To celebrate Women’s History Month, I decided to interview four young women who are testaments to the fact that we may never anticipate what life throws at us, but overcoming is always the only option; women who have built brands of their own and through it are inspiring other young women like them everyday. I hope that these stories empower, and motivate you to keep going until you actualise your dreams.
“Here’s to strong women, may we know them, may we be them, may we raise them.”
There are four parts to this series. Today’s focus is Lu Adesola.
Lu Adesola is a 20 year old, second year student at SOAS university where she studies history of art & social anthropology. She is also the co-founder of a petite style and lifestyle blog: kékeré.
What would you say is the toughest curveball life has thrown at you?
Losing my mum. Having to accept that I did not have my actual mum playing the mother figure in my life was challenging.
What steps did you have to take to first accept and then move on?
I’ve always thought I would be able to move on and accept it, but it’ll be 7 years since she passed in December and I still struggle. There are days where I am happy with the thought that she’s in a better place and other days, I’m completely devastated because I miss her terribly.
However, I just always remind myself that whether dead or alive, she’s my mum and she will always be a part of me. She moulded me into the woman I am today, so I believe it is my responsibility to maintain that, happily because I know that’s what she’ll want.
I love the name Kékeré! What was the inspiration behind the brand?
Kékeré is a blog aimed at petite people because Funke and I (my co-founder) are both petite. We realised that this is a niche market that has not really been tapped into. This platform is however not only for petites but for anyone who enjoys our style.
Fashion is something I’m very passionate about and prior to the birth of kékeré, the question of “How do I turn my passion into a reality” would always haunt me so there you have it.
Would you say the challenges you’ve had to face in life has had any impact on the goals you’ve set for yourself or for kékeré?
Definitely! Another major challenge for me was having to live almost my entire life being told that I was not capable of doing what others did because I have sickle cell or being ashamed of who I was because of that “disease” but now I know that is a lie.
In regard to kékeré, the fear of what people would think, self-doubt and inconsistency haunted me.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to get into the blogging or creative industry?
You need to go into whatever it is with the right intentions. If you’re simply in it for the attention and other little perks it is less likely you will succeed because it entails a lot of rejection, so you need the most important ingredient, ‘passion’.
This will make you resilient and patient because it gets really frustrating. You just need to trust the process and finally, start! what are you waiting for?
What would you say is your vision for kékeré?
To become a household name and powerhouse and ultimately being used as the Lord’s vessels to inspire other people.
For more information on : kékeré