All posts filed under: Interviews

Mwanabibi

      Mwanabibi is one of the amazing women trail blazing natural hair care in Zambia. What has the gears turning underneath all those gorgeous curls?   What do you celebrate about being a woman? I love how multifaceted women are. We can be strong and vulnerable, nurturing yet uplifting. Our innate intuition allows us to excel through building relationships. I feel that this unique trait means that as women we are able not only to progress as individuals but to enable those around us to do the same. I celebrate women’s ability to create and nurture a sense of community. What do you wish other women knew? I wish other women knew the strength they posses. That they would not try to compete with men but to understand that our strength is in being women. I think this is something that has come with age but I think the more confident I’ve become in my own skin as a woman the better I have been at understanding and pursuing my goals. Strength isn’t …

Mukuni

  Mukuni is a courageous woman, that has found her calling in encouraging people around her using her faith in God through Beauty4Ashez. A proud wife, mother and Social Worker, Mukuni offers a voice of hope to those with a listening ear.She also loves shoes 🙂   What do you celebrate about being a woman? I believe women hold a special place in God’s heart. I am created in the image of God, fearfully and wonderfully made. That’s who God says I am and that’s what I live by. I like that I possess a kind, nurturing and compassionate nature. Also, I can own truck loads of shoes and not have to justify why ha! What do you wish other women knew?  I wish above all things that every woman will come to the realisation that they are created in the image of God. That they are beautiful just as they are. We don’t have to constantly try to be someone else or be at loggerheads with one another all the time. Additionally, everything you …

Susan aka Dr. SEA

Susan, an inspiration to all African women in Europe and all over the world, inspires me to go for my goals..and does so looking good all the time! What do you celebrate about being a woman? Honestly first I see myself as a person then as a  woman. As a person I celebrate the amazing people God put in my life and of course my achievements. I mostly celebrate being a woman by celebrating achievements of other women. Besides I celebrate the privileges we enjoy as women. Most people’s first word is “mama”, what a privilege!! I sometimes feel sorry for the dads in this light.  Another example: it is easy to get help as a woman,even from strangers. The world easily yet unknowingly helps us to get to our goals. Most often we are underestimated, we don’t seem to pose a threat so barriers are not quickly built.It is easy to slip through if you are smart to figure things out. It is some sort of discrimination which I have learnt to use to …

Yvonne

Yvonne

Yvonne’s strong lyrics and touching music are worth the listen, her strong stage presence and the way she sings in Nsenga (Zambian language) is a sight to see! What do you celebrate abut being a woman? Well, I think humans should be respected no matter what colour, race, religion or gender they have. However, I enjoy being a woman since it gives me the  privilege to give birth to new life. What do you wish other women knew?  That they can’t be respected by men if they don’t respect themselves.How do you express yourself creatively?  As you know I’m a singer. So I express myself on stage. But that’s not all. I  spend much more time with composing and writing songs. So often I sit with  my  guitar at a quiet place and let my feelings out.  That’s how most of my songs were born.How are you making a difference in the world? A number of people think if life is treating them bad they have to remain in  poverty and can’t change something on …

Talisa and Maya

Talisa and Maya have boldy taken a step to make a difference in the reading culture of Luapula district (Zambia), these young ladies believe  ‘..that an ever-growing  mind needs books, just like our bodies need food.’   What do you celebrate about being a woman? Talisa: Enjoying the ability to constantly re-discover myself. The female body and mind is in a constant state of change, and part of being a woman is finding adventure and beauty in dealing with those changes. Maya: Finding a strength in the ultra-feminine things in life such as make-up. A coat of red lipstick makes me feel like I can take on anything.   What do you wish other women knew? Maya: You don’t always have to be perfect. Talisa: There’s beauty in having flaws.   How do you express yourself creatively? Talisa: I like experimenting with different forms of art, from creative writing to dressing according to my personal style. Maya: The decoration of my room changes with my state of mind. Even though I’m not the best at …

Joyce

What do you celebrate about being a woman? I think being women we are all gifted. I love our diversity. The way we fit into so many different roles. We can make it as a successful business lady, a loving mother or even both. Furthermore we live in a time, where we as women enjoy more freedom than ever before. That’s why I not only like to dress-up but also to use all my potential to show the world how much I celebrate being a woman. What do you wish other women knew?   I wish other women knew that they are beautiful just the way they are. I know, this is a sentence that countless people use or have used in also countless situations. But it is simply the truth! No woman should ever waste her time trying to follow THE ONE ideal of beauty.  There is not a certain skin tone, hair type or figure that represents beauty more or better than another. Every woman should embrace her own beauty by stop comparing herself …

Tukiya and Sekayi – MaFashio

  Tukiya (Kii) and Sekayi (Khayi), two fashion bloggers from Zambia caught my eye a while back, first from the quirky name of their blog, but most of all their eye-catching ensembles and how they have taken to the Zambian fashion world like ducks to water. With frequent swap meets and featuring at numerous fashion events..I’m keeping my eye on these girls! What do you celebrate abut being a woman? That I’m a woman in an age when women have more choice and respect than ever before. – Tukiya   What do you wish other women knew? That they have the potential to have a great positive influence, on the world, and each other.  – Sekayi    How do you express yourself creatively? Tukiya loves to write poetry and wardrobe styling, while Sekayi is more into trying new and interesting looks, with make-up, drawing inspiration from literally everything and using Tukiya as her guinea-pig. 🙂 How are you making a difference in the world? We try to use our position in the fashion industry to help those …

nneka

Nneka

Nneka caught my attention with her tweets about her experience as a young woman of colour living in Europe, found myself nodding in agreement to some of her on point sentiments. I love how she expresses herself! What do you celebrate about being a woman? For the longest time, I thought being a woman was only about what I could do for others and only secondary to the male experience (thanks patriarchy), but now I understand and see being a woman as an unbridled sense of freedom. I fully embrace this freedom and the beautiful experience being a woman can be, from the solitary journey of womanhood to the bonding and connecting with other women (and learning from them and their lives) along the way.  What do you wish other women knew? There is no one path to the journey that womanhood is, nor is womanhood a monolithic experience, especially for us women of color. The journey of womanhood is about grabbing your agency tightly and not letting go. We are all here on this …

Jinna

Jinna

Jinna is a beautiful soul ( and a perfect Afro!) that  is a multi-cultural film-maker who has directed and produced short films, music videos and theatrical plays both in America and Africa. She shared with me what exactly urges her on to push for her film making dreams! What do you celebrate about being a woman? What I celebrate most being about being a woman is our ability to nurture.. that somehow in every woman is an innate ability to care for and encourage the growth or development of someone or something into something beautiful….that we have been graced to overcome insurmountable circumstances and walk caterpillars to their butterfly stage…. What do you wish that women knew? That God created them beautiful, that they don’t have to fit into the western consumer culture that is sold in the global media,especially for African women. That they can appreciate their features, curvy hips,wide noses,dark skin….it is beautiful…  I would like to tell them that they are powerful.. that  they can dare to dream dreams beyond their cultural  frame work that sometimes can put …

Makeda

I first met Makeda at a Natural Hair meeting in Cologne (Germany) where she beautifully serenaded us with her lovely voice.She was also really funny and comfortable to be around, very open. She is indeed a rock star, trust I’ll be in the fan stands, rooting for her! What do you celebrate about being a woman? I love being a woman, because we feel, we love and we give. Compassion, empathy and softness are often seen as our weaknesses, but I think they are our greatest strengths.  What do you wish other women knew? I wish other women, including me sometimes, were to know that they are beautiful, no matter what women like Beyonce (Yes), Shakira and Rihanna, the fashion industry and the media dictate as being beautiful and as being successful. Often I feel the pressure to look like them, to be like them, to always have to be beautiful, to follow the trends, be more this, be more that. It’s tiring and frustrating never to feel like you are the ideal, that you …

Kassie

Kassie and I share a love for web series ( and maybe Korean dramas, but that’s a secret!) , she has a wonderful open heart and an adventurous supportive woman who has no idea what tremendous support she will be receiving on her own endeavors! What do you celebrate about being a woman?   I celebrate our unique talents and ability to juggle multiple responsibilities. I celebrate the ability to use my voice and opportunities given to me that others  before me did not have. This is an exciting time to be a woman, considering all that women have been denied in the not so distant past. I also celebrate being a woman by learning from exemplary figures, who embody various aspects of feminism.   What do you wish other women knew?   I wish other women knew how special, beautiful, unique, strong and powerful they are. We have the ability to shape our own lives and identities. We should not be afraid to speak up, and we should not have a nonchalant attitude about …

Sherida

Sherida

  Sherida caught my eye with a blogpost and in the picture she is wearing the heck out of some red lipstick. (Dont believe me? Check out her her google + ). She is an incredible graphic designer who does some thought provoking work.   What do you celebrate about being a woman?   As shallow as it may sound, I celebrate our bodies. It is a fascinating phenomenon to me. I believe we posses the most beautiful art form in nature to call our own. Every inch of our bodies is deliberate and carved in such a way that we can give life, nurture and protect.   What do you wish other women knew?   That there is room for more of us at the top. The catty competitiveness that is often promoted within women (by both sexes) is not an example of human progress and definitely not attractive. We ought to inspire and uplift each other not pin ourselves against one another. The beauty that comes from being in a female friendship is overwhelming and …

Malayika

Malayika and I met at the prestigious African Youth Foundation Adler awards. She walked in..right behind her big big hair! Lucky for me she sat at my table, lucky for me she sang that night. Lucky for you, she wants you to know…. What do you celebrate abut being a woman?  I think we are highly compassionate. Besides that I’d rather say, I have a lot to be thankful for, first of all being alive, no matter of gender – it’s a precious gift. Lately I’m getting into how women and men are the same on a deeper level. We are One.   What do you wish other women knew?  I wish every woman can be able to respect what she needs, wants and is able to give, without exhausting herself. I think we still have to learn to take good care of our own needs, fulfilling what we’re passionate about – we tend to do this for others first.   How do you express yourself creatively?  I used to create sculptures and drawings to express …

Niasony

Niasony

Niasony is a force to be reckoned with. So many Africans talk about helping their home countries, she is actually doing that with her music, speaking about the issues in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A modern day revolutionary, Niasony is hardcore…but also so feminine at the same time.What do you celebrate abut being a woman?Die erotische oder sexuelle Darstellung von Frauen ist für mich nicht etwas, das man feiern muss  oder ein Symbol für die Freiheit der Frau– The sexual or erotic display of women is for me nothing to celebrate , neither is it a symbol of womens’ freedomWhat do you wish other women knew? Wir leben in einer kranken Welt und eine Frau muss immer vorsichtig sein, damit sie nicht ausgenutzt wird. Es ist besser im Regen zu tanzen als auf die Sonne zu warten!– We are living in a sick world and a woman always has to be careful not to get used,its better to dance in the rain than to wait for the sun How do you express yourself creatively? Durch meine …

Carolyn

Carolyn

Don’t let the doe soft eyes fool you! Carolyn is a proud Electronic technician with a full head of curly hair and a great love for dancing (long hours at a time!) Her comapssionate nature and quick wit make this great lover of Africa even more pleasurable to be around. What do you celebrate about being a woman?   As a woman I celebrate a lot of things. Let me share a few with you. I celebrate the biggest God given gift which is being able to conceive a child. My job is male dominated and as a female, black female I can proudly say that I am an electronic technician in a company run by men. I am the first female, first brown skinned female to do what I do in this company and I realize and celebrate it every single day. I celebrate it because I enjoy it and it interests me.I don’t do it to prove anything to anyone, that women are capable of doing male dominated jobs isn’t really new anymore, but I …