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Thursday, February 11, 2016

Ankara Covered Journals+ Soy Candles: How Creative Writing is a form of self care

I have had an infatuation with Ankara covered journals for a very long time. Being that I live on this side of the globe where access to such items can be so daunting, I had given up the idea of even looking for one, after I tried creating my own and massively failed at it. In continuing my tips on self care, one of the most revolutionary acts for me when I am feeling really stressed out and just need an escape is writing. Not only do I love to write about African women and all things #Afrifem, but I also enjoy writing very fluffy things about love, life, travel, and some heavy things about pop culture an social issues etc. I have always found writing as my escape. What I did realize however is that any form of mundane rehearsed writing takes away my creative spirit, and from then on have learnt that I must write as my creative juices flow.

Cecret Candles by Sesima Kamara 




My writing gathered much strength when I got connected to my African Women Writers Community in Entebbe Uganda in 2014. I began to write and publish more than I had ever done before and in my lowest moments, and have found solace in writing in journals. Writing also has helped me to put my thoughts on paper that sometimes gather in my head which then ultimately gives me a release to clear my head and focus on other things. Now let's talk about setting the state and how energy is so important for one to destress. One of the things I enjoy doing is setting the scene before I begin to write. Whether it be with candles from my favorite candle make  Cecret Candles or  utilizing my favorite Ankara covered notebook from one of my favorite female owned brands in Sierra Leone Afrilosophy, the mood has to be right. And then I can write, write, write my heart out and reduce the stresses of the day or the moment. This month as we continue our self care series I urge you to think about the things that help you release stress and do them, even if you have stopped it is okay! Develop a promise to take better care of self this year. In the spirit of Valentine's day, what types of things do you do to balance out stress in your life and to show yourself love and care?


Ankara Journal from Etsy online 





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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Kelewele, Waakye & Dumsor: The Ladies of 'An African City' Return

We are here for the season 2 of An African City and aren't going anywhere, anytime soon. The show which focuses on the lives of African women returnees living in Accra Ghana is back and  we can't wait to delve in. The show aired on Sunday January 24th, and let's just say the plot line is already looking incredible. From talking about Waakye (a Ghanaian cuisine)  versus Salmon, to the rules of the returnee, we are here for it all.  


 Last year we enjoyed the episodes Season 1 and had the opportunity to sit and chat with the producers of the show on our Season 1 Interview . Well the ladies are back this year with many surprises, stories, and experiences to share with the world. Our friends at Circumspect  had a chance to catch up with some of the ladies of African city, and got the behind the scenes scoop. For all of you who are checking out the show please feel free to share your thoughts on this season, and for those who haven't already we highly suggest that you do. 


Cast of An African City Photocredit www.africancityvhx.tv



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Sunday, January 31, 2016

How Self Care and Traveling saved my businesses

"Caring for myself is not self indulgence, it is self preservation and that is an act of political warfare" 

Audre Lorde



Last year I was working on ten billion projects and would stay up very long hours, I had grants to complete, business meetings to have, articles to push out, a full on organization I was running, writing for various media platforms, and serving in my church . All of this couple with some major personal and work related changes left me overworked, and burnt out.  I would work work and work until finally one day, I was in my room the room started to spin, my chest became really tight and before I knew what was happening I begun to cry. In those few seconds which felt like hours, I flashed back to my graduate school career and one of my favorite clinical classes, I zoomed through the DSM IV pages and realized I was on the verge of an anxiety attack. I began to self talk myself and took really deep breathes and slowly my breathing as one breathe toppled over the other slowly came back to normal. I realized at that moment that I was burnt out! My body felt exhausted. Rewinding to a few weeks ago, I had been getting regular headaches, sleepless nights but ignored the signs. Ignoring the signs almost landed me in the hospital. That same day I had to push back a bunch of time lines, cancel meetings, and rest. I rested for about a week, my students felt it, my ministry felt it I had hit rock bottom. This wasn't good. How did I get here? What caused this? I realized I hadn't done a good job at taking care of self. What was even more ironic was that most of the sisters in my circle always came to me when they were burnt out and I helped them practically brainstorm solutions to getting out of burn out.



But when it was my turn it was like I had completely missed my own memo to self! During that one week period a good friend of mine wrote an article called Black Girl Sabbaticals , the article said everything I was feeling, I spoke to this sister of mine for a bit and told her how I was considering just taking a break and going away for sometime. She encouraged me to do so and that is exactly what I did! Sometimes even us ourselves can be so supportive to others and forget that we need to be supported as well through our times of crisis.  At first I began to talk myself out of going, that it probably wasn't a wise thing to do, that I could just go to a spa and be okay, but my community supported me through in various ways and said "No Moi you have to go" A week later with the support of my sister talking and encouraging me to go because "It will help you be healthy for your work" I booked a ticket to the carribean and decided I needed to leave and recalibrate. It was the best decision I ever made in a while. I came back refreshed and was able to tackle the rest of the year and had all the energy I needed. I share this story to say that sometimes as business women, creatives, and entrepreneurs it is quite easy to forget ourselves and keep pushing until our bodies hit a hard stop. 

I now schedule to take quarterly trips to rest recalibrate and re focus. Sometimes people think travel is an expensive ordeal but it really isn't. Sometimes my trips are work related and I spend extra time to just rest, and other times my trips are purely for resting and leisure. The way I manage to travel is simple I use my discretionary spending on my travels, I don't spend money on expensive handbags, shoes, etc and would rather on my self care through travel. I also use sites such as google flights, air bnb and apps such hopper app and kayak to track flight deals. I am also a very simple, no stress, minimalist. This means that when I travel I don't stay in high end hotels simply because I want to experience the culture and the people of the region. Trust me your body will pay you for it and even knowing you have a trip scheduled makes the work that much more fun to do. Most importantly your business will pay you for it.

This year I will share more of the self care activities to partake in  via our blog and encourage you to implement and make slight changes and see how your body, mind and soul will be rewarded. 




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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Don't Call Me Beautiful Exhibition to be held in Accra Ghana Feb 3rd, by renewed Photographer Nana Kofi Acquah



"Don’t Call Me Beautiful” is an exhibition that celebrates the African woman’s resilience. These images are a true account of all that life throws at her, and most importantly, how how she gracefully braces herself and handles them.

The reason why the African Woman requires special attention is because the mountains she has to climb over are huge. In art and culture, she is presented as this prehistoric survival with scarifications and bare breasts, a glorified beast of burden or a breeding machine; with some load on her head, a baby tied to her back, and a train of children following her. In the news, she’s presented as a victim of rape or war, a wandering refugee and everything negative; and most of these images are not necessarily untrue.
These prevalent images will do damage to anybody’s sense of self-worth.
What I try to do with my work, is to admire, celebrate and enjoy the African Woman without objectifying her. When the dominant imagery of the African woman changes, the world’s perception of her will change
In a culture that actively dismisses the exploits, successes and struggles of women, a conversation needs to be had.
Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah 

I was in Liberia shortly after the war. I saw a country led by a woman, supported by mainly women, rising from the ashes.
These women had been left to deal with the dying embers of the unruly wrath and carnage caused by arrogant, headstrong men.

I have had the privilege of photographing the African woman for years. I have been a witness to her struggles, her dreams, her fears and her achievements.  These photographs, celebrate her resilience. It is hard to be stretched this much and not break. For how long can a tree sway in the storm and not break? And yet, she stands- in spite of it all. After it all.


These photographs are the documents of a witness, spanning almost ten years, they capture the everyday lives of African women.
In here, we have photos of women living with HIV\AIDS, the first
woman to be elected president of an African country, a 9 year old rape victim, who together with her family are seeking
both justice and redress, and countless other stories- of pain and fame and resilience. 

These documents are evidence of the fact that the woman is strong, determined, intelligent, driven, passionate, empowered,
fearless, witty, and a whole lot more than just beautiful.



Photo by Nana Kofi Acquah 



Sunday, January 24, 2016

MY TOP NEW YEAR FITNESS RESOLUTIONS AND SOME GOODIES JUST FOR YOU! By Bernice Maabena Asiedu, Fitness Expert Fitvolution

Bernice Maabena Asiedu, Fitvolution
Let’s look at it from a slightly different perspective this year, shall we? Change is necessary, especially when the same old ways of looking at it has not resulted in any remarkable achievements.
So, this year if you are reading this here are some tips on how to lead a truly healthier lifestyle this year:

1. FILL YOUR PRIMARY PLATE FIRST:
Pay attention to your primary foods (foods that feeds your soul, spirit, heart and mind) such as love, spirituality, home environment, career, relationships etc.
We mostly turn to secondary foods (foods that fill our physical plate) when we are starved for primary foods.
 Are you using food as an emotional salve for any primary hunger? are you stressed? The answer is not in the cookie jar.
If you find yourself reaching for comfort food when life throws you a medicine ball, you’re not alone. Let’s help ourselves out of it this year. Be honest with yourself, confront your issues, get help, and when your primary foods are on lock down, secondary will be easy to handle.
Reach out to your faith place- if your health is as serious a matter to you as your building project, then why do you not take it to your higher power in prayer or meditation or whatever it is you do?
Think deeply about this now.

2. Be ready to Change!!
This time, for real, do allow yourself to change for the better. No seriously do!  From experience, a person must attract my attention with her readiness for change before I will offer help as a fitness consultant.
New results do not come from old behavior. Treat your desire for healthier you as you would your wedding plans and results will surely come.

3. Analyze
 Your question should be: how did I get here? Was it too many night hangouts?  Was it a toxic relationship?  Was it boredom? Did your mom visit for the holidays?
Now find new and better ways to avoid it!

4. Action Plan!
What are you going to do about the challenge? Here are some tips:  Register at a gym, Find an accountability partner, Employ a certified health coach.  You will do it differently when you plan as you will for your wedding!
I advise that you ALWAYS devise a plan first, do not just hop up and follow them.

                                

5. Forgive yourself!
Let us be honest with ourselves, we all fall off our healthy routines many times over, but the key is to be able to get back up again and continue pushing forward. Unforgiveness will rob you of your determination and worse, you might stop trying permanently so remember to forgive yourself often. So at this point where you still have it in you to do better for yourself, do yourself a huge favour and let your past remain in the past.
Start over!


6. Pay attention to your associations
Who are you hanging around? Are they constantly underrating your efforts at staying healthy and fit? Are they making jokes out of your efforts? Rubbing your old unhealthy ways in your face? Move on now! Find people who will encourage your little efforts; we call them #fitpals. Find you a fitpal at the gym, on social media, even in your office, there may be one person equally enthusiastic.
Following awesome food bloggers who post lavishly creamy calories loaded meals on social media might not be your best option at this time.

7. Keep a food journal!
This is one of the best ways to watch and know exactly what you are consuming; two ways to do this?
Take photos of everything that enters your mouth in a day or write it down and then conclude after a week. After this exercise you will know whether you are stalling your progress or helping it.

8. Indulge certified coaches and not products!
There is no such thing as quick results, when it comes to living a healthy lifestyle. We encourage you getting a coach if you can afford to.
Coaches help you preserve when you feel as if you are hitting a wall of a plateau. Products are not the way to go.  Now what will you do in the case of a product you picked from the shelf that promised 10days extreme weight loss and it didn’t achieve it’s goal? Will you go back to the shelf and complain?
What do you do after the 10days? You need consistency and sustainability.

9. Add some strength training to your routines!

                                
Ha! Did I just switch zones? I absolutely did! This is a must know- a hidden benefit for strength training is that every time you grab the dumbbells you are protecting yourself from injury.
A study in medicine and science in Sports and Exercise found that women who lift weights regularly for seven months were five times less likely to suffer a lower-body stress fracture during intense exercise (like running and calisthenics) than those who were not as diligent about doing resistance work.
For a more resilient body, do at least one exercise each for your arms, legs, chest, butt, back, and abs twice a week.
These are my top resolutions; the end result: a happier, more confident- and healthier you.

GOODIES!
 YOUR STARTER SMOOTHIE
1. Ginger O!
2cups pawpaw (Papaya)
½ lemon squeezed
1cup pineapple
Grated ginger (or ginger juice) to taste
2cups spinach
Pour ½ cup water in a blender
Add spinach and blend (ensure greens blend thoroughly)
Add other fruits and blend
Add some ice cubes for freshness
Enjoy your nutritious smoothie!

2. STARTER RED JUICE
2  carrots
1beet
1green apple
1cup water with ice
Blend together and enjoy!

3. TROPICAL TANGO
½ cup mango
¾ cup pawpaw
½ cup fresh coconut pulp
Add up coconut juice as fluid base
Blend together and enjoy!





Bernice Maabena Asiedu
Lead Fitness Coach @ Fitvolution
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Monday, January 18, 2016

Relationship Building, Service & Leadership: Christmas in Freetown with Madame Isha Johansen




Leadership and the Spirit of Service in Sierra Leone

I've never really enjoyed Christmas in Sierra Leone because I've always thought that the true meaning of Christmas was lost in all the enjoyment and parties. This Christmas was a bit different from the others. Firstly I had the opportunity to spend some time with some amazing women who are doing impactful things in Sierra Leone.  It gave me just the right dose of encouragement, motivation and drive to start the new year. One of my most memorable parts of the holiday was spending Christmas Day with Madame Isha Johansen President of the Sierra Leone Football Association .



There has been a lot of negative buzz in the local media about Madame Johansen, which has taken our attention away from the work that she is doing and her vision for  Sierra Leone as the President of the Football Academy. As a woman in an industry dominated by men it's difficult to get the proper support from those you lead especially the sentiments are that you don't deserve to be their leader. One thing I believe she does successfully is build positive relationships in her community such as this event. I have seen the lack of support and appreciation that some Sierra Leonean female leaders have gotten over time, at the same time I wonder how they are making it on an International scale and realize that a lot of it comes from their leadership approach. WCA's  Bosschique Isha Johansen taught me a few things this holiday season about service and leadership.

                                        

 According to a Pulse on Leaders Study   by PDI Ninth House a leadership consulting firm, women, place a higher value on work that gives them a sense of personal fulfilment and contribution in a friendly environment.(Source) Since I have known her she celebrates her birthday by having a party or dinner with close family and friends. This year she decided to celebrate it a bit different from the norm by empowering and enhancing the lives of  young people and underserved families in her community particularly those who may never experience the true sense of Christmas. Madame Isha Johansen is known to many as the Iron Lady she fights for what she believes in and loves to help those less fortunate especially young people.  On Christmas day, I had the opportunity to see the Iron lady at work and this helped me put things in perspective in understanding relational leadership.  

                            

Giving Back to Her Community
 On Christmas morning, Madam Johansen started her day welcoming the first babies born at Princess Christina Maternity Hospital (the hospital she was born in)  and the Aberdeen Women's Center with smiles, hugs and gifts. Later that day she hosted a one of a kind Christmas party for grassroots children and family. With help and support from the SLFA, UNICEF & Leo Cem Cement Factory, the Football Academy was transformed to an open field with games, bouncing castles, face painting, Christmas Trees, lights and more. With over 300 children in attendance Madame Johansen brought the magic of Christmas to these communities from the East and West of Freetown. The children had the opportunity to meet Father Christmas (Santa Clause), received gifts, fun, laughter, food, merriment and more especially they. I believe they truly had a life changing experience that day.

I had the opportunity to ask  Madame Johansen  about her feelings on the day and she shared that "going to the hospital I was born at  to welcome the early morning Christmas Day babies was an act born out of pure Christmas spirituality. A reflection on my life. Another life changing and emotional moment was sharing the joy of mums with their newborns and giving them presents. Christmas is a magical time. I think those new mums and indeed the kids at Christmas party felt the magic this Christmas.  I want to keep this tradition going and pray that I can".

The first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama once said “Success is not about how much money you make, it's about the difference you make in people's lives. As a leader, two  lessons learned as 2015 was that Leadership is about serving and building positive relationships. I learnt that success is about having the right relationships, and serving others. Building the right team is hard and will take time to develop, however building the right team is what will ultimately lead to your success and this what precisely Madame Isha and other women I had the opportunity to interact with are doing. Lastly, think about relationships in relation to the parable of the Sower, sow seeds that will fall on good ground so that the seed can grow and multiple and be bountiful.






By Ajara Bomah 
Ajara is a child of the African Diaspora living and working between
Sierra Leone and the US. As the  CEO & Founder of Rhoyalty Concepts
she works as  a project manager  and events consultant. Her work
centers around Gender issues, Governance , Business & Leadership
development.  Ajara believes in the power of the youth and loves
cultivating young girls into leaders.  She is the Co-Creator of Women
Mean Business Honors a platform to honor African Women Entrepreneurs &
Leaders.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Changing the Game A Conversation with Isha Johansen, President Sierra Leone Football Association, Sierra Leone

       
ON  ISHA  THE WOMAN




Photo Credit: Andrew Esiebo/Panos/The FIFA Weekly

Q: Describe yourself in 1 word and tell us why you chose that word?

A: REAL.
What you see is what you get with Isha. I wear every single emotion on the outside for all to see. My facial expressions, my body language and my eyes speak and act for me. No time for camouflage, no time for pretences, and I certainly do not suffer fools gladly or keep prisoners…It is for this reason that people either like Isha with a passion or they equally resent her with a passion. I also believe there are others struggling between blind loyalty in support of the ‘haters’ and the reality about who ISHA JOHANSEN is and stands for.

Q: Tell us a bit about yourself, your cultural heritage and background, where you grew up  and what brings you to this work?

 I am a Sierra Leonean. I am not a conventional hard liner for culture. I just know that I am an African woman, a strong one at that, fortunate to have been exposed to privilege and the outside world at infancy and grew up knowing both worlds. Africa (its wealth, and in equal measures its dire poverty) England and English boarding school aristocracy and the privileges which comes with affluence and good breeding. The balance of the two I believe has helped me greatly in understanding how to deal with both cultures in all my undertakings and ventures. Sometimes children get lost along the way, and either become very successful by virtue of their heritage, or they become spoilt and lost because of too much access and no real understanding of the ‘real’ world as we know it in Africa. 

A: Educational background was in Sierra Leone and UK. A convent in Sierra Leone, and a strict christian  girls boarding school in Somerset UK. College was in Oxfordshire, and I lived in London for a good number of years. London is still a very integral part of me. I am a city girl.

Football is just one of the many humanitarian ventures of mine, but no doubt FC Johansen and football being what it is by nature, brought me into the limelight and into the homes of many more than the other philanthrophic works I have been engaged in.


Q: How do you take care of yourself  and what to you enjoy doing to take time for yourself outside of work? And How do you balance work and life?

A: How I dream of the time I could just do the things normal women do. Pampering and like you say “taking care of yourself’ I DON’T. I wish I could and I miss that because I envy my friends that do all that wonderful spa, and pruning ( laughs). I simply do not have the time. I am blessed with good genes, I believe because I was so very active sportwise whilst at school and college, it has served my body well.
After my long days at work or in between flights, my most treasured moments are with my husband and my three dogs, DUKE, BARON, and PRINCE. (Rottwieller/boxer, Boxer, and German Shepard) my son who is the love of my life is 18 and in University in UK so I try to see him as often as I can.
My favourite addiction is champagne which I drink with or without company so that’s it.
Luckily I have a wonderful husband who is my manager and biggest fan and he supports me whenever, wherever so we manage to balance work and life. Sometimes we wake up at 2am and start chatting and mapping out home and future life till about 5am and then back to sleep again. He is equally manically busy so neither of us have time to bicker or feel guilty about neglecting each other.     

ON SPORTS AND BUSINESS

Photo Credit Andrew Esiebo/Panos/The FIFA Weekly

Q: So tell us about your work with the Sierra Leone Football Association what brought you to this work? Leading up this team and franchise?

A: I have told this story so many times I sound and feel like a scratched record. Don’t know whether you are old enough to remember those amplifiers with the needle that our parents had and if the record got scratched because of overplay, it would play the same lines over and over again.
FC Johansen was borne out of a humanitarian deed to help some underprivileged kids stay in school and play football. This was way back in 2004 just after the civil war had ended. In 2008 I made the bold step of taking the boys out to Sweden to participate in an international u-15 youth tournament. That is where the story changed, and the real story became ‘’the field of dreams’’. They toured the world, participating in tournaments in USA, SWEDEN, NORWAY, SPAIN, NIGERIA, SWITZERLAND, GHANA. I hosted two  international youth football tournaments, U-17 AND U-20) inviting teams from Norway, Brazil, South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Guinea to Sierra Leone . FC Johansen rose from a non-division team to a premier league club and force to be reckoned with. The FC Johansen story is one of success above the odds and a story which I guess was the legacy and template I used in my campaign to  become President of the Sierra Leone Football Association.
I did not only talk the talk, I worked the walk to success and achievement.   

Q: What are some recent accomplishments of your work with the SLFA  ?

A: Considering the constant battles to stay on the right course, I believe this new executive has gradually with a lot of resistance gradually started to bring about the culture of accountability, integrity, discipline and respect for game and country, and not least NATIONAL PRIDE. The lack of administrative structures and the lack of integrity and discipline has crippled the development not only of the SLFA but football in Sierra Leone.
FIFA has been one hundred percent in support of this administration because they believe in the vision of the leadership of this administration therefore for the first time we see womens football structures being put in place. Womens league, friendly matches for female football, Grassroots development both at coaches and young players level. Referees courses and the graduation of FIFA referees from Sierra Leone, are all remarkable achievements in the short time and I hasten to add, all of this in the midst of media negativity, stakeholders with agenda’s contrary to the development of football, and a host of negative distractions. But this is what the real test of leadership and resolve is all about. Rising above the challenges. I am extremely proud of what I and the few loyalists have been able to achieve.  


Q: What is an interesting project you are currently working that you don’t mind sharing with us?

A:I never work on just one project. I am always juggling several projects because its very unlikely you will succeed with all. I prefer to focus on three or four and if I succeed with just one, which in most cases often happens, then I am happy. I would rather I did not share the ideas yet, only because the parties involved may not appreciate me discussing the ideas before fruition but I can say it has to do with the welfare, growth and development of youth football. MY HEART AND MY LEGACY. 

Q:  As the Founder of your company tell us the 3 most important things you have learnt in your work that you want to share with others who are interested in starting their own branding business?

A: Speak and make a pact with yourself as to what you really want to achieve and conclude as to how sincere you are to proceed with what you set out to do.

Do not compromise your values and your belief. Uncompromising and self-opinionated are two different things in my opinion. You do not compromise what is the right thing for country and self  integrity. Even if it means you have to go down, lose your job, be incarcerated, then so be it. But let it be known that you went down doing or fighting for the right thing.

Always bear in mind that in leadership, there are two types of people in this world.
THOSE WHO MAKE HISTORY,
AND THOSE WHO ARE PART OF MAKING HISTORY.
The choice is yours to make.


Q: Tell us about a personal challenge you overcame as a leader in this capacity and how did you overcome it?

A: In a nutshell, my zero tolerance to laziness, indicipline, corruption, lack of integrity and patriotism. Some people think I play the gender card which is hilarious to me. Women groups have never fought or pushed my cause  but it is a fact that men still find it a hard pill to swallow being told what to do by a woman. I do not see myself as a vicitim of sexism I see myself as a victim surrounded by a number of morally bankrupt people who are struggling to get back on the right track.  I refuse to derail so it’s a real struggle of willpower and resolve but I do believe that we will get there. If not in my era, I know that I would have set the pace.

Q: In a recent article interview you did with the Guardian UK you talked about some of the challenges you experienced that your team experienced during the Ebola epidemic in Sierra Leone. How much of these challenges of authorities not listening to your advice can you attribute to you being a woman? Is this something you experience ongoing in your work? If so how have you dealt with this perception on a female leader like yourself?

A: The challenges in my opinion had nothing to do with being a woman. I may be na├»ve, but I honestly put the gender issue at the bottom of the list of victimization factors. Yes ofcourse it exists, but I think that our issues are more dire than just gender discrimination. I think that the whole Ebola issue was handled very wrongly from the onset and I think everyone acknowledges that, and the good thing is that we as a nation and the President of the country was able to tackle the problem head on, seek advice and deal with situation. Today, we can only count the days to when we can breathe again and say we are an Ebola free nation. Its an emotional battle because we ask the question, can we ever be Ebola free? Has enough been done, have we not lapsed in certain areas? But the fact is that we were living in hell on earth a few months ago and we braved it out, I see light at the end of the tunnel. 


ON AFRICAN WOMEN


Q:  As you know your field is one that is male dominated but how do you think you being in the role that you are is impacting young girls and women who aspire to be in the sports world as leaders, and entrepreneurs?

A: women and young girls I hope will be able to see me as an inspirational figure.
     If you can dream it, then you can do it. And my most famous quote,
     “when women win, we all succeed”
     There is nothing like a male territoritory. If you really want to be somewhere, then nothing should stop you. Its about the passion and the drive. I stress the passion and most importantly, the GENUINE INTENTION THAT DRIVES ONE TO THE GOAL.


Q: 10 years from now where do you see yourself and your brand?

A: Gosh myself in ten years, God willing alive I hope. I would like an ambassadorial position where I can fall back on my experiences to inspire others the youth in particular.
As far as a ‘’BRAND’’ is concerned, well I leave that with the Americans they are very good at commercializing a good “sell” so lets see in ten years time if I am worth any commercial value as a brand.

Q: Finish the sentence  “Women Change Africa because…..?”
A: WOMEN CHANGE AFRICA BECAUSE….WHEN WOMEN WIN, WE ALL SUCCEED.

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