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Who is Sanjo Jendayi?

     Sanjo Jendayi is an Inspirational Speaker, Amazon Best Selling Author, Spoken Word Artist, Reiki Master, Holistic Health Practitioner and a Master Life Coach holding certifications in Professional Life Coaching, Transformation Coaching, EFT Tapping, Mindfulness Coaching, CBT Cognitive Behavioral Anxiety Management Life Coaching, Relationship Coaching and Workshop Facilitator. Readers and listeners alike are mesmerized, challenged and inspired by her unique way of speaking directly into their soul. She merges her S.E., DC street edge with her spiritual grounding leaving everyone on the verge of change; her transparent style chips away at the proverbial, “elephant in the room” that no one wants to talk about. She writes under the pseudonym, Sanjo Jendayi (African for "One who appreciates her past & gives thanks") because it speaks to who she truly is today.


     Sanjo began speaking to large crowds at the tender age of 7 when she introduced the former, DC Mayor Marion Barry at his Inauguration Luncheon. For over 29 years, she has touched on the very obstacles that she, herself had to overcome. She has dedicated her life to inspiring others to rise above their circumstances, take responsibility and turn mistakes into learning lessons. Sanjo later became a certified trainer and workshop facilitator for the 'National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), igniting the entrepreneurial mindset in our youth preparing them to be tomorrow's innovators.


     In 2007, she was formally trained by the Legendary Watts Prophets as a Creative Writing Facilitator; Sanjo spent ten years carrying the torch and putting the Watts Prophets 'formula' to great use, creating and facilitating workshops as a Poet in Residence with the Maryland National Capital Park and Planning Commissions' (MNCPPC) 'Expressions Talk Up, Not Down Summer Camp' empowering youth to therapeutically express themselves through poetry. She is passionate about tapping into the inner child within everyone to reach that sheer, innocent place where they once believed anything was possible. Sanjo resurrects that belief!


     Dubbed a Warrior Goddess by her Great Aunt, Sanjo lives up to that moniker as a conqueror of Lung Cancer while continuing to battle Sarcoidosis, Ankylosing Spondylitis and Fibromyalgia. She is a woman who recorded and produced her 24 track CD on 24hrs bed rest a few weeks after having lung cancer removed.; A woman who wrote a book in 7 days during a hospital stay; and a woman who refuses to give up or give in to anything less than her best. Yet, her most treasured titles are Mom and NaNa.  

Speaking Events:

Concerned Black Men

Morgan State University

DC Public Schools

DC Youth Home (Girls)

Blacks In Government (BIG)

The Washington Convention Center

Keynote Speaker @ Livingstone College (NC)

MultiCultural Youth Organization

Spoken Word Performances:

For Sister's Only Event

The Black family Renuion

The Black Luv Festival

Won BET Talent Showcase

Infusions Tea Cafe

Cada Vez

Mad Jazz Poetry Showcase

Hyroglificks Open Mic Co-host (The Soul Factory)

Mayorga Cafe

Juneteenth Festival (Lexington Park, MD)

Lake Arbor Day Festival

Can A Sista Rock A Mic (CASRAM 2007)

Creative Writing Alliance

Mocha Hut

Bohemian Caverns

Flowers High School

Sisters4Sisters, Inc.

GitlTalk Unplugged Getaway 2013

MNCPPC Expressions Talk up, Not Down Summer Camp


Radio/TV Appearances:

"On Time" TV Talk Show in Baltimore

DC Public Access Channel 28

Channel 7 & 9 News

Co-hosted Dr. E. Faye Williams Radio Show (1450 WOL)

Community News with David Haines

The Mark Thompson Show (XM Radio)

The Winston Chaney Show (1340 WYCB)

Radio/TV Voice Over Representative for local clothing chain

The Life & Times TV Show (DCTV)

The April Sims Arts & Entertainment Radio Show

He Said, She Said Show w/Renee Nash and Coach WHUR 96.3

Pillow Talk w/Angela Stribling WHUR 96.3

The Daily Drum w/Harold Fisher WHUR 96.3 and XM Radio

Deja After Dark Show w/Deja Perez WKYS 93.9

The Raheem DeVaughn Show

GoGo Radio

Grind Season Radio

Real Talk w/Michael McFadden

Let's Talk Sarcoidosis w/Dorothea Howard

Sojourn with Words Poetry Show w/Sistah Joy

Creator and Co-Host of I Now Pronounce You Single & Happy: The Anti-Dating Show




Sanjo believes; “As long as you have breath, you have a chance!”

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