There has been a wave of unifying energy across the African Diaspora community. Taking advantage of the opportunity to promote closer ties and stronger communication. A small little known Black owned company, Soul Journey of Life has ascended out of the roughs of the times to provide a medium for social communication in the fight for unity among the people of Africa and its descendants.
…a medium for social communication in the fight for unity among the people of Africa and its descendants.Soul Journey of Life
“I wanted to create something that would help bring us together.” Abdulwadud, owner of Soul Journey of Life reports. “In an age where there is a lot of frustration, confusion and even desperation for change in the lives of my people, I endeavored to create something with the hopes that it could help in the cause and make a difference. Soul Journey of Life represents the identity of this struggle for me. Since even my own life has been nothing but struggle as has many others from among the so-called African Diaspora community. It wasn’t but a month ago that I learned of my African Tribal genetic identity. I was not just excited, but very moved when I learned of my relationship to the Temne tribe who are present today in the west African country called Sierra Leone. My interest in the ’cause’ did not begin with this moment however, rather it began as far back as I can remember being about seven or eight years old. I knew deep inside that I had some kind of relationship with the people in motherland Africa and I wanted more than anything to connect with my motherland just as one has a bond with one’s own mother.”
“I wanted to create something that would help bring us together.”Abdulwadud Cudgel
Soul Journey of Life began as a Black owned small herbal flee market based shop located in Columbus, Ohio. Inspired by a late elder mentor of his, Sister Na’ima Amaturahman (may she never be forgotten and rest in peace), Abdulwadud set up his shop neighboring his elder mentor’s, selling teas, cookies and natural organic products was a passion for it’s owner even to this very day. The business world however, was not very kind and as a result of major increase in rental fees, the small herbal shop had to close up only six months after it had just opened. Although crushed emotionally, Abdulwadud vowed to keep the name of his business alive and that some day he would bring it back to life in some form or another.
My greatest challenge has always been to strive to attract my own people for whom this business was dedicated for in the first place…Abdulwadud Cudgel
“Even to this day,” Abdulwadud said, “My greatest challenge has always been to strive to attract my own people for whom this business was dedicated for in the first place to come and support its cause. We have grown so suspicious, so distant from one another that while we shout ‘Black People’ this and ‘Black People’ that, at the end of the day folks go home with the least interest of supporting each other, especially if you are a small upstart. Even worse is trying to harness family support. Why don’t we get it? Our gold mine is in support us. We have the greatest potential of succeeding in our cause if we turn to us, plain and simple. I have hope in us and I believe in us. We need to step up and embrace our renewed opportunity to unite.”
In an age where social media dominates the means of how we get much of our information about what’s going on in our lives, Soul Journey of Life aims to reach out to its own, the people of the motherland, the African Diaspora. Hope will stay alive as far as this company is concern, but not hope alone, action is the key ingredient to any success.
If you are not yet a member, you should take this opportunity to register your account today, invite others, friends and family. Offer your support to a cause that is all about you and I, us united as one people. Peace be with you.