In an amazing bout, this past Saturday night a daughter of the soil gave her homeland another reason to hold its head up high and stand proud. One woman inspiring millions globally to always fight against all odds. Esther Phiri, 24 year old from Zambia became the Women’s International Boxing Association (WIBA) weltherweight champion in her hometown – Lusaka, Zambia. She is no stranger to throwing punches at whatever life brings her way. Fourth of eight children, only girl in her boxing program, a single mother at 16, and a struggling start to her career. However, training, dedication, and resiliency kept her competing from her first match on July 23, 2005 until her amazing feat this past weekend (January 29, 2011). I am quite certain that she probably endured some ridicule for entering a male profession.
Life’s journey will take us on paths that we never envisioned. Sometimes, the end of our circumstances or current conditions is nowhere in sight. However, like Esther, we can hold on to our dream, nurture the fiery hope within, and throw a K.O. punch right back! Life is yours make of it whatever you will…but don’t give up. Dare to Dream, Create, Live, and Inspire.
Thank you Esther Phiri for your amazing accomplishment!
It is truly awe-inspiring to see young African women embarking in untraditional career tracks. Having the courage to pursue their heart’s calling regardless of whether the world sees it as being “gender-appropriate”. Being fearless in living…