I feel powerful when: I’m on stage and I’m performing my spoken word
Icons/ who inspires you: Ps. Sarah Jakes Roberts, Lisa Nichols and Rutendo Macherera
Best advice I have ever received: Create your own platform, stop waiting to be invited on other peoples’ platforms because you might wait forever
Happy Place: My personal Bible study time with the Lord
Motto: Show up for yourself first, even when you don’t feel like it
Most used app: WhatsApp and Youtube
IG handle: @thelionesstaffy
What do you do and what was the journey to get here?
I’m currently a student who is passionate about spoken word poetry. I have my own YouTube page running and I create content aimed at educating and inspiring people. I’m the brains behind the movement Redefine Women aimed at imparting “Her” with Wisdom, birthed out of a journey of brokenness to wholeness.
The journey to everything started with getting out of my comfort zone and believing that my voice is needed in this generation. It took dedication and hard work to get to where I am today. It has also been made easier by having mentors and having the Holy Spirit to direct me.
How would you define a true African woman?
A true African woman is one that knows her value and purpose in life. She is determined to make a difference and she embraces diversity. She is not scared of breaking limitations put on her by society or by herself.
What inspires you?
Seeing people act on their plans and bring them into reality inspires me greatly.
What is your end game and how do you think your efforts change the game or make a difference?
The aim is to continue to create a platform for people from different walks of life to find a safe space to voice out their struggles and how they overcame them. I believe everything produced touches a life as it gives hope every single day, it challenges one to be a better version of themselves.
Have you ever struggled with feeling the need to reach unrealistic expectations of perfection or making it? If yes, do you have a way to move past those feelings?
Honestly I have, especially when it came to creating content. I thought that every week I had to come up with something new and that was stressful, so I decided to relax and take my time.
I usually call my mentors and ask for advice, at times I re-strategize my plans and make them fit them into my schedule.
If we could walk a day in your shoes, what is one thing you would say to encourage us to take on a typical day in your life?
When you don’t feel like showing up, that’s the day you dress up, take a few pics, tell yourself you are beautiful, top it up with a delicious meal and remind yourself that you have not come all this way to give up and start working.
Any last words of advice to the African woman?
There is enough room for your talent and ability on this planet. Remember, building your vision takes time. Enjoy the process.
By Adelaide (@captainesstreats)