What would you like to have accomplished by your 30th birthday? Would you want to have traveled through countries of the world? Sky dived? Bought your first car or two? How about write a book? This month, we feature a 28-year-old young lady who has turned her talent in arts and writing into what many only dream to do before they turn 30. Jennifer Ifeatu Andrew is a Writer and Public Health Scientist who has written two books with one published in print. She presently works for two organizations namely Aim Higher Africa and Flourish Africa in Lagos, Nigeria.
This is Jennifer’s #StrongEnough story:
- Tell us about (describe) yourself.
I am a young woman from Arondizuogu in Imo State but I love to call Lagos home. I am passionate about leaving the world better than I met it by championing for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGS) as a Public Health Enthusiast, Spoken word artiste, Poet and Creative Writer.
I feel strongly about Sustainable Development Goals (1,3 &5) which are No poverty, Good Health and Wellbeing, Gender Equality and tailor my works towards this.
2. What are your hobbies (things you enjoy doing)?
Reading, writing, listening to music and swimming.
3. What activities are you involved with in your community?
I promote small scale businesses, quality health, personal development among millenials, girls and women empowerment.
4. Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by women like Serena Williams, Oprah Winfrey, Dr. Mary Erameh, Dr. Ola Orekunrin-Brown and Chimamanda Adichie.
I am also inspired by the fact that I am not another statistics added to the world and I owe the world the usage of my skills and gifts to make it a better place.
5. Is there something you are passionate about? If yes, what is it?
I am very passionate about volunteering and using my art as a tool to speak about societal ills and setting things right. Having volunteered for organisations has helped me to network, learn and enhance my skills.
6. What is the biggest challenge you have ever faced? How did you get through it?
I have had to deal with negative feedbacks from familiar quarters where I was always given the impression that I wouldn’t amount to anything simply because I was raised by a single mother. However, growing up I realised that I could be whatever I wanted to be.
So, I started out to deal with this fear by coining out what I call BEST.
It took me a journey of self-discovery to realise this. I figured out that I had education to get me started on what I wanted to do, then focused on honing my talent -writing and for a skill, I had to learn shoemaking which I hoped to turn into businesses.
Here I am. A work in progress and looking forward for the best.
7. What is the biggest challenge that you see facing girls/young women in your community?
Lack of self-motivation, Harmful cultural practices such as Child marriages, Female Genital Mutilation, Poor access to education and healthcare.
8. What advice would you like to share with girls/young women in your community?
“Your dreams are valid! Chase them and Hold on to them.”
9. Who is your favorite female leader/role model, and why?
10. What do the words “Strong Enough” mean to you?
“Strong Enough” means Capability and Possibility to me.
11. Do you have a favorite quote/verse/song lyric?
The opening verse of “In your Arms” by Nico & Vinz get me all the time
I feel like Superman
They gonna remember me
I think I know I can
Who says it’s hard to reach?
Who’s gonna stop me on the road to success?
I don’t know………..
You are impressive Jennifer! Thank you for sharing your story with us and striving to live and achieve far above society’s expectations of you. Keep using your talents. We support you and celebrate you as our #SEGoftheMonth. We look forward to lining up to get your autograph at one of your book launches or speaking events. You inspire us!
Follow Jennifer’s work via her blog: www.andrewifeatu.blogspot.com or social media pages:
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