Today’s woman crush #womeninspire is none other than Ghanaian writer, digital marketer and lead blogger of Circumspecte.com, Jemila Abdulai.
I remember Jemila from my days in junior high school (JHS). She was my senior in Alsyd Academy. She had always been so quiet and reserved but had such a strong presence that commanded respect. It wasn’t surprising to see her years later as a guest on Citi TV’s Point of View with Bernard Avle discussing the topic, Maximizing the Year of Return.
Jemila founded Circumspecte.com in 2007 as a travel and lifestyle blog to create original and compelling digital content mostly from her travelling experience. She later transitioned the blog from not only being a digital platform but also a development consultancy company that teaches digital and career skills and shapes meaningful interactions on Africans.
Through Circumspecte, Jemila has offered digital services to over 30 Africa-oriented clients and has trained over 1,000 Africans on digital education since 2016. She has also offered policy research and writing, socio-economic analyses, focus group facilitation and event rapporteur services for non-profits, think tanks, and multilateral organisations.
Jemila’s quest to leverage on digital revolution for positive transformation did not end there. She created events like CirqMixers to facilitate numerous connections and collaborations that inspire creative action. She also organised #SisterhoodMatters, an annual event that celebrates African women and creates conversations about women’s health and wellbeing in Ghana.
In 2015, Jemila’s short story, ‘Yennenga’ was included in the Caine Prize Anthology 2015 book: ‘Lusaka Punk and Other Stories’. The book also featured other 16 short stories by African authors.
As the social media lead of BloggingGhana – a group of Ghanaian bloggers – Jemila helped in the collation and dissemination of non-partisan news on Ghana’s 2016 General Elections via social media. This was under the initiative ‘Ghana Decides’.
Jemila has added public speaker to her portfolio and was one of the speakers at TEDxAccraWomen conference held in October 2016 in Accra, Ghana.
Jemila’s Circumspecte has received recognition for its remarkable works including Top Social Issues & Active Citizenship Blog in Africa at the African Blogger Awards 2016 and Best Citizen Journalism & News in Ghana Blog Award, Blogging Ghana, 2013.
Today I celebrate you, Jemila! Thank you for your ability to draw attention to important social issues and spark meaningful debates! Thank you for harnessing the potential of women through #SisterhoodMatters! Thank you for redefining the existing narrative on Africa in the digital sphere! Thank you for bringing communities together to support social good and thrive with digital! Thank you! Thank you for being a woman who inspires! #womeninspire #womancrushwednesday