I was scrolling through my twitter timeline this morning and found out that a popular social influencer I follow on twitter was featured in this year’s Forbes 30 under 30 Europe edition. She and her fiancé (co-founder) both received a shared spot. I didn’t give it too much thought and went about my day as usual. Later on, I found out that another person I knew announced on LinkedIn that she too was featured. All of a sudden, I was curious I wanted to see what all the fuss was about, like being mentioned in Forbes isn’t a big deal in itself. I quickly did a google search and had a look at the participants featured- an impressive list I must say. Most had achieved remarkable success in their different fields, stretching from Arts and Culture to Law and Policy, Science and Health Care and Finance to mention a few. As I went through each of the categories one by one, I found myself subconsciously looking for people that looked like me. I found a few, who were mostly represented in the entertainment industry. This is definitely not a bad thing, but I wanted to see more people like me being ‘movers’ and ‘shakers’ in the finance industry and in health and science. But this was not to be. What I found to be quite disheartening was that there were between 6-8 recognisable black women featured in the entire Europe 2018 edition, from a total of 300 participants! This is shocking. I couldn’t help but feel that it would have brought me joy to see more black women. This got me thinking, why are we as black women underrepresented? Are we not doing enough to get the world’s attention? Or do we not care enough? Are we not nominating each other, or do we not even send in applications? Either way, we have to do better. We have to become so good that we cannot be ignored. We have to hold ourselves to a higher standard. We have to exhibit a spirit of excellence. We have to uplift and empower each other. We have to look out for each other. We should never be comfortable with being the only black girl in the room. Because the truth is, there is enough room for all of us. One black girl’s success does not come at the expense of another. Both can succeed and be great. We have to do better. This is the only way to break glass ceilings.
Below are some of the black women featured in this year’s edition:
Somali born Suad Ali is a 27 year-old Swedish Immigration Expert listed in the category of Law and Policy.
Ray Blk is a 26-year-old British Musician listed in the category of Entertainment.
Lady Leshurr is a 29-year-old British Musician listed in the category of Entertainment.
Tobi Oredein is a 29-year-old Nigerian-British cofounder of Black Ballard, a media company that focuses on female empowerment and diversity in the corporate sector. She is listed in the category Media and Marketing.
Otegha Uwagba is a 27-year-old Nigerian-British founder of Women who a platform that connects creative women. She is listed in the category Media and Marketing.
Bianca Miller- Cole is a 29-year-old British entrepreneur featured on the 2014 edition of the Apprentice UK. She has gone on to launch successful product line carried by Top Shop among other retailers. She is listed in the category of Retail and Commerce.
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