The coined term Girl Bosses has been an on-going global movement (campaign if you like) celebrating women who are basically in charge of their lives and rock at it. There are numerous platforms online that are now involved in celebrating and uplifting women in the name of girl power. Some are even multi-dimensional in that, they not only celebrate those that have “already made it” or are up-coming in their journey, but also those that need assistance in terms of funding, mentorship and knowledge building. In short, all-encompassing communities for goal-driven women.
At Adele Dejak, our latest campaign dubbed #girlboss is deeply rooted in the spirit of girl power. We as a team believe celebrating all kinds of women and in the power of loving yourself. It is in loving yourself that you can truly and utterly love all that surrounds you. And it is with love, an individual can absolutely blossom to be the best version of themselves.
For us, the Girl bosses are leaders, hardworking, passionate about their work, confident, talented, possess hearts of gold, brave, beautiful and pleasant inside out, independent, and not shy to share their opinions, just to mention a few. As the saying goes, charity begins at home, we decided to start by featuring our very own girl boss, Adele Dejak. Our aim is to share fun and interesting facts about Girl Bosses in Kenya while inspiring you all to do you with no apologies which are best explained by our two most fundamental mantras :
“OWN YOUR STYLE”
“LOVE YOURSELF, FLAWS AND ALL”
This series is going to be exciting and so much fun we know you will be delighted to join us through as we continue to feature the amazing ladies on the line up. Without much further ado, we would like to introduce you to Adele Dejak, our first Girl Boss to kick start this amazing series. We hope you enjoy getting to know her a little better through a summarized introduction and a fun Question and Answer we prepared for her and our subsequent guests.
Adele Dejak is an Anglo-Nigerian, born of a British father and Nigerian mother to be precise. As a young girl, Adele lived in between Cambridge, England and Nigeria. Adele’s education background is in Law, Art & Typographic Design. She relocated to Italy from London in 1990.
Fast forward to today, Adele Dejak is popularly known as the founder and director of the brand named after her, Adele Dejak. Her brand is an African luxury brand that creates handmade fashion accessories for the modern, sophisticated and multidimensional woman. She is inspired by African shapes, textures and traditional techniques, while believing that cutting-edge pieces lie perfectly between artifacts and high fashion statement designs.
With her brand, Adele Dejak encourages women to embrace themselves for who they are (flaws and all) while also helping one another. She believes in the quote “If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to far, go together “and in the beauty of sisterhood and uplifting other women.
QUESTION AND ANSWER WITH ADELE DEJAK:
Which #Girlboss inspires you the most? And why?
My all-time favorite Girl boss is and always will be, Coco Chanel. She never followed trends but was indeed the trail blazer. The fundamental reason why I consider her a legendary girl boss is that she triumphantly built an empire from nothing.
What is your favourite Adele Dejak piece or/and collection?
I love all of my creations and that makes it difficult to select just one. One of my best creations was the K-Yaa bracelet and my most memorable collection was the Yanga and the Dream Machine in 2016.
What is your spirit animal? Why?
I would say my spirit animal is a bird. Birds are free willed and can move freely whenever and wherever.
What non work related thing are you most excited about?
Everything I do is related to what I consider as my work. They say when you do something you love and enjoy it, you will not work a day in your life. So this is kind of tricky to answer personally. Although, I do enjoy photography and travelling a lot.
Which style icon’s closet would you raid given the chance?
Coco Chanel any day. Even after her death in the early 70’s she still remains as the epitome of an independent woman with poise, class, and sophistication. I reckon that her closet would be fun to raid.
If you were not doing what you do now, what would you be doing?
I would be a full time photographer or a landscape gardener.
If your life were a book what would the title be?
Adele’s Nigerian Movie!
What makes you happiest?
I am happiest when unexpectedly and pleasantly surprised.
Do you have a secret hobby?
This is a no brainer. Healing powers! I would cure all the dreadful diseases in the world and we would all be free of physical pain.
What is the best advice you have ever received?
Do not rely on anyone but yourself.
What advice would you give your younger self?
Do not trust anyone.
If you have any suggestions as to who we can add to our list of Kenyan Girl Bosses or Girl Bosses residing in Kenya, please let us know for your wishes are our command.