I remember my 4th grade teacher asking me what I wanted to do when I grow up and without any hesitation blurting out "I want to travel the world to speak!" I am not sure I knew what I meant and it probably made no sense to my teacher as well because she asked me "what else?" (chuckle..).
I was a shy child, the last of six children living in one of Harare's (Zimbabwe's capital city) highly populated ghettos. My father was a salesman and my mother made doilies for the cross-border women in our neighborhood but their combined earnings were hardly enough to cater for all our needs. I excelled in languages because I loved reading, it provided a much needed escape from reality.
I hail from the beautiful Great Zimbabwe. I am an activist focusing on gender, youth & climate change, journalist and social entrepreneur, I am passionate about seeing the development of African women and helping them take an active role in the building of their communities, nations and the continent.
While in my last year of college, as part of my gender and new media class, myself and a group of friends co-founded an all-female led, gender focused online magazine called Paradoka, giving female journalism students a platform to practice & develop their skills and an opportunity to write stories they are passionate about but rarely find in mainstream local media. Within our first year online we had received an invitation to the African Union, Africa's mother body, to come represent the youth of our nation especially its young women during a few of their youth consultation meetings and summits.
I am hoping this training will help myself and my team expand and grow, as well as create meaningful connections with other change-makers iun this community.