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.
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.
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org and subscribe to our newsletter.