as easy as people think. I love creating content for YouTube as well as constantly trying to find ways to develop my business.
Hair by Nzuri creates and sells organic products for natural hair that are suitable for women, men and children. Because they are organic, some of our products can be used on your skin too!
WHAT DO YOU STAND FOR THAT YOU ALREADY OR HOPE TO CONTRIBUTE TO IN THE FUTURE?
I hope to create employment through the different ventures that I plan on having in this business. I also aim to educate people who have an interest in natural hair products.
WHO HAS HELPED SHAPE WHO YOU TODAY?
My family has largely played a role in the black woman I am today, as well as understanding society and my business. My close circle of friends have shown me the support with my business too. This would have not been possible if it were not for God blessing me with these individuals. God is the foundation of it all.
ARE YOU SURPRISED WITH HOW YOUR LIFE HAS GONE?
I am constantly surprised by how my life plays out on a daily basis. From a young age, I’ve always known that 9-5 is something that I didn’t see myself doing – there’s something about unpredictability that excites me.
WHAT HAS BEEN THE MOST FULFILLING ASPECT OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP?
The most fulfilling thing for me is getting feedback from a customer – whether it is good or bad. As I am always seeking to improve my business, customer feedback is something I appreciate. I also love to hear how the products work for them!
WHAT IS THE FUNNIEST THING YOU’VE READ ON SOCIAL MEDIA RECENTLY?
“If you are looking for a fly in your food it means that you are full.” This is an African proverb.
WHAT DO YOU THINK BLACK WOMEN NEED MORE OF?
Support and recognition.
HAS YOUR EXPERIENCE OF BEING YOUR OWN BOSS AND RUNNING A BUSINESS BEEN WHAT YOU HAD IMAGINED?
My experience is definitely what I had imagined because I know family members and friends that own businesses. I’ve always known that owning a business is not a walk in the park, even though I had seen how social media portrayed entrepreneurship, as the audience, you just see the success and not necessarily behind the scenes. Owning a business requires thorough research, which is already involving. Now imagine the research that is needed when developing haircare products. I did a formulation course, whilst juggling school, YouTube and the business, to make sure that products are safe for customers.
DO YOU THINK YOU’LL STILL BE DOING HAIR BY NZURI IN THE NEXT 5 TO 10 YEARS?
Definitely. Hair is one of my passions. I love educating myself about ethnic hair and products that our hair loves.
DO YOU BELIEVE EVERYTHING HAPPENS FOR A REASON?
I do believe this. Ecclesiastes 3:1 explains this – “There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven.” In whatever we do or go through, there’s purpose. It is bound to better your character in one way or another.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE THING ABOUT YOURSELF?
I always try to help someone/people in whatever way I can.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PROUD OF?
I’ve got customers from other African countries, as well as UK, US and Canada. I truly get happy when people share their results with me after using Nzuri products. I love that I took that bold step of starting a business and that I’ve not once thought of giving up.
THE YEAR IS 2024, WHERE ARE YOU?
I would like to have my own website and full range of products for women, men and children. I would like my products to be fully accessible in the African continent. I would hope to have ventured into my other interests within the haircare industry.
It really is okay to be the first one to do something new in your circle. Step outside of your comfort zone to pursue what you want. If you truly believe in yourself, in your idea, jump in with both feet!