When it comes to words of wisdom, we wouldn’t expect anything less from Rutendo Nyamuda, the founder of Tinzwe Media and host of the In My 20s podcast.
“Whatever you want to do. Do it scared, do it unprepared and do it unqualified,” she says.
They are bold words, and at the age of 29, her career is a testament to her tenacity.
Nyamuda’s media journey began at Forbes, where after months of job hunting, she joined as an intern before progressing to a full-time job. This led to interviews with influential people, from former public protector Thuli Madonsela to author and Huffington Post co-founder Arianna Huffington, author, educator and businessman Stedman Graham and economist and former head of the African Development Bank Donald Kaberuka.
She added the likes of Elle magazine and CNBC Africa and the Expresso shows to her resumé before going on to start her podcast, In My 20s, a platform that helps millennials to navigate their journey of self-discovery, discussing topics that include gender-based violence, privilege, xenophobia and depression, as well as life, love, work and everything else in between.
Her seven years in the media and entertainment industry have garnered her attention from The South African, SAPA TV+, Glamour SA, GQ SA, The Plug and Vutha Magazine, but it’s human connection that is the motivating factor behind it all – knowing that someone will listen or watch the content she’s created and be inspired, or feel more understood in the world.
She’s become passionate about podcasts as a medium for South Africans to tell their stories and is in the process of building a well-known podcast company.