Inspire : to fill someone with confidence or desire to do something.
Many years ago, I would have written this post differently. My list would probably have been made up of different people. Here goes in no particlar order
The irony is that, Colleen once wrote an article titled: I am not your inspiration! I have known Colleen through reading her blog : Life through the disability lens. The blog’s aim is to change people’s perspectives on disability one reader at a time. She schooled me on so many things about people living with disabilities. I strongly feel that her blog should be turned into a book so that it can be read in every school.
Long before she collaborated with Beyonce on lemonade I stumbled upon this Somalian poet whose poems evoke feelings you never knew you had. Warsan writes about loss, in a moving cinematic style, you can actually make out voices and put visuals to her words.
I have my mother’s mouth and my father’s eyes; on my face they areWarsan Shire
My favourite Warsan poem is called Backwards
It is a rare fit to rise from an unknown poverty stricken town and go on to win the World Footballer of the year, then come back to be the President of your own country. Liberian George Weah did it all before turning 52years old. He was defeated twice in his country’s elections and was mocked for lacking formal education. George did not only go after a degree, he ran for the presidential election until he won it! Mr Weah has taught me that success demands determination.
Fungai blogs on Fungai Neni. Her blog’s title literally translates to Think together with me. I always look forward to reading her posts because they are thought provoking. Her literal mind is a vintage point worthy observing life from. I am inspired by the way she writes, if only I could be as good.
Salif Keita is a world renowned musician from Mali who was born with albinism. Salif was shunned by his own father, his love for music was seen as a disgrace since he is from a royal family. Albinism made made him a ridicule and a target for ritual killings. Yet, all this did not deter Salif from rising to stardom with his golden voice. His songs which often address the plight of people with albinism have brought him international claim
Here is a man whose life blossomed despite the fact that society tried so hard to deny him a chance. Salif Keita has since retired from recording music, his last album was in December 2018 titled Un Autre Blanc, or Another White.
All images used not my own.