A Lesson In Letting Your Excellence Do The Talking: Sade Adu

 

“There’s a quiet storm that is you.” One of my favourite lines from Sade’s (the group) The Sweetest Taboo. For me, that line perfectly describes the lead singer, Sade Adu. She’s a quiet storm, never announcing or brandishing her brilliance. Still, her strength can be felt by all who come into her path. Today my lesson for women’s month is by Folasade Adu: Letting your excellence do the talking.

When I consider the work and legacy of Sade the one thing that stands out for me is how little I actually know about her. For a mega star that sells out arenas and fills up press conferences, there is actually little other than her work to talk about. She lets her work do the talking. This is a lesson that is very important to me at this point in my life when I am fighting to make a name for myself and gain “industry respect”, sometimes it can feel like the only way to compete in an industry full of men is to shout a loudly as they do. It may come as a surprise because I’m quite the extrovert but this doesn’t come naturally for me. I find it difficult to talk about myself and I am super socially awkward.

This is a lesson that is very important to me at this point in my life when I am fighting to make a name for myself and gain “industry respect”, sometimes it can feel like the only way to compete in an industry full of men is to shout a loudly as they do. It may come as a surprise because I’m quite the extrovert but this doesn’t come naturally for me. I find it difficult to talk about myself and I am super socially awkward. I often feel myself receding in a room of loud boisterous men, not knowing what to add to the conversation or how. Then I feel guilty that I allowed myself to disappear when I have so much that I could offer. It’s a difficult balance, being present and vocal while also being yourself.

I find so much solace in the thought that I don’t have to do that. That maybe I could exit the loudness contest and lead in a league of my own favouring the approach of women like Shonda Rhymes and Sade Adu. When they walk into a room today, you will know who they are and what they have done in their lives but they never have to the one standing with a megaphone shouting it for all to hear. Thier work does that bit. And man does Sade’s work screeeeeam! There isn’t only one way to lead, some may parade while others perfect their craft. Don’t get me wrong being a big bold badass is great, but there’s something I just love about the woman who quietly walks in, does her thing with no announcements and ignites all our imaginations.

Today and every other day, I am channeling the bravery and boldness of Sade, of a brilliant craftsman, of a quiet storm.

Find more content from our women’s month collaboration with Edgar’s and Delicia Kasenge on #WeTheWomen #EdgarsFashion.

Outfit Details

Shirt – Levi’s at Edgar’s (Sandton City)

Jeans – Levi’s at Edgar’s (Sandton City)

Hoop Earrings – Kelso at Edgar’s (Sandton City)

Shoes – Model’s own

 

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