An American inspirational speaker, New Thought spiritual teacher, author as well as television personality Iyanla Vanzant was born on 13th September, 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, U.S. As a child, she was born as Rhonda Eva Harris. She attended Nedger Evers College and graduated from there in 1983. She then joined Queens College from where she earned a law degree in 1986. Later, she was given the title “Iyanla” after being initiated and ordained as a priestess in the Yoruba tradition. Iyanla means “great mother”.
Iyanla was offered a job without a formal interview after the Philadelphia Public Defender’s Officer caught her brilliant oratory skills. She left there after working for three year. She then became an ordained minister. She has also written numbers of books. He first book named Tapping the Power Within: A Path to Self-Empowerment for Black Women was published in the year 1992.
Her other book includes Acts of Faith: Daily Meditations for People of Color, Interiors: A Black Woman’s Healing in progress, The Value in the Valley: A Black Woman’s Guide Through Life’s Dilemmas, Faith in the Valley: Lessons for Women on the Journey Toward Peace, The Big Book of Faith to name some few.
She has made guest appearance in several television shows such as The Oprah Winfrey Show, Katie, Anderson Live, The Dr. Oz Show, and so on. Currently, Vanzant can be seen on the television as the host of Iyanla, Fix My Life and as a frequently featured guest teacher of Oprah’s Lifeclass on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. As a founder of Inner Visions World Wide, Iyanla Vanzant is actively engaged in training new spiritual leaders, spiritual life coaches and ordained ministers.
To talk about her personal life, Iyanla has married three times. Previously, she got married with Kirk with whom she has one child. They divorce in the same year of their marriage. Later, in 1973, she married to Charles Vanzant. With him alos she has one child. Due to some reason, Iyanla and Charles got divorced in the year 1979. She is now married to Adeyemi Bandele. The couple got married in the year 1997. She has three children with Adeyemi. Currently, she is residing in Upper Marlboro, Maryland.
Apart from that, Iyanla has earned numbers of awards and accolades for the power and impact of her work. She was named as one of the “100 most influential Black Americans” in 2000 by Ebony magazine. It also said that her books, lectures and television appearances have made her a multimedia high priestess of healthy relationships. The same year, she was also named as one of the “most dynamic speakers in the United States” by Emerge Magazine.
In 2003, she was named among one of the country’s most 100 influential women by Women’s Day magazine She was listed at #7 at the list of the 100 most spiritually influential living people on Watkins’ Mind Body Spirit magazine. In addition, she is an honorary member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority.