Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Let's Share Lessons on The Journey

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

 

What Did I Learn Today?

Lessons on the journey to unconditional self-love

It's a funny thing when you take responsibility for your life and tell the absolute and brutal truth. What's the famous saying? The truth will set you free? Yes, it sure does. The time had come to be brutally honest, to tell the truth, to take responsibility. This is my story, the journey of how I discovered love for me, unconditionally.

To find out more order your copy now on amazon.

Nyabo (Madam) Why Are You Here?

Living a Life of Service, Truth and Personal Power

Akosua has done it again! Her second book Nyabo(Madam) Why Are You Here? - The Truth About Living a Life of Service, Truth and Personal Power is on sale now.....

This is my story. This is a story of returning to me. This is my story of travelling to Uganda, Africa. This is my story of how I left my country of Trinidad and Tobago to go to Manchester, United Kingdom, to complete a PhD programme and ended up working with women in Uganda and other parts of eastern Africa.

Nyabo (Madam) why are you here?

To write this I had to live it. This story gives me an opportunity to share from the teachers I have met throughout my time on the continent. Writing this has given me the opportunity to pick out the nuggets of wisdom, love, life, joy, spirituality, sharing, authenticity and peace.

I wanted to share these lessons with the hope that someone, anyone, will take it and make his/her life a celebration of what is possible. To use it as a guide to live his/her life in authenticity, freedom, passion, joy and service.

To really value Nyabo (Madam) why are you here?

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Daily Lessson on the Journey - A Journal 

This journal provides a space for you to share, learn, record and reboot your thoughts and feelings.

Enjoy the journey....

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The Bootstrapper's Way - Exploring The Use of Financial Bootstrapping By Women Entrepreneurs in Trinidad and Tobago

Caribbean women's economic status cannot be separated from prevailing social norms and values relating to their responsibility for the home and the family. The findings from this study offer promise that bootstrapping can in fact be linked to the growth and development of financing alternatives and entrepreneurship for women in Trinidad and Tobago

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Akosua: An Activist for Entrepreneurship

By Karel Mc Intosh | April 25, 2011
Outlish interview

At age 16, how many of us thought about being an entrepreneur? At age 16, how many of us thought that we could live off of our talent? As a matter of fact, how many of us think we can do this at 20, 26, 37 or 42? In each case, we’d say not many, right?

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Akosua bares her soul

By Cecily Asson Sunday, March 9 2014
Trinidad & Tobago's Newsday interview

BROUGHT to her knees after losing everything which she believed was most important and later shocked into reality that life was more than a husband, a house, a car and academic degrees, Trinidad-born Akosua Dardaine-Edwards, 39, an internationally known advocate for the empowerment and development of women has returned home to tell her story. On Wednesday, she will launch her first book What Did I Learn Today? Lessons on the Journey to Unconditional Self Love at National Library and Information System (NALIS) in Port of Spain..

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Blogtalkradio interview

Andrea Garrison
October 2014

Join Andrea Garrison at onlinewithAndrea on Blog Radio as she interviews new author  of "What did I Learn Today? Lessons On the Journey to Unconditional Self Love"  Akosua Dardaine Edwards. They chat about the book and Akosua's journey

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/onlinewithandrea/2014/10/21/what-did-i-learn-today


Recent Worldwide Trends in Entrepreneurship

Akosua Dardaine Edwards

April 2014

A new breed of entrepreneurs is emerging.

Akosua Dardaine Edwards, founder of the Enabling Enterprise Project, examines some of the recent trends within entrepreneurship, considering the rise in female entrepreneurs, the increasing and more innovative financing methods available, and the rise of social entrepreneurship.

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Six Tips From Women Bootstrappers

Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Akosua Dardaine Edwards, founder of the Enabling Enterprise Project, shares what she learned from talking to women in the Caribbean who are bootstrapping their business

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Akosua receives the AFETT Social Entrepreneur Award

Akosua speaks to award wining journalist Erline Andrews - Why are you here?

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Akosua's work  is featured on LifeStyleHer Magazine's Inspiration Blog


CIBC First Caribbean National Bank Supports NiNa Programme 


Radio Interview with Andrea Garrison - Nyabo(Madam) - Why Are You Here?

 


Podcast Interview - Self Care Sundays 

listen to Akosua as she shares her self care routine and lessons on the Journey

Episode 12: #SelfLove as a precursor to #Selfcare. Plus, #selfcare around the world. A conversation with @AweCapt.


Harness Magazine -Lessons from a Recovering "I'm Not Good Enough Addict" by Akosua Dardaine Edwards

Many of us have a list of long term goals, which include marriage and a dream job. Losing both in one week led me on a path of exploring “enoughness.”

Not-enoughness can dictate our lives if we do not truly understand our worth and purpose.


 Podcast - So You Have An Idea...Now What?

Mindset Changes Critical to the success of your business by So you have an idea...Now what?! 


Become She Podcast - She and Lessons on the Journey

Self Confidence Redefined - Akosua's article  featured on Make Muse Magazine for Women 

 
 

Comfort Killers - Podcast Interview with Stacy Cross


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

By Erica M.B. Ashton

Sometimes in your life, you will go on a journey.  It will be the longest journey you have ever taken.  It is the journey to find yourself”.  Katherine Sharp.

Akosua Dardaine Edwards – a powerful, brave woman, a warrior spirit, an inspiration.  Akosua’s journey to find herself, is encapsulated in this book.  197 pages; 15 chapters exclusive of the Introduction and the Epilogue.  It may seem like a short read, but so much is captured here.

The book speaks to a journey, and a journey as we know, gives the idea of moving from one place to the next, and although there is physical movement – as the story moves through her life here in Trinidad and Tobago, in England and in Uganda – the real movement/the real journey is to a place of self-love.  This journey to self-love is a painful one, one that is full of growth. A beautiful journey, one which a lot of us might choose not to do, but one which Akosua embarked on bravely and courageously.  The book details this journey by identifying and speaking to different values or as I term them, guiding lights - Authenticity; Gratitude; Intuition; Balance; Letting Go; Self Confidence; Courage; Forgiveness, to name a few.

Even though it is a painful story, it is not a painful read as it is written without bitterness and with a lot of humour, love and compassion.  There is no beating up on self for decisions made and actions taken.  There is no regret, no wishing to change the past and in this lies the beauty.  So although we may be pained by the story we are still encouraged to laugh with Akosua as her sense of humour comes through in so many ways. 

 It is a very generous book, as it shares not only the values and the lessons gained but also some of the tools that were used on the journey. And this sharing is done in a very gentle, non threatening way as if the author were saying to us, “this is what I used, it may help you on your journey”.  It is here if you choose to use it.  It is a self help book without being a self help book.

This is Akosua’s story. She has opened herself to us, she has freed herself from her past. She has chosen to be authentic – to show up as she is.   It is also your story and my story, not in the details of Akosua’s life but in the situations and places from which we choose to live.  Am I living an authentic life? Am I being true to myself? In what ways have I not honoured myself, not respected my needs, not loved myself, not accepted myself, not set boundaries with the persons in my life, not believed in myself?  Am I living for me or am I living to please others? What is holding me back from being my best self?  These and other questions came to the fore while reading the book, encouraging me to stop and to assess, to bravely attempt to sit with the discomfort as the answers came forth.  Not an easy thing to do.    

And so, it is through Akosua’s gentle, honest and compassionate writing that we are given the space to identify our own story, to come to terms with what has happened in our lives, probably share our own story.  Acknowledging that we are on a journey, that we can change course anytime we choose to, that we can change companions on that journey if it means loving ourselves freely and unconditionally, being who we are and showing up as we are.  This is what the book affords us – Courage to love ourselves unconditionally. 

And I will share a quote from the book: 

“I have learnt that transformation is the result of discovering that you are already whole.  It is the realisation of the true self. Being human means so much more than you have ever imagined.  It is a divine and wonderful experience to realise that you already have everything you need inside.  It is a relief to discover that you are not flawed”. 

Thank you Akosua for being who you are – warrior spirit, leader, inspirer - for accepting the challenge, for stepping out, for sharing your story, for opening the way for us to own and share our story onour own journey to Unconditional Self Love.

 

Congratulations. On to Book #2.

 

 

 

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