Spotlight on EIT: Itumeleng “Tumi” Moagi

Abu Okari | Wednesday, November 1st, 2017

This week, we sat down with Itumeleng Moagi, popularly known as Tumi. She comes from one of South Africa’s most famous addresses.

What does your name mean?

Itumeleng means happiness and Moagi means builder … I’m a joy builder 🙂

Where are you from?

I was born and raised at a township called Soweto, in the city of Johannesburg, South Africa.

What were you doing before joining MEST?

I was an Account Executive for a Media Analysis company based in Johannesburg.

What motivated you to join MEST?

I love business, and I enjoy everything to do with tech; when I heard about the program it seemed like just  the best way for me to get back into the the business world.

Why do you consider yourself an entrepreneur?

I’m a hands-on person and I always try to be part of a solution.

Why entrepreneurship – what drove you down that path?

Economic pressures from a very young age drove me to entrepreneurship. I have always sought for ways to create a better life for myself and for those around me. I was also inspired by the thought of providing solutions without being being limited on how I can do that.

Have you ever set up and, or, run a business? If yes, how many and what was(were) it(they) about?

Yes, I ran a Media Analysis company for 5 years however, I left the company because I felt that I needed to gain more experience and build on my business acumen before taking off to new independent ventures again; I do not regret the decision at all.

What do you think of MEST, and have your expectations been met so far?

When I first heard about MEST, I really thought that it would be an amazing opportunity to brush up on my business skills and knowledge, I was also quite excited about learning how to code.

I still think that MEST is a great opportunity, and I am learning a lot from the programme. My expectations were certainly met in that aspect; I’m blown away by tech (what a challenge!).

What has been your best moment at MEST so far?

There are a lot of moments where I have been appreciative of my time here. So far, the best one would have to be the Chale Wote weekend; we applied everything that we had learned about business at that point and made some money too, we also had an opportunity to learn about Ghana’s street culture while exploring regions outside our comfort location. It was competitive, challenging and most importantly a great character builder.