Keep Shining: Alexandra Ofori-Atta

Keep Shining: Alexandra Ofori-Atta
Do you, some people will get it, others won’t. Glow regardless.
— Alexandra Ofori-Atta

Who is Alexandra Ofori -Atta?

I NEVER know how to answer this question. When asked, I always think of this quote, “Nothing of me is original. I am the combined effort of everyone I've ever known.”  – Gary Palahniuk. This quote always makes me think of the things my ancestors, family, friends, and community have poured into me and what it means to be a living manifestation of that.   

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What makes you jump out of bed every morning?

Curiosity and coffee.

How do you define inspiration?

To me, inspiration is alchemy. It's taking in all these different things around you, translating them into something that makes sense or speaks to your experience, and then turning it into something new.

What is an accomplishment you’re most proud of and why?

I just turned 25, so I'm feeling very reflective. I think something that I'm trying to focus on this year in my life is not calling out single experiences as evidence that "I am killing it" or "I am successful". My greatest accomplishment is getting this far in allowing myself to own who I am, even when I'm not my favorite person. Allowing myself to claim what I feel belongs to me, even though the world may tell me I have no business doing so. 

How has photography and content creation shaped your life?

Being able to create is a way to communicate your view point to the world. Photography and content creation for my personal projects has allowed me use my voice in a way that feels most natural to me. For Black Girl In Om (BGIO), it's really helped solidify an authentic sense of purpose. Being able to use my skills and my time to support our amazing community is a gift. 

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If you could give advice to your younger self, what would it be and why?

I would tell younger Alex to chill. I constantly have to remind myself how proud the younger version of myself would be of where and who I am now. I would tell her, it’s okay. Take a deep breath. You are enough. You have always been enough. You will always be enough. 

Who is your role model and how do they inspire you?

Definitely my mother. What inspires me about her is not necessarily the things she has done in her life, but the way she has accomplished them. She is such a nurturing and graceful individual and I look to her a lot as an example of how to approach things in my life.

If you could describe being apart of the Black Girl In Om (BGIO) team as a social media coordinator in one word, what would it be and why?

Transformative. Oddly, becoming BGIO's social media coordinator was my introduction to the wellness industry and the catalyst to my own wellness journey. I've never been on a more supportive team! Through communicating our messages and engaging with our community, I've learned more about myself in the past 1.5 years than I ever have. I'm always being pushed to explore more, and do the inner work necessary to bring my best self into being. 

If you could share with the world something interesting about yourself, what would it be?

I'm a very musical person, or at least I used to be! I sung in choirs and a cappella groups until I graduated college. I also played the string bass and the bass guitar for 10 years! These are two creative outlets that I actively miss on a daily basis and I'm working on getting back into a more regular practice! 

How do you overcome fear?

I acquaint myself with the thought of every worst case scenario, then every best case scenario. I then lean into my discomfort when faced with fear and do my best to grow through whatever it is. 

I see you have a personal blog called Electric Etiquette -  I love the name! What was the motivation behind creating this side project?

Thank you! Electric Etiquette was originally an idea I had in college. It was essentially a fashion photo blog I launched right as I was getting into photography. I've always loved fashion and been intrigued by how others choose to express themselves through their clothes. As the years went by, the idea of Electric Etiquette shifted to not only include my love of fashion and interest in photography, but also my desire to tell stories. As a person of color who has navigated most of her experience in predominantly white spaces, I found that the way I dress became a way for me to communicate when words failed me. There is a lot that goes into how a person chooses to convey their sense of self. Everyone has their own “etiquette” in regard to how they express themselves. For a lot of people, that starts with what they wear. Electric Etiquette is a way to document that. 

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In what ways has travel positively impacted your life?

Travel is everything! It's so necessary for positive growth. No good comes from staying in one place, and expanding my world view has always been at the top of my priority list. I'm very privileged to have parents that are immigrants, so travel has always been a very normal part of my life. The first trip I took to Ghana (my parents home country) was a completely life altering experience. I had never been around so many people that looked like me. I think during that trip was one of the first times I ever truly felt comfortable in my skin. So much of what I discovered about myself on that trip has informed who I am today. 

What does the phrase "Keep Shining" mean to you?

To me it means, keep going. Do you, some people will get it, others won't. Glow regardless.

I am unapologetically authentic because...?

I recognize and embrace that I am the only me and that there is power in owning your narrative and sharing it with others. 

ABOUT ALEXANDRA-OFORI-ATTA:

Alexandra is a Creative Social Strategist who specializes in content creation, content management and turning on-site activations into seamless digital experiences. She is passionate about the limitless potential social media holds for connection – especially as it pertains the the Multicultural market. As a multi-skilled creative, Alexandra has experience across social media inclusive of community building, and strategy ideation and implementation. Alexandra has leveraged her interest in progressive creativity and digital storytelling at innovative tech start up ventures like 1871 Chicago, groundbreaking digital publications like Black Girl In Om, and staple beauty brands like African Pride. She holds a degree in Advertising from Loyola University Chicago.

Want to connect with Alexandra? Follow her at @zzsophistafunk on Instagram!