We’ve had an exciting opportunity to chat with MAGNIFY’s founder and Editor-In-Chief Ruth Awogbade about leadership, human value, the highly anticipated release of the second MAGNIFY print magazine issue and more.
For those who may not already know, what is MAGNIFY?
MAGNIFY is a platform to give women the chance to explore Christianity and tangibly see how a relationship with Christ can impact every area of being a woman in today’s world.
What human dignity causes are you most passionate about and why?
Anything to do with women, particularly women at risk. I’d recently read an interview with a woman who had been a prostitute for 40 years and she gave real insight into what women actually go through by being in that situation. She is a woman of faith and has set up a charity which helps to get women off the streets and seeks to help them find healing from all of the damage and trauma, as well as help survivors find their identity and restore self-confidence. You see so many parts of the world and so many sectors where women are not being valued, and that’s my real passion.
What are your thoughts on Christians engaging with UK politics?
I actually studied politics and wanted to go into politics. I feel with all sectors particularly politics, education and business, it’s so important for Christians to actually be in those sectors as it greatly impacts our lives and will impact future generations. As Christians, it is important for us to be at the heart of the decision-making process and have an influence.
Obviously we can pray from the sidelines, but if we want decisions that are inspired by the Holy Spirit, it’s very difficult for that to be the case if there are no Christians operating in those industries where you can really make a difference where it matters.
Who do you consider as a role model and why?
Definitely my parents – they just really have trusted God with their lives. For me, having seen them with people and when they’re at home, I’ve witnessed them live out the Christian walk as they believe in God through hard times and the good. My parents have really inspired me with the way that their faith is unwavering, especially when things haven’t gone as they’ve hoped or prayed for.
Serena Williams really inspires me too, because you don’t always see people that you can relate to because you may be from a different background or culture. Seeing a strong black woman inspires me just with the way she’s managed to dominate in her field. The fact that it was 16 years ago when she had won her first grand-slam, and now she’s 33 (years old) and still so passionate, so hungry and driven; I’m encouraged by how she keeps going and going whilst enjoying what she does. You can be successful at something and hate what you do, but to be successful and feel like it’s a joy and fulfilment everyday is very admirable.
What are you doing daily to ensure your growth and development continues as a leader?
Surrounding myself with amazing leaders. I love having mentors. I’m blessed to have so many to mentor me professionally and spiritually as a woman. I also love reading leadership articles including a lot of secular ones as well, not just Christian ones. I think that it’s really important to keep surrounding yourself with people that know so much more than you.
With MAGNIFY, I’m also blessed to be working with the most amazing team who make me want to get better. It’s good to always engage with people who can remind you about the passion and vision behind what you’re doing.
What do you think are the most important traits among today’s leaders?
Honesty, compassion – genuine care for those you’re leading, sacrificial and hard-working. As a Christian leader, it’s the desire to obey God more than you want to be applauded by man.
What are your top priorities when deciding what should go in the MAGNIFY magazine?
I’d say for MAGNIFY, the biggest thing is being authentic to our vision and what we are about. In the digital world today, you see that people are all about the traffic and sales. If you’re not careful, you might end up producing content that you think people will want to read, rather than content that you believe in and is true to what you have been called to do.
What should we expect to see in Issue 2?
More of what was in Issue One, but getting more and more of an insight into stories and issues that women are facing, I feel like Issue Two is the next level.
Full of personal stories and thought-provoking articles, MAGNIFY Issue Two celebrates intimacy as both a challenge and an ideal to be pursued. Featuring 148 pages of insightful interviews from the likes of Jo Malone, Darlene and Lizzy Okpo (William Okpo) and Scott & Vik Harrison, as well as an array of compelling articles, Issue 2 asks what it means to truly crave, chase and find intimacy.
Head to http://hellomagnify.com/ to pre-order Issue Two, which is on sale from Monday 28 September.