Meet Raliat Ajani, our Strong Enough Girl (SEG) for the Month of February.
Everything fashion, style and grace depicts who Raliat is; a 30-year-old entrepreneur who creates stylish attire for women and girls that are fashion savvy as well. Having discovered her love for fashion, she enrolled at Finnicky Fashion House and later continued at a local tailoring shop during school breaks. Due to her passion to extend creativity to all and sundry, she devoted her time and energy meticulously teaching women and girls to make their own clothes, bags, purses. Her students praised her for her patience and ability to pass learning to them effectively.
This is Raliat’s #StrongEnough story:
- Tell us about (describe) yourself in no more than 5 sentences. Be sure to include where you’re from (i.e. where you call home)
My name is Ajani Esther Raliat, I am from Lagos Nigeria. I am an optimistic person who understands life is hard yet nothing is out of reach if persistent.
- What are your hobbies (things you enjoy doing)?
I love traveling, listening to good music, I love teaching fashion design.
- What activities are you involved with in your community?
Some few years ago, I was invited to mentor and give a speech to class JSS3 -SS3 in a community school close to my home. I also taught bead making to interested students on Fridays. Presently, I have taught two persons how to sew for free and I intend to still do the same in the 1st quarter of the year.
- Who or what inspires you?
I inspire myself. I grew up with little or nothing, so it’s hard to pretend I don’t see the need around me.
- Is there something you are passionate about? If yes, what is it?
I am passionate about the power of the human mind, yet largely less utilized
- What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced? How did you get through it?
Fear of the unknown; I discovered I was always afraid to take a leap. Thank God for His word. I spoke every positive word to myself to shut the inner voice that tells me I wasn’t good enough. And I never stopped.
- What is the biggest challenge that you see facing girls/young women in your community?
Wanting to be like someone else. An instance is comparison. I have had people tell me “you are lucky you have it all; I wish I were like you.” Hence, they do not see themselves with the same measure of greatness.
- What advice would you like to share with girls/young women in your community?
There is no competitor that recognizes a competition with you but yourself. So until you are able to kill the voice within that tells you “you ain’t good enough” that voice you alone can hear, you will think there’s not enough wealth in the world to reach you.
- Who is your favorite female leader/role model, and why?
Presently, Nkechi Harry (a Godly fashion Icon)
- What do the words “Strong Enough” mean to you?
You don’t stay fallen.
11. Do you have a favorite quote/verse/song lyric?
Yes, “Until you own a Vision, you can’t be on a Mission “
Thank you for sharing your story with us Raliat. We all have to realize that we are our biggest competition, and we must strive daily to be a better version of ourselves. We are inspired by your daring spirit and commitment to teaching other women fashion design. We celebrate you as our #SEGoftheMonth and wish you much success in your business.
Keep up with Raliat on Instagram: arastyle_academy and Facebook: Arastyle Academy
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