A long awaited evening, our very first exhibition – organised by our own. A night of vision, creativity and a celebration of women.
Imbokodo the exhibition is the brainchild of an ambitious young woman Seemole Bodirwa who have the privilege of calling a friend and sister. She is the founder of Bodirwa Events Decor & Art Gallery.
The theme of the exhibition is titled Imbokodo, pillars of strength. As young women, we are here because of the perseverance, guidance and courage of our mothers; sometimes it was a mothers reassurance that kept us going when we couldn’t go on.
This exhibition celebrates that matriarchal strength, the timeless beauty, the enigma and the success of women, our pillars of strength. The featured artist are five young women from different walks of life brought together by a passion for art Seemole Bodirwa, Tokologo Mphaki, Nomfundo Peach, Poeletjo Phaahledi and international artists Netsa Lemma.
Go see the exhibition, celebrate women and most importantly support young black talent.
When you realise that you are responsible for your own life, life becomes a dare. Yes, you are in charge. After all, it’s your life. You may have played small, shied from your awesomeness and didn’t even believe you can be a slight reflection of the vision God has for your life.
- We are products of our most predominant thoughts.
- You are a product of your most predominant thoughts.
- I am a product of my most predominant thoughts.
Get it? Whatever you keep telling yourself or believe about yourself – it’s true; whether good or bad. So, who then is to blame about the way you feel and how you perceive yourself?
It’s easy to say, stay positive, don’t think negatively; but years of negative thinking cannot be forgotten overnight, that is why a reprogramming of old thoughts is necessary – changing your thinking one day at a time.
Our minds can only bear good fruit if we plant good thoughts. I hope you will begin to analyse your thoughts and align them with your goals. Allow yourself to think back to the origin of those negative thoughts; challenge your thinking and stop poisoning your life with negativity. And like a child learning something new, repeat and practice – positive thoughts, positive words and breathe light into your life.
- We are products of our most predominant thoughts
- You are a product of your most predominant thoughts
- I am a product of my most predominant thoughts.
I listened to a speech by Marcus Garvey and his words like paint on canvas stuck to my mind: Mind creates; and as much as we desire in nature, we can have through the creation of our own minds.
I attended a leadership talk yesterday, it was such an honour to receive first-hand advice from a seasoned leader such as Elias Masilela. He shared insights about what makes a leader. One of the most profound things he said was that a good leader leads from behind. Often we mistaken leadership for charisma or those who are on the forefront.
One person who embodies good leadership is Wendy Luhabe, doing work behind the scenes yet changing and impacting the lives of many. She will be given the title of Honourary Lieutenant of the royal Victorian Order. A prestigious honour. when asked about the honour she replied saying “I have already received my recognition, and that is the impact I make on the lives of people.” Her passion to uplift women and empower them is what drives her. True leader and inspiration.
Read more about Wendy Luhabe’s award from the British Royal Family here:
Entrepreneur with a conscience to be honoured by the royals – CNBC Africa.
The thing about time is that it is always moving. Time never stops. Oh how I loathe that! Birthdays are one of the many ways to see how time flies. I haven’t been much of a birthday fan after 21, it’s just the thought of getting old that gets to me. Do I want to stay forever young? Of course not. So, I started writing this post just before my birthday and its now two days later. It was such a special day and guess what, I don’t feel old. Being old really has nothing to do with age but has everything to do with your mindset.
I can proudly say I’m as young as I want to be.
Young girls everywhere are their own biggest critics. I urge all girls to read this letter and understand that they have the power to steer their own lives in the right direction. Forget the nay sayers. Those who bring you down. You are powerful beyond measure. It is only once you believe in yourself that your will power can come alive.
I remember a 16 year old me, I knew I wanted to make a change, I wanted to have an impact and positively influence people not only in my community but the world at large. I am only beginning to make scratch the surface as my inner power gets unleashed with each passing say. If only I knew then what I know now I’d be fully unleashed. Everyday is an opportunity to learn something, to better yourself and to impact someone else’s life.
We can all take a page from a letter by our Public Public (Thuli Madonsela) to her 16 year old insecure self. I hope that it will speak to you, save you and ultimately challenge you to change your life.
Thuli Madonsela’s Letter to Her 16-Year Old Self – O, The Oprah Magazine.
It’s been a while since I last shared something here. It has been a bit of a roller coaster ride I tell you. But here is a thought for you to ponder:
We’ve all heard the saying “life is unpredictable”. Whenever you wake up in the morning you have no idea of how your day will unfold regardless of how you have planned it. It is life’s unpredictability that makes you want to live life to the fullest! It makes you want to do your best and be your best everyday that you get the opportunity.
Be true to yourself. Learn form others as much as you can. Don’t take yourself too seriously, after all life is unpredictable.
This is a speech by a young girl who has overcome so much more than any ordinary 16 year old. We can all be inspired by Malala Yousafzai’s courage and bravery to stand up for what we believe in, no matter the circumstances.
Malala is a true heroine of our time. She stands for education and liberation for all young girls and boys.
Below is a link to the speech by Malala Yousafzai.
Malala Yousafzai’s Speech at the UN