“Women Should Stop Being So Hard On Themselves” – NJWA
Dressed in a black and green neon outfit, Najwa Mahiaddin better known as her stage name NJWA seemed cool and collected during the interview with Likely. The 32 years old, local RnB singer has captured fans with songs like Ocean and In The Name of Love.
If you’re a fan of NJWA, you do not want to miss opportunity to watch her perform live with Sarawkian Kantoi singer, Zee Avi for the first time ever at Dewan Merdeka, PWTC on 22nd March. The concert held in conjunction with International Women’s Day, aims at celebrating gender equality #BalanceForBetter #IWD19MY.
Speaking of balance for better, we wanted to know NJWA’s secret in keeping balance while being successful at what she does, plus what she really thinks about being a women in today’s world.
1. Firstly, what’s new for you this 2019?
NJWA: Apart from this concert we’re (Zee Avi) having together in March, I will be releasing a single and an album at the of the year…YAAA!
2. What’s the biggest risk you’ve ever taken in pursuing your career?
NJWA: Quitting engineering to pursue music. I feel the satisfaction of what music has given to me. Success is different for different people. But for me, I feel music has given me so much.
NJWA: At the end of my high school year, I started using music as a platform for me to express myself. I was able to connect to others and in turn, that made me feel like this was worth doing. I think that was when I first realised about my talent and felt good about what I was doing.
4. As a wife and singer who travels a lot, how do you maintain a work-life balance?
NJWA: I’m actually lucky because I get to work with my husband, so I travel with him a lot. But sometimes we don’t talk about work when we’re at home to create balance. At the same time, I think it’s nice when men just don’t expect women to do things for them.
5. How do you define feminism?
NJWA: People perceive feminism as wanting to be or saying female are better than male, but to me we just want to be seen as equals.
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To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day theme, I’ve been challenged by @wearelikely to strike the #BalanceForBetter pose! Challenge accepted. Here’s to a gender-balanced world. I’m nominating nightingale @bihzhu and makeup bae @norianathefacedesigner to strike the pose and nominate 2 friends to do the same! Be sure to tag @wearelikely @putraworldtradecentre @flyfm958 and @thedailyseni on your post and #BalanceForBetter #iwdmy #zeeavinjwaconcert Don’t forget to get your tickets to my concert with @zee.avi at PWTC, 22nd March at airasiaredtix.com
6. Do you think Malaysian women are aware of our rights and equality?
NJWA: To be honest, I don’t think most of us are aware. I’m guilty of that too. I feel there are a lot of things that I should know of my rights but I don’t. Having something like this is good because it allows women to not be shy to find out about our rights and know that it’s okay to have rights.
7. How do you wish to implement #BalanceForBetter in the long run?
NJWA: Hopefully after this concert, there are more awareness that women should also have our rights known. We should be able to do things without worrying. We should be able to live and do the things that we do.
8. What advice would you give to your younger self?
NJWA: Stay true to yourself. It doesn’t matter what other people think about you, what matters is how you feel about yourself. Your self- esteem matters. If you feel like this who you are then you shouldn’t let anybody else tell you otherwise.
9. Last but not least, any inspirational message for all women out there?
NJWA: You are enough. Women can be hard on themselves. Just because you’re juggling as mothers with jobs, you could end up feeling overwhelmed, like “I’m not doing enough” but you are, you are a superwoman!
On that note, speaking of being a superwoman and NJWA’s concert with Zee Avi, we have 5 (FIVE) Platinum seat passes to give away! Here’s what you need to do:
Step 1 – Tell us what NJWA studied back in college before pursuing music.
Step 2 – Post your answers in the article’s comment box (on our website, NOT Facebook)
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Contest ends on 11 March 2019. Good luck!