Nunu Ntshingila is one of the prominent tech as role models in Africa, this is because you can learn so much from their story, her education, family, quote as most of them usually go through a lot to prove their worth in the male-dominated world of tech – Apparently, Nunu Ntshingila has stepped into that role as earlier this week she was appointed to lead the First ever Facebook office in Africa.
I present to you Nunu Ntshigila, the Strong techy woman who is about to take the world by storm. For one, she is a quiet Soweto girl who, despite knowing nearly nothing about advertising, worked her way up the corporate ladder before being elevated to the position of Chairman at Ogilvy & Mather South Africa, one of the continent’s largest agencies. Now, as head of Facebook for Africa, she finds herself navigating an expansion phase where she will need to carefully manage the staggering growth of the social platform.
The company has become so gigantic and so influential that even the most seasoned executives have no choice but to become savvy at negotiating regulatory barriers, juggling complex political agendas and steering users towards new types of experiences. As a new kind of African citizenry consolidates itself through the internet and the newest forms of online communication—Facebook, Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp being just four platforms in the Facebook ecosystem—a leader in Nunu’s position needs to fight battles on multiple fronts.
Ms. Nun Ntshingila-Njeke has an MBA from Morgan State University and a BA from the University of Swaziland. She also has a Diploma in Advertising from AAA School of Advertising. Before her Facebook appointment, she was the Chairman of Ogilvy & Mather’s advertising in South Africa and has been termed as one of the most powerful women in advertising by her peers.
According to Bloomberg, “She has been a Director of Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide, Inc. since January 2011. She has been an Independent Non-Executive Director of Transnet SOC Limited, since May 2006. Ms. Njeke served as a Director of Old Mutual Life Assurance Company (South Africa) Limited from September 18, 2007, to May 28, 2009. She served on the Boards of the Media Development & Diversity Agency and the V&A Waterfront.(Bloomberg)
You might be wondering why I used the term “strong” when introducing her, Everything hasn’t been so rosy for our Tech queen as she lost her husband some months back. However, she didn’t let that setback weigh her down, instead, she kept her head up high despite the challenges.