We are Nunnovators – Get to know our team

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We are Nunnovators
Most of the time, when things go exceptionally well, we have Refilwe, our ops manager, to thank. With her warm, humorous yet stern manner, we get things done and done right all the time! Meet our Operational Manager, Refilwe Sibiya!

FULL NAME (AND NICKNAME):
Refilwe ‘Fiflo’ Sibiya

WHO’S YOUR FAVOURITE INNOVATOR AND WHY?
Madam CJ Walker who came up with her own hair care line back when being black was seen as a curse. She was also one of the first American women to become a self-made millionaire

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE QUOTE?
“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom”- Anais Nin
There was a time in my life when most of my decisions were fear driven, this particular quote liberated me.

WHAT’S YOUR SPIRIT ANIMAL AND WHY?
Butterfly, because the night when I had my second heart operation a family friend dreamt of butterflies floating around the Hospital premises where I was being operated. It is a symbol of new life and I believe my life story is testament to the fact that there is hope, and a divine intervention at play. In fact, I saw one this morning when I walked out the door. Goosebump things

BEST BOOK YOU’VE READ?
The Secret. I read this book and my general outlook on life was altered, in a very positive way.
WHAT/WHICH IS YOUR FAVOURITE MOVIE/CARTOON CHARACTER?
Minnie Mouse! I like her because she is extremely girly, just like me, oh and also I have this weird obsessions with ribbons, and so I bought a headgear with Minnie Mouse ears with a purple bow, I wear it on special occasions.

IF YOU COULD BE SOMEONE ELSE WHO WOULD IT BE?
Oprah, I want to know how it feels giving cars away to such a large audience *chuckles*, that and also I’ve always been curious to know how it feels to have such an influence on people. Not the amount of money she has, her influence, that has always intrigued me.

WHO WOULD YOU LOVE TO WORK WITH ONE DAY?
Olivia Pope, DUH. I mean who doesn’t want to be a Gladiator?! I know, I have this thing I do when faced with a complex situation, “What Would Olivia Do?” More realistically though it would have to be Sarah Jakes Roberts, our purposes are aligned, she just doesn’t know it yet.

WHAT’S YOUR BIGGEST/MOST FAVOURITE ACCOMPLISHMENT?
Giving birth to my daughter. For someone who was told they wouldn’t make it past the age of 1 to actually giving birth to another human being.

WHAT’S YOUR WEIRDEST TALENT?
Creeping into people’s hearts

BEST MOMENT AT NUNNOVATION?
Hosting the first #WeInnovate, which at the time was called the ICT Breakfast, I slept for literally one hour the night before, I looked like a homeless person on the day of the event, but the excitement and the hope we ignited in those kid’s lives, nothing can compare.

WRITE A SHORT BIOGRAPHY:
My desire is to inspire.