Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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


NiNa Vacation Camp - Day 3

When emotions are suppressed they become frozen in your body and start eating cellular structure. This is responsible for all emotional pain – including guilt, shame, anger,  seeing how unharmful emotion is. You resist

in the moment the emotions appear they have  no power. Thus is the importance of feeling feeling when coming aware of them, not suppressing.


Suppression is doing anything other than feeling. When suppressing you blind yourself from seeing




Two of the young ladies did not return for the second day. One of them told me that she would not be coming back after the first day, that she was bored. The other one did not say anything.

There is usually a story behind us all, and I truly believe that there is power in our story depending on how we choose to tell it.

I wanted her to return after getting the story however, if we are not ready, there is no one who can make us or take us to the point of readiness.

She had never been to school. She did not know how to write, She could not do the journalling exercise. She was not interested in anything where she had to write - to show others that she had this weakness

She was strong, a rugby player, her weight was her advantage, she used it as such - and sometimes destructively.

I don't know if we will ever see her again but what I do know is that I will continue to be an example to the one's that did show up and remember not to judge anyone because I don't know the full story

I know that if I get an oppotunity to see her again my approach will be different given my new lessons


Your story is inspiring, your delivery is real
— Barbara Ince, President - Maloney Women's Group
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
Unveiling was exactly what I needed, thank you.
— Participant at 2017's Unveiling- Looking into the Mirror of Self
Akosua, congratulations and thank you for that fabulous and thoughtful sharing from your book. I did NOTHING for the weekend but read your books. Madam, I found your story telling light and entertaining, true Trini style but DEEP.
— Sandra Ferguson, Agency for Rural Transformation, Grenada W.I
After hearing Ms. Akosua speak, I now know that I am everything and that I have everything to become who I want to be.
— Jenna Marie Bharat, Student- San Juan South Secondary School
Madam Akosua was awe inspiring. Excellent motivational skills. For me as a new retiree her words encourage me to “give back to the village”
— Anthea Doyle
Inspirational for both year groups. Forms 3 and 5. They were at the edge of their seats. prodding them to plan and even when things do not go as planned... to never give up when faced with life’s challenges
— San Juan South Secondary School
She is complete, sincere and true to herself. Akosua relates to you on what is common in all of us, our humanity.
— Odella Jowaheer