No Room for Gloom!

Judith Msonthi, Founder of Judie Emcee, prayed a lot and shook all negativity off to become a top woman presenter of corporate and social events in Malawi

The Womenz team had an opportunity to interview Judith Msonthi, Founder of Judie Emcee, Malawi and here’s what she shared with us



Please tell us something about you and your profession?

Well my name is Judith Msonthi but you can call me judie emcee, I am a host, presenter or as many call it, Master of ceremony for events.



What inspired you to opt this profession?


I was inspired to begin hosting because it was something I have always wanted to do, espcially already being a TV presenter, I felt like it was what I needed to grow professionally.


 

What inspired you start Judie Emcee?


I started Judie Emcee after the Lionesses of Africa Lean in Lunch in Malawi. I hosted the event and Melanie Hawken asked for my business cards and I didn’t have any. She told me what I had been doing was a business and that I should really expand it and make it my own, so I created Judie Emcee.





What inspired you to begin with Judie Emcee?


Melanie Hawken and other fellow women entreprenuers I met at the lean in Lunch inspired me. Before meeting any of them, I just took my hosting duties as a hobby, little did I know it was bigger than what I had imagined.

 

Your initial journey and motivation to scale this far?


My journey is still at the beginning phase. Sometimes business is really slow and I want to give up, but then I think about how hard I have worked to come this far. I pray quite a lot , watch other successful presenters and TedX Talks to get motivation. My main motivation is my family and myself, I always want to prove to myself that all my dreams could come true.


As a woman, did you face any hurdles in your journey so far?  If yes, how you faced and conquered them?


Yes, I certainly faced hurdles. Especially being a young woman, you want love, I find it so difficult to find someone who supports my dream as much as I do. Especially being a performer, you get a lot of attention, some men don’t like the attention you receive or the spotlight that’s on you.


And besides love and relationships, being a woman in this field is not easy. Being a master of ceremonies is always seen as a man’s job.


I have learned to love myself and believe in myself, there is no way God would give me this talent for no reason, so I always remember that I should be confident and be the biggest cheerleader for Judie Emcee





What services you offer under Judie Emcee?


Judie Emcee is still in the beginning phase but right now the current service is MC hosting for corporate and social events.

 

What are your future plans?


My future plans are to have an assortment of female MC’s under Judie Emcee. I would also like to train young women who dream of being event hosts.

 

What is your biggest achievement so far?


My biggest achievement so far is Judie Emcee. I created a brand, a business from a simple talent I was blessed with and its growing rapidly each and every day.



What is scenario and approach towards gender equality in Malawi? Your views on it


Malawi still needs to work on gender equality. We have a few women that hold seats in parliament and many job roles are often seen as ‘mens work’. Especially in the media world, people often think women perform sexual favours to gain higher positions. I remember when I was working for a certain media house, I was told by another woman that I probably got employed because I was intimate with one of the managers. Its really a pity, I just wish that gender equality will be improved in Malawi and hopefully one day we could see more women holding high positions.






Please tell us your views on the women leadership & providing her with equal opportunities?


Women leadership is important, I’m still young but I have been through various situations that people tried to order me around because I am a woman. In our culture men are meant to be the bread-winners, the decision makers and the ones that have the final say.

But we are in a new age now, women are starting the take the leadership roles. Providing women with equal opportunities helps us become strong, independent and free from abusive relationships.

 

Your message to other women who are struggling to prove themselves


I have been there before, a place where I was insecure, depressed and just struggling to do what I wanted to do. I was told I had no talent, I’m only seeking fame and that what I do is quite easy. People tried to put me down in my relationships, in the work place but I shook all the negativity off and followed my dream.

 

YOU MUST LOVE YOURSELF, LOVE YOURSELF AND LOVE YOURSELF. I really can’t stress it enough. Shake off all the negativity you have built against you, remove all the toxic people in your life and believe in yourself.

 

Judie, we at TheWomenz team express our earnest appreciation for sharing your unique story with us. We believe it will surely stimulate fellow women in every country and continent in the world.

 

Judie can be reached on Linkedin, Twitter, Facebook & Instagram



First Published: 31-May-2017- 18:17


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Thank you so much for this!!


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