MICHELLE WATIKI

AFRICAN-COUTURE DESIGNER MICHELLE WATIKI DISCUSSES PROVIDING UNDERPRIVILEGED GIRLS WITH OPPORTUNITIES INTO FASHION.

 

Julani Mwafrika – formally known as Jelani is a contemporary online African clothing line by Michelle Watiki – a young, driven and sophisticated designer from Kenya. Fueled by her roots, she branded her clothing line with the Swahilian words ‘Julani Mwafrika’ that translate as ‘The Mighty African‘ – adding a real meaning to the brand.

As a current a full time student studying Maths, physics, chemistry and further maths, Michelle’s ultimate dream is to become an Engineer with Jelani as her side hustle.  Although Michelle herself lives in England, she runs her clothing line by working with tailors abroad who manufacture her designs. We sat down with Michelle to find out the ins and outs of creating her own online store, and to hear about the lesson she’s learnt along the way:

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JIDE ADE

COMPUTER PROGRAMMER JIDE ADE TALKS WALKING AWAY FROM GANG CULTURE AND FIGHTING FOR HIS EDUCATION.

 

Jide Ade is a young and driven computer programmer who is dedicated to helping provide a platform for other young people, to achieve success. He currently runs his own IT Company called “Iron Ltd” – where he develops websites, apps and databases for clients.

Although he originally wanted to be a lawyer and hated programming, it was his love for computers that led him in a different direction. Whilst at university, his own lecturer told him he was a programming dunce and would never be able to get the grasp of it. Even though he would ask for help and on several occasions ask to meet up with his lecturer for guidance, he was just never given the time of day.

Despite the lack of support, he not only managed to graduate with a 1st bachelor’s degree in Computer Science in 2013 but has also gone on to do a Master’s degree – which he will graduate from this summer (2015).

We sat down with Jide for more insight on his journey and his advice to the many young people who can relate to his story:

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SUFFER IS PASSION – PASSION IS SUFFER BY ANTHONY LEBARIO

21 YEAR-OLD ASPIRING CARDIOTHORACIC SURGEON DISCUSSES NOT BEING ABLE TO AFFORD FURTHERING EDUCATION.  

 

Earlier this year, YoungXGifted’s founder Danielle Tsiba-Membi came across a tweet by a 21-year-old soon-to-be first-time dad Anthony Lebario, on the harsh reality of unnecessary high tuition fees in America. Although wanting to further his education, Anthony expressed that he was unable to simply because he couldn’t afford it. See the tweet above.

Many young people face the same problem of not having the finances to pay for their education. Moved by the tweet Danielle decided to contact him and ask if he would be willing to touch deeper on the subject – A subject so crucial to address for our generation.

This is his story and his message to anyone else in the same situation:

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JESSICA POUDY’S 3 TIPS FOR CONFIDENCE

LIFESTYLE BLOGGER JESSICA POUDY’S 3 TIPS FOR CONFIDENCE IN 2015.

 

A lack of confidence is a killer! It kills your ego, it kills your social life and it kills your opportunities. Not feeling good enough can abolish your happiness and lead you to be depressed. I have personally gone through an emotional rollercoaster with my self-confidence over the years and I understand what it feels like to be at your lowest point.

Depressed, insecure, lonely, not being able to express yourself…tears…. more tears…. a few more tears after that. And just when you think it’s about to get better, the cycle starts again. Is it fair? Not at all! I have 3 tips to take on this year to help overcome this depressing cycle:

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MIKE. P. CANVAS.

ARTIST AND MUSICIAN MIKE. P. CANVAS. SHARES HIS LOVE FOR THE ARTS AND HIS INSPIRATIONS.

 

Mike P. Canvas is a 25-year-old artist and musician from Virginia, USA. Although Mike is his real name, most people for a long time knew him as “P.U.S.H” – an acronym that stood for “pray until something happens”. This is where the letter “P” in Mike P. Canvas came from and Canvas simply from his passion for art. Altogether through his name, he wants people to recognise him for who he really is (Mike), his drive to be successful and work for what he wants (P.U.S.H.), and for his love for the arts (Canvas).

We sat down with Mike to find out how it all began:

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JAYDE PIERCE

JAYDE PIERCE – A MODEL WITH MODESTY SHARES HOW SHE FIRST GOT INTO THE INDUSTRY, BEFORE SHOOT TIPS AND SELF RESPECT.

 

Jayde Pierce is a commercial model, beauty blogger and freelance makeup artist from London. She first started modelling at 13 but shortly stopped after it started to affect her education. Booking a lot of castings meant missing lessons, and she figured it was best to focus on school first before anything else. Modelling was something she loved and knew she wanted to pursue for a long time, so when the opportunity came back around last year, she took it and started back up again.

We caught up with Jayde to find out how it all began:

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EDEN WASHINGTON

PREMIER LEAGUE FOOTBALL PLAYER EDEN WASHINGTON OPENS UP ABOUT FINDING SUCCESS IN AN MALE-DOMINATED FIELD.

 

Eden Washington is an 18-year-old Premier League Side football player who plays for Bedfordshire Ladies. She first started playing football when she was 15 and knew straight away that it was something she wanted to pursue, just after her very first training session. She’s had the passion for football ever since and has never looked back.

We caught up with Eden to find out her view on people’s perception of female football players, and any advice she has to upcoming players like herself:

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