Women’s Month this year is about celebrating powerful, resilient women who manage to persevere in the face of adversity. In challenging times, forging one’s destiny both locally and internationally isn’t a given. One woman doing just that however is Nomzamo Mbatha.
By always seeking to push the boundaries of personal achievement, Nomzamo endeavours to live her life with daring flair just like Madame Clicquot – an audacious businesswoman who, at a very similar age to Nomzamo, in 1805, had the courage to take the reins at Veuve Clicquot after the death of her husband. She then proceeded to build a global champagne empire and her decisions, at a time when women could neither work nor hold a bank account, remain an inspiration to women in pursuit of success globally, just like Nomzamo.
Last month, having just celebrated her 30th birthday, Nomzamo not only signed a management deal with one of the world’s largest talent agencies, Creative Artists – laying the foundations for even greater international success. (She’ll soon be starring in Paramount’s classic “Coming to America 2”, alongside stars Wesley Snipes and Eddie Murphy.) Throughout trying times, Nomzamo also continued her work on very own ‘Lighthouse Foundation’, raising over R1.5 million. This humanitarian work aligns with her role as Global Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, leading to her inclusion on the 2018 OkayAfrica’s 100 Women honourees and the Forbes Africa 30 Under 30 list.
Speaking on what Women’s Month means for her and about building her personal global brand that honours the legacy of Madame Clicquot, Nomzamo Mbatha had this to say:
The best advice I can give women today is….do not listen to the naysayers, strive to persevere despite it all! Move with intention, live your truth but most importantly, live a purpose-driven life and, to remain motivated and positive, celebrate each personal highlight with a glass of champagne! (Veuve Clicquot Rich Rosé remains Nomzamo’s favourite.)
Today, I encourage all women to…live their lives as Madame Clicquot did, forging their own paths, going against the grain and becoming masters of their own fate, despite the odds. This month we get to celebrate and toast to her legacy. I want to say to every brave woman out there, forge forward! Keep that fire burning. No matter what your truth looks like, I hope that you show up in the world in the most important fashion there is, and that is to be yourself.
From SA to USA, Veuve Clicquot celebrates Nomzamo’s success every step of the way. We look forward to raising a glass to all women forging their destinies fearlessly, with a bright ‘So Clicquot’ attitude. And Madame Clicquot would surely approve!