WHAT I WANT YOU KNOW
...OR AT LEAST WHAT I THINK MATTERS
I'M A SOUTHERN CITY GIRL
Born and raised in Johannesburg, South Africa, I am the youngest of five and my parents have been married for 30 years. They are also some of the coolest people I'll ever know.
Six years ago, my parents encouraged me to move to the US to start owning my space in this world. I wasn't very keen then, but I'm happy I eventually listened to them because of how my mind and perspective effortlessly expanded. My travel experiences have taught me more about the world than media and educational propaganda could ever drill into me—needless to say I have done a lot of unlearning.
When I realized more and more that the acute challenges faced by low income communities on the continent are in fact a global phenomenon, and not just an “African experience,” I understood the magnanimity of the opportunities I felt a deep responsibility to create. My intentions changed from only wanting to build empowering communal spaces in South Africa, to creating platforms where (Diaspora) Africans could pull strength from one another while we worked to develop our communities.
PEOPLE GENERALLY SAY NICE THINGS ABOUT ME
I asked and they answered:
I am ambitious
My standards are occasionally impossible
I’ve always been independent
I matured relatively quickly
I live by my name - Gifts/Talents
I am protective of the people I care about
I keep it real
I give superb advice to people that listen
Please don't waste my time
I am vehemently against poverty porn
I can be intolerant
I’m not afraid to go against the grain
I stand up for what I believe in
I will not keep quiet
I am demanding
I am teachable
I am a visionary
& WELL TOLD STORIES
I TAKE MY ROLE IN THIS WORLD SERIOUSLY
I’ve always intended to contribute something special to the world, but what inspires the work that I do now are my experiences growing up. I’m from Soweto (DK to be exact), so I know what it feels like to come from a place that is nuanced and multifaceted, but people put very little effort into understanding or authentically representing—even though it’s an invaluable cultural center that inspires influential ideas.
To encourage Sowetans and Black people in general to see and own that value, my aspiration has been to build something that would provide us with the tools we need to creatively contribute through entrepreneurship and technology—giving us a greater sense of purpose and a chance to boost our respective economies.
The next page will give you more insights on this.
WHAT I KNOW
The World Is Yours To Conquer.
DON'T DISCOUNT THE POSSIBILITIES
Aside from home, I have no deep, stubborn attachment to places. Once my parents convinced me to get out of my little bubble, I grew an incredible appreciation for travel.
I love the world; its cultures, identities, beliefs and perspectives. At heart, I am intrigued by its diversity because it reminds me that life is not only lived one way, and that there are many ways to BE.
Those of us with access, even if limited, have options. And we ought to maximise those options to richly fill our spirits and feed the world.