Donsy Kunene

As I gear up to attend this year’s Essence Festival, which will be the second instalment in South Africa, I am once again pondering my core essence –  what makes me uniquely “me”. The core essence is what separates each person in their individuality. My essence is the consistent expression of my style, fashion, beauty and lifestyle.

I cannot deny that I am a very controversial person when it comes to adhering to the common teachings of society. I am stubborn and do not follow the crowd. I forge my own path when it comes to my private and public life. I do things my way, I teach myself the way I should conduct myself.

My essence drives my soul and is the engine which my spirit revolves around. Essence transcends each of our stories and follows us no matter which form we may take. To see and accept the essence of another is to have power in how you work and flow with another. To embrace your own style is to never work against yourself. Essence can have other meanings, but for a human being this definition of style is one that will take you far.

The Essence Festival, an initiative born from Durban’s Sister City of New Orleans, provides me with an opportunity to connect with people from diverse backgrounds, igniting within me an appreciation for African cuisine, fashion, our robust economy, sincere humanity and wellness. The art, business, fashion and beauty sessions guide you on how to connect with my core – my essence and find a sense of belonging. The Essence Festival is more than just a series of fun events, it contributes towards social cohesion and ultimately the development of our nation – one individual at a time.

Spring is upon us and it always conjures a sense of introspection – to re-shape my thinking, challenging my mind-set with a will to view things differently with the hope to learn and adopt new things as a middle-aged black woman. This year, I find myself pondering what it means to be an African in this fast paced age. As an avid reader, I have picked up a few guidelines on the importance of knowing where you belong, which I wish to share in my interactions with the younger generations.  

This is just the effect the start of the Essence Festival has on me – to hunger for information each and every day as an African woman. It is all about impact power, passion and inspiration. Beyond that it entertains, informs and transforms your thinking.

I encourage you to be part of essence festival 2017, it will contribute positively to your daily activities and encourage all of us to embrace our cultural diversity, arts and heritage. You won’t regret it!

If for some reason you are unable to attend the Festival, keep your eyes glued on this space as I will be sharing round by round information; taking you through the Essence Journey.