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Day 13 of the Winter Afroblogger Challenge and the topic is about a notable African personality I would like to meet.
Graca Machel is a Mozambican politician, teacher and humanitarian. She is also an international advocate for women’s and children’s rights and was made a British Dame by Queen Elizabeth for her humanitarian work in 1997. She is fluent in Xitsonga, Italian, English, Spanish, French and Portuguese.
She has an impressive resume and has done so much at a time when it was next to impossible due to race and let alone, gender. However, after discussing all this, I have one request in mind that I would like to ask.
Teach me how to raise my standards so I too can aim higher.
Graca Machel is the only woman in modern history to have served as First Lady of two different countries. She was the wife of Samora Machel of Mozambique ( November 1975- October 1986) and later the wife of Nelson Mandela of South Africa (1998- 2013). It was also rumoured she also was in a relationship with Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, aeons ago. Looking at what she has done for Africa and for herself, you know very well she is not after money. She is a woman of substance, has her own, dignified and resilient. She knows her worth and who she is, that is the sauce I am after.
Of course, I too have to be in the same calibre, well I am fluent in Shona, English, intermediate Spanish (Portuguese too, I can understand a bit if someone talks slowly) and I can count and say basic things in Romanian. I have been to Buckingham Palace, so, technically I have been in the same vicinity as the Queen. I think I am already on the right track. I help where I can and I believe some of the topics I write about, speak on matters that affect people’s lives. I might not be as loud (now) but I believe my whisper has made a difference.
So I will take this time to equip myself, so when I get to meet her, I will be halfway there.