MAUREEN MAHENGE

MAUREEN MAHENGE; THE MARRIAGE OF BEAUTY AND BRAINS

NEWS | EM’S WOMAN CRUSH WEDNESDAY |CLASSIQ CHIQ

Q & A By Michelle Mwenye

In her short but philosophically rich story, Love is Fallacy, Max Shulman argues, “It is,…, easier to make a beautiful dumb girl smart than to make an ugly smart girl beautiful.” If we are to go closer to Shulman’s line of thinking, then we can safely say it is priceless to have a gorgeous intelligent lady, not so? Without mincing words, intelligent good-looking independent ladies are but a precious commodity. That is why here on ClassiQ ChiQ, we are always of the saying that “He, who finds a good looking and intelligent woman has extracted gold with bare hands.

Maureen Mahenge is one such example of beauty and brains all under one ‘roof’.  At 24, Maureen is not only a marketer but also is a proud owner of Maur Fashion Designs. One of the hottest clothing lines in town.

That aside, she is also a graduate of the Malawi Polytechnic with Business Communications as her area of expertise.  Any wonder why she deserves to be this week’s ClassiQ ChiQ?

This is how classiq Maureen is.

Brief self-description

I’m a simple, determined and goal-oriented lady. Born in Ndirande, I developed a passion in entrepreneurship, and fashion designing at an early age. So simply put, I’m a marketer, with fashion designing blood in my veins.

Life mission

Be more independent, grow my business, employ more people, be able to help my family and others. That’s how I describe my purpose on this earth.

To you, how do you describe a modern day classic woman?

To me, a modern woman is someone who is comfortable in her own skin, someone who strives to make ends meet and get things done, someone who isn’t complacent and helps others when they get an opportunity to do so.

Normally, most Malawian men get scared of independent (successful) female entrepreneurs. Often times, such men tend to downgrade women, labelling them as immoral. How do you handle such negativities?

Well, that’s one of the most common sentiments that hit my eardrums day in day out. It’s funny how a normal functioning man could be scared of independent women. I see nothing wrong with an independent woman. It’s just a matter of seeing through their insecurities and embrace the brighter side of being with an independent woman.

Are you living your future?

I’m not yet there but I’m on the right path. At least, I know where I’m heading to. I’m on the right track and achieving my goals.

Pastime activities

I usually spend my free time with friends and watch movies at home.

What do you think Malawi, as a country needs to do so as to have more successful female entrepreneurs like yourself?

Well my country knows how to talk about women empowerment but her citizenry has a problem when it comes to implementing what it preaches. So having the right strategies and the right people to implement these strategies can do our women good. It’s high time we walked the talk. We’ve talked more than enough of this women empowerment thing. We need to start practicing these.

Person you grew looking up to for guidance?

My father. He’s always been there molding me on how to be a better entrepreneur. I owe my life, my little success to him.

SOCIAL MEDIA HANDLES

  • Facebook: @maur_designs
  • Instagram: @its_maur

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