Meet The Women In My Life – Part 28 – Prachi

Womens Month 2019 - Prachi Bobhate

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with a lovely lady I met when gigging in Denmark, which I’ve done a lot over the last few years. Meet Prachi from India…

It’s just the matter of taking the first step towards the path unknown with courage, and the rest falls into place.

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Women's Day 2019 - Prachi Bobhate

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Prachi Bobhate

Current location: Glostrup, Denmark

Born in: Mumbai, India

Prachi Bobhate - 28 - Customer Relations,  Dancer, Writer
Prachi Bobhate – 28 – Customer Relations, Dancer, Writer

Hi Prachi, what makes you a woman?

A privilege to be born through another woman and being empathetic towards all beings; a humanist.

Who is the one women you respect the most and why?

I respect every single woman who is independent and capable of standing up for herself through thick & thin.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

If I were born as a male, then I could see my childhood being a little different in terms of patriarchal society structure. But as a grown up I cannot trace any differences. Life perhaps would have been more or less the same.

And I am happy to be born as a woman.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

A constant pressure and thus a never-ending effort to be perfect; but rationally life is a journey to grow and not to strive for perfection.

Prachi in Nyhavn Copenhagen where we first met
Prachi in Nyhavn Copenhagen where we first met

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Dance! Dance and Dance!

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

It’s just the matter of taking the first step towards the path unknown with courage, and the rest falls into place.

Prachi likes to travel when she can
Prachi likes to travel when she can

Yes you are strong, each one of you, so please remember and embrace the strength, ALWAYS!

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

You are equally amazing as we women are. Let’s be in harmony with one another.

Let’s respect one another.

And more importantly lets be HAPPY!

Happy Times!
Happy Times!

What is your dream?

To unleash the true human qualities – Empathy, Connection, Care and Kindness!

And to live life being my authentic self.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Love and accept yourself. It is necessary.

Thanks Prachi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 27 – Alda

Womens Month 2019 - Alda Monteiro Ninasivinche

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with one of my best friends from when we were teenagers. Growing up in Zimbabwe was a very colourful and cultured time. We have a diverse set of cultures, including Portuguese Zimbabwean, like my bestie Alda…

Men are widely misunderstood in our society as being macho, stoic and unfeeling, when largely they just speak a different language that us ladies are still yet to become fluent in!

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Women's Day 2019 - Alda Monteiro Ninasivinche

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Alda Ninasivinche

Current location: Brisbane, Australia

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Alda Ninasivinche - 37 - Co-owner of Elle et Lui Shoes & Arbonne Independent Consultant
Alda Ninasivinche – 37 – Co-owner of Elle et Lui Shoes
& Arbonne Independent Consultant

Hi Al, what makes you a woman?

Apart from being biologically so, I would have to say that what makes me a woman is the drive to nurture, help and give back to the world in my own way.

I’m still working on how I can fully bring this to the surface but the journey of discovering this is what keeps me motivated to discover the best way that I can be a light in this world

Alda Ninasivinche
Alda Ninasivinche

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

Hands down my Mom!

Her innate sense of protection, her fierce loyalty and unconditional love have taught me to always see the best in everything and everyone no matter the situation or circumstance. She has always been so patient, kind and loving despite having her own demons to deal with through her life.

Alda and her mom Nanda
Alda and her mom Nanda

She is the strongest, most selfless person I know and I have the absolute privilege of having her as my mom!

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

Ooooo good question!

Well to be honest, I don’t think much different apart from a few slight differences.

In my opinion, men are widely misunderstood in our society as being macho, stoic and unfeeling, when largely they just speak a different language that us ladies are still yet to become fluent in!

I think it’s just as important to venerate the gents nowadays as much as we do women – they are human and feel just as we do.

The only place I feel that men differ because they fall automatically into a male stereotyped world, is a certain freedom in that it’s accepted for them to do what they want in business and sometimes in family life, whereas, we are still on this journey and are still expected to fulfill certain “roles”.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

It’s been different struggles at different points in life, right now I would have to say that being in my late 30’s and not yet being a mom because of many different reasons, some of which include running multiple businesses.

Alda with her brother Raul and her niece
Alda with her brother Raul and her newborn niece

It’s a struggle mostly because of the expectations, be they verbalized or not, that society places on me for not fulfilling this as yet.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I love my family, music, the arts, dancing, my work and my friends! The simple things really are the most enjoyable I’ve found!

Aldas parents with their newborn niece
Alda’s parents with their niece

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

You can do/be anything you want as long as you believe in yourself first! That’s the secret – an awareness of self – self love, self empowerment, self care and self worth!

Alda Ninasivinche
Alda Ninasivinche

Fill your cup first and then focus on others!

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Be aware of women!

We can actually teach you, be open to hearing us out and giving us some real
time to discover the actual power we possess.

We can help you get to where you want to be!

What is your dream?

To help as many people as possible through my work and to help our world at the same time!

Alda is in love with her newborn niece and loves having become an aunt for the first time
Alda is in love with her newborn niece and loves having become an aunt for the first time

Anything else you’d like to add?

Just that we as women need to build each other up and encourage one another to new heights!

We work better together!

Visit Alda’s company websites:

Elle et Lui Shoes

Arbonne With Alda

Thanks Alda xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 24 – Therese

Women's Day 2019 - Therese Rose

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with another one of my musical female friends like Lauren and Claire, but I met her in Nashville on my first trip to Tennessee a few years ago. Meet one of the best vocalists I know, Therese…

My weight should not mentally effect me as much as it does… but I was born into a society where women were supposed to look and dress and act a certain way.

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Women's Day 2019 - Therese Rose

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Therese Rose

Current location: Detroit, Michigan, USA

Born in: just outside of Detroit, Michigan, USA

Therese Rose - 38 - Singer / Music Teacher / DJ
Therese Rose – 38 – Singer / Music Teacher / DJ

Hiya Therese, what makes you a woman?

Well, the fact that I have 2 X chromosomes!

But seriously, what makes a woman special for instance is her tenacity, her strength to endure, her selflessness when taking care of others, her sweet and nurturing nature, her ferocity to protect her loved ones at all costs, her intuitive ability to multitask. I believe I have these qualities in my own way.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

Naturally, I would have to say one of the women I respect most would be my mother. She raised five kids all on her own making minimum wage.

If something broke at home, she’d figure out how to fix it herself. Electrical, tiling, grouting, painting, light carpentry… she’d fix it. She would fix it because she didn’t have anyone else who could help and definitely didn’t have the money to hire someone.

Therese's mother
Therese’s mother

Instead of buying new dresses for my sisters and I when we were little, she would get some fabric and sew them herself.

This is the image of women I grew up with; strong, independent, and self-sufficient.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

I believe the types of jobs I do are pretty genre-neutral.

I sing, teach music, work at a music union and DJ. Those are all jobs that nobody has an issue seeing a strong, assertive woman performing. I know that is not always the case with all jobs or in all places, and I empathize with the women that have to deal with unequal pay, job discrimination and even harassment in the workplace.

Unfortunately, I don’t know one woman who has never been harassed at some point in her life, either publicly or privately. For others, it happens everyday.

Society has been patriarchal for a long time… but it wasn’t always like that. It is not natural for humans. I believe it may stem from insecurities of males trying to compare themselves to the women that made them. Women create life. Then they raise, nurture, love and take care of these lives forever. That’s a tough act to follow for some men who maybe aren’t as emotionally-invested.

On the job, making some funky music
On the job, making some funky music

So, I don’t really know what it would be like as a man since I’ve always had to deal with the consequences of being a woman in today’s society. I used to dress down and wear an over-sized camouflaged coat, just to go to a store in Detroit hoping that would draw less attention and less catcalling.

I think that’s partly why I still wear a hat and glasses almost everyday; to be somewhat incognito. I can tell you that I would not make women feel like some men have made me feel. I would hope to have the consciousness to treat everyone as equals and not fall into the status quo of societal male behavior.

However, I am very glad to see that people are finally waking up to this injustice and doing something about it now.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I will be very honest and say what I struggle most with in my life is my weight and size. As an outsider, it seems silly to worry and get depressed over something like this. I have all my limbs, and I am generally a healthy human being. My weight should not mentally effect me as much as it does… but I was born into a society where women were supposed to look, dress and act a certain way.

It is so ingrained in my brain, that even after it became normal to see a plus-sized model, I still cannot fully see myself in the same beautiful light.

A very young Therese
A very young Therese

My mom, as strong and independent as she was, even kept a magnet on the fridge my entire childhood that read, “Nothing tastes as good as skinny feels”. I don’t think she was aware of the lasting effects that can have on a young girl. I’m learning to love myself now, after almost 40 years on this planet, but it is a difficult task, seeing as these ideals have been set in my subconscious from such a young age and on.

I can look at another full figured woman and see her beauty. I’ve even had thousands of people in my life tell me that I’m beautiful… but until I can let go of these ingrained concepts of what a perfect woman should look like, I will continue to struggle with this and will not be completely happy and in love with every part of myself.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy singing and teaching above all else. If I am not doing these two things, I feel a part of me is missing. I love singing because it is my emotional outlet. I get to unload all of my emotions and feelings into my song and rejuvenate my spirit. I’m also glad that this is something I can do to not only help myself feel better but can also enrich other lives as well.

Therese hanging with her pupils
Therese hanging with her pupils

I love teaching because I love spending time with children. I love being around their pure and unadulterated spirits. I love seeing the spark in their eyes every time they discover new talents and skills. I love helping children achieve their dreams while building strong life values and lasting confidence. This is what fuels me.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Love yourself! Love all your “imperfections”. Love the good and the bad. And don’t let anyone ever make you feel less than. You are all beautiful with your own charms and have the ability to do anything you want on this earth. Be nice to yourself and others, and be a support and role model for other women in your community.

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Love yourself, too! Love yourself enough to not fall into the misogynistic and sexist actions that too many men still do out there. Treat everyone as equals and with the same respect you would give your own mother, grandmother or child.

Say what!! With the crew.
Say what!! With the crew.

Try to imagine things from a women’s point of view and be sympathetic to our needs and emotions. And if you do find yourself thinking a particularly sexist or demeaning thing, correct your perspective immediately and try not to make the same mistake again. We can all grow and change. Let’s change for the better.

What is your dream?

On a superficial level, my dream is to make enough money doing what I love that I can afford everything I need and still have some left over in the bank. If I ever had an abundance of money, I’m sure I would donate to others in need, for I truly believe we are all equal and deserve the same opportunities.

Therese in one of her first music groups
Therese in one of her first music groups

On a deeper level, I dream for happiness. I dream of getting back to a clean and healthy planet the way that Mother Nature intended. I dream that someday, we will all live in harmony again with each other and our earth.

I dream to end jealousy, insecurity, greed, waste, superiority, sexism, racism, and anything else that doesn’t align with a pure and happy soul.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I would like to add that men can be pretty amazing, too, just like my dear friend producing these articles. Ryan is a bright and beautiful soul, and I often find myself seeking his advice and unconditional support. I believe we can truly change this world for the better because of people like Ryan. I love you, buddy, and thank you for this opportunity and acknowledgement!

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Thanks Therese xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 23 – Claire

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with another one of my musical female friends like Lauren. We also met at Musicamp when we were younger. Meet musician mom, Claire…

Men and women think differently, and can have different expectations. Assumptions are dangerous, so take the time to explain and to listen.

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Women's Day 2019 - Claire Bradnum

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Claire Bradnum

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Claire Bradnum - 33 - Music Teacher
Claire Bradnum – 33 – Music Teacher

Hiya Claire, what makes you a woman?

Well, I have two X chromosomes. And I have gone through puberty, and become an adult.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

Clare Griffiths – A truly amazing, unsung hero, who works behind the scenes to help so many people in so many ways. Clare has an incredible ability to feel the pain she sees and to heal it where she can. She is hugely creative, hugely talented, and Christ shines through her.

Abby Johnson – She is able to tell the truth when people don’t want to hear the truth. She has gone through so much and met with such resistance to her message but it doesn’t stop her.

Kechi Okwuchi – I can’t even begin to think what that woman has been through, but she shares her gifts with the world. Her music, her heart, her inner fighter and survivor, and ability and willingness to reach out and touch people.

Saint Hildegaard – I wish I could have been a fly on the wall 800 years ago when this incredible woman was putting together her recipes. She didn’t take nonsense from anyone, and knew she had something beneficial to give the world.

My family is full of strong and courageous women that I respect and admire, who give/gave selflessly, tirelessly and passionately. A few worth mentioning would be:

Newborn
Newborn

My sisters – Pillars of strength, thoroughly capable, caring women, fighting their own battles but always looking out for others. Intuitive, intelligent, strong.

Granny Eileen – She was a fascinating woman, who told it like it is. She bore huge pain, but was still a passionate and compassionate person. I wish I could have gotten to have a few conversations with her as an adult.

Aunty Stella – She is one of the bravest women I know whose heart burns for her country. She has been through so much. She has such a generous and selfless spirit.

And last but not least, my beautiful mom – Graceful, gracious, determined, dedicated, gentle. Passionate, supportive, humble, appreciative. Careful, considerate, generous, long-suffering, committed, joyful, observant. Protective, intelligent. Close to God. Disciplined. Invaluable.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

It’s hard to say. I probably would have pursued things differently, I would have received different education, as I attended an all girls school, and I probably would have had different opportunities open to me, so I’m sure I would be living a very different life.

Catching up with Claire in Harare Zimbabwe
Catching up with Claire in Harare Zimbabwe

Personally, though, I don’t think being a woman has worked against me in my career, unless it was too subtle to notice and I wasn’t aware. I have not felt discriminated against.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

With myself – I struggle with never living up to my own expectations. I am my biggest critic, and never quite measure up to what I know I am capable of.

Claire Bradnum
Claire Bradnum

With others, I struggle to come to terms with the fact that the world’s purse strings are controlled by people, all over the world, who care so little about the planet, and their fellow human compatriots of this world. I struggle with selfishness.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Creativity and the opportunities I have to be creative. Spending time with people who love and appreciate me, and who I love and appreciate. Especially my children.

Claire and her kids
Claire and her kids

Composing. Playing my instruments, probably the recorder the most, and piano. Helping my students achieve something that started off challenging.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Trust your intuition, Exercise it. The more you use it, the stronger it will get. You can rely on it.

Keep asking yourself, is this really important? Will it matter in 5 years time? 10 years?

Prioritise your life.

Jim Rohn says, in the end you must choose one of two pains: the pain of discipline, or the pain of regret.

 Claire and the Harare International School parent choir
Claire and the Harare International School parent choir

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Communication is key. Men and women think differently, and can have different expectations. Assumptions are dangerous, so take the time to explain and to listen.

What is your dream?

To bring Zimbabweans together through music. To provide music education and music opportunities to as many Zimbabweans as I can.

A music centre, a series of camps for musicians – including piano camps – which involves owning enough pianos.

Claire hanging out with some students
Claire hanging out with some students

Recorder Orchestra. Workshops. School festivals. I would love to see the choir and orchestra I began to bring the community of Harare together, really and truly take off.

Anything else you’d like to add?

I am very glad that women are being appreciated and acknowledged, supported and protected more, and I also realise that in some societies we still have further to go, but I would like to say still we must be careful not to attempt to replace the role of the man with the woman.

I don’t wish to see women valued at the expense of men, just as I do not wish to see men valued at the expense of women.

Women cannot fill the role of men. Only men can do that. Men cannot fill the role of women. Only women can do that. We must not seek to be the same, because we are not.

Claire in action accompanying school choirs
Claire in action accompanying school choirs

Personally I am not interested in women trying to do everything men can do. I am interested in women being given the chance, the space, the opportunity, the support, funding, and encouragement, to do and be everything that women can do and be.

Women are important. But so are men. Our differences must be acknowledged and celebrated.

Thanks Claire xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 21 – Ameera

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with another power house in our community. My cousin, Saranna’s sister Ameera aka “MiMi”…

Every great dream begins with a dreamer! I love being African and calling Africa home

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Women's Day 2019 - Ameera Ameer

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Ameera “MiMi” Ameer

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Ameera "MiMi" Ameer - 27 - Award-Wining Lifestyle Blogger
Ameera “MiMi” Ameer – 27 – Award-Wining Lifestyle Blogger

Hiya MiMi, what makes you a woman?

Aside from my very female physical traits, I would say being a multi-tasker, balancing life while still achieving careerwise and being a key player in the home.

Most women these days have this interesting balance of having active roles in the home and family but still achieving in their career.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

My grandmother – what an amazing woman.

When I think of her life and what she meant to my family and to me, it truly reflects a woman with great values who we respected dearly in my family and community.

She was born in a time where opportunities were limited (in what was then Rhodesia) for a mixed-race woman born to a Shona mother and Indian Father. My grandmother provided for her kids and many more children after her husband passed away. She was an amazing woman and mother, not to just her five children, but to so many other children. She was a provider, a problem solver and a leader.

With her minimal education in a time where women had little opportunity, she held great purpose with several responsibilities. I think her story, like many African women, is one of great purpose and strength.

Ameera with her gran
Ameera standing next to her gran in the middle with her step-mom

My grandmother brought me up and was actively involved in my upbringing at very key stages of my life. She helped shape my values and many skills, especially around running a home and being an honest and kind person. I was blessed to have her and miss her every day.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

Well, I think men have a privilege over women in my communities and societies. They often have higher paying jobs and access to more opportunities than women. I think being a man comes with less hurdles in all aspects from business opportunities to the family. Men get away with not cooking, doing dishes and just day-to-day running of the household (While this may be changing in some parts of the world, not so much in other parts).

Women do it all and at times in HEELS! While sometimes men do have pressure to be providers, there is also more room for them to actually have the opportunities to be providers. Men have less standards to be held accountable to – there are different rules for different genders.

Ameera Ameer
Ameera Ameer

For example if a woman is confident and refuses to be treated a certain way, she is labeled as bossy or difficult, but if a man is to do the same, he is labeled as assertive and strong.

It is definitely complex regarding gender and gender roles. Ultimately, I feel society has more benefits for males and less obstacles for them, the girl child faces more hurdles, especially in the African context.

Women have to be twice as good and fight more battles to succeed both in the boardroom and with family. These are facts!

What do you struggle with the most in life?

Adulting!

At times, being an adult is a grand task – from personal goals and achievements. Young Adults have this transition into the real demands of growing up and providing for yourself and family.

In the Zimbabwean context, the economic challenges make it harder to plan and achieve personal career goals.

How does one take a mortgage?
By what age should you have your first home?
Accessing good healthcare
Taking care of aging parents

These are some of the challenges young Zimbabwean adults face.
A millennial adult in Zimbabwe has even more added pressure to make a plan in a not-so-normal economy.

Ameera Ameer
Ameera Ameer

What do you enjoy the most in life?

Family, friends and travel!

At the end of the day, I am so lucky to have a beautiful family.

Celebrating Eid, birthdays and supporting each other makes it all worth it. Sure we may not always agree with each other but we surely do love each other.

Saranna with her sister Mimi
Mimi with her sister Saranna

Friends are the family we chose so they are extra special. Traveling for me is a favourite hobby. Exploring beautiful locations and escaping day-to-day life.

To travel is to truly live and there are so many stunning and exciting destinations.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Your dreams are valid. You are strong. You can do it too. We are amazing. Love yourself. Never compromise. Be Bold.

MiMi in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe
MiMi in Victoria Falls Zimbabwe

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Be fair. Be honest. Be gentle. Make an effort. Spoil her. Love her. It’s okay to show emotion. Make each day better and be better.

What is your dream?

To expand my empire, grow my blog and look into entrepreneurship.

From plus-size clothing, lifestyle consulting to tourism, interior design, media and digital marketing. I hope to make my mark and have an impact in the respective industries in Africa.

MiMi in Dar es Salaam
MiMi in Dar es Salaam

I love being African and calling Africa home. Zimbabwe is my home and I have many dreams of it excelling and becoming an African success story. I hope that at the end of the day we have good leadership and governance with equal opportunity for all genders and races.

As for my family, I hope that we continue to nurture and provide for one another. I especially hope to surpass my father’s expectations and to live honestly by him as he is a very special man in my life – present fathers like him are to be celebrated.

More travel is a must and a favourite.

Finally, I am a Muslim and hope to explore my spirituality and purpose in life. This path ahead, I hope will lead me closer to Allah and to be a better person. While I am not typically religious, I am very spiritually aware of Allah’s presence. Life on this earth is only part of one’s journey with the All Mighty, The Most Merciful and Powerful. In the meantime, I will enjoy the adventure along the way!

Check out MiMi’s award-winning blog here

Anything else you’d like to add?

Every great dream begins with a dreamer!

Thanks MiMi xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 17 – Tatenda

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with an amazing lady who is also passionate about telling the stories of those untold. Meet Tatenda…

Less ego and more compassion goes a long way in terms of connecting and relating to others.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).

Women's Day 2019 - Tatenda Kanengoni

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Tatenda Kanengoni

Current location: Harare, Zimbabwe

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Tatenda Kanengoni - 34 - Visual Storyteller
Tatenda Kanengoni – 34 – Visual Storyteller

Hi Tatenda, what makes you a woman?

What makes me a woman is how I embrace femininity and celebrate everything that comes with being a woman. My ability to nurture, chase my dreams and help shape society so graciously makes me a proud woman.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

There are loads of women I respect for different reasons but if I have to pick one, it would be my mother for her amazing work ethic and dedication to family.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

If I was a man I would imagine myself being more selfish and self centered. I feel men put themselves first in most instances and women almost don’t have that luxury- although that is a healthy balance we have to establish for ourselves.

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I struggle with putting myself first. It’s been a journey and I’m way ahead now in terms of taking care of myself first.

Tatenda with her friend Sherry in China
Tatenda with her friend Sherry in China

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy waking up every day and being intentional about pursuing my dreams with the people I love most cheering me on from the sidelines and doing the same for them. Priceless.

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

I would like to tell all women out there that they are special. (I feel like women always need this reminder) That they should celebrate themselves every day and not seek validation from anyone but themselves.

In short, self-love is the plug. Also to establish healthy boundaries and balance in life.

Tatenda with her friend Tsungai in Cape Town
Tatenda with her friend Tsungai in Cape Town

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

I would like to tell all men out there that they should love themselves and know that although they are raised to ignore their own emotions – to not appear ‘weak’ – their feelings do matter. Less ego and more compassion goes a long way in terms of connecting and relating to others.

What is your dream?

My dream is to continue to develop my storytelling abilities and begin to touch lives beyond my country – to travel the African continent to document more untold, inspirational stories and to help create a more authentic narrative for ourselves as Africans.

Read about Adjoa Armah and many other interesting personalities on Tatenda's website
Read about Adjoa Armah and many other interesting personalities on Tatenda’s website

Visit Tatenda’s story-packed website called Crooked Lanes

Anything else you’d like to add?

Be unapologetic about traveling your unique life journey. Future generations depend on it.

Thanks Tatenda xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 16 – Eugenia

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with my stunning friend, Eugenia…

Chase your dreams but don’t forget to be THANKFUL for what you have every day of your life.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above, (or at the very bottom on phone browsers).

Women's Day 2019 - Eugenia Ustinova

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Eugenia Ustinova

Current location: Russia/India

Born in: Omsk City, Russia

Eugenia Ustinova - 25 - YouTube Content Head Project Manager
Eugenia Ustinova – 25 – YouTube Content Head Project Manager

Heya Eugenia, what makes you a woman?

My biology, my body, my beauty, self confidence and having strong, caring men around.

Eugenia Ustinova
Eugenia Ustinova

I can go on and on but I feel like a complete human being with everything that nature gave to me.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

Obviously my mom…
She did the impossible to help me become the way I am today.

Eugenia Ustinova
Eugenia Ustinova

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like as compared to now?

The same. Plus-minus. Maybe I would have a less creative job. I don’t think I would really want to be born as a man though 😉

What do you struggle with the most in life?

Finding myself. I like to do so many things that sometimes, I would want to go deep into one of them but get bored too fast.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

My job, my hobbies, spending time with interesting, intelligent and beautiful people, and my family. I enjoy dreaming too.

Eugenia doing one of her favourite things - horse riding
Eugenia doing one of her favourite things

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

Just be you. You are enough!

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

Trust and be trustworthy.

What is your dream?

I dream to live in a world where there is less hate and jealousy.

I dream of plastic production being stopped by everyone in the world so we can save our planet sooner.

Eugenia making a new friend
Eugenia making a new friend

I dream that the rich will help the poor, and there will be less people suffering with depression etc.

Anything else you’d like to add?

Chase your dreams but don’t forget to be THANKFUL for what you have every day of your life.

Thanks Eugenia xo

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Meet The Women In My Life – Part 11 – Tina

Womens Month 2019 - Tina Masawi

Since International Women’s Day, (which was the 8th of March 2019), I’ve been sharing one interview a day.

To celebrate them, I’ve interviewed the women in my life to share their perspective on things. I included parents, siblings, cousins, aunties and even friends.

It’s no secret that we live in a male-dominated global culture and women are often at the shorter end of the stick, especially when they are more than capable to do what men can do in society, and often more! People are people, regardless of gender.

The coin does flip both ways so I look forward to doing one for the guys too.

Today’s interview is with another talented woman who is also working under my new record label. Meet Zimbabwean singer Tina…

I’d like to tell the men to treat women as team mates in this thing called life, not subordinates.

Interviews coming each day for a month so make sure to subscribe, options found to the right or in the menu above.

Women's Day 2019 - Tina Masawi

I’ve asked all the ladies the same questions and this is what they had to say…

Tina Masawi

Current location: Barcelona, Spain

Born in: Harare, Zimbabwe

Tina Masawi - 27 - Singer
Tina Masawi – 27 – Singer

Hiya Tina, what makes you a woman?

Biology mostly lol.

Who is one of the women you respect the most and why?

I respect my mother, for her quiet strength and all the life lessons I have learnt from her.

If you were a man, what do you think life would be like, as compared to
now?

I think as a man, life would be easier without all of the biological and societal pressure us women face everyday.

Tina in action on stage
Tina in action on stage

What do you struggle with the most in life?

I struggle with reaching my fullest potential, many things get in the way and it takes longer than I expected it would when I was younger.

What do you enjoy the most in life?

I enjoy spending time with family and friends the most.

Tina with a friend
Tina with a friend

What one thing would you like to tell all the women out there?

I would like to encourage them to embrace their femininity and also be their own boss.

Tina Masawi
Tina Masawi

What one thing would you like to tell all the men out there?

I’d like to tell the men to treat women as team mates in this thing called life, not subordinates.

What is your dream?

I am living my dream! 😊

Check out Tina’s website here

Thanks Tina xo

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The African Alchemist (Documentary)

I'MPOSSIBLE The African Alchemist

 

A New Web Documentary Series Called I’MPOSSIBLE

Subscribe to the YouTube Channel today and watch the previews and catch the first episode when it is released.

Season One

Just how much can one determined artist who lives out of a suitcase and has no home base do on their own?

Impossible is a mindset!

If you say you can, you’re right. If you say you can’t, you’re also right!

Despite the odds … #iAmPossible!

The first season focuses on my latest international tour that started in my native Zimbabwe, taking me and my guitar to 27 cities in 13 countries in the space of a year.

The episodes will delve deeper into the how, the where and the why!

The Drowning In Space tour (#DIStour) is in support of my latest digital single that was recorded in the magical Victoria Falls Zimbabwe.

This marks the 5th year in a row I have played in as many countries on each cycle, spanning 4 continents. All independent, without management, booking agents or any outside assistance in today’s over-cluttered music landscape where the industry only tends to get involved once you’ve landed on the moon in your own home-made spaceship.

Just how much can one determined artist do on their own? Quite a lot it seems …

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #1 – Yes, We Speak English In Africa + Ethnic Diversity

Judging by the numerous conversations I have with people from all over the world, I had to start off by addressing common misconceptions.

I spend a lot of time having to explain why I speak English (which is my first language) and advocating the idea of a Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran or Zimbabwean John Mayer (Global Top 40/Pop Artist) as opposed to the clichéd World Music,  Afro-Jazz etc

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #2 – You Can’t Build When You’re Always In Survival Mode

Despite my circumstances, one mindset I have adopted to help me achieve success is to not just be surviving… but somehow make sure I am surviving… forwards!

Life begins where fear ends

Never give up!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #3 – The Snow Hath Returned!

After family goodbyes at the airport, it was time to hit the skies, starting with South Africa then moving onto Europe and Scandinavia… It’s cold in Scandinavia! Brrr!!

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #4 – Zimbabwean Ed Sheeran

Like Ed Sheeran, I write pop songs, play acoustic guitar, perform solo whether it be in a pub, club or on a festival main stage, but instead of looping a beat or my voice, I play live drums with my feet (kick, snare, hi-hat) and sing my own vocal delay in real time, live.

Here’s what some more fans have to say about it…

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #5 – Ibiza – The Kygo Effect

I love Dance music. I have released a Beatport-charting House single that was remixed by a few hundred producers and I would love to pitch my vocals to and write a single with Kygo, and a few other Dance Artists I digg like Coldplay, Calvin Harris, DJ Snake, Alan Walker, RudimentalAvicii, Roger Sanchez and Bob Sinclar.

I went to Ibiza to see if it could become my European base while I somehow work towards my dream move to the US.

 

I’MPOSSIBLE Preview #6 – The Dream Team

The #DIStour culminated in the US where I was based in my dream location of Nashville TN for the Summer. A town that I’d love to live in and assemble a dream team to keep this stellar rocket flying way past the moon!

Allow me to demonstrate some of why I love the US and its music culture…

 

Please share this page/these videos and help give this project a great start as I continue to work towards inspiring others and continue sharing how I am single-handedly building the seemingly impossible with the help of a few powerful mindsets.

Subscribe to the YouTube channel to get each webisode as it is released: http://www.youtube.com/RyanKoriyaVideo

Signup by email on www.ryankoriya.com and get insider access to my adventure of a lifetime!

Ryan

The African Alchemist

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Drowning In Space – Open Up For Some Air!

Drowning In Space Banner

The soundtrack to real life…

I wrote Drowning In Space in Copenhagen Denmark around October 2015, ironically in the very room I’m sitting in right now as I type this.

I had just completed a 10-country tour on 4 continents (for the third year running as captured in the Official DIS music video below). Back then, I was hoping I wouldn’t have to come back to this pub covers circuit but here I am! I hoped I’d have broken through some of the ‘online’ static to get my own songs out to more people/contacts and to finally see some sort of ‘break through’.

I have found my journey incredibly solitary as the world around me seems to be hanging on by both hands trying to make sense of things and to just get by, never mind having time or energy to worry about the singer who believes in a sense of community and bringing people together.

Hence my feeling like I’m ‘Drowning In Space’. The view up here is incredible but where’s everyone else?

Copenhagen is a superb city and it hasn’t all been doom and disappointment since I was last playing this circuit. I got to return home to Zimbabwe and spend 8 months in that lush paradise I grew up in, despite 2016 being strongly peppered with challenges on a national scale. I even went on to tour the new single to 10 countries on 2 continents in 13 weeks (making that the fourth year in a row) with some wonderful memories being made into the end of the year:

#DIStour

 

It seems the Western World had its fair share of major upsets during 2016 that delivered many a blow including the passing on of great musical legends like Bowie and Prince, all quite early on in the year too! It certainly didn’t end there with stars like George Michael and Carrie Fisher also seemingly deciding the great gig in the sky may be a better option.

Feeling oh so weightless like I’ve left the earth
In search for life, for life among the living

Brexit and Trump also became major upsets of the year and I remember waking up on both of those mornings thinking, the heaviness I felt when I wrote Drowning In Space is what many people were now clearly feeling as well. After all, being an artist does involve being plugged into the surrounding consciousness and becoming a part of social commentary. Even if it’s before most people are aware that is what the mood of the times is.

DIS talks about how alone I felt in a world seemingly populated by fellow compassionate human beings, watching as people allow the gap between their individual hearts and the hearts of others around them continue to widen, which just can’t be a good thing! Cue the current trends in intolerance and mass misinformation.

Is there anybody else here breathing?
Coz your chest is not moving…

I actually wrote Drowning In Space for a Trance Producer in the US who turned it down and so I decided to record it myself, using old software on my broken laptop, in a backpacker’s in Victoria Falls, mixing and mastering it on headphones but that’s a whole other story for another time!

For now, the message to take home from my latest offering is this…

Keep spreading that love and keep being good to fellow humans, especially in person. Connect with people and give what little light you may have to share, that’s how you get recharged too!

We’ve got to show the world
Show the world
The world how we love

Make Your Own Good News

There is so much good that came from 2016 that we shouldn’t forget about. Not that many of us know much about the good stuff as it doesn’t get much airtime in today’s drama-hungry media culture.

Keep spreading that light anyway regardless of the lack of mass praise!

Keeps shining on, this light that I’ve been giving out
In the search for love, for love among the loving

Read the full lyrics here

 

‘Drowning In Space’ was recently released on my birthday in February and is out now globally on all major digital platforms…

http://www.ryankoriya.com/music

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