I am a twenty-nine year old African business woman, author and teacher. Currently my teaching has taken a more spiritual direction. I have been working since I was eleven, in some form or another, but today I generally spend my days doing volunteer work in organizations that spark my passions. I believe that giving of my time and my heart means most. If you have read my blog, then you will know that I have suffered great health challenges that have lead me down this selfless and self-fulfilling path.
One of my greatest passions is helping the impoverished, as I come from a challenging background, myself. At one stage, during my childhood, I lived in extreme poverty, as my father was unable to find work. It was through this experience that I began to learn about overcoming life’s difficulties. At the age of twelve, for many months, I was unable to attend school due to the extreme nature of our circumstances. I did not even have a change of clothes. It was through the compassion of others and the support of our family and friends, that my parents were able to build a home and future for us.
Being a woman in South Africa is a challenge in itself. While on paper women have rights in this country, the fact remains that there are serious inequalities that are not even recognized or addressed in communities, in employment and at level of government. Women’s Empowerment is another great passion of mine. I recently found this article that best describes the plight of the South African woman. While it is based on field work in two communities, women of all ages, races and social standings have to face challenges due to their gender constantly.
Although I am passionate about women’s rights and righting injustices and inequalities, my greatest desire is to help each and every human being unlock their own empowered self. That is in part what lead me to write my upcoming book “The Keys to Unlocking Your Empowered Self”. My desire is to cut through barriers of race, gender, nationality, age, social status, language, and religion and speak to the heart of humanity. I believe that from cover to cover “The Keys” does just that. For this book, my vision is to spread it through every medium possible to reach as many people around the world as I can. I know some will say that writing a book for everyone is writing a book for no one, but this is not just a book, it is a key to remembering who you are.
Being African, and specifically South African, I live by the spirit of ubuntu. It is one that I have found that in recent years, many Africans have forgotten. Ubuntu means “I am who I am because of who we all are” and it speaks to the heart of humanity. It is a philosophy that drove Nelson Mandela to greatness as he best describes in his farewell speech to parliament in 1999.
So, in a nutshell, who am I? The answer is very simple. I am…