When I landed with my fifth set of foster parents at age 13, I learnt for the very first time what choice was.
Since birth I had moved from home to home, not knowing who my next set of parents would be, and having no say at all over any area of my life.
My experience of that disempowered childhood changed the very moment my new foster mother took me shopping and asked me to choose which colour underwear I wanted. In that instant, I understood what choice was, and how it felt; and I have been choosing ever since.
That treasured gift of empowerment saw me train and work as a baker, chef, actor and yoga teacher throughout many different countries – and eventually pioneering the raw food movement here in Australia.
During more than 20 years working in the wellbing space I saw the power food held over women. I saw with lucid clarity how our relationship with food impacts the way we live our lives.
My raw food journey was the gateway to me realising that women’s relationships with food was stopping them from living a life of choice; a life of fulfillment and worthiness.
Here I was, English born with a Nigerian heritage, living in one of the most liberated countries in the world, yet so many women were feeling disempowered.
I transitioned from working with raw food to life coach to turn that sense of disempowerment around – to support women to own their successes, to find out why they’re here, to mentor one another and to have a purpose and vision for what they’re working towards.
We are more than our dress size, our age or our wrinkles.
In my work as a coach and speaker I create the space for women to experience feeling worthy enough to live empowered, fulfilling and passionate lives.
My upbringing in foster care has been a gift to me, because I know what it is like to be incredibly scared, and to be vulnerable – and to just not know. It also gave me the ability to be in the world of another, because every new family opened the door to a new world for me.
My life experiences allow me to work with other women in a space of no judgment because I understand that we’re all human, doing the best we can with what we have. And that’s a rare space for people to experience.
I am committed to a world where women stop chasing their worth by cutting, burning, injecting, hiding and starving themselves; where there is an end to the sexualisation of girls and the universal disempowerment of women.
I want to help shape a new paradigm for women to step in to, without guilt or apology.
Life can be a really great adventure and not something that just happens to us. We actually get a say. We get a choice.
THE HUNGER PROJECT
Kemi visited Uganda with The Hunger Project to experience their work first hand in 2013. She is now a facilitator for their Australian and over seas projects and is proud to be part of an organisation that believes the empowerment of women is the most powerful way to end poverty.