Ladies and well gentlemen today’s interview features a lovely young woman with the things of God at heart, a talented and skilled footballer or soccer player amongst many others. She’s a person with a set focus in life and goals to achieve. Sit back, pick notes, enjoy!
Nelia: Hi Sena, kindly tell us about yourself.
Sena: I am a young person, 20 years of age. At this point in life I am working on two things: the inside of my heart and the inside of my pockets. I like the idea of grinding in your 20s, building in your 30s and chilling in your 40s. If I should describe myself using one word, the word is vivacious (full of life and good spirits… happy and lively in a way that is attractive). I like fashion, football and photography. I’m a big fan of goals, I love black excellence, and most importantly I love God.
I’m currently in my second year at university studying Marketing with Digital Communications.
Nelia: How was growing up like for you?
Sena:Growing up for me has been great. I’m from a family of six: three sisters, myself, my mum and dad. My sisters and I are close in age and we share a very strong bond. For this reason I am big on family and girl power!
Nelia: Girl Power she says. On that note what motivates you in life?
Sena:What motivates me in life is my vision of the future. I have put plans together which makes me look forward to what is to come and knowing that God has even bigger plans for me makes it ten times more exciting.
Nelia:Why soccer? Which position do you play?
Sena:Growing up, I was a bit of a tomboy. All my friends were boys and hanging out with them included getting involved in most of the things they were into, which included soccer. After a while I got really deep into it, even when my friends stopped pursuing it, I continued. I play as a striker.
[/av_textblock] [av_video src=’http://vimeo.com/120007335′ format=’16-9′ width=’16’ height=’9′] [av_textblock size=” font_color=” color=” admin_preview_bg=”] Nelia: What are some lessons or experiences that you’ve had with playing soccer, especially as a young woman. Any stereotypes or the sort?
Sena: Growing up, soccer wasn’t popular amongst girls so I always found myself playing soccer with boys. I was always the only girl amongst a group of about 20+ boys. A lot of the time boys used to look at me thinking ‘she’s just a girl, she doesn’t know how to play football’ until I touched the ball and shocked them. I gained a lot of respect through this and so many times I have been told by boys ‘I’ve never known a girl that is able to play soccer the way that you do’ or ‘I didn’t know that girls could play soccer’.
Nelia: Hahaha they didn’t know girls could play soccer huh? This journey wouldn’t have been easy. What sacrifices have you had to make to be at the point you are right now in soccer?
Sena: A big sacrifice I made for soccer was leaving my family behind in the U.K. as I went to play ball in the States. I sacrificed a comfortable life in pursuit of my dreams. It was at this stage of my life where I discovered that outside of your comfort zone is where you grow and really experience life for what it is. I explored so many new things and went through so many challenges. Through this I learned so much. I definitely feel that the sacrifice was worth it.
Nelia: “Outside of your comfort zone is where you grow and really experience life for what it is”. What are your short term and long term goals with regards to career, sports, and life in general.
Sena:My career goals are as follows:
– Work in digital marketing
– Work in the film industry
– Start my own businesses
– Charity work, missionary work, ministry
As far as life goals I want to travel, have a husband and kids, be financially stable, be genuinely happy and fulfil destiny.
Nelia: How would you define success?
Sena: Success for me means accomplishing a plan, goal, dream or even an idea that you bring to fruition. It can be as simple learning how to tie your own shoe lace or as big as becoming a billionaire.
Nelia: As simple as tieing your shoe lace or as big as becoming a billionaire. In other words, success is defined by yourself. Moving forward, do you think young Christian women are finding it difficult to identify and align themselves with the purpose of God for us?
Sena: If there is any difficulty in young Christian women being able to align themselves with God’s purpose for their lives, I believe it is due to distraction from either the opposite sex or society or fear or lack of understanding. Distraction from the opposite sex by maybe getting into relationships, being head over heels for their partner or focusing so much on their appearance in order to draw that kind of attention. Girls can get wild when it comes to boys and love. I say distraction from society in the sense that society makes you focus on things of the world such as beauty and money, whereas Christianity is more concerned with the things above – hence the scripture seek FIRST the kingdom of God and His righteous. I mentioned fear because when it comes to God, often times you can be left not knowing how and when things will happen, which is why faith is a key ingredient. And finally lack of understanding. The bible says ‘my people perish due to lack of understanding’ – understanding scripture, understanding the plan of God for your life and understanding that heaven and hell is real.
Nelia: Preach on sister! Indeed for lack of knowledge of who we are we perish in this world trying to be something we are not. Is there any one woman you look up to and say when I grow up one day, I want to be like this woman?
Sena:Definitely Rev Mrs. Awo Antwi, my head pastor’s wife at the church I attend – Kharis Ministries London. I don’t often open up to anyone but the one time I spoke to Pastor Awo, the wisdom she spoke was mind blowing. She is my spiritual mother. I think she is beautiful inside and out. She is a living Proverbs 31 woman and an example and inspiration of what a Christian woman, wife and mother should be like.
Nelia: Rev. Mrs Awo Antwi God bless you. Besides soccer, any other hobbies?
Sena: Absolutely! My hobbies include singing, dancing, cooking, designing, shopping, driving, watching movies, basketball, football, hanging out with friends and family.
Nelia: I can tell you do a lot evangelism from your pictures and all. Can you give an advice or tip on how other young women can go all out for Christ on the streets like you do.
Sena: I evangelise because God commanded me to do so. He said ‘Go out into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.’ Heaven rejoices when a soul is added to the kingdom and being able to make God happy is everything. Also it is a great feeling to be used by God and knowing you have helped to save someone from the hell they were destined for is selfless because it is the same thing that was done for us.
Nelia: A commandment indeed. Please no ‘libi-laba’ when it comes to evangelism. Do it as though you were asking someone on a movie date! How you will convince them to go see the movie with you, use that same skill, convince them to go to Heaven with you.
Okay so lets say you were a book, what would be your title and why?
Sena: If I were a book, my title would be ‘Purple Diamond.’ I looked up the symbolic meaning of the colour purple and also the crystal meaning of a diamond… Purple is associated with royalty. It symbolizes power, nobility, luxury, and ambition. It conveys wealth and extravagance. Purple is associated with wisdom, dignity, independence, creativity, mystery, and magic. Diamond is a stone that is used to bring energies of longevity, balance, clarity, intensity, success, and abundance. It also brings eternity, purity, and high frequency energy. It also is a stone of amplification, including thoughts, strengths, and weaknesses.
This is not who I am right now but I believe I will be in the future. Right now I am in the processing stage. I am being worked on – pressured, cut/shaped and then polished.
Nelia: Oh my, the processing stage, a stage everyone needs to go through to be who they see in their minds’ eye. Thank you for the reminder. Also if you were a colour, which one would you be and why?
Sena: If I was a colour I would be gold because I am a child of God made in his image.
Nelia: Gold it is! This is the Phenomenal Woman Blog. It would be an error if I dont ask what does it mean to be a Phenomenal Woman in your opinion?
Sena: For me, being a phenomenal woman means making a difference. Being a phenomenal woman means finding the gift God has given you and using it to its full potential to bear fruit. It means being remarkable and exceptional in all that you do and in all the roles that you play as a female (mother, wife, sister, friend, activist, professional, student, teacher for example).
‘Being a phenomenal woman means being a woman phenomenally’ – Maya Angelou
Nelia: Being remarkable and exceptional in all that you do! Finally, an advice to your fellow sisters out there.
Sena: To my fellow Christian sisters out there, my advice to you is Matthew 5:14–16 … never be afraid to shine. God said that we are the light of the world. The light of this world is the sun. The sun doesn’t care if it blinds you. Be fearless in the things of God and I pray that you receive grace and boldness to do so.
Nelia: Stay Blessed too.
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