88 minutes | Nov 1st 2020

Talk About Turning Life's Challenges into Lessons and Opportunities with Dayrica Mwendera

Alex is in conversation with Dayrica Mwendera who shares her story from the very beginning in Malawi through to her experiences being treated for cancer.

It’s important to realise that any treatment is a journey taken and brings not only the challenge of the treatment but also the challenges of a changing life and everything this involves.

Dayrica looks at the differences between Malawi and other countries and explains why her vision is to get the Malawian government to understand the issue and take action, creating specialist centres for the early detection of cancer.



  • When you are faced with challenges it’s not just the challenge itself but everything that goes around it
  • When you come from an Africa background you are trying to build yourself up
  • It kept me grounded thinking about what this would have been like being treated back home in Malawi.
  • Cancer is not a ‘one-stop-shop’ there are many things that have to happen in the journey of being treated.
  • In Malawi, there are not the systems and procedures in place to effectively deal with cancer.
  • You can be talking, walking and people think you are ok but actually, you have cancer
  • There needs to be a specialist hospital in Malawi because early diagnosis is key.
  • Speaking out about my experience is about honouring my sister and her memory.
  • I want to be involved in getting the government to realise this is an urgent issue that requires immediate action.
  • Raising awareness is key.
  • Cancer is not a black person’s disease. Black people don’t have a culture based on talking about disease.



‘When you have concerns you can pick up the phone and there is someone to talk to you’

‘You don’t tick any of the boxes but you have cancer’

‘The Malawi government need to realise this is an urgent issue and take action’



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Alex is a prize-winning chartered accountant with experience in financial markets from trading finance, capital hedging, structural foreign exchange and interest rates to operational risk from the world’s top financial and advisory institutions including Deloitte, RBS and JPMorgan Chase

Alex has been involved in property development programmes across different types since 2008, building and managing a portfolio that includes standard buy-to-lets, student accommodation and other houses in multiple occupancy (HMOs).

He specialises in raising finance, providing potential investors, investors and joint venture partners with ad hoc (to their specific requirements), hands-free and hassle-free property investments solutions as well as coaching and mentoring

Alex aspires to share business and financial knowledge with upcoming entrepreneurs and experienced business minds to learn and master the concepts and mindsets required to succeed, stand-out, have the edge and make a difference.

Alex is also a keen traveller, cyclist and photographer.





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