This week, we caught up with the lovely and energetic Tido Masebo. She is a woman of many talents. She has an unwaivering vision for a bright future and it shows in her work and her abilities. Originally trained as a nurse, her nurturing and caring side shows from her love for interaction with people. Upon seeing her at first, she comes off as shy and reserved, but once you get to know her and get a feel for her style you will get to discover the bubbly side of Tido.
Stylist: Nollie Ngwira
Photography: kMoe Foto
Makeup Artist: Bojelo Marari
Art Direction: T A N L U M E
1. Please tell us about yourself?
I am a village girl from Bobonong, a very fearless and ambitious village girl…not forgetting ‘hardworking’. Haha… I honestly believe in myself and when I believe in my vision I am unstoppable.Some people think I am a ‘snob’ but I am just a simple village girl who is keeping her dreams alive
2. How and when did you start Tido Decor?
My motivation for Tido Decor started in June 2015 when I read an article about a UK based company that does recycled decor. I then explored the concept and did my research and in August 2015 I registered Tido Decor Pty ltd and immediately started working on my concepts which was initially only recycled decor…but during the process of business I felt like my concepts cannot be sustained for longer and I saw an advert online about interior design and decoration courses and I knew I had to do it for Tido Decor and a new concept was born for Tido Decor now known as TIDO DECOR INTERIORS.
3. Growing up, was there any indication you’d be doing what you do now?
It was never part of the plan. God gave me that vision and i worked on it. I never pictured myself as an entrepreneur…All I wanted to do was drive health promotion somewhere in an international office *laughs*. Initially I wanted to be a lawyer and yes I had a chance to go pursue law studies at University of Botswana, but my love for nursing and giving back to the community overrode everything. I am a Nurse on a mission…and I believe God placed me there so that I can explore and inspire others in the process.
4. What inspires you?
My family especially my mother; A woman who breaks her back praying for me and supporting me. Women who are fierce, bold and fearless and go out to make things happen for themselves and most importantly God. I get most of my inspiration from the Holy Bible.
5. What have you learned along the way and what advice do you have for young people who want to go into interior decor?
I have learnt that in life you have to believe in yourself. When you have a vision, trust and listen to your inner voice…forget the noise of the world and just do you. Just BEGIN.
The power is in Beginning. ACTION!!!.To all those who want to do interior design and decoration I say…it is a beautiful concept and not yet explored much in Africa. All you gotta be is creative and be original in your design concepts. Clients can be intimidating but let them have confidence in you.
6. What have been some of the challenges and triumphs along the way?
The challenges I meet mostly is financial constraints, negative talk from people and self doubt, But as a self motivated person I always find a way to push through…Nobody said it would be easy but eventually you will achieve. As for triumphs I have gained recognition in some online decor blogs and magazines. Locally the media has been supportive too in helping me launch my work. I have gained loyal customers who believe so much in me. I am a work in progress and I believe the best is yet to come.
7. What do you enjoy most about what you do?
I love working with people…that defines me as a nurse too. haha…I am getting inspired by my clients and through my decor consultations I gain unique concepts from them. I pick their brains during the decor consultations and play around with their requests and deliver something that is timeless and elegant.
8. Tell us about your women empowerment event and what it aims to achieve.
Wow!!! I am answering this at a point where I have experienced a proud moment about the event. The event made it to national news 👏 Now the whole nation knows something about my vision and I thank all the women who had supported this event. I have always envisioned cultivating projects where women come together and celebrate one another, empower each other and build each other. I love to see women retracting claws and holding up the ladder for one another. Women empowerment is a global topic and it is time for Botswana to rise too. I have a lot of strategic plans drafted already to do more in empowering Botswana women.
9. What do you do in your spare time?
I am a serial volunteer. I love giving back to my community. I also read a lot …I believe in personal development. I value my peace of mind too and enjoy trips to my home village to recharge and spend time with family.
10. Love is…
Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow. Love is selfless. Love is everywhere and I am Lovable.