Founder Nnua Cakes & Co-founder Mkweni groundworks |
Nene Mboweni (21), matriculated in 2013 from Crawford College, in Sandton. She is currently at the University of Witswatersrand pursuing her passion in molecular physiology, where she is specializing in receptor biochemistry (specifically on the GnRH receptor which is responsible for regulating fertility and puberty in humans). Once she has submitted her thesis, she will proceed to complete her last 3 years in a Bachelor of Medicine & Surgery. If not in the lab, Nene works part-time at the Natalspruit hospital in Vosloorus on weekends and during her vacation.
She is an avid baker and founder of Nnüa cakes (www.nnucakes.com) an online virtual patisserie and decadent catering company. Not only has she done work for reputable companies such as Transnet, Vodacom, CellTone and Primedia, she has also collaborated with Jimmy Choo and Luminance on a luxury line of cupcakes and also worked with various high-profile clients and governmental organizations, having recently just done the 80th celebratory cakes for the late former president of South Africa, Nelson Mandela’s, wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
She is also the co-founder of Luyanda & Co. and Mkweni Groundworks, a woman-owned construction Company providing services in civil engineering, rail and other sectors. Nene has featured in Forbes Woman Africa, Destiny Woman, Cosmopolitan and recently did a webinar for the Nigerian-based, SheLeadsAfrica organization.
She is a part time tutor in science and Mathematics at Bophelo Impilo Community School. Nene is extremely passionate about education and contributes all of her profits towards providing bursaries for students on campus. She has incubated several community initiatives including but not limited to the Courageous Ladies, Faculty of Best Advisory (FBA), and the AfriSun Trust. Her core passion however, is in science and healthcare in which she hopes to one day practice as a clinical researcher and contribute to the body of academia with African-based research done on African populations to inform new and revised medical health care guidelines, tailor made to African populations.