Who I Am
I am Salem Afangideh, quite possibly the most interesting person you will ever meet.
Well for one, unless you've met other members of my family, You've never met an Afangideh before. Afangideh in my Nigerian language means "path of courage." We are our own bred!
I am proudly Nigerian, but I currently call Alabama home, an extroverted introvert, who talks at 100mph when I get excited.
I do adult things like practice law, run an organization that I co-founded with my best friend, teach yoga to normal everyday people who want to move and breathe better. My best friends include my mother, some awesome people in my tribe that cheer me on, and BOOKS. Yes, I have lots of book besties.
I write, I sing, I believe in the power of words, I people-watch, I psycho-analyze myself a ton. I am learning to embrace small talk and be okay with total vulnerability.
I am a dreamer trapped inside the body of a lawyer, trapped in the soul of a recovering 'perfectionist' doer, with the spirit of a carefree black girl - so really I'm also just your normal 20-something trying to figure out who she is outside of what she does. Really i'm just a star dust leading to the Super star.
What I'm About (in no order):
Where justice meets kindness.
Changing the world.
Reclaiming Yoga for Jesus.
Ending Human Trafficking.
Helping Africans get over colonialism & love themselves again.
Wielding power for good.
WHERE I SEE MYSELF IN 5 YEARS:
I am a disruptor of status quo.
At the age of 22, I have graduated from college and law school, passed the Bar exam to become a licensed attorney and founded 2 international brands – one of them being a law firm.
I have work experience advocating on the front lines of human trafficking, teaching yoga and self care workshops, curating events for young African women in major universities across the continent, and serving as legal counsel for some new innovative social enterprises.
I believe in embracing our collective multifaceted nature, doing work that has impact, and that we can changing the world.
Age, glass ceilings, and stereotypes don't stop me.