Akina Mama wa Afrika (AMwA)

Feminist Leadership Development

Ms. Rita Namakula
I always wondered and asked myself how those who spoke before multitudes of people got to do it. The answer to this, I was able to get when I was given the opportunity to attend the African Women Leadership Institute (AWLI) in July 2016 organized by Akina Mama wa Afrika, the leading African Feminist and Transformational Leadership organization.

As a child who was raised and grew up in a family where you were not given chance to express yourself and being a first born I had to watch my actions, literally living  your life for others and not for you, exhibiting confidence was only a fantancy  and not a reality.


One of the lessons from the training was about self discovery and self worth. If you discover who you are and how great you can be then nothing can stop you from becoming a leader. For it is through this that you get to exhibit confidence and courage knowing that you have something to give to the world. As a leader you ought to bring out the best from people through stirring confidence in them but this is impossible if you yourself do not have this trait…you cannot give what you don’t have.

The other session that spoke to me was taking care of yourself. Often times we as women, we try to do everything by carrying every person’s load…trying to be the perfect daughter, perfect sister, perfect wife, perfect mother and perfect everything …superhero in short and we forget to be perfect for ourselves through taking care of ourselves, putting ourselves first and so we leave out the things that make us happy and better as individuals and in the end we live and die miserable. It is from this that I learnt to put myself first and go for the things that make me happy because when you are happy as a person then that positive energy (happiness) is transferred to all that surrounds you…be it in your career, marriage, family and the world we live in.

The journey to becoming great leaders all starts with discovering who we are meant to be, improving ourselves and working towards becoming the best we can be.

By Namakula Ritah Kisakye – AWLI July 2016