Who is Shengwe Agwa Ghogomu?
I am Shengwe Agwa Ghogomu, the communications Officer for Crtv Marketing and Communication Agency. I will describe myself as; a girl with a mind, a woman with an attitude and a lady with class.
What drives SAG commonly called Shy by loved ones?
My zeal for independence, my zeal to impact the world positively, and my quest for knowledge.
What is your greatest influence?
It is hard to be specific on the person or cause that has the greatest influence on you. I think my little experiences and those people around me, family and friends are my greatest influence.
Who are your role models?
My role models are my parents and my late aunt “Aunty Julie” (may her gentle soul continue to rest in peace) whose gentleness and love towards humanity still move me this second.
The most important thing I learned from them amongst many other things is the fear of the Lord. I will forever be grateful to them for that. They are examples I will love to copy. I am not saying they are perfect, of course nobody is, but their strengths outweigh their weaknesses.
Where do you see yourself in the next five years?
I see myself at an international level doing what I do best on a recognized global platform.
What are the challenges of the African Woman?
Ø Economic exclusion
Ø Financial systems that perpetuate the discrimination of women.
Ø Lack of access to education and poor retention of girls in school
Ø Harmful cultural practices
Ø Sexual harassment in the workplace and on the streets
Ø Lack of support from one another (women)
One thing you will like to see adjusted amongst girls and other women. ow do you unwind work tension?
I will be glad to see women and girls love one another without bias.
How do you unwind work tension?
One of the vital lessons my dad taught me was to ask God for the lessons he is trying to teach me from every difficulty or huddle I face or if it is just the devil trying to play tricks with me, that I ask God to help me overcome. That is how I sail through my huddles at work. It is not as easy as it sounds but with God, all things are possible.
How do I relax? I love going to the beach, listening to music, dancing, chatting and reading novels. Those are the sorts of things I do for leisure.
What is your ICE Vision?
My ICE vision is best described in the phrases below and I work hard each day to see it happen.
“If women be educated for dependence; that is to act according to the will of another fallible being, and submit, right or wrong, to power, where are we to stop?”
“I will like to be remembered as the person who wanted to be free…so other people will also be free” Rosa Parks
“Give a woman the right shoes and she will conquer the world!” Marilyn Monroe.
Have you any A.U Plans?
I dream and work towards going international. If it’s the A.U that opens its doors to receive me, why not?
What is your advice for the African Woman?
We need to believe in ourselves, learn how to sincerely encourage one another, build each other and learn how to be less judgmental about others because, we do not know their struggles, stories and probably can’t identify with their scars.
In case you are named the Minister of Women's Empowerment and the family, what first things will you address?
I will love to work on the following;
· Low self esteem
· Domestic violence
· Dumping of new born babies in dumpsters
· Sexual harassment