Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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


The A in Self Love

My philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.

Oprah Winfrey

The A in self-love

What happens after you have reached a point of unconditional self love? does life just run smoothly? is there continual bliss? are all your problems magically solved?

Well i would say no

Unconditional self-love is not the answer to all

It really isn’t

Unconditional self-love offers hope

The hope for confidence to deal with the challenges one will inevitably face on this journey called life

Do not be fooled into thinking finding unconditional self-love is the ultimate fixer

What this love does is, it holds you accountable, it makes you more responsible and it leads to making more hopeful and loving decisions both for you and others

It does not give you a pass to be a jerk to others in the name of “i love myself”

It does not give you the reason to blame anyone or anything on “for the love”

Unconditional self-love is the foundation

Without a solid foundation everything all falls down

Accountability looks like owning your stuff

It looks like showing up

It looks like keeping your word

It looks like forgiveness

It looks like empathy and compassion

It looks like boundaries

Accountability leads to making better choices and decisions

There is no self-love without accountability and without accountability hope is lost

Here’s the thing, we get to the point of unconditional self-love and beyond by holding ourselves accountable, by holding others accountable

The a in love is accountability



The WeLead Caribbean Conference, happening in Guyana in September 2019

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