Interview with Al Anidaa (@al.anidaa)

Interview with Al Anidaa (@al.anidaa)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?

I was going through a really rough time in my life. I was in a very toxic marriage and finally had the courage to leave. I was homeless for three months I’ve lived in my car for a little bit and then the womens shelter. I had my phone and found TikTok; I started creating videos as a way of coping. I showed off my paintings shared my goofy self and hopped on some trends soon I found out people really love me. They were always asking for more and sending me trends they want to see me do. I was really shocked by how fast I earned the nickname queen of Sudanese TikTok.

Can you share the most interest in exciting happened to you since you started doing this?

I love being a goofball and I love lip-syncing and try to make something really serious really funny. I’m American but my parents are from Sudan. Freedom of anything is nonexistent over there. Furthermore, I heard the Deputy Chairman of the Transitional Military Council Mohamed Hamdan Dagalo (very scary guy) say some really dumb stuff I simply used his old speechs and it went viral all over Sudan. It’s a privilege to have this freedom. I was threatened a couple of times that I need to watch my back when I go over there. 

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

To not give up on their dreams. To set a goal for themselves and see nothing else.

None of us can succeed without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story? *

My two boys Hamzah and Mosab. It was so amazing seeing them be so proud of their mother.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world? 

I have spoken to women from Sudan who grew up with the same beliefs; women are nothing without a man. I was able to share my story about my divorce and how I overcame my fears of going on my own and not ever needing a man specially an abusive one.

Do you have a favorites “written Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” Mahatma Gandhi . For a while I was blaming everyone around me. I was walking around with so much anger. As soon as I mentioned I was a divorced mother of two children, I heard nasty things and was called names and all the questions I’ve ever gotten was what did you do. I’m from Sudan btw and divorced women are looked down on. I’ve finally decided to keep my divorce and kids private until I get enough strength to show these men and women that divorce didn’t define me and I was the one who left the toxic marriage. And found happiness for my and my boys. I want my women to see me stand up tall and use me as their rock. I want them to try to succeed on their own. Of course I will be hated by most men in my country but that’s ok I can live without them.

How can our readers follow you on social media?  

al.anidaa العنيدة on Tik Tok

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