Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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


[What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love] Returning Stronger Day 7

People come into our lives to teach us the depth of our capacity to love

Flew out of Nairobi to Kampala. As I arrived into the airport in Kampala
the Ministry of Health officials were greeting everyone as they exited the
plane asking for their yellow fever vaccination card, much to my surprise
people were producing certificates, those without (mind you in the
minority) were sent into a room. I was in the queue for the "room" when I
got closer to the top of the line I realised it was to receive a shot for a
small fee of $40USD- Hell naw! Hell naw On all levels- getting shot at the
airport plus paying for it -hell naw

As I look up I see a sign " High Risk Yellow Fever Countries - Trinidad and
Tobago" Sheez- that is where I am from - my passport spells that big and bold no
wonder he was in a hurry to rush me to the "room"

I saw the Russian couple in front of me talk their way out of it, my turn
to do the same

"Excuse me sir what is the procedure?" "You cannot enter the country without the card, when last did you receive a
shot" "2008" "Where is your card?" "At Home" Ok you need to pay and get a shot I put on my most innocent puppy face Officer please, I cannot, I can let you in but you won't be able to leave Uganda without the card I thought, hmm let me worry about that in a week's time I am not about to
be going down like that today "Ok sure no problem" I was given the all clear to enter and clear security

As I sat in the car driving into Kampala I thought to myself that I missed
the point, this was plastered all over the media- get your shot, for months
I completely ignored it. Proper preparation could have avoided this
scenario. I have a week to figure it out Took us a long while to get into the office - the jam was real (traffic jam) The new factory is magnificent- there was no power though - the place was
dark except for the offixe where I sat with Josephine - the fiercest woman
I know as she updated me on the latest developments in the company It is going to be an interesting trip Peace

-- Posted By Blogger to What did I learn today? Lessons on the Journey to
Unconditional Self Love on 11/15/2016 06:08:00 am

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