Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker


How Does Your Self Pep Talk Go?

Avoidance denial and repression cannot help you

It's the most life-strengthening gift you'll ever give yourself...to see what you've been refusing to see. To deal in order to heal. Every day you keep yourself from looking that shit square in the eyes is a day you keep yourself exactly where you are. Maxie McCoy

I drove up to the venue, I saw coaches and buses off loading people. I asked the security if this is the venue I was looking for.

"Yes Ma'am"


I start a semi panic - this event is not small- AT ALL!

Note to self- pay attention

So I park the car and sit in it talking to myself

"What's it gonna be love?, What you come here to do baby girl?"

"Ain't this is what you asked for? To share your story to as many people as possible?"

"Now you gonna be scared? Be scared but get on that stage and show up"

"Okay, I'm on it like I want it"

I get out of the car, knees knocking, throat dry and walked in the place like I  owned the joint, with all my ancestors behind me holding me up with love and light

and I rocked the stage!

Self talk- positive self talk mixed with self belief did the trick

Give it a shot my lovies, and let me know how it worked for ya


You have positively influenced the lives of many today. God will do the rest to take them where he chooses
— Jennifer Prince Professor University of the Southern Caribbean
The students who attended the function were so inspired by you they want all their friends to be exposed to your story
— Cherisse Rawlins - Teacher Moruga Secondary
I must thank you for your presentation, many people were blown away by it
— Sharon Christopher Dep CEO First Citizens Bank Limited
It was a pleasure hosting you. Your reading from Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here? was both thought provoking and insightful- thank you
— Consulate General of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago - New York
You are an inspiration to us all
— Marlene Charles YWCA President
I can’t stop telling people about your presentation. You changed my life forever!
— Michele Celestine, Executive Director Heroes Foundation
What an honour and priveledge it was for me and my wife to host you during your stay in Washington DC
— Anthony WJ Phillips-Spencer, Ambassador Extraordinary Embassy of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago