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Published: January 9, 2020 | Updated: January 10, 2020

20 Questions: Nanzy Sebata, Founder and CEO, Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards tackles our Q&A

Nanzy Sebata: The best bit of my job? Putting a smile on someone’s face.
By Andrew Diprose, editor

Each week we shine the spotlight on a member of Dorset’s business community and ask him, or her, for answers to our part fun/part serious questionnaire. This time…

Her favourite food dish is Cantonese salt and pepper spare ribs, she looks for enthusiasm, dedication and confidence in a new employee and would hand out bonuses to everyone if she was Prime Minister. Well, you’ve got our vote for one!

Nanzy Sebata, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Dorset Ethnic Minority Awards (DEMAs), takes the 20 Questions’ hotseat.

Question: What’s your favourite TV show?

Answer: Survivor. I enjoy the adrenaline rush I get every time I watch this show.

Q: Who would you like to share a car with?

A: Michelle Obama, I’d love to pick her brain just for at least ten seconds.

Q: The best bit of my job is…?

A: Putting a smile on someone’s face.

Q: And the worst…?

A: Failing to reach someone’s expectation.

Q: Who was your childhood hero?

A: Princess Diana. As a child I was sad I never got the chance to meet her when she visited my country, Zimbabwe.

Q: What’s your favourite smell?

A: Fresh soil after a rain shower.

Q: Where’s your favourite place in Dorset?

A:  Chedington. If I had it all I’ll build a house there. The Dorset villages are really beautiful.

Q: What advice would you give to anyone starting out on a career?

A: Don’t be scared to make mistakes, you learn from them.

Q: What was your first record/CD?

A:  An album with a collection of  90’s R&B love songs.

Q: What gets you angry?

A: Being undermined or looked down on.

Q: Do you have a favourite piece of music?

A: Anything by Lionel Ritchie.

Q: What are the qualities you look for in a new employee?

A: Enthusiasm, dedication, confidence.

Q: What’s your favourite food or dish?

A: Cantonese salt and pepper spare ribs.

Q: Steamed sponge pudding and custard or a plate of melon?

A: Sponge pudding with lumpy custard.

Q: Name the best thing about living/working in Dorset?

A: The natural surroundings, for example the seaside.

Q: If you were Prime Minister for the day what would be the first thing you do?

A: I’d hope it’ll be around the time of giving out bonuses to people. I’d be generous and make the people happy.

Q: What’s your biggest frustration?

A:When a deadline is not met then my patience goes out of the window.

Q:  Where’s your favourite holiday location?

A: Singapore and Bali.

Q: Where do you see yourself in ten years’ time?

A: Owning a nice farmhouse somewhere in the villages of Dorset and established in my business.

Q: What would you like to be remembered for?

A: Creating a legacy platform where ethnic minorities are celebrated and recognised for their positive contributions to society.