I always wanted a gathering of women doing their thing and having fun while at it. I nursed this idea for a long time and then in 2018, I went for it. I organized an event called Meet and Greet with Omotolaniee and it was successful. Since then, it’s been beautiful events back to back in different locations and I’m grateful for this.
We’ve had two events in Ibadan, one in Lagos , one in Abuja and recently, we had a virtual event that covered all locations. Our themed events always have women coming together to learn, teach, bond and network over food and drinks. It is a free event which has garnered support over the years as it evolved. I have very huge plans for the event and hope that very soon, we will cover many states in Nigeria and even take it out of the country because women everywhere deserve such soul lifting events.
After the Lagos event we had last year, I then decided that we needed an actual safe space to continue our conversations. It wasn’t enough that we were consistent with our events, we needed an everyday platform where women could feel comfortable to purge all of their feelings, rant on what is bothering them, , announce their successes and achievements, share their guilty pleasures without fear of being judged, learn life lessons from first hand experiences, network with other women to build their social capital, and so on. This birthed the virtual platform called MAGWO Safe space and it is one of my best projects so far.
Talking about happiness, I wake up everyday with excitement, knowing that there will be one topic or the other to be discussed on the group and everyone would have a say according to their perspectives. There is always something to discuss on MAGWO! My ladies are beautiful, intelligent, heartwarming and magnanimous. These ladies are doing big things in their different chosen careers and businesses and they are always willing to share tips and tricks with others. We talk about everything you could imagine and those you can’t imagine, we share recipes, ideas and more. We narrate personal experiences and happenings without holding back because we know that the conversations won’t leave the space. People like to ask that how did I select these ladies because they are top notch but I tell them that seriously? I did my part and God just blessed me with them.
The recent event we had in August 2020 was a Zoom event, and my ladies showed up and showed out.. You’d think it was a physical event and that we were all headed to a 1000 capacity hall for an Owambe. We arranged for physical meetups in little groups and we all converged on zoom. There was food, we had drinks, and we made merry. We held conversations on topics that are dear to us and people shared intimate stories they would share with nobody else, and there were lessons and takeaways from the conversations.
The event and the Safe space are very dear to me and I do not ever allow anyone to talk down on them ( who would even dare?). I have realized that people need an outlet for what they go through on a daily and I am indeed glad that I’ve been able to create such outlet. We give ourselves sound counsel while letting the person know that their decision is best for them as they want it, we teach ourselves to be patient and to be firm as appropriate, we teach ourselves strength, positivity, and how to radiate happiness. We learn meaningful topics ranging from health to finances to education to relationships to career advisory and more. Fam, I did a thing with MAGWO and MAGWO safe space!
We are on Twitter and Instagram, so if you need information on when our next events will be or how you can be a part of the safe space, those are the accounts you should follow for updates. These are my happy pills, and I swallow them day in, day out.
Shoutout to all my MAGWO and MAGWO safe space ladies, I can’t mention everyone’s names, but you already know that my heart carries you everywhere. Thank you for being awesome, and staying so.
Today, we are going to give ourselves a minimum of 30 minute break from Social media or from pressing our phones, I know that many of us already do it without even seeing it as a big deal, but today, we are going to make conscious effort to do it. Call it 30 minutes for self care. Pick a time of the day and make sure you abide by that time, drop your phone, take a nap or just sit and meditate. Note that it can be more than 30 minutes, but it shouldn’t be less than. Do anything that would make you feel relaxed even if it is just staring into space.
I’ll be back. OBA