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Meetup: January

Join us at our first Meetup for 2017 on the 29th January via Skype from 2pm to 3:30pm (South African Standard Time). We will be discussing Outliers by Malcolm Gladwell.  We are already getting some mixed reviews from some members and so it will be interesting to share our thoughts on the book :).

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You have not read Outliers yet?  Do not despair. You do not have to have read or finished the book to attend the Meetup although it would be advisable. The conversation always centres around real-life situations so you can put your 2cents in too!

Looking forward to having you join us!

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Be a Smart Money Woman

I am one of those people who never finishes reading a self-help book or a biography but buys them whenever I am going through one of those low moments. I cannot remember when I started following Arese on Instagram but I think I clicked on her profile from a post Nimi Akinkugbe put up. Arese’s “The Smart Money Woman” book launch/tour flooded my IG timeline frequently but I thought it was another self-help book and that thought brought back memories of how I struggled to complete “Rich Dad Poor Dad” while in University . I am one of those people who pride myself in saving before spending so when my friend Bukola handed over Arese’s book to me as a late birthday gift, I was wondering what more can I learn.

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Smart Money Woman Author: Arese Ugwu

My learning started from the acknowledgement – Arese’s mother ensured she traced all her expenses every term as a way of driving financial discipline. It is a self-help book but with a story that does not make it look like a self-help book. I would called it an unconventional self-help book about 4 friends with Zuri being the main character and her journey to financial freedom. I learnt about lifestyle choices that could make me easily broke and emotional down.

The book which I finished reading in about 3 – 4hours has 12 chapters and at the end of each chapter, there is a smart women lesson that explains your everyday financial terminologies and behaviors in the simplest of form. “ The way you manage N10, is the same way you will manage ten million”; “Broke people and rich people approach the same amount differently”;

“Financial freedom is when passive income exceeds your expense”

You have to read the book to understand what passive income means. After each lesson, there are also exercises aimed at making the book very practical to our personal lives.

As earlier mentioned, I save before I spend but do I really know where the remaining money goes? What is my biggest spend? According to the book, if you really want to know a person look at their bank statement – does your statement show you are a shopaholic, an alcoholic, a foodie, a Traveler?  When you borrow money is it aimed at acquiring an asset that will appreciate or an asset that will depreciate? Do you have an emergency fund? How will your personal goal translate into financial growth? Do you understand the relationship between intimacy and money? Should you tone down your financial success to get a man?  Should a couple with two different ideas about money have a joint account for everything?

The thought-provoking questions are the reasons why I would recommend Arese’s book to everyone irrespective of gender and age. Let’s all be a Smart Money Woman – “A woman whose hustle has a purpose and has learnt to make money, keep money and grow money. She is the sort of woman we are all capable of becoming”

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ÀSÀKÉ-Ọ̀KÍN – Muslimah ll Supply Chain ll Occasional Blogger ll Amateur Photographer

When Asake-Okin posted on Instagram that she would be reading ‘The Smart Money Woman’ by Arese Ugwu, I knew that she had to give us the scoop on whether it is really worth the hype. Asake-Okin, your stamp of approval on the book means a lot. I can not wait to get my hand on it. Last week, we posted an article on financial literacy. In 2017, we should definitely dedicate a month to writing about how we should be Smart Money Women. Your thoughts?-Lerato

 

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I never grew up in a wealthy home

There are no returns in “Hardwork”

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I never grew up in a wealthy home…and when I was little the thought of how rich or poor we were never crossed my mind – until about the age of six. Before that I would think to have had no relationship with money whatsoever beyond the desire for a little change to buy sweets from the local spaza (neighborhood informal vendor). But around the formative ages of six/seven I began consciously being aware of these fascinating coins and notes which seemed to fulfill my hearts desires. I also became very aware that they were not easily available and often came after difficult negotiation and pleading with my gran. At that point I was being raised under her staunch and charismatic “wing”.

So I became accustomed to the word “no” and the phrase If you do xxx, I’ll give you R x. Here I learned the simple principle: you have to work for your money dear child! We lived in a two bedroom house which had shiny concrete floors which lead all the way from the orange painted bathroom to the kitchen. I remember the shine of the floors vividly as they were results of my hard labor. My grandmother loved her floors waxed and shined every weekend and under the guidance of my then 11 year old aunt/cousin (Grannies middle child) the six year old me worked those floored spotless.

I carried this: hard work = money mentality for the better part of my upbringing and paired this with a possibly obsessive money hording behavior. Every cent I received through chores, change or “luck” I kept. I didn’t have a piggy box and used a cookie tin which eventually evolved into the Coca Cola piggy bottle to reduce access to these funds. The average child would blow it on all the wonderful sugary stuff they are restricted in having; and although a part of me is sad I did not go forth and be care free in my spending- I have grown with a robust saving and investing principle as a result. This saving culture is one which was not actively passed on to Black children.

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And over the years post University and into the world of “adulting” I have had to re-learn this principle which equates hard work & money. The terms “work smart” had been drilled in me since high school, and this smart money philosophy is the converted result.

“The Key to to investing is to have your money work hard for you so that you don’t have to work hard for money!” Kim Kiyosaki

After having read Rich Dad, the feminist in me drew attracted to women wealth and so I’m reading “Rich Woman” by Kim Kiyosaki & “Women & Wealth “ by Jacques Magliolo and hoping to share my take on Wealth, Women & Africa with you.

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By Nwamara Obiike:

“I am not an early bird, or a night owl. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon!”

African Crusader | Blogger | Foodie

As I have mentioned in the past, Nwamara is the ‘financial advisor’ in the group. Her financial acumen has been invaluable in many of our discussions. Let us hope that this is the beginning of a ‘Financial Guide for the African Women’ series by her. Thanks Nwamara. Looking forward to the series-Lee

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Beyond Life’s Void: What we are about

I have been getting a lot of enquiries about what #blvbc is about and how people can be a part of the movement.

BLVBC was started in November 2015 when a couple of friends and I started meeting up to discuss books over some wine on a Sunday afternoon. We each had different relationships with books but had similar goals of becoming avid readers. We are young professionals who are particularly passionate about Africa. This does not limit us to the types of books we read though. The books somehow always lead to conversations pertinent to our lives.

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We all get to read the same book every two months alternating with our own personal books. Everyone gets to choose the book of the month at some point and the genres of books we read vary.

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We meet on a monthly basis. The idea behind the book club is that it is easy to read many books and still not absorb the essence of what the book is about. Reading and getting various opinions on the same book allows one to be multi-dimensional in their thinking. There are many instances where we have read the same book and each person had a different perspective on the book. This has also opened the forum to many conversations and arguments. These are encouraged. That is how passionate we are about books! One of our most powerful sessions was when we discussed Rich Dad Poor Dad by Robert Kiyosaki. The conversation centered on how we as young, driven women handle our finances. We shared tips and the highlight has been on some of us working towards getting into property management! I would not have been proactive about setting my eyes on property management in the near future had it not been for the book club session. I cannot wait to share the success story of our endeavor when the time comes. Such is the power of women coming together, empowering each other and sharing ideas!

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It was in February 2016 when two of the book club members and I discussed how rewarding it would be if we could share our discussions on a public forum. If these discussions can help us, surely they can help others too. Not everyone in the group is a bona fide writer but that does not hinder us from sharing our stories. Each individuals’ story is valid and besides, writing is a skill I have always wanted to hone and the website provides me with the outlet to do so.

Ultimately, we want to be a forum for all things |African|Woman|Conversations| with our values being:

Knowledge Sharing: Cultivating a reading culture among sisters.

Honesty: Creating a bond through honest conversations.

Story Telling: Rewriting the African woman’s narrative.

Collaboration: Empowerment and opening our minds through sharing and collaboration.

Inspiration: Encouraging women to feel good about themselves and strive to be the best they can be with what they have.

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We plan to tap into that #africangirlmagic and keep the conversations flowing on many topics and issues.

To join us, feel free to contact us on info@blvbookclub.com and subscribe to our newsletter.

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FANON: BLACK SKIN WHITE MASKS

I finally read Frantz Fanon, the hero of our heroes (yes, the Steve Biko’s of this world took notes from his handbook) and I must say, the guy can think!

While black skin white masks is a challenging book to read, it reads with such ease. We must commend and celebrate him for the easy tone that one senses throughout this difficult book.

A lot has been written about this Fanon’s work and rightly so, we need to celebrate black thinkers and use their efforts to inspire us in our quest for true freedom. As a result of all the literature that is out there, this article will not focus on the whole book (go google Fanon. You’re welcome). I will instead, focus on two things that deeply troubled me while reading the book: the marginalization of black women and attempting to understand the ‘transcendence’ that Fanon aspires to in the final chapter.

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Before I share my own views on the role of women or lack therefore in the books of these great thinkers from Fanon’s generation, let me say this:

Fanon was a great doctor, writer, thinker and scholar. Fanon was committed to the liberation of black people. Fanon, though not born in Africa, was committed to the African struggle, particularly the Algerian war. Though Fanon belonged to a different era and explicitly states in the book that he is writing solely about the Martinique people, Fanon’s writings are extremely important (when looked at contextually of course) for all African thinkers in order to make sense of how we got to where we are today and in our attempts to forge a way forward.

I qualify my thoughts on Fanon above because while I have problems with his book, it is still an extremely important body of knowledge that I would urge everyone to read.

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With that said, Fanon like most writers of his time, did not have space for black women in his book. His focus on black women is on how they want to be ‘beautiful like white women’ while the analysis on black men is more nuanced. While the book has a section dedicated to understanding the black women being with white men, the existence of that is merely for further explaining the plight of black men in my opinion (notice how he explains the reaction of black women to black men vs. their reaction to being wanted by white men). Fanon’s book is addressed to men. He writes to other ‘men’ that he is trying to convince to try understand the condition of the negro. The erasure of women in his writing is not unique. Women during the 50’s still were not viewed to be of the same stature or intellect as men. During this time, the plight of black women was still only being fought for by black women.

The only role women seem to serve in Fanon’s work is that of being critiqued and analysed for their choice of partner and their attempts to want to be white. This would have been fair had it not been the only role women served in the book as Fanon also analyses black men with white women and their quest to be as powerful as white men. It is troubling that a book written by such a nuanced thinker would narrowly view women only through the lens of their psychological reasoning regarding their choice of sexual partner. This is yet again a classic example of centering discourse on women around their bodies and their existence in relation to men. Fanon’s entire book is dedicated to understanding the psych of black men from differing perspectives yet the only understanding of black women is through a sexual lens.

One might argue that Fanon uses the term ‘men’ in a general sense. This would have been an understandable point had he himself not admitted that when it comes to black women ‘I know nothing of her’, a clear admission that he had never taken the time to even understand black women. Others might argue that it is not on Fanon to write for everyone. He himself acknowledged that he was writing about the unique case of the negroes from Martinique. While this point is fair, it leads to the caveat that when we as black people globally read Fanon, we need to acknowledge these limitations in his writings. Fanon was not writing about all black people in the world. Fanon was not writing for any generation other than his own (he said that!) and Fanon was not writing for black women.

ON THE ISSUE OF TRANSENDENCE

In his concluding chapter, Fanon spends a lot of time explaining what he imagines would be the ‘free’ manner of existence for black men. He argues that he does not want to be seen as a negro as this term in itself causes the ‘othering’ of black men. Instead, Fanon just wants to be a man. Fanon does not want to be shackled by the history of negroes, does not want to carry the ‘othering’ that comes with being a negro and does nor even want to fight some historic plight of black men. He wants to fight for black men to be viewed as wholly men at the present time.

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While this sounds noble, I struggled profusely with it. The historic plight of black people is the reason we are here. To personalize this, I cannot fight to be seen as merely human without contextualizing the effect of apartheid on my parents which then affected me. I do not get to escape being black and be merely ‘women’ because the shackles of the historic oppression on my race are still alive and well today. It is not as simple as ‘transcending’ blackness to be viewed as fully human while when I go home I am going to a township where my people are poor, uneducated and unemployed precisely because of the past. The issue of transcendence requires a level of discard for the past that does not come when the past is still shaping the present and even the future of black people. No Mr. Fanon, I refuse to want to be seen as merely “woman”. I want the “BLACK” that- while glorious- still haunts me, to glare at the whole world too.

 Fanon argues that this transcendence is the way to freedom, to breaking down the shackles of inferiority that bind black men. Nevertheless, I do not want to discard the past. Or maybe, I am just not ready to be free yet.

By Frank(ie) Talk

Frank(ie) Talk is a Development Finance Masters student at the University of Cape Town. When she is not making bracelets at Relate, you’ll find her at some coffee shop in Cape Town reading or theorizing about the World.
Some great points there Frank(ie)!  Frank(ie)  mentions Fanon’s indifference to the importance of women to the struggle. The more time goes by, the more we realize that such fundamentals have not changed. The sooner we learn that the struggle calls for both sexes to be involved, the closer we will be to succeeding. Interestingly, this particular issue is what we discussed at our last book club session. It filters through to our everyday life. It is very important-Lee
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I, the citizen

by Dr R Balasubramaniam

I started reading this book a month ago and I am still wrestling with the words on pages that have disarmed me of ignorance and have unearthed and rooted a deep consciousness. I have battled a lot in finding the balance between gut conviction that clenches your heart and mental knowledge that expands your horizon, how to maintain some logical balance of the two, I found myself with toes over the ledge of either extreme.

The standard dictionary defines a citizen, “as a person who legally belongs to a country and has the rights and protection of the state”, my challenge is that such definitions propel this idea that humanity ( defined here as being of value to the common man/ a sense of connectedness) and our citizenship are the sky and the ground.

i, the citizen instead appeals to the idea that there is no middle ground and a “man” that chooses to look away when he sees a fellow citizen being unjustly treated is a traitor, the author further goes on to say it is our duty and not a service as those educated on the backs of the uneducated , that we take this knowledge and extract the portions of it that envision solutions that marry humane actions and strategic resolve. When it comes to governance, it is the role of an enlightened citizen who has access to information to get the government to fulfill its duties to the people, we must realize that it is lucrative for those in power in the pursuit of self-interest ( An unsaid rule in modern society) to shirk of their responsibilities. The nature of democracy is that it makes governance the responsibility of every citizen this is stated in the fine print as the terms and conditions that no-one really reads.

On the economy, the author dispels the idea that GDP and GNP are measures of development but instead that they only measure economic growth. An economy can grow whilst retaining wealth in the pockets of a few. GDP can increase through “immoral actions” in the name of cultivating a open economy, developments sole focus should instead be; expanding the liberties of the common-man, it is a humane activity and perhaps we oversimplify development by  creating numerical measures of restoring human dignities, do not get me wrong, yes there are physical measures such as education, housing, access to information that invite the marginalized into “mordern society” but in all these metrics lets not forget the value of social capital.

Dr Balasubramaniam introduces us to Bomma who died in poverty, it is important to note that his ancestors were not poor. They lived in a forest that provided adequate sustenance in the form of fruits, honey, meat and shelter. Oneday it was desired that this forest should be conserved as a national park and Bomma and his family forcibly removed and reinstated in the outskirts of “mainstream” society, where they would struggle to integrate into society and be called poor. Never known as anything other than this word. The author appeals to systems to realize that the “poverty of the people” does not translate into a homogenous mass of development aspirations and is not defined as simply as, living below a dollar a day, the author gives poverty a face, which I see as vital in todays world.

I have always struggled with how I have found myself overtime being desensitized to the social evils and instead accepting it as a natural occurrence of a capitalist system. The author explains, the problem with this view is that it subconsciously communicates that the life of the man on the street is less valuable than the CEO who is said to contribute to stimulating the economy. I have found it necessary to everyday consciously choose to see the man besides me and not absolve myself from his struggle. I knew this book had struck a cord as I walked to work one morning, pondering on all things and nothing, it begun drizzling lightly and I started considering whether I should perhaps request a uber or walk another 800meters in the rain. I walked after an internal debate, I felt it important in that moment that I practically cencitized myself to a reality that many citizens of various ages who walked besides me did not have the luxury of escaping.

Lets dismantle preconceived rules of engagement in all our arenas of influence and instead resume the identity of i,the citizen as maybe, just maybe; it could make the world a little easier to breath in.

 

Ijangolet Ogwang is bullish on Africa. She is most passionate about complexities and the opportunities hidden on the continent. When she isn’t writing, she is reading books from multi-faceted disciplines. She is passionate about how entrepreneurship can be used as a tool for economic growth, catalyzing the idea that business must be used as a tool for doing good and social impact. She is a Finance professional, understanding the stories numbers tell by day and crafting stories by night.

Huxley and Orwell – The Fortune Tellers

Anyone who has read 1984 will most likely tell you to read Brave New World as well. Though written by two different authors at two different times and tackling different ideas, the ideas in these books seem like puzzle pieces in their attempt to foretell the future (though I still maintain that 1984 is a better book. Sorry, not sorry Aldous Huxley). After much pestering from my way more avid reader friends, I have just finished reading Brave New World. This short analysis below is a case for reading both books and why I think their literary work has done a great job in the attempt to predict the future.

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Brave new world was birthed from Huxley’s visit to America. He was so traumatized by the technological advancements and secular nature of America- what he termed “Fordification” -that he wrote Brave New World, predicting the natural future of the world should we follow the path of America. Huxley feared that our desires would consume us to the point of slavery. George Orwell on the other hand feared the control by others, particularly the state. Orwell’s 1984 portrays a scary picture of what happens when the state takes over our ability to think for ourselves and to be autonomous beings.

Though Huxley predicted what would happen when information drowned us into passivity, Orwell contrarily predicted what would happen when we didn’t have enough information and when those in power had control over what we think and how we perceive information.

To the credit of both authors, we have seen both these predictions come to life. With Huxley, the current state of our world where we have become a bubblegum culture, too concerned with consumerism and essentially enslaved by our desires, Brave New World feels like a book written with our culture in mind. While we live in the information age, with a sea of knowledge, it would seem that Huxley’s predictions about our passivity and us drowning in irrelevance is coming to life. On the other hand, with cases such as that of Snowden and government spying prove that Orwell must have been on the money as well. The extent to which big brother controls what we perceive, how much information we are exposed to and the manner in which we process that information, 1984 seems to be playing on the world stage as well. While there are strong elements of both books in our world order, the predicted extent of either one seems to be the only element missing. Interestingly, the historic predictions never imagined the existence of both at the same time, they had created a dichotomy of existence unlike the mix we have today.

On a personal note, these books have had a profound impact on me. Orwell taught me that while I cannot escape big brother, I need to resist him. Huxley on the other hand has taught me that while our world is transforming at a rapid speed, being consumed by it is no life at all. Anything in the extreme renders that thing irrelevant and ineffective. Happiness without sadness is no happiness at all. Joy without pain, love without sacrifice all render those virtues dull and passive. They are pale when unopposed.

By Frank(ie) Talk

Frank(ie) Talk is a Development Finance Masters student at the University of Cape Town. When she is not making bracelets at Relate, you’ll find her at some coffee shop in Cape Town reading or theorizing about the World.

Sweet Medicine

Disclaimer: Reviewed at our last book club but the article is mostly the author’s opinion.

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After having been removed from my country at an early age, our last book club read afforded me the opportunity to walk down the streets of my beloved country and understand some of the concepts that people around me used to throw around around 2008. Concepts such as BACOSSI- is a concept I am yet to understand.

Last month we reviewed Sweet Medicine, a novel by Panashe Chigumadzi. If you are unaware of the Zimbabwean situation, it will appear to you as a fictional story. In its true essence, Sweet Medicine tells the complex story of Zimbabwe in a very simple and easy to read way.

My review will highlight a few themes on the realities of a Zimbabwean graduate and themes around the stereotypes Zimbabweans are burdened with.

Realities of a Zimbabwean graduate

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Home is best… A statement a lot of Zimbabweans graduates cannot relate to because of our situation. The Zimbabwean child has to find herself calling a place with a name you cannot pronounce home, straining her tongue in an attempt to fit in. Each day is a sacrifice of dignity and self-respect.

Deep down we all want to go home and develop our country but they are realities we cannot escape, I will get into detail with a few of the realities and give reference to the book.

You will not find your ideal job: this was the main pressure influencing the plot of the book. Also, it is a reality for most. You set your sights on the corner office but you ended up doing a “lame” job you could have done straight out of high school because bills have to be paid.

Women give off themselves to get a job: The book loosely describes this as a girl having to do what they need to do to secure a future for themselves and their family. Tsitsi climbed her way up the ladder from being a “side chick” to walking down the aisle; this is a ladder many people frown upon. In so doing, she compromised her religious beliefs and moral values.

If you secure employment in the streets of Harare via Nepotism or less likely by merit, you will earn a salary that barely affords a means to survive. At this stage, you start to consider the different ladders that life affords you.

Mwana wevhu (Child of the soil), what did you have to sacrifice?

Stereotypes confirmed or stereotypes broken

A woman’s place is the seat behind a man: in the book the priest pushed this ideology questioning the benefits of educating a girl child. This phenomenon is echoed in the classroom when the male student felt the need to dominate the female. As you flip the pages of the book you realize that Chiedza plays the role of snatching equality forcefully. As an African woman, are we freed of the shackles?

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Men lose interest in women who pursue them: Growing up Zimbabwean I was always under the impression that Zimbabwean men were traditional (so to speak) and would never pursue a woman who shows interest first. The way Panashe described Chiedza I swear she bathed in pheromones. She would make the first move and men would come drooling.

If he could do it to her, he can do it to you: Women have insecurities because of the way they find their men, rightfully so… We throw this statement referring to matters in and outside of marriage. Allow me to give you the opinion of a 20 something unmarried woman on men who have never been married. I realized that after 24, everyone has a situation of some sort so at the end it is highly unlikely that you find your person with no one sending him/ her that morning text.

White men are into curvy African bodies: Were these ideologies put in place for the African women to not be influenced by the model in magazine because a having a white man was deemed as an achievement? African woman, the anatomy of women is the same even though some are ‘yellow bones’.

A women needs to be coy to be attractive: Sometimes sexual confidence is important or does it depend? I do not have all the answers…

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to be enlightened while having fun.

By Pepsi

A philanthropist by night and a marketer by day. She is always keen to listen and learn.

Our last book club session on the 28th of August was probably the most heated session we have ever had. That is the beauty of reading a book that is relatable in so many ways.  To be more involved in the Book Club and engage in interesting discussions with other young women who are passionate about reading and writing pure African narratives, contact us on blvbookclub@gmail.com and find out more about us. – Lee

 

Women Empowering Women

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“A 16 year old girl full of life and drunk in her own “know it all” sense of euphoria is oblivious to the deeply rooted female bias & social misogyny she is to face in future. “- At least that is the ideal situation! Unfortunately in today’s society our sixteen year old daughters are facing society biases, abuse and discrimination from as little as preprimary school. The underlying mental “reshape” that subliminally occurs in these formative stages will cause them more damage in their social, emotional and mental phases of life if not actively addressed and reformed early on. I’m talking about shaping the minds of young girls into a positive, confident pot of wealth, health, pride and courage. But who is doing all this Shaping?

It’s a regular school day in the demanding day of a single mother. She wakes at the crack of dawn to prepare her little one for another joy filled day at crèche’ – a safe haven where her offspring can gather knowledge, laugh & play. She is oblivious that even at age four, attending a great school and assumingly getting the best education all her hard hours of work can buy – she is not strengthening her child. Because at this formative age if her teachers still separate her from her white classmates; still fail to learn her name (and of course err on the side of simple nick name) or embrace her naturally as SHE is: This is modelling her little bundle of Joy into a young lady unsure of herself; conscious of discrimination by race and form and with the overzealous desire to be loved.

“You do not know what you don’t know” – How do we foster a buoyant and unrepentant assertiveness in our young African girls? Whose job is it to re enforce this narrative; for they do not know what they don’t know. When I started my professional career I was told “get a mentor” “get a coach “– someone to help you navigate the professional landscape. This made me wonder why the emphasis of life coaching and mentorship is only stressed at maturity age and why the construct is to approach a single/ few individuals to help shape my story as opposed to a collective. I’m certain instilling this practice of gathering insights from young and old female leaders is one that should be harbored from a tender age; one we should be supporting with our daughters, nieces, sisters. We need to be women in support of women to actively put into motion the wheel of change.

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In the words of Malala YousafzAi “We realize the importance of our voice when we are silenced” We have been piercingly stating our position as feminists, actively fighting for correction of the current issues we face as women and unashamedly taking a stand against the males who do not stand with us….

But who do we stand with if not together?

It is not enough to fight against oppressors and males in the effort to equality & equity- We need to fight again a “woman against women” society and start changing this at a grassroots level. Through the formative years of young girls encourage them to see each other as support pillars and not competition; as a matured professional in your field forget not the ambitious women that come after you – as they are not coming to take your job, but to learn from you. As a teenager withdraws in the face of puberty and peer pressure; comfort her, take her under your wing and remind her of her natural Beauty.

It is up to YOU to rebuild the history of women and it only through women supporting women that the strengths extrapolate, the Social paradigms deteriorate and we begin to reshape who we are in the face of each other and our male counterparts.

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By Nwamara Obiike:

“I am not an early bird, or a night owl. I am some form of permanently exhausted pigeon!” “Propertier” | Blogger | Foodie | Feminist | “Philanthroper”

A wonderful end to our Women’s Month special especially with what is currently going on with the #StopRacismAtPretoriaGirlsHigh. These are young  African ladies who are not afraid to speak their mind and stand up for what they believe. I wish I had been as ‘woke’ at that age. Nwamara also touches on how we as WOMEN should not feel threatened by each other.  Any ladies’ progress is a win for us all.
Power to all of you Phenomenal Women! – Lee

So we leaned in…now what?

If you have read our two part articles on Lean In, the question you should be asking yourself is ‘now what?’ Sheryl gives you points to ponder on with this interview and we hope it helps you reflect on the book and your career. You can also have a look at the Lean In Organization page. I have signed in to a circle and hope it will be a fruitful move into sharing these conversations further.

Have a look at our articles and share!

Lean In: From a guy’s perspective

Lean In: From a guy’s perspective | Part 2

-Lee