WITKTV — In your life what have you detected, that you can communicate as a vision and give direction to better women’s future. By so doing you can help touch the world.
NANA SPIO-GARBRAH — A very deep question you are asking here and hard to pinpoint a single attitude that I think I could communicate as instrumental, to peers wanting a better future. But one anecdote that I have taken is to never let yourself be pigeon-holed.
African society tends to try to put women in a box and assign us traditional gender roles — that of disciplined mother, quiet caregiver, gentle farm help. And western society sometimes pushes forward the other extreme, of cutthroat, aggressive, capitalistic, materialistic CEOs and prima donnas.
What I realized is that I am not an extreme. No woman is. We are nuanced. We can love babies desperately but not want to give up our careers for them. We can spend two hours deciding on a shade of lipstick at a MAC counter and then go to a gun range for practice.
We can wear a sequined gown to a cocktail dinner and make cogent political arguments about why Kagame has rescued Rwanda from itself. We do not have to choose between being damsels in distress or corporate ninjas. We can be both and/or neither, all at the same time. We should never let anyone box us in.
Woman is the key to everything and anything she sets her mind to be.