There are not many African women in the fitness industry so when I came across Nigerian American Enewan Anowa Adjah who is a mother of twins I was instantly intrigued. She is a dancer, and athlete turned fitness guru who recently released her first set of exercise videos, Powerhouse Physiques.
On her web bio Anowa explains that in high school her physique was such a problem that she would turn to violence to fight off the bullies.
Anowa received much criticism from her peers for her muscular frame and profound African features. At the tender age of 12 Anowa stood a staggering 5’7 inches and 140 pounds. Her distinct appearance segregated her from most of her peers. Consequently, Anowa expressed her dissent through confrontation and physical violence. As an alternative to her obstructive behavior, Anowa’s parents got her involved in Athletics.
She graduated from Temple University with a degree in Public Relations, but she also got the chance to explore her passion for dance. By the time she left Temple she had founded ‘By Any Means Necessary’, a dance troupe that toured the East Coast. Most recently she has been promoting her eponymous fitness brand across social media and touring.
On her Facebook page Anowa says she is proud to be a member of the 200lbs plus club, and she is trying to teach women how to lose the fat but keep their curves. While women come in all shapes and sizes, and you don’t have to have curves like Anowa’s to be fit or beautiful, its so refreshing and inspiring to see an African woman who is strong, fit, and proud.
GoWoman salutes the Nigerian Powerhouse. Girl go get your fitness business on!
Find out more about Anowa here