It's Shaniece / by Evey Sekajipo

Hello! I am Shaniece, the ‘Belizean Gyal’ who now calls Tampa her second home.

I was born and raised in the beautiful country of Belize and migrated to the USA in 2007 to pursue further studies at the University of South Florida. I currently work in the Tampa Bay area as an Electrical Controls Engineer and spend most of my free time loving on young black girls with Mama Africana. The past seven years spent with MA have been nothing short of amazing. It is an absolute pleasure to witness the unfolding God does in our girls’ and mentors’ lives as we walk together through the years. Mama Africana has allowed me to live out Jeremiah 29:7, seeking the peace and prosperity of the city to which He has brought me. As their lives are enriched, mine is also.

Weekly, I get to witness our homes be transformed as girls walk into their ‘safe place.’ There is never a dull moment at our dining tables, and our living rooms come alive with dancing, singing and laughing. They become little home churches where girls feel safe to share their deepest emotions with each other, pray for one another, explore scripture, encourage each other and look to Jesus for help they know only He can give. I see firsthand, girls working through conflict, affirming each other, seeking counsel from mentors and one another and leaving refreshed and ready to face the world that awaits them.

I am grateful for front row seats to what God is doing in our little sisters’ lives. Our girls keep me young! They keep me excited about life’s possibilities! They keep me praising God for all He has done, and they keep me hoping in Him for what is to come!