Greetings, fellow culture and heritage enthusiasts! As we pop into Heritage Month, let’s take a moment to acknowledge an extraordinary individual who has played a vital role in safeguarding and promoting the diverse traditions of South Africa. Let me introduce you to Ntandoyaphezulu Kunene, synonymous with resilience, innovation, and profound love for her homeland.
In the heart of Amahlongwa, Umkomaas, a heritage hero was born. Ntandoyaphezulu Kunene’s journey began amidst the beauty and culture of South Africa. Growing up in the vibrant tapestry of Umlazi Township, her formative years set the stage for an extraordinary life ahead.
Influenced by her education at Umlazi Commercial High School, Ntando’s ambitions took shape, propelling her towards a remarkable future. Fuelled by an unquenchable desire for knowledge, she embarked on her academic journey at the renowned University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). It was during her time at UCLA that her destiny began to unfold, as she immersed herself in her studies at this esteemed institution.
Building an Advertising Career
Ntandoyaphezulu’s devotion to her work allowed her to thrive during her time in the US as an advertising professional. Utilizing her creative prowess, she effectively contributed to multiple advertising firms, weaving campaigns that enthralled audiences.
A Return to South Africa as life’s chapters shifted
Being in South Africa again filled Ntando with a strong sense of nostalgia. Her grace allowed her to navigate uncharted territories unafraid. The brilliance of her scriptwriter and head writer role for Ukhozi FM radio dramas emerged amidst these endeavours, as she carefully preserved stories that captured the spirit of South Africa.
Ntando returned to the US in 2012 due to a family emergency, making Los Angeles her permanent home. Through her determination, she propelled herself ahead, turning difficulty into chance and using those experiences to augment her zest in popularizing South Africa’s legacy.
A Cultural Showcase
Houseofyimama emerged as Ntando’s brainchild, a business that celebrates the intricate beauty of Zulu beaded jewellery. Beyond adornment, each piece represents a chapter of South African heritage—a testament to cultural pride and artistry.
A Touch of Glamour: Hollywood’s Spotlight
HouseofYimama achieved a pinnacle when a necklace graced the neck of Viola Davis on the red carpet during the ‘Widows’ movie premiere. The world saw a piece of South Africa’s soul shining brightly on the global stage. Ntando’s latest venture, “Darkcherryevents”, aims to spotlight South African arts, music, food, and fashion. Her passion for preserving and promoting the vibrancy of her culture knows no bounds.
Ntando has an unwavering goal. She wants to show the world South African culture. She believes in its vibrancy. She believes in its preservation. Her steps are guided by these beliefs.
A Message of Triumph
The journey of Ntandoyaphezulu Kunene is an inspiration. It shows the power of dreams. It shows the power of resilience. It shows the power of cultural pride. As we step into Heritage Month, your story is a reminder: Our roots are our strength. Our heritage is worth sharing.
Keep Shining, Keep Flying
Ntando, we look up to you. Your dedication, passion, innovation light our path. You are taking Houseofyimama to new heights, and you are making Darkcherryevents bigger. We are with you every step of the way. We wish you success. We hope your cultural legacy inspires more people.
A Promise for the Future
We believe in you. Your journey is only getting started. We know that as your businesses grow, your cultural mission will thrive. We look forward to the day when South African heritage gets the recognition it deserves. Keep our flag flying high!