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The Queen - Rutendo Mutsamwira talks purpose and authenticity in the African woman's narrative

The Queen needs no introduction. Reinvented Today was thrilled to tap into the mind's eye of this youthful voice on what it has meant for her to be a part of the "Reinvented & Victorious: The Anthology" project. She shares...

RT: Tell us about yourself: name, location, and why you are reinvented?

RM: My name is Rutendo Mutsamwira, but you can call me Queen. I am from and currently based in Harare, Zimbabwe. I am reinvented because to be quite honest, my life, purpose and career depended on it.

RT: What has the journey of sharing your story been like for you? Why do you believe now was the right time to give people an inside peek into what has made you the woman you are today?

RM: It has taken longer than I had anticipated to share my story in a condensed manner. I have shared parts of my journey through social media, blogs and radio interviews before in dribs and drabs. I always held back from sharing the juicy steak of my story and offered the lean mince meat version because I was scared of how people would react, what they would say and I was not yet entirely comfortable nor confident in sharing my story in its entirety with the world.

I believe now is the right time to give people an inside peek into what has made me the woman I am today because the world we live in is so much more openly broken and purposeless than ever before. Through my series of life experiences and reinvention, God has healed, restored and reinvented me. I am now confidently walking in certainty of purpose and I believe now was God’s best time to give hope and encouragement to anyone who has looked at my life or that of others and wondered how they can do the same.

RT: How relevant do you believe the message of combating insecurity and pursuing an authentic existence is to today’s woman?

RM: Women don’t have enough role models or content which prioritizes and pursues the raw, unfiltered lives of women like themselves. We have become too consumed in reality television and television series which project and pit women against each other while amplifying pettiness, scheming, vanity and materialism. Our timelines and galleries are filled with petty memes, videos and commentary which might make us laugh momentarily, but it doesn’t fill the void women often have in their lives. The message of combating insecurity and pursuing an authentic existence is relevant because more and more women are yearning for fulfillment and purpose and that can only come from learning through others who have walked that path to guide them to their own revelation and genesis to living an authentic, fulfilling, purpose led life.

RT: You have now added the title of “Author” to you list of accomplishments, or perhaps you fall under the list of women who long began telling stories through written content. Talk to us about why you believe it’s important for the African woman to be at the forefront of sharing her story, given today’s competitive media space.

RM: There is a season and reason for everything and I believe that now, more than ever, it’s important for the African woman to be at the forefront of sharing her story and perspective. Noone knows, can relate to or empathize with us more than ourselves at any stage of our lives and journeys. I remember growing up reading and watching Sweet Valley High, Famous Five, Anne of Green Gables and other stories. While they were great stories, they weakened my foundation and celebration of who I was and where I was from because the stories and characters did not relate to nor mirror my life experiences in anyway. Like I mentioned earlier, this is Africa’s season because to be honest, the world is parched for African content and stories. Our individual and collective tenacity, resilience, heart and spirit has at times, been under explored, taken for granted and exploited. That ends with us.

RT: How do you hope your story will impact the lives of the readers of “Reinvented & Victorious: The Anthology”?

RM: More than anything, I hope my story will help our readers begin the important, yet occasionally challenging, lonely, refining and rewarding journey of reinventing themselves. Through my lessons and experiences, I hope they too, experience the transformational power of God to heal, realign and reinvent them into a purpose led version of themselves they never imagined.

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