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Fikelephi Jackson: Finding Purpose Against All Odds

Fikelephi Jackson is a survivor, against all odds. Among the things she has survived are abuse, being uprooted from her native Africa, separation from her children, suicidal ideation and bereavement (she lost her 22 year-old daughter in a car crash).

Today, the Women4Africa 2017 nominee empowers women. Fikelephi Jackson is driven to educate as many women and girls as she can, because she wants to leave a legacy of “teaching girls and women to fish, not just giving them fish to eat” …

Name: Fikelephi Jackson

Best Known For: Being the award-winning author of “Against All Odds (I Survived)”, Motivational Speaker, CEO of Against All Odds Still Standing Charity, and Co-Founder of Oasis Universal Radio


Describe yourself in three words: Overcomer, Unstoppable, God-Fearing

Previous occupation: Senior Banking Advisor

Some students sponsored by Fikelephi Jackson’s Against All Odds Charity

12-month goal: To double the number of students we sponsor in Africa and to build a Women’s Empowerment Centre in Malawi, Zambia & Zimbabwe.

Describe your outlook & what makes your work, unique: I believe in talking less and doing more. Also, I am a hands-on CEO and I don’t mind getting my hands dirty

Your greatest career highlights to date: Being a Humanitarian. Impacting lives, seeing lives being transformed

Is international appeal important to you? Absolutely

Most important piece of equipment you use in your career: Mixer for our Oasis Universal Radio Station as it enables us to reach the unreachable.

A typical day for you is: Responding to emails and messages from our Headmasters in Africa, planning & strategising on how we can cover more ground, and touching more lives.

What legacy would you like to leave? I would like to die empty. I want to be known as someone who taught girls and women to fish.


Career Challenges

Fikelephi Jackson

What is the hardest professional decision you’ve ever had to make? Leaving the banking industry

Your biggest career mistake: Not starting or embarking on this journey sooner

Most common & avoidable mistake you see in younger people in your career: Not knowing themselves. I have found that knowing one’s strength minimises pitfalls

Single piece of advice you give your mentees: Be yourself because you are an original and know yourself and your purpose.



You live in: Kent, United Kingdom

Favourite food: African dishes

Fikelephi Jackson with some of the women sponsored by the Against All Odds Charity

Biggest spiritual/life lesson you’ve learned: Everything Happens for a reason; nothing takes God by surprise.

What do you do for leisure? Going to the cinema

One app or piece of technology you cannot do without: Social media, this is how we make people aware of the work we do

Your most over-used word/phrase: Never give up hope, no matter the situation.


Fikelephi Jackson can also be found on Twitter, Facebook and YouTube. Women4Africa is now in its sixth edition and the 2017 event holds on 20 May 2017.

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