Learn to appreciate your own.

Why should we look outside our own countries to find inspiration?

A group of students will be hosting a female empowerment seminar and they have very interesting pictures on their poster. The poster was suppose to depict strong, empowering and beautiful women such as Beyoncé, Oprah Winfrey, Michele Obama  and other American influential and powerful women. I looked at the poster and the poster is made by South Africans in South Africa with women from America. I am not hating on these women, they truly have been an inspiration and played vital roles in how women are perceived today but what puzzled me is that couldn’t they find South African women for the poster to make it more relevant or am I just being a spiteful blogger?

It’s not about being a patriot or anything like that, it’s just that when will people start appreciating their own. There are women such as Lilian Ngoyi, Miriam Makeba, Sibongile Khumalo, the current Bonang Matheba to name a few. Can’t we celebrate them and see them as women who have made a success of themselves, some in politics, some as humanitarians and some in the entertainment industry?

I looked at the media as a whole and realized that maybe the reason we do not celebrate our own is because the only way many women are depicted in media is in a scandalous story or just in bad light. None of their achievements are highlighted like many of the mistakes that they have made. Yes they make mistakes, they are human too. But then I realized that people are now focused on the gossip and the flashy lifestyle that they do not want to become like humanitarians and politicians but only want fame and are focused of the gossips that come with it. It’s trending and it’s what makes them relevant.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka United Nations Under-Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women. She was South African Deputy President from 2005 to 2008.   Photo credit: http://www.iisd.co.za

I have no problem in Beyoncé being a role model for people by why can’t Bonang also be a role model, I don’t have a problem against Hillary Clinton being called a powerful politician but what about Phumzile Mlambo Ngcuka. These women are the golden jewels of their countries, they have a big influence on people but South Africa also has its own diamonds too, not only South Africa but every country has its own forceful and powerful women that have shaped it and it’s culture. People need to identify with their own and not celebrate people from other countries only. They are a global inspiration, yes but they are also representing their country, who is representing this country?