The Queen Bilqis
“I want to inspire anyone who has a dream to pursue. People will tell you you are too old or not enough but if you don’t try you will never find out.”
My name is Khadija Timera alias “The Queen Bilqis”
My alias (and hopefully my professional boxing name in the future) is named after a queen who reigned in Africa, known in the West as Queen Sheeba. She shows that there is no contradiction between being a strong leader and a feminine woman.
All my life I dreamed of changing the world and my friends called me “Alice in the wonderland”. I wanted to see a world with more justice, integrity and compassion. So in a world that does not value artistic activities or female participation in sport, I chose to follow the society’s standard and put my creative and sporting dreams aside. I would become successful academically to help people and contribute in changing the world.
Against many obstacles and rejections I was accepted into Law school. After achieving my projects and reaching the top business law firm in the world, I went on graduating from Berkeley University.
I created my company where I dealt exclusively with men, and it was hard. I decided that it was time to do something I always wanted to do; box. At my first session, the coach, who was a retired professional boxer, told me “my God, you are made for this sport”. I laughed, deep down I always knew it but I avoided it to please the standard of the society, being the nice sweet girl.
I’ve learnt so much about myself through this sport, in particular the confidence to be myself. Many coaches said I was talented so I started competing. Today I’m still training and representing my heritage country, Senegal. At my first international competition I won the Gold medal and I then participated in an african Olympic qualification where I lost in the quarter finals. I am now training for the worldwide olympic qualification later this year (when Covid_19 is over).
I want to inspire anyone who has a dream to pursue. People will tell you you are too old or not enough but if you don’t try you will never find out. You can follow the journey on instagram @thequeen.bilqis
The Queen Bilqis
Photo Credit in order: @laurenceelis @germainefrancisstudio