60 Seconds Interview with Rhoda Mhango
Rhoda at UKZAMBIANS HeadOffice – Photo by Marriot Besa
22 year old Rhoda Mhango is a graduate of Business Enterprise Degree from one of the top universities in the UK. She plans to return home and share her UK skills and experiences. She has played a key supporting actress role in a feature movie released earlier this year.
UKZAMBIANS: How did you know about UKZAMBIANS?
Rhoda Mhango: I have been following the UKZAMBIANS website ever since I was introduced to it just over a month ago. Initially, it was a fantastic channel for me to look into the social scene and keep on top of what was happening from here. Over the past few weeks, your publication has actually expanded into a great multi-functional facility by which I can access the progress and development of the country in various arenas.
UKZAMBIANS: So what really got your interested?
Rhoda Mhango:As a young business woman with a strong sporting background and the ambition to return and settle in Zambia permanently, the pieces on the launch of the Olympics Sports complex and the interviews with Namwali Serpell and Enoch Kavindele all spoke to me on different levels.
UKZAMBIANS: And then?
I wondered whether there would be any scope or opportunity for me to share my story and contribute my experiences to reach out to others but also to build a network and foundation on which I can re-connect with Zambia.
UKZAMBIANS: Now tell us about yourself then?
Rhoda Mhango: My name is Rhoda Mhango, I was born and raised in Zambia and moved to the UK about 11 years ago at the age of 12 to pursue my education.
UKZAMBIANS: Your education?
Rhoda Mhango: I successfully attained my GCSE’s, A-levels and a degree in Business Enterprise from De Montfort University in Leicester.
Rhoda Mhango: Luckily, two weeks after graduation, I succesfully got a job offer and I moved to Central London where I have been working for a corporate firm for almost two years now.
UKZAMBIANS: What about your family:
Rhoda Mhango: My family is predominantly in Zambia but I do have a small proportion with me here in London.
UKZAMBIANS: You seem to have a good career, you mentioned about being in movie before, can tell us more about that?
Rhoda Mhango: I went to a nationwide audition for a laugh and signed up to be an extra in a movie entitled Freestyle. I ended up playing the lead supporting actress! Freestyle is a feature film released earlier this year. For more information and to see the trailer visit www.freestylemovie.co.uk. I hope people have as much fun watching it as I did making it.
UKZAMBIANS: You said you are eager to go back home, why?
Rhoda Mhango: I am keeping my eyes open for oppertunties back home where I will be able to transfer the skills I have acquired here…maybe within the next two years… I also want to be an encouragment to young girls who have ambitions and women who are persuing theirs. Even with very little in the world you can do great things. Convention would say I shouldn’t be where I am and have what I have when you look at what and where I came from. I strongly believe the reward of success will come to those define what they want to be, work hard at it and have faith.
UKZAMBIANS: What about the UK?
Rhoda Mhango: I am extremley grateful to the UK for the opportunity of education, but Zambia is my home. I want to be part of all the growth and development happening at home…. I feel this is the right thing to do. As young people I think its important that we look for ways to give back and conrtibute to the country; now more than ever the continent needs its youth to re-vitalise and biuld our economy to better ourselves. In my lifetime there has never been a better time to step forward than now.
UKZAMBIANS: What type of companies are you thinking to join?
Rhoda Mhango: Mainly private companies, as I am used to corporate life and working hard. I have no intention of getting involved in politics.
UKZAMBIANS: Who do you attribute your success to?
Rhoda Mhango: I attribute my success to my family, my close friends and God. In their own ways, each of them have supported me, believed in me and biult the woman you see today. Throughout my life you can see countless examples of overcoming adversity- through faith in God all things are possible, I stand by that.