Fakude, who is also vice-president of the International Women’s Forum SA and author of the book Boardroom Dancing: Transformation Stories from a Corporate Activist, reminded the young women attending the summit that we were all doing our own dance through myriad challenges, and that life stopped when we stopped moving.
The theme of transcending one’s past resonated with the delegates as Gobodo spoke about falling pregnant at 17 and almost giving up until an encounter at her “piece job” highlighted her mathematical genius. The rest is history, and she went on to become SA’s first Black female chartered accountant.
Bouwer had kept Mlambo-Ngcuka’s attendance a surprise, and the arrival of the former SA deputy president and newly retired executive director of UN Women delighted the audience.
Boschendal marketing manager Shirley van Wyk co-hosted the summit with outgoing Sowetan Magazine editor Thembalethu Zulu.
WATCH: Part 1 of the African Odyssey 2021 event (scroll down for part 2)