You may recognize her from the viral video featuring a family dancing to the music soundtrack of Jordan Peele’s movie Us. The video received more than 2 million views on YouTube alone.
Oyesanya sat down with rolling out‘s Romeo International recently to talk about what it takes to maintain the moves.
As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpower to be?
My superpower is my ambition. I have a strong determination to succeed regardless of the color of my skin. I am very driven and don’t take no for an answer.
What key qualities make you unique as an African American female leader?
It’s important to be creative and innovate as a leader so you can stand out. I also value honesty and integrity and think those qualities are … key to being a strong leader. I also believe a great leader should inspire others. If you want people to follow, you have to set a good example. In this industry, you go through many ups and downs, so it’s important to show your followers how you react in tough situations. I love this quote by John Quincy [Adams]: “If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”
What are three success habits you implement into your daily routine to maintain your success, sanity and peace of mind?
1. Prayer [and] gratitude. I make sure prayer is the first thing I do in the morning. It really helps me get through the day. I pray and express my gratitude daily to leave room for more blessings to come in.
2. Meditation. I do it before I start my day to give me peace of mind and to help me relax as I conquer the day. I have a very busy schedule, so making sure I meditate before my day starts keeps me level-headed, balanced and present.
3. Reading daily. I try to read at least 10 pages a day to stay inspired and motivated.
Who is your biggest inspiration? Why?
My biggest inspiration is my father. I lost my father a year ago, but his spirit and words inspire me daily. My father always said to make him proud, and that’s what I’m going to do.