I saw the story about Vimbayi Kajese on Facebook yesterday via Brown Girl Collective. Then I saw it again this morning (yet again, on Facebook) via The Black Report. I thought the same thing the first time I read the story, the second time I read the story, and now, as I write this post: Good for her. Another Brown Girl across the globe choosing to live her best life; and a global pioneer at that. (My favorite part.)
I love the idea of being first. Always have. Being first is not only noteworthy, but it sets the tone and the pace of everything that comes next. And so it is noteworthy that 28 year old Zimbabwean Vimbayi Kajese is the first African news presenter (at CCTV-9, the English Channel of China Central Television) on the Chinese Mainland and perhaps the whole of Asia too.
While doing her first degree in the U.S, Kajese won an all-expense paid scholarship trip to China. It was on this trip, in 2004 that she first fell in love with [China]. She was fascinated by the culture, the food and of course the people. After completing her undergraduate degree, she chose to leave the United States and pursue a Master’s degree in International Relations and Diplomacy at China Foreign Affair’s University in Beijing. After graduating from CFAU, Kajese decided to stay in China and develop her career. [Source: Zimdaily.com]
The world is vast. And there are so many thrilling opportunities outside of our own backyards. I'm always excited to see Brown Girls from every cultural background and from every part of the world setting the global tone. I'm also excited to see who's next.