Ikisha Hugee, a 37-year-old best-selling author, stands as a shining example of authors who craft compelling stories and embody the resilience and inspiration found within the pages of their books. Her acclaimed trilogy, “My Journey Friends,” currently graces the shelves of Amazon, captivating readers with tales of transformation and self-discovery. Born in Augusta, Georgia, and raised in Alexandria, Louisiana, Ikisha’s journey from a tumultuous childhood and a decade-long battle with addiction has molded her into the remarkable individual she is today.
A proud alumna of Alexandria Senior High and Long Island University Brooklyn Campus, Ikisha’s personal transformation serves as a beacon of hope to those who have faced their own trials and tribulations. Her belief that every day is an opportunity for self-improvement and her unwavering commitment to being a source of inspiration underscores the strength of her character. Ikisha’s conviction is rooted in the idea that, despite our imperfections, we can all strive to become the best versions of ourselves by building our character and embracing a higher source greater than ourselves.
Beyond her literary achievements, Ikisha Hugee is the sole owner and founder of Ikey LLC, a venture that has been making a positive impact since its inception in August 2019. She firmly believes in sharing the wisdom life has imparted to her with those eager to receive it. In a world where the cards of life are often dealt with unexpectedly, Ikisha has demonstrated her ability to turn adversity into opportunities and take control of her destiny.
Ikisha’s unwavering focus remains on her community, where she mentors young women and mothers. Her mission is to empower them with financial literacy, emotional resilience, and the foundations of stability through a higher source. She has taken her message to the heart of her community through book readings at venues such as the Fort Randolph Confederate Museum and Grant Head Start. Her dedication and hard work were even honored during Black History Month for her relentless efforts to promote positivity.
As she looks to the future, Ikisha Hugee’s goals extend beyond the pages of her books. She aspires to travel and participate in national and international book fairs, reaching out to more children with her message of real love and the path to becoming decent individuals. In her world, love conquers all, and she continues to be a beacon of hope for those seeking to transform their lives and inspire others. Learn more about Ikisha and her work below.
Christina: What is your SwagHer? What makes Ikisha, Ikisha?
Ikisha: I believe my generosity towards my community and my humbleness is what makes me who I am. I’m an open book; I freely give my knowledge and interpret it for others. I know the God I serve has done great things in my life, and if it weren’t for his grace and love that he has shown me throughout all my life obstacles, I wouldn’t be who I am today. So moral of the story, God made me, and God is the reason why I am who I am. Above all things and foremost.
Christina: How did your personal experiences, including overcoming drug addiction and a challenging childhood, shape your journey toward becoming an author and business owner?
Ikisha: To be honest, I went through a lot growing up, and I never seen myself being this grounded before. It takes a lot of courage to ask for guidance from people when you have certain character defects from your traumas. I remember it was like yesterday. I initially surrendered in my closet after almost contemplating taking my life, and God told me to get up cause now you have work to do. He led me back home, I went through more storms, and then eventually, God got me alone, and he showed me how to plant seeds. God required me to shed layers of my identity so he could give me more. The more I figured out myself, the more people I could help because I was no longer guarded from all the traumas.
Christina: Please tell us a little bit about My Journey Friends 1. Where can readers purchase the book and the rest of the series?
Ikisha: I have written three books My Journey Friends 1, 2, & 3. They are all available on Amazon.com. You can purchase paperback copies or listen to them on Kindle eBook. Please follow and visit my Amazon author page at Amazon.com/author/ikey.
Christina: What are some services your company Ikey, LLC offer?
Ikisha: At this time, I only pushing two of my companies, and that is my Ikey Publishing Company, and I just started my tax company, Heru Tax Services. Eventually, I will license my mindset mentorship program, helping others to reach their total capacity by letting go of things that don’t serve them. Many of us want this life, but we want to keep our old ways.
Christina: How does your commitment to mentoring young women and mothers in your community align with your goal of promoting financial literacy and emotional well-being?
Ikisha: I can remember when my mother and I would clash a lot, and I just wanted her to be a little patient with me, explaining to me what a real woman is and how to be a virtuous wife. So, life happens, and she couldn’t be that for me because she also had to refigure her whole programming. So, I continuously focus on my growth by being open and transparent. The ladies I mentor support me because I don’t try to be something I’m not. I’m very honest about how I view my life, the relationships I deal with, and the person I see myself becoming. The information I provide my ladies is things I already went through and tested out, proving to work for me. The one thing I loved about the lady who mentored me is she never sugar-coated her life; she was honest about herself, her marriage, and her insecurities. I think more women need to see other women who have figured it out “be naked” because sometimes we are ashamed of the journey and only want to show the growth.
Christina: One of your goals is to travel and attend National and International book fairs to spread your message. What is your dream book fair you would like to attend?
Ikisha: Oh my goodness!!! I want to be able to attend the National Book Fair in Germany eventually; it’s called the Frankfurt Book Fair. It is one of the world’s largest and most important book fairs. I want to be able to do deals with major publishing companies and trade knowledge. I just want to be around people of a different mindset.
Christina: Is there anything else you would like to share?
Ikisha: Dream big no matter your circumstances.
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