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


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
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