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.
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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....
Akosua: An Activist for Entrepreneurship
By Karel Mc Intosh | April 25, 2011
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?
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..
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
Recent Worldwide Trends in Entrepreneurship
Akosua Dardaine Edwards
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.
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
Akosua receives the AFETT Social Entrepreneur Award
Akosua speaks to award wining journalist Erline Andrews - Why are you here?
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?
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?!
Book Review - Nyabo (Madam) - Why Are You Here
Kathy A.M. Gonzales, LL.M., FCIArb.
Why are you here? Is this a question that you have ever asked yourself? Truly asked yourself? Have you ever stopped to listen for the answer? Not the quick, pat answer that trips off your tongue but the answer that comes from digging deep, deep into your very essence, consciously and purposefully. That is what this latest work by Akosua Dardaine Edwards is about—the truths that we uncover about who we really are and what we are capable of once we get out of our own way.
The book is organized into 20 chapters and each chapter begins with an affirmation. Those affirmations serve as guideposts along the author’s journey and keep the reader engaged in the growth that she experiences as she immerses herself in her life in Africa. The writing style is very conversational which makes for easy and enjoyable reading. There are some really funny bits—like her realization that there would be no washing machine in the offing in Uganda or the time she was at a national park having the “safari” experience and, in true Trini fashion, was extremely interested in getting closer to the lion but was quite afraid of meeting up with a snake!
Akosua lays her soul bare in her writing. The level of authenticity creates an intimacy between author and reader—a temporary friendship that causes you to empathize with her and to root for her. Inevitably, you find yourself asking the same questions that she is engaged in answering and that starts you down your own path of self-discovery. For me, once I began to ask myself those questions, it made the reading very uncomfortable because that is what asking yourself the hard questions does but, according to Akosua, you have to “get comfortable with the uncomfortable”.
The presentation of Ugandan life is non-judgmental. It is neither glamorized nor belittled—the author just tells it like it is. The bribes expected by public officials, female genital mutilation, and the legacies of war are dealt with in conversations she engages in with her “Ugandan crew”, as she calls them, and you the reader are left to decide how you feel about these issues when they are explained in a context that is not “Western”. The “jams” on the street, the rituals of a Ugandan wedding, the vastness of the country, the natural beauty that is just there waiting to be appreciated, the food, the dress are all generously shared so that the reader understands the context in which the writer is confronting her demons and what are the catalysts for her self-examination. The environment is secondary to the journey though. The road map which the book provides can easily be used in Caroni as it was in Kampala since this is a journey of the heart.
There is a passage in the Chapter entitled “The Universe Wastes Nothing” which struck a chord in my heart and for this passage alone, I was so grateful to have been given the opportunity to review this book. Let me share it with you. Spoiler alert!
“I have been busy trying to get away from stuff. I know now that it’s better face the music. I guarantee you, the Universe wastes nothing!
Every hurt, every harm, every bankruptcy, every abortion, every divorce, every job loss, everything that you could possibly imagine, everything individually and collectively, has a place and it’s place [is] for you to stand on and stand in, that will transform you and your way of thinking.
A lot of times we can’t get the juice flowing in our lives because we are judging how we misused the opportunity or situation, or judging how we messed it up or judging something about what has happened. It is our judgments that keeps us away from our power not what the situation or what happened in our lives.
It’s the narrative of lack, of hindrance, of limitation that keeps us stuck.
What I know now is that the Universe has to move things out and it never leaves a void. So when you have done all that you can and it is being moved, it means that the Universe is preparing the way for something even better, something even more awesome”.
This book is a very personal story of one woman’s growth. She provides the reader with the tools which she used to achieve that growth but you have to do the heavy lifting yourself. Not all the tools may apply to all readers but for anyone who is struggling to find meaning, who can’t quite put their finger on what’s missing, who feels as if they are living in somebody else’s skin, who feels stuck, this book will gently guide you along a truly painful but absolutely wonderful path that will open up immediately after you utter these words to yourself, “why are you here?”
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.