Trish Tudzu: The Afrocentric Queen at the Realm of the House of Chewa…

One thing about us? We will toot that horn as loudly as we can to make sure the world knows and meets every woman making strides and taking up space in their respective fields. And today, that woman is the charismatic Trish Tudzu, the remarkable goalgetter who has worked  as a public relations officer, has worked in the entertainment industry and is now working on her first book and on expanding her brand, House of Chewa; a modern African brand specializing in luxury African prints and handmade beadwork. An avid reader, Trish loves to escape and expand her knowledge of the world. Read on for more on this firebrand set on celebrating our African roots and identity and on making a name for herself whilst at it!

Please introduce yourself to us?

Trish Tudzu is a 27 year old mother of one and a businesswoman. She is is the Founder of House of Chewa, a modern African brand that celebrates our roots and identity. It specializes in luxury African prints and handmade beadwork. She is also a writer who runs an uncensored blog,  https://clitonblog.wordpress.com and is working on her first book.

What inspired you to venture into business?

Wealth creation. When I started doing crafts it was a hobby and I was learning it from my mom who had learnt it from her mother. I realized that it could actually pay off and I decided to monetize it.

What lessons has Covid 19 taught you in regards to keeping your business running?

That one needs to be prepared for any kind of season because things can easily shift and change. It has also taught me the power of digital marketing which has kept me going and has helped immensely in making me stay relevant. My clients are a family that oils the business and keeps it running and I’ve learnt the importance of knowing which content to produce, especially in times like this.

What advice would you give to a woman out there who is thinking of starting a business?

Believe in yourself. Do not expect an easy road ahead. You may fail more than once but you dust yourself up and and you try again. Remember to do what you love and it will never feel like work.

What is your go to self care routine that amps you up?

Burning sage, lighting candles and just sitting in silence whilst taking it all in. This soothes me.

 If you could, what would you tell a younger you 5 years ago?

That life is meant to be lived! Mistakes are a part of growth so there should be no room for regrets.

Music does a lot for healing and restoration, what music is in rotation on your Playlist?

When I’m working I listen to traditional music, mbira to be specific. My favorite is the late Chiwoniso Maraire, and I also love Stella Chiweshe, Tendai Mavengeni and a little of Jah Prayzah. On a normal day I’m an old soul who goes from Country to Reggae.

 What should we expect from you this year, what mountains are you scaling in 2021?

Brand growth with the addition of new products. I have been experimenting with oils and herbs so I look forward to adding that. I also started working on my first book and I look forward to publishing and releasing it.

 What do you want to be remembered for?

I want to be remembered for being that Queen who kept her crown on and never forgot where she came from. I want to be remembered for being proudly African.

 

 

By Nyaradzo Ngoma

 

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