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 Iâ€™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. Iâ€™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. Itâ€™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 Iâ€™ve ever gotten was what did you do. Iâ€™m from Sudan btw and divorced women are looked down on. Iâ€™ve finally decided to keep my divorce and kids private until I get enough strength to show these men and women that divorce didnâ€™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 thatâ€™s ok I can live without them.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
al.anidaa Ø§Ù„Ø¹Ù†ÙŠØ¯Ø© on Tik Tok
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