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Its amazing to see African women take center stage.In every industry there is a an African woman,pitching ideas,implementing policies, discovering cures, designing clothes and graphics,singing,dancing,writing….and running countries.
Is there anything an African woman cannot do?
What has helped these women get to the top?
Ambition and tenacity.A go getter attitude ,refusing to quit.
Another thing that has been detrimental to our
success is having tools to use to get to these heights.
For a long time one picture that has been painted
about African women is the sad African mother, with
the starving children and the well that is lots of
kilometers away that she has to walk to get draw from. She lives only for the survival of her children and her husband, the sun beating on her back,her husband being mildly abusive .(The portrayal of African men is another issue that needs to be tackled!)
Nobody stops to ask what her ambitions are though.
She loves her family, she will move the earth to provide for her family,..but what does she want to achieve for herself? How possible is it that she will see these ambitions to fruition?
As a modern African woman living in the Diaspora I’m spoilt for choice with tools to hurtle me to success.
Free online courses,community college,apps for my device of choice ,books and the powerful world wide web.
What about my sister in my country that does not
have the tools right at her fingertips?
What kind of tools can I put in her hands to help her
realise her personal ambitions?
Why do I have to wait to take care of the needs of my sister so she can have her wants?
No longer can I think I can just throw money at an
organisation to go do it for me, or just send the money back home and watch it be used as a solution that is not long term.
I need to find a long term solution for my sister. All the valuable information I am learning from these tools I am fortunate to have,I can help my sister realise her ambition.What tools can I use to edge myself closer to achieving all I aspire to? How can I provide a simple tool for another sister to achieve hers?
Most importantly what tools are you not taking
advantage of to get you to the top?
p.s Read about more amazing women here , and
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