Anesu a marketing student at MANCOSA, is not like your average student. Originally from Zimbabwe, he juggles his studies along with working as a freelance stylist, a model, and a blogger.
At first, one can think “here’s another one of these people that do everything and actually nothing, all talk – no substance” but an in-depth conversation with them showed us otherwise.
Firstly, Anesu is dedicated and knows what he wants. From the get-go, he made the deliberate choice to be a correspondent student, which means the majority of his course is online and he only requires to be in the University during exam time. Though this is a longer educational route, it was a time-sacrifice he was willing to make to pursue his dream and sustain his income whilst studying.
He wanted to pursue modeling with fervor, which he adores and marries to his freelance work as a stylist.
“For me, it’s all about using the way I dress and look, to say something, I love putting outfits together and creating a brand, a persona with it” and this ties in perfectly with his educational pursuit of – marketing.
As if he were testing his acquired academic knowledge immediately to marketing himself as a brand.
“As a model, you need to be available for castings and I didn’t want to be the person missing classes but at the same time, I didn’t want to jeopardize my modeling career – I knew that it could all be done together, it would just need discipline”
And it’s using this discipline that he’s progressed as a blogger, model, and freelance stylist. As all 3 are linked he’s been able to move up the ranks and work with people he’s admired from a distance.
“ We grew up being told as an African child: you can’t do this, you can’t do that, it requires money, we don’t have it, we don’t have the connections … “
Raising the standard for him is breaking boundaries.
“ I believe we can take the little that we have and that it’s our job to do as much as we can with it – aim bigger and higher ”