Redefining stereotypes by showcasing positive Black and Ethnic Minorities contributions, and empowering and inspiring the next generation.
EDITION FOURTEEN 2020
I am…a woman of faith who is a living example of how God can…create a woman of courage, confidence and love.
Who are you?
I am Diana Osagie, a woman of faith who is a living example of how God can take a girl from the estates of South London in the 70’s create a woman of courage, confidence and love.
I am whole, I am secure and I am dedicated to helping others discover their own greatness.
What is your present role?
CEO of Courageous Leadership, a consultancy I set up to support schools in challenging circumstances.
I was secondary headteacher and now coach head teachers and senior leaders.
Tell us about your life journey so far. What has brought you to your current role?
I am the result of great expectations. I grew up in poor circumstances but there was never a lack of aspiration or drive in my house.
My parents expected excellence from me whether I had good shoes and clothes or not. My parents ensured I was loved, inspired and that I made the best of the education South London had to offer!
- I failed my A-levels
- Repeated and failed them again
- Got into university through clearing and began my journey through higher learning and academia
- I started teaching aged 24
- I was the deputy head by age 28
- Appointed head teacher at 39.
In your field of work, what has been your observation and/or experience of white privilege, discrimination and prejudices?
My experience is that black teachers are sometimes encouraged to take on particular roles when it comes to promotion, for example for black males the stereotype is leadership of behaviour within schools.
What do you know now that you wish you had known when you were younger?
To develop financial astuteness from an early age and invest financially in your future.
What song, quote, statement or image do you find most encouraging?
I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Philippians 4:13) .
How are you redefining a stereotype?
I am a black female secondary headteacher.
What advice or top tip would you give to the next generation of BAME individuals? (no more than 100 words)
- Develop a tangible level of expertise in your field
- Don’t cut corners
- Act with integrity, especially when you think no one is watching.