PENELOPE Jane Dunlop – more commonly known for her soulful voice and vibrant music as PJ Powers – recently paid Motherwell a visit to share some inspirational Women’s Day messages. The singer also spends her time giving motivational speeches, and was at the NU4 Raymond Mhlaba Sport Centre encouraging women by teaching them about the importance of women’s month.
“It is a great pleasure for me to be here thanks to this phenomenal woman Dr Mamula Chabisa Nxiweni of Emmanuel Haven. I admire women like her – women who go out of their way to help the community,” Powers said.
As well as sharing words of advice, she also performed a few classics such as Jabulani and Something Inside So Strong. She then treated the audience to her new song, You Own Half the Sky.
“What I have noticed about women of 2012 is that they want to be independent. They are breadwinners and don’t feel like victims. Instead they feel like victors,” the 52-year-old said.
NMMU Professor Darelle van Greunen also enjoyed the event along with the crowd, and explained why she decided to organise it.
“I picked PJ Powers to come here and talk to women because to me she is an example of what a woman can achieve,” Van Greunen said.
“She once lost it all but then she managed to regain strength again, dusted herself off and made a great success of herself.”
Women of Motherwell left the sport centre revived by the words of wisdom the much-loved singer shared.
“I feel blessed and I am so happy to meet PJ Powers. She is such an amazing woman and instilled hope in me today,” said NU2 audience member Sinazo Yeko.