Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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


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It Takes A Village

A family is a patchwork of individuals tied together by heartstrings - Kav L'Noar

In everything I do, I am blessed and ever so grateful to have a village surrounding me. I have learnt that we cannot do everything alone, that there is a time and place for everything.

A time to give and a time to receive.

We have to learn when is the time for both and move accordingly.

The NiNa Programme is no different, the village of Pat and Avinash surround me making this journey so much richer and rewarding.

On 23rd July  2019, we have another opportunity to interact with young ladies who always show up and teach me about unconditional love, the power in respecting others and that non judgement has an impact on decisions made.

It is never an easy road hoping on the Journey however, knowing that there is a Village is worth the trip.

I Give Thanks



  • § NiNa is a programme targeting young ladies between the ages of 15 to 18 who reside at the St Jude’s Home for Girls. - A Care Home Operated by the State.

  • § NiNa promotes mentorship with young ladies within the care system

  • § Born out of a need to provide support to young ladies who are part of the care system through either being given up for adoption, through the court system or any other method.

  • § Forerunner for the use of Entrepreneurship skills as an empowerment tool

  • § A week long residential programme held annually with monthly mentorship activities

  • § Transition space for young ladies leaving the care system at the age of eighteen (18)

  • § A self-sustainable programme which can provide training and employment for young ladies in transition out of the care system

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What Did I Learn Today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love

Nyabo (Madam) - Why Are You Here?

Daily Lessons on the Journey - A Journal

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NiNa Vacation Camp - Day 7

None is more impoverished than the one who has no gratitude. Gratitude is a currency that we can mint for ourselves, and spend without fear of bankruptcy.” —Fred De Witt Van Amburgh

The young ladies were excited to have a graduation off site, they planned the programe, they wanted to decorate the place, to shop for the decorations, to have music, and to dress nicely with makeup. The buzz was contagious. On the day they all looked so beautiful, they showed up all dressed up with a level of excitement that hung in the air.

They really stepped up, they sang, they said poems, they danced, as they said "nervous and frightened" but they did it despite the fear! I looked on in admiration at their courage

 A few of the supporters showed up and got an opportunity to see how their dollars were spent, I appreciated the support

The mentors were wonderful!

The two angels who showed up to give this thing wings, were as susual, present, supportive and accepting- I appreciate them so much

I must say that this is always a highlight of my year, no matter what I do and where I am


Day 1 NiNa = Girls

Begin where you are, with what you have. 
When you start a workout, a trainer will tell you, "If you can't touch your toes, reach for your knees. If you can't reach your knees, go for your hips." Iyanla

Today the NiNa Programme launched at a secondary (high) school making this it's 6th year in existence! Who knew? I am pants at keeping count, I don't even keep track of my own age, today Avinash, the teacher attached to the programme mentioned it in his introduction and I just had to say wow!

This programme was one of my life saving tools, in the midst of a seeming life crisis. Fired, no cash, feeling totally alone (by choice, because I did not ask for help) I said, heck I have nothing to lose so why the hell not, I am starting this. It was a leap of faith, I called a few of my friends, I wanted an advisory panel, we met at an office in the South of the Island and talked about how it can be rolled out, Started with an idea and a will, nothing else, not even a dime, a place to host it, or participants.Six years after, the advisory panel is gone as it existed at that time, but in came Mr Ramsubhag and Ms Ready-Toby who are true soldier-angels! the definition of ride or die in my book, and right in front of my eyes the team is expanding- talk about organic growth!

I am excited to see how it unfolds and really grateful for the journey

Today's group was larger than usual, we do have causalties along the way and so I am also excited to see how many are at the finish line in June next year.

Give thanks

Would love your support on this programme that I am involved in


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