#SHE: Petronnellah Kunzwa

#SHE: Petronnellah Kunzwa

I feel powerful when: I finish a really good workout
Icons/ who inspires you: my parent’s as they are the most hard-working people I know and they have built so much from nothing
Best advice I have ever received: to let your work do the talking for you.
Happy place: My bed lol
Motto: “…whatever you do, do all for the glory of God” – 1 Cor 10:31
Most Used App: IG
IG handle: @nellahgrace / @biblicalbossbabe

What do you do and what was the journey to get here?
I am a final year medical student and soon to be doctor in less than a year. Entrepreneur: I have 2 businesses, the first one is a student recruitment agency where I help students gain admission to medical school because I understand how difficult it can be to get into medical school and I just wanted to use my experience to help others and so far, I have managed to get 100% of all my students a place in the university I work with. My second business is a property investment company where we focus on different ventures like serviced accommodation (think Airbnb) and rental, etc. Lastly, I’m also a content creator with a YouTube channel that focuses on my life as a medical student and general lifestyle content which I really enjoy doing and it gives me a creative outlet. I also create content on my Instagram and I’ve recently launched an online ministry called BIBLICAL BOSS BABE which is a passion project that aims to build community amongst women.

How would you define A true African woman?
A true African Woman is a woman of beauty, excellence, a nurturer and hard worker. Fearless yet vulnerable. She is a safe-house and a lighthouse. A mother, sister, daughter, friend. I am inspired daily by the African women that surround me.

What inspires you?
I am inspired by creativity, in all its forms whether it’s God’s nature and the beauty and complexity I see in it or the human creativity, art, dance, music. Anything creative that allows me to dream, inspires me.

What is your end game and how do you think your efforts change the game or make a difference?
My end game goes back to my motto, to glorify God in all that I do as I believe that is my purpose. If it’s in my work ethic, authenticity, transparency and success. I want others to see my good work and glorify my father in heaven. I think my efforts make a difference because in all the areas I have a foot in, I’m always a minority. From me being young, a woman and black, I feel the responsibility to show that representation and that if I can do it, a little black girl somewhere can see me and say she can do it too, whether that is being a doctor, a business owner, a content creator. That is where I see my efforts making a difference.

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?
I think social media especially can be a big trap of comparison and meeting standards that are very unrealistic just because there’s a few exceptions to the rule. For example the idea of having to have it figured out by a certain age whether that’s 25 or 30. We put a lot of pressure on ourselves to meet standards that we thought of at the age of 10 or 12. But it’s important to grow out of that and actually look at life from a mature and realistic perspective. For me it’s been about letting go of the idea of timelines. At 26, my peers are in a different place than I am, they were married earlier, bought houses, have jobs and are stable in some way and even though my path is perfectly fine, I have previously felt “behind” since I’ve spent so long in education. But I constantly just have to remind myself that everyone’s path is different and it is okay. I am not a failure just because my life hasn’t looked exactly like my friend’s. In fact, I am grateful that it hasn’t otherwise that would be very boring.

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?
‘Eat that frog!’ That is a saying from a book by the same title which is basically about productivity. The idea of eating that frog is doing your least desirable task first in the day and basically getting it out of the way. Once you’ve eaten the frog and it’s done, it can only get better from there right?

Any last words of advice to the African woman?
You are enough, you are truly beautiful and you deserve happiness nothing less.

By Adelaide (@captainesstreats)

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