Essays of Africa :: Editor's Letter
October 2016
   Essays of Africa

Beauty In The Face Of Adversity...

How do you find beauty in brokenness? When we face trials in life, we often start questioning ‘why me?’ and play the blame game. We see ourselves as casualties or victims, lose hope and give up.

Seeing Nawaal
admit that she is broken and express her need to take a sabbatical made me dig deeper to understand the ideology and the narrative of finding beauty in brokenness. Often, it takes too much time and effort to fix what is broken, and it is rare for leaders to acknowledge that they are less than whole.

Nawaal entered the world of entrepreneurship at the tender age of five years, and she has never looked back. Upon her return from the United Kingdom over than a decade ago, she embraced life as a fulltime entrepreneur and hasn’t missed a beat. It takes a brave woman to reveal her brokenness to others and we willingly released her to go and find beauty spiritually, emotionally and mentally – to come back feeling relaxed and beautiful once again.

In many cases, brokenness restores a woman’s beauty, allowing her to shine and share with others again. In this issue, we share the beautiful journeys of women who did not give up. Zoleka Mandela shares how she has battled against breast cancer twice (page 12), while Keneilwe Mogale reveals the painful lessons she learned after undergoing a life-saving liver transplant (page 10).

Our ‘Shades of Pink’ fashion pages are dedicated to the fight against breast cancer this October and we share the stories of women who have triumphed in the face of their personal adversity. We encourage you all to hang in there. You are not alone; God is with you through every journey. Listen to the silent whisper of hope and remember that the journey of brokenness ends in wholeness.

Tumi M
Acting CEO and Editor


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