BY STYLE REPORTER
LOCAL musician and businesswoman Plaxedes Wenyika says she is not opening a new chapter in her life, but a new book.
She says after turning 40 years last year, her first book was closed, ended and shelved away. She has now opened the first page of the new book.
Plaxedes was thrust into the spotlight three years ago after she divorced businessman Mike Joka, whom she had been married to for 13 years.
Before her marriage, the music diva had made her name on the local music scene, thanks to the urban grooves era.
Plaxedes opened up to Standard Style explaining how she has picked herself up, dusted herself off and started all over again.
“Depression is a real thing. I faced a period in my life where I didn’t know how my life would turn out and it was totally overwhelming. I wasn’t happy in many aspects of my life and I spiralled into a dark hole,” Plaxedes said.
“I would sleep for long periods during the day, I became withdrawn, I felt I was a failure and I didn’t know how to get myself out. I turned to food for comfort, which led to weight gain and withdrawing from the social scene.
“My self-esteem plummeted. I would function, but not be really present. I finally managed to turn myself around through support and a mental shift. I began dealing with the root cause of things that were causing me to be depressed. It was a process. It required a resolve and a willingness to confront, talk about it and release of things that were detrimental to my mental health.”
The Tisaparadzane singer said she just needed a fresh start and her 40th birthday opened the door to the future.
“I am in a good space in my life. I turned 40 years last year and it’s true life begins at 40,” she said.
She said she has found comfort in sharing her experiences as well as inspirational messages on social media platforms.
“I have always loved inspirational vibes and I always shared things that inspired me on my page and it has since grown to be a source of inspiration for my followers. I am being open about my life experiences, sharing my truth and spreading the power of kindness in the social media era,” she said.
“The reason why I have maintained my fans on social media platforms is that I am just being real. I listen to them and genuinely get to know about them as well. I share my life story and I am having fun. I have great understanding of the human story and our ability to empathise with one another has been key.”
She said she was looking forward to supporting would-be women entrepreneurs grow through her consultancy firm Wenyika & Co.
“Wenyika & Co is a digital marketing agency, which specialises in helping women grow their businesses online to profitability. We also do digital corporate training for executives,” Plaxedes said.
“I also want to do life coaching and confidence building and my main audience would be women. I would like to boost women’s confidence, getting them to live their best lives, love themselves and succeed in their spheres of influence. I will host webinars and one-on-one coaching with interested women.”
She said there was not much activity on the music side due to the Covid-19 pandemic, although she hinted at releasing a new project in the near future.
“Nothing much happened in 2020. However, I was in the studio last Saturday and I am working on a couple of songs. Interesting projects are lined up for this year. So, a whole lot of music and videos are coming through,” she said.