Have you ever been at a particular place and felt deep down that there is no place you would rather be? That’s probably how everyone felt at the launch of The Princess to Queen Agenda held at the BAT center on the 27th August 2016.
The ambience was set by good music, an eclectic audience, pop-up stalls and a beautiful program director-Minenhle. The Princess to Queen Agenda is the brain child of Anelisiwe Maphumulo- an artist honed by the Nowadays poetry session. In starting such an initiative she had hope to.
Guest speakers included Annalisa Thembakazi and Mrs. Yaa Ashantewaa Ngidi both from the Institution of Afrikology. Annalisa spoke on how proud she was to have been part of such a bold agenda. She then went on to say “…as young black women we aren’t meant to compete with each other but rather to complete (agendas) with each other.” Annalisa emphasized that in society nothing favours the African girl child but African girls hold the worlds envy. Serenity and self-acceptance is what she said each person needs to be complete and content with who they are. “Titles without deeds are futile…titles come from a deeper place-take your name for example, look into it and embody it” she added.
We were then entertained beautifully with music by the Salaphi sisters and poetry from Langelihle Maniza Khuzwayo. Both acts blessed us with items relevant to the event and issues that are pertinent to young black women.
The second and last speaker- Mrs. Ngidi- thereafter graced the stage in a very regal manner in which she had the audience singing and dancing along to the sounds of Thandiswa Mazwai. A QUEEN in her own right- and many of our eyes- she enlightened us about the right of passage as an individual person. She shared extensively her life story and how you as individual should like who you are, believe before you are a queen and lastly heal the temple-take care of yourself in all spheres. The microphone then moved through the audience as the discussion went on to the floor.
This was an awesome way to round up women’s month… women empowerment for women by women. The Princess to Queen agenda- in the words of Anelisiwe Maphumulo- was started with the aim of finding solutions to the everyday problems women face and to grow each other through motivation. The days’ program in my opinion, came to close after reaching and exceeding expectations.
This is definitely an agenda to one’s focus on.
by Anele “sisyang’chaza” Hlongwane