"Everyday Women doing Amazing Things."

 

I’m excited to announce the  #MadeInNigeria project that highlights women who are made in Nigeria and doing extraordinary things!

AnkaraLuv started when I found out I was having a girl in 2011. As my daughter grows older, and I think about her future, I want her to know that there are women out there that are doing some pretty amazing things!

Over the next couple of months, these women will share stories about their families, their careers, their passion, their business – their PURPOSE.

If nothing else, I hope this platform encourages one woman, one girl to keep going and never give up on that "thing" that's placed inside of them.

Are you ready to start this journey with me?

 

“A woman with a vision empowers an empire of women

to do more, see more and be more”

 

Xoxo,
Ayo D.

 

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Name: Olateju Adesida

 
 
Currently based in: Chicago, IL, USA
 
Where are you from in Nigeria?
Nee Omolodun from Awe in Oyo State. My husband's hometown is Owo in Ondo State. #madeinNigerna
 
What’s the name of your organization?

Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble

 

 

Tell me a little bit about your organization?

Fehinty African Theatre Ensemble is the premiere theatre company in Chicago that was founded by African immigrants . We aim to stage works that illuminate the African experience from homeland to Diaspora. We also provide a platform for emerging artists to write, direct,perform, and produce works that share current, relevant, and global stories of the African experience in the 21st century.  

 

Whats the passion/purpose behind your business?

Stories are powerful. They represent people, cultures, beliefs, values. They are a way of knowing, feeling, and connecting human beings to our shared humanity. However, as powerful as stories are, it is even more important who tells them and how they are told. Unfortunately, we as Africans are often not the ones telling our own stories. That's where FATE comes in; to make sure that we are the one's telling our own stories. 

 

If a little girl walked up to asking for your advice and you only had a few minutes to give ‘em your best tip, what would it be?

You are more capable than you think, more beautiful, smarter, and more talented than you have imagined.  The grace is already in you to be that much more. Have courage. Don't be afraid.    

What words/quotes do you live by?

It comes from Zenzele, A Letter for my Daughter, a novel by J. Nozipo Maraire, that I adapted into a one woman play:

To be an African woman is to be strong. It is to be at peace within. You must always listen to that inner voice and not permit others to drown it out. It is to measure your words, to balance your works with your gifts carefully. It is in some way to be selfless, to serve others, yet to know and defend your rights to the bitter end.  

 


I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13 

 


The best art is political and you ought to be able to make it unquestionably political and irrevocably beautiful at the same time. - Toni Morrison

     

    Anything else that you would like to add?

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    Website: www.fehintytheatre.org


    Email: info@fehintytheatre.org,


    FB: FATE


    Twitter: @FehintyTheatre


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    "Grace to Give"

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