IT’S that time again, the time of amazing looking frocks, red carpet and everything else that comes with it. Yes, the time of the year when Zimbabweans doing wonderful things across the world get rewarded for their sweat. This year I caught up with one of the young ladies nominated in two categories at one of these prestigious awards.
Ella Bvumba is a 22 year-old young lady who is the owner of HouseofElla, an online Boutique for women’s wear, specialising in *Celebrity Bodycon Dresses*. Ella has been nominated for Personality of the year as well as Innovation.
Seeing someone who actually deserves to be nominated is a very good thing. This young lady has been through a lot and excelled despite the odds that were against her.
Having her mother diagnosed with cancer left her having to go out and find work at a young age to be able to support herself and her mother. Thankfully, her mother recovered from cancer and is now healthy and well.
HouseOfElla was formed in May 2013 and was nominated Best Online Store by simplesit.com. The website was rebranded and relaunched in February last year and currently has over 80,000 views.
Ella is always supportive of other events taking place in the community. As far as these nominations are concerned, no one deserves to be honoured more. This young lady has a great personality and is always pleasant and always smiling.
There is never a dull moment with her, always posting encouraging messages on her Facebook wall and looking forward to the next day. Ella is currently the reigning 2nd Princess for Miss Zim UK 2013.
Her passion is to inspire young people to become whatever they dream of becoming no matter the circumstances and her hard work and perseverance makes her a great role model for young ladies. This young lady is certainly “Bhundu Certified” in my books
I had a very brief interview with her and this is what she had to say:
Jackie: You have been nominated for 2 awards; please tell us what categories you were nominated for?
Ella: Personality of the Year and Innovation of the Year.
Jackie: How does it make you feel to be recognised for all your hard work?
Ella: When I saw my name under the categories, I was so emotional. I literally cried; it felt so good. They were all tears of joy to know that my hard work was being recognised.Advertisement
Jackie: What has been the inspiration of your achievements so far?
Ella: Believing in myself and my dreams. Knowing how much I want this and my goal, I had to motivate myself to accomplish my dreams. My family has supported and believed in me, they never doubted me.
Jackie: As a young lady, what advice or encouragement would you give to other young ladies out there?
Ella: No matter how hard your situation may look or sound, if you have a dream, go for it. Have a faith and a positive mind.
Jackie: What does the future hold for “HouseOfElla”?
Ella: Well to be honest with you I haven’t even started yet. Bigger and better things are to yet come and be prepared for some surprises. HouseofElla will be launching its new clothing line soon.