A while back I saw a missed call from Joburg and I returned it thinking it was one of my colleagues as I was expecting their call. A lady replied “Is that Thuli?” I said “Yes, it is” She then went on to tell me I was nominated to be one of 50 women in the Mail & Guardian Book of South African Women 2012……You can imagine how excited I got. That call made my day on that particular day.
Mail & Guardian and Nedbank acknowledge ordinary women doing extra ordinary things in their communities. Every year they open nominations and the selected women are profiled in their annual book of women. I have been honoured to be one of those women this year. It is an honour for me to be in the company of such phenomenal women and to think that I have inspired some people out there enough to feel that I deserve to be in the book. Usually, I would get touching emails from people that read the blog overseas and in Mzansi. Seeing myself in the book takes it to another level. It’s such an overwhelming feeling.
I therefore could not miss the opportunity to be present at the book launch. Snow, freezing temperatures and all, I was there in a room full of these amazing women sharing experiences over high tea. In between mingling and getting to know everyone, I got the pleasure of meeting a woman that has now become my own personal hero, Marhoyi Zita from Butterworth. Seeing that she is a fellow Eastern Caper, I invited myself to her house later in the year. She will be sharing her knowledge of traditional dishes with us.
Having started this blog by following my heart, it is an overwhelming feeling to look at the book and to think that some people out there find what I am doing with this blog inspiring. I used to google recipes and realised that I couldn’t find a mageu or inconco recipe on the internet and I saw that as a missed opportunity because that’s where our generation spends most of their time.
One of the ladies (Lulama Qalinge) at the book launch mentioned something that I can relate to “Be authentic and true to yourself that way you become more of a gift to the world. That is all it takes to be an inspiration to other people, following your heart and being authentic.
This blog is a combination of all things I love, photography, product development, food, travel and culture and I am glad it is serving as a vehicle for me to inspire some people out there
I thank Mail & Guardian together with Nedbank for this wonderful initiative of acknowledging ordinary women in our communities.