This Month’s OHTM is the absolutely brilliant Sekinat Sanni.
Sekinat Sanni is a Marketing Consultant, Personal Development Coach, & a Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger.
She expresses her passion for empowering, influencing and coaching individuals on how they can embrace self-development and growth in all parts of the world through her website and via social media.
She is a graduate of International Finance from the Eastern Mediterranean University in North Cyprus, Turkey.
Who is Sekinat Sanni?
Permit me to say that I am a die-hard, persistent and possess an insatiable want for success. A Marketing Consultant, Personal Development Coach, Lifestyle and Fashion Blogger. Extremely passionate about empowering, influencing and coaching individuals on how they can embrace self-development and growth in all part of the world.
I studied International Finance for my B.Sc. Degree at Eastern Mediterranean University, North Cyprus, Turkey. The experience was really challenging and interesting at the same time due to the fact that I left Nigeria at a very early age without my parents. Despite the freedom of being far away from home, I was left with making the choice of incorporating the lessons my parents taught me into grooming myself to becoming more disciplined, hardworking and responsible.
However, my interest in marketing became really intense after completing my internship at a Bank in Turkey then. The whole journey of interacting with the customers, gaining more insights about their needs, solving their problems and paying close attention to the whole customer experience crowned my decision. Thus, contributed to my decision to further gain advanced knowledge in Marketing Management at the University of Southampton, United Kingdom.
I absolutely love my family especially with the fact that we are all females (five to be precise). There wasn’t any issue of searching for friends around to ask for opinion on issues. We were all very close with one another.
I can’t stress my passion for self-love and body positivity enough because regardless of what the past entailed or the challenges occurring in the present, your strengths and energy can only be guarded as well as treasured by you only.
When did you start wearing hijab? Tell us a little about your journey.
I started wearing hijab from tender age. My mother always dressed us in Hijab. My parents are generally careful about choosing appropriate clothing, even for my siblings. Even before the age of puberty, we girls become accustomed to these values of modesty.
Over the years, I grew to understand the power it holds in reflecting who I am, my values and principles. Simply, it is became part of ME – who I am.
I really don’t think I have ever felt burdened or limited with it. I see no reason why I should be influenced by what the society has deemed to be accepted or not. My hijab is my power and in it I have found the strength to understand that my inner abilities has nothing to do with my outer appearance. United Kingdom and Cyprus created enough ambience for me to LOVE my Hijab. Style it and be yourself!
If you could give one piece of advice to someone struggling with their personal identity, what would it be?
Start by eradicating the habit of depending on people for reassurance on your worthiness.
The validation of who you are shouldn’t be expected from others around you.
Cultivate the habit of self-love and enjoy every bit of your choice. The choice that will reveal your inner conception and self. Understand that the power to be limitless can only
evolve from within you. Pay close attention to the things you hold important. Then, redirect your own perception of personal identity and success.
Keep your identity simple, modest, focused and full of happiness. Remember that the responsibilities of who you are and how best you want people to know you depends on YOU!
How do you balance being a fashion blogger, marketing consultant and a personal development coach and still manage to be awesome at it?
Having found and identified what my personal drive makes it all easier. The burning desire within me that not only inspires me but motivates others around me. With the right vision, mission and set goals, I ensure appropriate priority settings for my activities.
Time management, discipline and focus are the key factors for my success. What you eat and how you feel are another driven fulcrum for my ability to multitask and still remains awesome.
Really, I strive every day to embrace this journey to a balanced and fulfilling living through compassion, love, respect, dedication and commitment. To crown it, the grace of Allah is on me. Alhamdulillahi.
What or who is your biggest inspiration?
My greatest inspiration are my parents. Through them, I am really exhilarated at the concepts of empowering, influencing and coaching individuals on how to embrace self-development and growth in all part of the world. The intention towards being able to help individuals remember their dreams, overcome their obstacles, and utilize their potentials fully. Thus, creating a community filled with leaders.
As a prominent Hijabi personality on social media, how do you overcome the challenges and obstacles?
Personally, I see challenges to embrace and obstacles to overcome in my activities right from birth. I embraced the principles of “feel the fear, do it anyway”. My Hijab isn’t there to seclude me out of living a responsible and successful life. I have a great passion for personal development including self-respect and confidence to name a few. I carry myself with value and it has instilled in me enough energy, power and integrity. Obviously, I have been able to channel my inner strengths to reflect outwardly in all my everyday dealings.
The zeal to sustain and grow those attributes is strong. So, challenges of content development, innovative issues to be discussed, logistics to gather my information
and energized minds have become part of my life. I am always positive and resolute that I will get there! And I am getting there…
What is your best career tip/advice?
Don’t hold on to a career that will result in you doubting yourself. Your career shouldn’t be that which stretches you off limit. You should be happy doing what you do. If you don’t enjoy it, drop it. Enjoy your Skills. Tap into available opportunity. Always be ready to follow your passion because, over time, it will be sustaining and yield money. Also, try to have a confidant, mentor or coach that you will freely interact with. Ensure you ask questions, dwell more on problem analysis and find solutions. Be ready to face the challenge. Keep it SMART. Learn from your mistakes and never give up.
In your opinion, what is the biggest challenge facing the Muslim world today and how do you think we can overcome it?
Divisive tendencies amongst the Muslim nations on supererogatory activities, insurgencies and economic emancipation. Some Muslim countries and leaders are hostile to free speech and constructive political engagement. I think we can overcome these challenges through dialogue, awareness campaign and more importantly education of youth. Another great challenge facing us Muslims today is our inability to be who we really are and want (Failing/Fearing to live life fully). The reality is still unstable of how we can fulfil our passion and desire by having the freedom to utilize our potentials fully. Most of us forget what makes us happy, either because we are ignorant of the fact that we can be happy in our religion, socialize, learn and even team up.
Favourite Quote or Hadith of the Prophet?
Prophet Muhammed (PBUH) Said: “None but a noble man treats women in an honourable manner, and none but an ignoble treats women disgracefully.” (At-Tirmidhi).
Additionally, Abu Mas’ud reported: A man came to the Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him), and he said, “My animal has died, so help me.” The Prophet said, “I do not have anything.” Another man said, “O Messenger of Allah, I can show him someone who can help him.” The Prophet said, “Whoever guides someone to goodness will have a similar reward.”
(Sahih Muslim 1893).
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