Atusaye Mwalweni, Finance and Account Manager at Seidor Africa, the largest and most successful SAP Business One Partner on the continent, feels that self-knowledge is one of the most important attributes to have in business. She has experience in HR, administration, customer care and finance, all of which have contributed to her expertise in her current role. A committed learner, she attributes her successes to the knowledge sharing environment she and her colleagues have created.
Why is self-knowledge so important?
“As women, we face many challenges in the workplace,” says Atusaye. “The most important lessons I have learnt over the years are to acknowledge your strengths and accept your weaknesses while working to overcome them. I believe in constantly learning, respecting and appreciating the different personalities of others while embracing diversity.”
“Men unconsciously encourage each other in the world of business, and I believe women can too. We need to be deliberate in identifying potential in female colleagues and building each other.”
Atusaye began her career as a part-time employee at Absa in Johannesburg, in 2005. That was also the year she began to study towards her degree in HR management at the University of Johannesburg. At the bank, she worked in the communications and marketing department, promoting Absa’s products to prospective clients through one-on-one promotions at events like the Rand Easter Show, the Soweto Festival and the Vodacom Techno Expo. She worked her way up to in-branch merchandising allocation and event coordination while she was still a student. In 2008, she moved to Red Pepper Pictures where she had the opportunity to apply the knowledge she had gained from her studies.
Atusaye lived in Australia for four years, working in specialised recruitment for sales positions, before moving back to Zambia. She and her husband Mupota Muchelemba, managing director of Seidor Zambia, started Cirotech Software Solutions and built the business for four years before merging it with Bluekey Seidor.
She certified as a coffee barista at the Australian Barista School, has a certificate in hospitality and speaks five languages.
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