Reinvented Today got with Yolande Nyamugama, a woman we know you all know for her gentle spirit and heart for others. Yolande shares with us her responses to the five questions we've asked each co-author of Reinvented & Victorious ahead of the completion of this project. To read Yolande's story in her new book, get your copy here:
RT: Tell us about yourself: name, location, and why you are reinvented? YN: My name is Yolande Farai, born Zengeni now Nyamugama married to Batsi with three beautiful children, Daniel, Munashe and Valerie. I was born at the United Teaching Hospital (UTH) in Lusaka, Zambia. I am Zimbabwean.
I believe I am reinvented because I cannot recognise the person I have evolved into. A woman who believes in who she is, who knows that nothing is impossible as long as you put your heart, mind and soul into it.
RT: What has the journey of sharing your story been like for you? YN: I call this The Grace Journey because it is only through the grace of God that I can tell my story.
RT: Why do you believe now was the right time to give people an inside peek into your life and what has made you the woman you are today? YN: Everyday I'd tell myself how I need to tell my story so that I can help someone who may be going through similar challenges. I believe the right time to do that is now because otherwise I would have kept on putting it off to another time. I believe the experiences both good and bad, the challenges which made me stronger and the breakthroughs which led me here have moulded me into the woman I am today.
RT: How relevant do you believe the message of combatting insecurity and pursuing an authentic existence is to today’s woman? YN: As a girl child and as a young woman you grow up being told of what is expected of you and how growing up, getting married and having a family of your own is such a great achievement. This type of thinking and panel beating of the mind has to stop. It has caused so may women to feel incomplete, inadequate, insecure with a low opinion of themselves when life does not quite pan out as they imagined it would. There is so much more that women can do and opportunities need to be made available to girls from a tender age. They need to be made to believe they can be anything they want to be through hard work and dedication.
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. YN: Every woman has her own story to tell, each story is different and each story has an audience just waiting to hear it. It is therefore very important to encourage women to share their experiences and their stories because these help the younger generation to learn and do better than the older generation. It helps them avoid making the same mistakes that we made. They can use this as a platform and they can stand on our shoulders and pass on their experiences to the next generation. I am just honoured to have been given this opportunity to share my story and the bonus of carrying the title of Author gives me such joy and faith that if I could do it once, God will give me more wisdom and grace to write and share more.
RT: How do you hope your story will impact the lives of the readers of “Reinvented & Victorious: The Anthology”? I hope my story will act as a lesson, a testimony and an eye opener to anyone who may be walking my walk to believe in themselves and know that where they are today is a step away from greatness. They need the courage to always remember that they are unstoppable if only they could believe in themselves and the talents and gifts that God has instilled in them.