Please write a bio discussing your background, experience, ambitions and goals.
At 16 years old, I was pregnant. My mum assured me that I could still achieve my dreams, but it would be challenging. So, I worked full time and attended college in the evening. I passed the Access to Law course and enrolled on a part-time evening law LLB course. I loved the challenge, but then life happened again. Without warning, my mum passed away and I faced homelessness with my daughter. I struggled to complete my degree, the grief was consuming, but I kept trying. However, it felt impossible to balance being a good student with being a good mum. Parental guilt is real, and it did not help when another mum remarked at school that I was nothing more than a 'part-time parent'.
Following that, between the guilt, shame, and grief, I quit. I grieved I had two more children and threw myself into raising two children under two. Then life threw me another curveball; I lost my youngest daughter to SIDS. By the time I climbed out of the grief, I could not recommence my legal studies; I had to start all over again. So, I did! Post 30, I obtained a First-class Law degree through the Open University and completed a Masters in the Bar Professional Training Course. I am confidently awaiting my results. My journey has been a challenge and one of self-discovery. On this journey, I have developed discipline, resilience, and intellectual dexterity. I am a proud black LGBTQIA mother who has instilled and demonstrated, to my girls, all dreams are achievable with hard work. I will bring talents and skills to the Bar now that I could not have in my twenties. I am more passionate and dedicated now than I was then. I am proud; I am the future of the Bar.
Let us know how BTB campaigns and projects have impacted you.
The mentoring campaign had a profound impact on me. The campaign was a success, and the variety of mentees that participated made me realise that I can find my own space at the Bar and that there will be people I can and will relate to when I get there.
What does diversity and inclusion mean to you?
To me, diversity and inclusion (D&I) are where all people, regardless of creed, colour, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, age, and ability, are welcomed, included, and accepted. I recognise there is comfort in our similarities but greatness in our differences. The intersectionality between D&I fosters greater creativity, tolerance and enrichment.