#SHE: Zanele Florentina Yeukai Dinika

#SHE: Zanele Florentina Yeukai Dinika

I feel powerful when: When I tick goals off my list
Icons/ who inspires you: I do not really have an icon, but I find inspiration in the greatness of the people around me, friends, family or even people I do not know personally but I know of who are closer to home, fellow Africans or Zimbabweans who showing their greatness in various aspects of life
Best advice I have ever received: Align with your purpose and everything else will fall into place
Happy Place: The Beach but I guess when we’re in Zim the equivalent is a swimming pool lol!
Motto: Do You!
Most used app: Instagram
IG handle: @dr.zaniedinika @glamour_bae_zim

What do you do and what was the journey to get here?
I am a Dentist by profession; I have been practising for close to 5 years now. I work great with kids and I have a natural hand for Aesthetic/Cosmetic Dentistry. Beauty has always been a passion of mine, I started putting on make-up on myself and others while I was in Varsity and as time went on I realised I could monetise my passion and birthed my make-up artistry business “GlamourBae” which has been running well for the past 3 years. My first client was one of my best friends who literally put me in a corner to be her make-up artist on her wedding day and I have been doing make-up for weddings and events since then.

I have always been one who admired content creators and how they made their videos especially on YouTube. I started binging on YouTube videos in Varsity and this is where I learnt all my make-up skills. One day I decided to also share on the platform and started off by sharing my covers or videos of me performing at the annual “Mashoko nemagitare” concert done at the Medical School, yes I sing too lol!! Then I later on advanced to sharing my make-up skills and travelling experiences. As I stepped into my purpose in my career as an Oral Health Educator, I decided to start using my platform to share dental tips and got a really great response from my audience. I have found a way to integrate sharing bits of my life and what I am passionate about. This is how I became a Dentistry and Lifestyle Vlogger. Recently I reached 1000 subscribers and will be able to monetise my channel making it yet another source of income.

How would you define A true African woman?
Hmmm well, a true African woman according to me is a “Mudzimai.” If we look at the Shona word for a woman “Mudzimai” and we break it down it makes two words Mudzi-Mai.

Mudzi meaning root or tap root, which means you are an anchor, it is the foundation which the tree sprouts from so likewise, you are an anchor to your family, to your friends and the people around you know that they can depend on you. A tap root also goes deep to get nutrients and water for the tree in the same way you go deep with your own goals, with self actualisation. You go far and wide to advance yourself and educate yourself in whatever it is you have chosen to do to and become a master at what you do.

Mai meaning mother, you are a provider, you are a protector and you can be these things to your family and friends. You don’t necessarily have to be married or have children to take on this role. In the same way a nurturing mother will always support her children in fulfilling their dreams and aspirations, so can any woman do the same to support a fellow woman, a friend, a sister, a brother.
That to me is a true African woman.

What is your end game and how do you think your efforts change the game or make a difference?
Dentistry – To become a world-renowned Aesthetic dentist and to be able to spread that greatness through mentoring and teaching other young and upcoming dentists, something I’ve already begun.
GlamourBae – To one day own a beauty studio which offers even more than just makeovers.
Dr Zanie Dinika YouTube Channel – To continue growing the channel and become one of the well know African Vloggers/Bloggers.

What inspires you?
When I see fellow Zimbabweans and other Africans exhibiting their greatness, it always gives me drive to push towards my own goals. The mere fact that someone with similar circumstances can rise above all obstacles and shine in their field that gives me hope and confidence that I can do it too.

Have you ever struggled with feeling the need to reach unrealistic expectations of perfection or making it? If yes, do you have a way to move past those feelings?
Aesthetic dentistry is all about looks, making someone’s teeth look absolutely beautiful whilst restoring or not compromising form or function of teeth. Most people who are passionate about this field of Dentistry aim for perfection in each job they do, and that includes myself. I am the biggest critic of my own work, such that I was so afraid to share my work with others or even voice out my aspiration to be an Aesthetic dentist because I always thought I had to be perfect at it first before I could speak about it until I realised that I need to speak it into existence. I need to act the part; I need to actively move towards that which I want to become. I used the very same approach with my YouTube channel, and now with just my phone and a simple editor I have managed to grow my channels and create videos which are equally as good if not better than some channels of people who own very expensive filming equipment.

I have learnt to not wait for perfection to then speak of or do what you’re good at. Speak up and speak loud and the path to become even greater will become much clearer to you and you reach there faster than when you’re continuously second guessing yourself. Half the time, you are doubting yourself whilst other people see the work that you do and they are amazed or even intimidated by the greatness in you. Just keep on doing what you do best and not over think it. With my kind of job, you must be prepared for the people who are just never satisfied. After putting your all into a job a patient/client might just not be happy and if you’re a perfectionist like myself that can really make you lose sleep, but I say don’t. You cannot please everyone and you have to have a loooot of patience with those kinds of individuals. Nobody started out just great, and very few reach so called “perfection”. Just give it your best and see how far that will take you. My goal is to always do better than my last best case; I am my own competition/comparison.

If we could walk a day in your shoes, what is one thing you would say to encourage us to take on a typical day in your life?
Wear very comfortable shoes!!!! Coz you gon be on your feet a lot, lol!! The smiles on the patients/make up clients after you have done a good job will simply melt you; there is no other experience like it.

Any last words of advice to the African woman?
“Queens adjust each other’s crowns”
Dear African Queen, learn to support a fellow Queen on their journey and celebrate with them on every win. It takes nothing from you, she is not your competition, when one Queen rises we all rise.

By Adelaide (@captainesstreats)

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