Meet The Women In My Life – Part 8 – Rumbi

Womens Day 2019 - Rumbi Chamboko

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my sister Rumbi…

I am not where I want to be yet, but I’m certainly not where I used to be!

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Women's Day 2019 - Rumbi Chamboko

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Rumbi Chamboko

Current location: Nottinghamshire, England

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Rumbi Chamboko - 34 - Tax Accountant (ACCA)
Rumbi Chamboko – 34 – Tax Accountant (ACCA)

Hiya Rumbi, what makes you a woman?

Other than being a female, a daughter, a sister, and now also a wife and a mother; what makes me a woman is my existence in the world to nurture, to love, to give and to be a shining light in my home and in the environment around me.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

This would easily be my own mother. Other than taking on her basic responsibilities in bringing us up the right way, she has always been hard-working and has put us first, to get the best and to be the best.

From a young age she taught us the importance of self-sustenance, being strong, being resilient and focused, no matter the distractions the world brings. She was fortunate to also have our father by her side; a very loving and supportive man and together, they brought out the best in us.

Today is actually our dad’s 60th birthday. Happy birthday dad! We love you!

Rumbi and her two sisters
Rumbi and her two sisters

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like, as compared to
now?

Growing up, I was quite the ‘tom boy’ and loved the more dangerous adventurous type of playing and I’m glad it ended there! I cannot imagine what it’s like to be a man and can never know what it’s like to be one, but I am just grateful for who I am and the way the good Lord created me in His own image on the inside.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

There are just some things I cannot change and I struggle with seeing some children growing up with no hope, no love around them. No aspirations to do well and some having to face poverty beyond measure.

I struggle with seeing support systems letting young people down, whether it’s within family structures, politically or economically. I struggle with dealing with lost potential.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy seeing men and women achieve their dreams and purposes, in pure and clean ways, making use of their God-given talents and abilities, despite the obstacles they may face.

When a dream comes to reality, the idea of seeing positive accomplishment alone, brings joy to my heart. For me, this is whether it’s a big dream or a small goal I have, one way or another, there is great joy in seeing results.

Rumbi and her son
Rumbi and her son

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Never look down on anyone!  Always have respect for others and treat them as you would like to be treated, no matter their status. We reap what we sow and life’s tables can turn easily – you don’t know what tomorrow holds. You also don’t know who God will use one day to lift you up when you are down.

That person who was a ‘nobody’ yesterday could be the agent to your own destiny tomorrow.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Allow me to say two things to different groups…

To the men that are taking their responsibilities well, being the head of the home and supporting their families (financially/emotionally/spiritually), I say well done to you and a huge ‘Thank you’!

No one is perfect but as long as you are doing your best, I salute you – life is a learning curve.

To those that have deliberately isolated their role in the home or left the women to do everything, I say please get your act together! The younger generation needs more male role models in their families and in society.

Please play your part to be an example – everyone no matter how young or how old, needs someone to look up to.

Rumbi and her husband Tinashe
Rumbi and her husband Tinashe

What is your dream?

My dream is to make a difference! That may sound like a cliché but I know I was created for a purpose – to be an encouragement, to help solve someone’s problem and to be a voice for what I believe in.

I love my career and I know through that, I already help solve people’s problems and worries with the tax man – which is great right? But beyond that, I have a dream to run my own Consulting business and alongside that, do work for young people through mentoring and coaching.

I am a Christian and would love to see the values of my faith applied to bring hope and direction to the lost, the confused and the broken in society. I want to be a channel of goodness to others and radiate the love and power of Christ. I am not where I want to be yet, but I’m certainly not where I used to be!

Anything else you would like to add?

What actually comes to mind for some reason is this statement I would like to share with all the women. It’s from the book of Ecclesiastes and will hopefully bring hope to someone who has given up on their dream…

I again saw under the sun that the race is not to the swift and the battle is not to the strong, and neither is bread to the wise nor riches to those of intelligence and understanding nor favour to men of ability; but time and chance happen to them all.”

Thanks Rumbi xo

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