Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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

 

The Bootstrappers Way

A true friend is someone who thinks you're a good egg, even though they know you're slightly cracked. 

Last Tuesday, I met up with a few wonderful people that I am blessed to know, we took the time out to meet at a restaurant have some sushi and chat. 

These wonderful people took the time to celebrate the fact that another book has joined the family.

To be honest, I was not going to make a big deal about this, I think it is because it reminds me of a part of my life that I classify as "unfinished business"

It brought up those memories reminding me that I left that part of of life without closing it off

I started a PhD in Manchester UK with  a focus on women entrepreneurs in Trinidad and Tobago. The aim was to spend 3 years out there and compile a body of research that could be used to advance both the state of women's entrepreneurship and empowerment

I was doing this in the middle of a very difficult time in my life, everything was shifting, things that I held dear were being shown to me as something else. I was truly in a place of confusion. I believed that a PhD would prove to both me and the world that I was enough, that I was worthy. So I sold my car and a few other items with the belief that I would find the cash to finish it. I thought that once I started the end would come. The money ran out, and I got an opportunity to live in Uganda. I took it with the intention that I would return to Manchester to complete the programme

The paper I was working on was presented at a few conferences. Someone saw it and asked me to get a copy with a hope of using it out in Europe.The paper is now a published book as at August 2018. I am still in a bit of a shock.This was never planned, it was never scripted, it was never the dream!

I have learnt to remain open, to remain flexible

I have learnt that these women around me are real! they care with a type of safety that makes me know that I am ok around them

I have learnt that giving and receiving are the same thing

I have learnt to let go

Peace

The Bootstrappers Way

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