What is your professional title, purpose or passion?
I’m Adenike Adesanya, a social activist and a part time model for Crumb agency. I believe in fighting for what is right (black lives matter, animal rights, human rights, equality, climate change). My passion is to advocate for positive change in communities and the wider world.
What did you want to do when you were a child and what changed?
This is a tricky one because I never actually knew what I wanted to become when I was a child . I liked a lot of things, mostly practical stuff as I found it more interesting than reading things. I’d say when I got to college is when I grew a passion for the health care sector route, as I’ve always had great conversations with the older generation. However I still wanted to pursue my other dream as a model so I’ve pretty much combined the two together now :)
What's the best career advice you've ever been given?
I’d say being surrounded by friends and family that support and encourage me on fulfilling my career as a social activist / model, and also being able to work with colleagues who are passionate about helping those who can no longer fend for themselves .
What is the best thing about your current working environment?
I feel like everyone is really charged at the moment - politically, emotionally, physically. People are acting and acting fast. It feels like a good time to pursue something creative as an outlet. I'm constantly inspired by the people around me creating spaces that respond to current times.
Where do you see yourself in five years' time?
I see myself travelling around the world, speaking to people about the importance of racial equality and justice, animal rights, climate change, equality, human rights etc . I also want to have my own charities where I can help rebuild back countries that are suffering from global hunger levels...and the list goes on!
Tell us more about a charitable organisation or project you think is great.
The Black Lives Matter UK project run by Stephanie Pearson. The project will incorporate raising young kings and queens to up their platforms as well as educating children of all ethnicities. They have managed to build a platform to communicate with others during work within the movement and their biggest goal is to create an ongoing curriculum that can be incorporated and taught in schools across the UK.
Please follow them on Instagram at @black.livesmatteruk
What drives you?
My ultimate goal is to inspire, encourage, support and uplift people from all walks of life . This is very important to me as I want everyone to feel free, accepted and equal within the community that we live in. And as a social activist we need to address these lower issues through our work as activists.
What does a normal day look like for you?
I’m a 26 year old young black woman, living with my parents. I work as a carer in a nursing home specialised for vulnerable elderly patients with various types of mental health conditions. I get up by 5am to leave by 5:45am, as my work journey is quite a distance from home. I work 12 hours shifts but part time. On my days off I like to focus on my activism work which varies from attending protests, heading to meetings, speaking at community events regarding important issues that we face within society, having interviews, modelling work and then finding time to see friends and family!
What have you achieved that you feel most proud of?
Starting my journey as a social activist, it began last year, when my friends took me to my first ever protest; an animal rights march with extinction rebellion. The experience changed my whole mindset and opened my eyes to what I can do to help our community. I’m glad I went; if I hadn’t, I wouldn’t be the person I am today.
I was also honoured when a student called Antonia reach out to me on Instagram and asked if I could help her uni project as part of her dissertation she was researching the experiences of people of colour at climate change movements, particularly focusing on elements of diversity or exclusion. She has done an amazing project which I was so happy to be a part of!
Tell us about a a woman who inspires you
My mother inspires me.
What was your biggest failure?
I don’t have one to be honest, and I feel the failure mindset leads to fear of “if at first you don’t succeed, fist yourself up and try again”.
What do you like most about yourself?
The fact that I’m bold, strong, fierce, ambitious, determined and confident in all I aspire to do.
How can we make the world more inclusive and accepting?
This is to all Women around the world , Don’t be afraid to use your voice and amplify it. Your opinions, concerns and perceptions are just as important as anybody else’s. Speak with boldness, purpose and confidence . Be true to who you are, your voice has great power so don’t feel discouraged not to utilise it when necessary.
What skills have been key to your journey so far?
The balance between working as a carer, which is giving back to the community, but also pursuing my career as a social activist and meeting some wonderful and inspiring people #powertothepeople