Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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


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You Are The Light

Light always serves a purpose, it directs ships to safe harbour, it illuminates our path, it can lead the way, it purifies, it exposes hidden dangers, promotes clear vision and if legend is to be believed it even repels, vampires, goblins and foul fiends that try to daunt the spirit. Paula Mae-Weeks, President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago

The 6th President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was sworn in yesterday.

The 1st woman President of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago was sworn in yesterday.

The 1st woman President of the country I am blessed to call home. I was here to witness it and even more blessed to have the opportunity to attend with my grandmother and mother, we saw history in the making.

The event raised in me all manner of pride! My pride levels were all sort of high!

A woman who earned this on merit. Confident in her approach and real in her delivery, everything that I know is required for a light bringer, a warrior of light! And her speech, so on point. It resonated with me down to my soul.

Inspiring me to continue to be a light, to do what I can, to have faith and work hard because without the two in tandem the job is harder, almost impossible.

What is even more amazing is in my grandma's lifetime this never seemed possible, there were not even toilets in workplaces which were exclusively for women. Progress is happening as we continue to press for it. We must take this opportunity and make the most of it knowing that we bring the light, we are the light.


Going Back to the Community

We live in such an intentional universe. Everything that shows up is right on time and just what you need, and that includes the uncomfortable shit.  Stacy Herera

Yesterday the International Women's Day celebrations  continued in the Mt. Dor Community, a small community in the East of Trinidad and Tobago. One woman who eanted to make a contributuion to the IWD Celebrations, decided to bring the women of the community together, I was humbled to be invited, I was happy that someone wanted to have an event in the community to celebrate women.

As I drove up the hill, I asked a man on the road for the directions to the community center, the man gave me the directions and he said to me  "ask if you can park in the school it will be safer" Hmm I thought this will be interesting.

I did not park in the school. I parked on the road, walked down the hill to the center as I l walked in women were cooking in the kitchen and the food was smelling soooo good! 

I walked in the hall and waited for the event to begin. 

I wanted to show them that I was here with them, not separated by any fear. Maybe this was stupid, time alone would tell.

During the event I came outside to check on the car, one young man said to me, I see you are checking on the car, don't you worry you are safe, we got you!

Guess it wasn't that stupid after all.

The woman who gave her story on the night was just a testament to the strength and resilience in each and every one of us. Living to take care of her children, honoring her purpose despite the naysayers

Getting over physical and mental abuse.

I pray for a day when our stories do not include this!

As the celebration ended another brother escorted me to my car and wished me safe travels.

Going out to communities is what I love to do. I was reminded of that yesterday and it was right on time, as with everything in the Universe.



Happy International Women's Day

Happy International Day lovlies!


I am so happy that there is a day to celebrate our fabulousness


Annual Nudge and Gentle Reminder for IWD's

To me and my fellow sisters:

1. You are a prayer in the most holy mouth. The space between clasped hands. A landscape so picturesque at any angle, you are a reminder that magic exists.

2. Oh, they will stop and stare, you most divine creature with unapologetic skin and fearless features. LEARN to take a compliment. Settle into being the center of things.

3. When you fall in love, let it be with a person who asks nothing of you. Your existence should be enough. If they do not kiss you urgently and often, find someone who understands that lips in the presence of love should ignite passion.

4. Keep a few great friends. When they tell you harsh truths, learn to listen for the love. Growth is necessary and annoying at times but look and you will always find the silver lining.

5. Buy the perfect shade of red lipstick. It, like the perfect black dress are weapons. Use them at will.

6. Stop hiding your tampons. You are a woman. You bleed. Grown people know this. If he is afraid of menstruation, he is not prepared to be inside of you.

7. Do not apologize for existing. For being yourself. Apologize when you are not.

8. If you work hard, ask for a raise. Find your backbone and attach it to your standards. You deserve the money that correlates to how hard you work.

9. Feed yourself kind words, chocolate, quality people, random first dates, solitude, orgasms, coconut and corn meal bake & coconut bake (the bake is for me) and books, You will need really, really good books. Live for the story.

10. If all else fails repeat after me:

I am enough

I am enough

I most certainly am enough.

(not enoughness will mash you up)


Happy IWD 2018


Thank you for the inspirational words Natalie Patterson

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