Founder of The Year, 2020 (Under 30) Nomination
On 20th August at 4:28 pm, I got a WhatsApp message from one of my best friends congratulating me on being nominated for an award. You know how you get a preview of the message without fully opening it? Since I was driving, I waited to get home to confirm if I was crazy or this was actually real. I was bemused, excited, humbled, surprised, shocked and horrified at the same time. It was an amalgamation of emotions and till today, I can't find the word to describe how I felt. The poster read that I have been nominated for Founder of the Year Award in the Under 30 Category for creating Tizi Talks! What was even more surprising is that I had never heard of the awards before and this year, it was being done across East Africa recognising founders in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda and Rwanda.
FOYA Awards which stands for ‘Founder of the Year Awards’ is an initiative that exists to recognize and appreciate young founders contributing to the development of the African continent. To be considered and nominated for such a timely award is humbling and a reminder that you have what it takes to leave this world a better place than you found it.
Three years ago, I created this platform to change the misconceptions around wellness not only in Kenya, but Africa at large. I wanted to unwrap wellness and showcase that it's not a luxury but a lifestyle we should all embrace because it could unlock our potential. The first article I published was titled ‘Let’s Stop Talking About Summer Bodies’ because I needed to address the aesthetic goals which are a huge misconception of healthy living.
Having lived in England for 4 years, I noticed the obsession of people chasing summer bodies and in the Kenyan context, many of my friends were working out for big events like weddings or beach holidays. Whereas I am not opposed to setting goals, I felt that it was 'over-commercialised' and the core foundation of healthy living was lacking.
For a long time, I also felt that the conversation around wellness in Africa was tailored to those who had financial access to exotic spa and meditation retreats or those able to hire gourmet chefs at their comfort. Whereas this is a very high end side of wellness, I wanted to shift the mindset so that we could see if from a lens of self-development.
I started my health & fitness journey exactly 10 years ago when I joined a gym in university (shoutout to the Edge). During that period, I read books and articles around what it really means to lead a healthier life in addition to working out. Through improving my eating habits and practicing mindfulness through meditation at an early age, I started coping better and even became a better person to be around. The endless benefits of this lifestyle started pouring into every aspect of my life. It continues to be the constant pillar with which I've been able to rebuild myself through all the blows life throws at me.
Science has proved over and over again, that taking care of our health improves productivity, stabilises sleeping patterns, ignites creativity, and increases our longevity reducing the risk of getting lifestyle diseases. The fact that wellness is a process means that nobody is perfect and we all have the ability to take steps to attain optimum health and live to our highest potential.
This understanding and appreciation for enjoyable healthy living is what led me to create this platform and engage with you, hence the name Tizi Talks. If you have been part of this journey from the beginning, thank you for sticking with me and if you just joined this community, welcome on board! To vote for me as the 2020 Founder of the Year, click here. The voting window will close on 18th September which is 9 days away. Every vote counts!
Yours in Wellness,
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