In many African homes, speaking about issues such as divorce is considered taboo. Often times, a woman would rather stay in a loveless marriage than opt for a divorce….. resulting in a situation that may lead to severe depression.
Providing a safe platform, where women from all walks of life can share their stories and also seek advice on what they are going through, is the 2nd Annual KeKgosigadi Crown Chronicles Conference. Set to take place on the 29th of June this year at the Selosesha Library Hall in Thaba Nchu, a small town in the Free State province.
Aimed at fixing each other’s crowns as women, KeKgosigadi (which means ‘I am a Queen’) will see women come together to engage in sensitive topics, which include: marriage, separation, miscarriage, kids, relationships, in-laws, financial freedom and spirituality. The conversations will be facilitated by psychologists and experts who will arm the attendees with knowledge to help deal better with their respective circumstances.
The brains behind this incredible initiative is motivational speaker, businesswoman, philanthropist and proud mother of one, Barney Nkwadipo, who springs her happiness from helping other women through her various empowerment programmes and projects.
“I want to see a Queen offering another one a tissue or hug, or the other crying while the other shares a story because they relate to it.”
Born and bred in Thaba Nchu, Nkwadipo’s passion for helping and inspiring women stems from her mother who would help the underprivileged with the little that she had. Witnessing her mother take people into their home, raise children that were not her own, and also donating clothes to different shelters for the homeless, made Nkwadipo realise that she too can make a difference.
“I named it KeKgosigadi Crown Chronicles because we are Queens and if we don’t fix each other’s crowns, no one will. Our crowns are our different journeys and most of us can relate. When we share our stories we laugh, smile and cry together. Last year a lot of women were able to open up and share their stories, and today they are doing better,” she explains.
The KeKgosigadi Crown Chronicles Conference is one of the many projects under Nkwadipo’s Non-Profit Organisation called Nala Ya Basadi – which aims to support women through various initiatives, including menstrual hygiene drives.
The conference theme this year is traditional attire and a headdress to symbolize a crown; be it a doek or isicholo. Nkwadipo says that she is looking forward to hearing testimonies from ladies who were experiencing marital or relationship difficulties last year, but conquered. Above all, she looks forward to the love and support women show to each other.
In addition to the conference, Nkwadipo is also working on the first Nala Inspirational Awards; designed to celebrate women who are doing well in their respective communities. A High Tea event is also on the calendar for the end of the year. To be a part of the KeKgosigadi Crown Chronicles Conference, contact Nkwadipo by calling or sending a WhatsApp message to: +27 83 671 9565
~ Thabile Shange