Tyra Chikocho-Munetsiwa aka Madam Boss

8 great lessons Zimbabweans can learn from Madam Boss

TARISAI Cleopatra Chikocho-Munetsiwa is an ordinary woman doing extraordinary things, or is it the other way round? Very few people get to turn around their lives in such an astounding manner as she did in only six years.

Further to that, Madam Boss, as she is known, has not only turned around her life but influenced many other poeple, particularly women, to hold their heads high.

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2015 is not a long time ago. In 2015, no-one could tell apary Madam Boss from any other lady next door. She was virtually an unknown quantity.

Fast forward to 2021, Madam Boss has the corporate sector lining up for product  endorsements, the millions of her followrs eating from the palm of her hands, and the movie industry seeking to give her a role on the screen. The blistering pace with which all this has happened, coupled with her ability to steer clear of damaging controversies, is a story yet to be fully captured.

While the capturing of that great stride is reserved for another day and forum, here we give a run-down of the key lessons anyone of any age, gender and social status can learn from the talented influencer. This is our way to mark her reaching a milestone of 1 million Facebook followers, a record achievement.

1. There’s life and cash in the fun

When Madam Boss’s name started making rounds, she was a mere social media entertainer with no commercial value to her name. She probably only hoped to manage basic survival out of that as her social media platforms were not mometised by then and her followership was low. Now that she is making a life out of her social life teaches us all to embrace the power of jokes amd laughter in transforming many lives as much as does traditional careers in engineering, finance and other fields.

2. A clean brand sells itself

Madam Boss has most probably lost count of the corporates that that have so far knocked on her door seeking her endorsement of their products. The corporates are falling over each other because her name carries her afloat wherever she goes.

The lesson to aspiring entertainers out there — and anyone for that matter — is that one’s name is by default a brand which if well nurtured can bring huge rewards and life-changing experiences.

3. Couples can do it together

Of course, what’s true of one couple is not necessarily true of the other, but Madam Boss and her husbad Ngoni Munetsiwa Mhofela have shown us all that a couple can work together and rise or fall together.

Madam Boss and her husband Mhofela have complemented each other well.

Whatever reason that made the two work together, they have done it so well that one can only admire their togetherness in building each other up. They have complemented each other well. Huge lesson that must be applauded.

4. You can live off your talent

Not all ladies out there can be Madam Bosses. For clarity’s sake, there can only be one Madam Boss, just as there can only be one you. Madam Boss followed her talent and passion wholeheartedly and is reaping rewards for her hard work. It obviously hasn’t been an easy road for her and her team, but they have travelled this far and earned huge accolades together.

The challenge is for a Julie or Nomalanga out there to explore their talent and commercialize it. An equal challenge for Tonderai and Mike out there is to persistently push towards their full potential and monetize their talent to earn a living.

5. Anyone can make it in life

Cleopatra Chikocho-Munetsiwa had probably never seen the inside of a plane until she was a teenager or even older. She wasn’t born with a silver spoon, so to day.

As she said in one published interview, she once worked the very menial jobs just to get by. Her life wasn’t made out and laid before her; she has had to carve out the path herself and continues doing so with very minimal handholding. 

Many of us grew up in families like hers or even better ones in terms of resources and networking, but here she is, flying from Harare to Kigali or Nairobi or Lagos on business and leisure alike. It’s a great story that inspires hope for the future in many troubled youths and adults alike.

6. Stay connected to your base

This author once slept in some part of Masvingo after a car breakdown, and had a time-frittering conversation with with a local young man who was guarding a supermarket.

Feet on the ground: Madam Boss has kept contact with those who supported her art from way back

“Madam Boss is family to us here,” he said in-between heavy puffs of cigarette smoke. “She’s our hero and has never stopped coming around after achieving household name status.”

This sentiment is confirmed by the many skits Madam Boss has done which centre around her place of origin. She has also raised artistes from her home area, as much as she has done with those from elsewhere. You can bet your bottom dollar that she wouldn’t be where she is today if she had started behaving like a Hollywood actress the moment she found fame. Originality pays handsomely,  or in her case, prettily.

7. Keep personal dramas away from public

We all have our bad days and our regrets, but some throw these onto the public domain while others keep dramas to themselves. The Madam Boss brand has seen very little dramas and scandals, if any.

This has helped the brand attract corporate endorsement, because the brand owners managed to keep family dramas away from their work. Playing to the gallery has its consequences and rewards.

8. Do you

The effortless manner in which Madam Boss entertains her followers is nothing short of extraordinary. She barely breaks a sweat to churn out a skit, a proof that she’s doing what’s deeply ingrained in her already. This is the benefit of one following their passion and making a living out of it. Do you.  Life is too short to be spent trying to be like someone esle.

Many more lessons can be drawn from what Madam Boss has achieved so far in her six years in the arts and entertainment industry.  Also, many lessons can be drawn from other players in that same industry and beyond.

The most important question is: do we apply the lessons other human beings teach us, or we just live a rudderless life and hope to just randomly strike gold one sunny day? □

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