Have you ever felt discontent in your job and considered branching out on your own? That thought crosses a lot of our minds but with it comes the fear of leaving a secure place to an unknown territory. Likeleli Monyamane found herself in such a place. Once a successful financial planner, for a popular South African brand, South African Breweries (SAB), had worked in South Africa for over 4 years, and enjoyed her job but wanted to pursue a more meaningful life. She decided to move back to Maseru, became an independent consultant and a few years later decided to do it full time.
TEXT PHONGWAZANA SAKACHANE
The founder of Inspire Innovation Business Consultants, Likeleli has undoubtedly had a formidable career. The influential Chartered Accountant is a young and skillful female business woman, and has worked amazingly hard to get to where she is today. Let’s find out how she is breaking ground in the consultancy industry.
Born and raised between Hlotse and Maseru she and her sister moved to Maseru after their father passed away, later moving back to Leribe to live with their mother. Following their mother’s tragic death they both again moved back to Maseru to live with their loving Grandmother they affectionately call ‘Nkhono Tebello’. She was 11 at the time.
Likeleli had quite an amazing and memorable childhood. “Growing up in the dusty streets of Maputsoe surrounded by a close-knit community, we played house ‘mantloane’, ‘ma-rounders’ and during Christmas we would have make believe weddings. I particularly enjoyed singing the traditional sotho wedding songs. My mother’s rented house had a garage in which one neighborhood guy taught the neighborhood girls ball-room dancing. I thoroughly enjoyed those moments”, she reminisces.