It was very hard to miss the heady cocktail of perfumes in the background. All these vivacious women clad in bright colors and elegant updos were gathered in one space while seemingly engaged in animated conversations. Every so often you could hear the clinking of high heels across the room as another one of them made their way to their designated table.
The atmosphere was very womanly. Obviously. I mean, how else would you describe a such a scene that was full of bubbly women?
It’s been a while since I found myself smack-bang in the middle of so many women in one sitting.
Women are special. Being a woman is special.
I was in the presence of the Architectural Association of Kenya that was feting legends in the real estate and land use industries.
A couple of women caught my attention- like this one who I definitely will be when I grow up- the epitome of afrochic and afrofab, complete with a mauve flower in her hair and the loveliest kitenge print jacket you ever did see. Do not be fooled; kindred spirits recognise one another. It turns out she has a mind of her own and is one hell of a boss lady with her own factory. Now that is some serious spunk!
The other one was the epitome of grace and length as she strutted from one corner to another, with legs that went on and on. She looked straight out of a runway show.
You gotta hand it over to women.
Women love to share what they know. Women love to tell stories. When a woman tells a story, you hear her passion, her hopes, her dreams, her ambition, her heart and her soul. She becomes personal. That was my experience during the conversations with these trailblazing women. Their stories were those of overcoming, persistence, courage, determination, a brave face and an even braver heart.
Introducing the new breed of women. The ones who believe that the time of affirmative action is long gone because the field has been levelled and that women are absolutely capable of handling any and everything thrown their way.
The ones who love to celebrate their femininity and who appreciate their innate qualities that ultimately make the world a better place for everyone.
The ones to whom being a woman whole heartedly includes a sense of finesse, art, beauty and attention to detail.
The ones who are not afraid to be vulnerable so that generations after will have it easier.
This is a shout out to all the women out there- the grandmothers, mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, nieces, boss ladies, entrepreneurs, corporate leaders, housewives- who are taking it one day at a time and whose example inspires all of us to live the best version of ourselves.
With all our shapes and sizes, may you continue to rock on!