Amandla! Woman to Watch
CEO Shikana Law Group, Tanzania.
I wanted to know my rights and also fight for others who needed to be represented.
Opening my law Firm.
I would not have studied for my LLM right after my university degree. It would have been better to wait.
Starting my legal firm and then maintaining it has come with many blessings but also many challenges particularly being in Africa where societies are very patriarchal I often have to navigate through people's prejudices of my incompetence because I am a black woman. I just have to prove myself more than others, but that is the world we live in. Otherwise, there have been more blessings than challenges.
It is important to know why you have chosen the legal profession and understand the vision very well because the path is long, difficult and demanding. It is important to find a mentor that you aspire to become and who can provide guidance in your career. Another important thing is to stop thinking that we have limitations as a woman in the legal profession. There are structural limitations, but they can be overcome with the mindset that YOU have no limitations.