I think it was in 1999/2000, I was receiving an #ICAN prize for the 2nd best result in the PE1 level. I had walked out of my office wearing the knee length skirt suit I bought especially for the occasion when I remembered how Hauwa Baba Ahmed always inspired me every time I saw her reading the NTA news wearing the hijab. So I went back upstairs to grab the scarf I always kept in my drawer. I knew TV cameras would be at @musonng to cover the event, so I wanted everyone watching, especially young Muslim girls to know they could be on big stages too. Almost 20 years after this event, I still think about the “core” of that story - no matter how unknown you think you are, you carry an enormous power to influence at least one person. You are an ambassador for something, so you must choose what you wish to represent and do it well. I have never met Hauwa Baba Ahmed, so she probably doesn’t know that she was the one who made me wear a hijab for the first time in my life. So who are you influencing? And how are you showing up for them? And for you? Social media often makes us forget that with every post, we are representing our brand, we forget to be intentional and deliberate. Therefore, we forget to LIVE for something. Wake up & stay awake.
PS: Don’t forget to join my friends and I for a free #Halftimereport session this Saturday and Sunday. What’s working so far in 2018? What do we need to change? Details at ganiyah.com/halftime.