Imagine being called an ‘Extraordinary’ individual. Few things will race through your mind, I believe. Some of them will be questions like; what do they mean? Is it a wind up? And so on.
It will then probably lead to some soul searching and exploration of who you are, what you are and your achievements.
On Saturday, the 12th of July, Lift Effects took being extraordinary to a different level at their ‘Extraordinary Woman Speaks ’event and award ceremony. Ordinary women doing extraordinary things; reaching out, touching lives and passionate about making the world a better place based on passion and experience of life events that could otherwise have condemned them to a downward spiral through self pity, if they had allowed it.
The event was packed full of who is who in Business, media, professional world , motivational speakers and charitable organisations.
In the words of the CEO/Founder of Lift effects- Sandra Nelson “Lift Effects provide a speaking platform for those extraordinary people to share their stories, with intention of planting the seed of hope, passion and encouragement in every person present to reach for their dreams,believe in themselves and help others become great” and the speakers and award recipients did that and then some more.
The keynote Speaker-Muzvare Betty Makoni of Girl Child Network Worldwide wowed the attendees with words of wisdom wrapped in humour.
She stressed the importance of Globalisation and Inclusion-Africans not divided by border. On being a speaker of essence; she advised speakers to find their specialist area,where they can make a difference.
The issue of work life balance and healthy leaving through positive thinking, exercise, eating right food and drinking adequate amount of water based on body weight(please don’t ask me to do the maths) and rest were also addressed.
It was not all speeches; award winning artist Roucheon Iloyi was on hand to perform a song specially composed for the day, titled ‘You are just a Superwoman’ Diamond. It set the house roaring as we sang along.
Most touching on the day were a group of children aged 8-11 making ‘Loom wrist band on the spot all day and selling them to raise fund for inner city kids.
On the basis that “ Life Effects recognizes that every person that has sacrificed their time, money and energy to help someone to stand while still standing is a true star; a group of such people were given the ‘Star Award’ on the day from Charitable organisations to Individual making a difference in their chosen path.
I attended the event with Tola Onigbanjo of Women4Africa ,as CEO Glowing Future and to represent Africa on the Blog. Some of the speakers interviewed will be featured later.
“The greatest legacy we can leave is that of stewardship to leave things better than we met it and the greatest purpose and dream is that which involves helping people; without such there is no true purpose or dream”