I’m Shaniqua Benjamin, a 23-year-old writer who was born and bred in Croydon. I fell in love with writing at an early age, although I did leave my first love behind for a little while to chase after a career as a fashion designer.
After dropping out of university, I fully embraced my love of writing and started my first blog, Inside My Head. I later started writing pieces for The Croydon Citizen, Croydon Guardian, Live Mag UK, Limelight magazine, Just Croydon and the Huffington Post. I also found myself being shortlisted for the The Mirror’s ‘Voice of a Generation’ apprenticeship.
However, I wanted to make writing about young people my niche, so I decided to start a second blog, Young People Insight, which was all about a young person giving insight into young people. I had no idea how much my idea would grow from there.
Writing is my passion and I believe that God has blessed me with a gift that I can use to share with the world and make a difference, but I don’t want to make a difference on my own. I want young people to join in and be part of making a difference with me, because we are not only the future, but the present.
I want young people to be inspired and reassured that there are people who do care, as we can feel that life is very “us against them” at times. But more importantly, I want young people to share their truth in their own words, without it getting twisted by the media.
Ultimately, I want to be part of something that is making a difference, empowering young people to rise up, use their voices and be the change they want to see.
If you would like to find out more information or if you want to join me on this journey, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org