"Land of Promise, Land of Glory" That phrase in my Country's national Anthem describes perfectly where i come from. Cameroon my beautiful Cameroon, Africa in Miniature as it is popularly called is the land of my birth.
oops! Did i mention it is a land of promise and glory because of the lense through which i now perceive it?
Growing up in Cameroon and seeing the reality of life therein is nothing compared to what the anthem says. I am the second of three children of my parents. I became conscious of the challenges of growing up in cameroon very early when i lost my Father. For the first time I began experiencing what was common amongst several families;struggle for survival, education, and earning a living.I saw my mother struggle with her civil servant job to send us to the best schools, give us the best she could afford and make us feel loved.This is the mindset with which i pursued my education, a mindset full of assurance and hope for a great life. when i had the chance to choose what to do with my life i knew i had to help others sail through the so evident pessimism and misery and emerge untainted by them. I knew i had to bring to life the 'land of promise, land of Glory' in every heart. I knew i had to make others see possibilities in their challenges, see solutions in their problems. I knew i had above all to stay back home and be an incarnation of what i had come to believe and live and inspire others.
My present challenge is to see how i can bring this to as many people as i can in every community. Attimes it feels one person at a time is slow and that is why am grateful for online communities and opportunities like world pulse as a tool to not only to learn but reach out to women world wide.
Women in my community face a whole lot of problems principal among is an identity crisis. Many are still seeking things, people etc to define who they are. Many have gotten into marriages because of status, got jobs because of the status it confers, live lives that make them appear as 'in vogue'. We have an alarming number of young widows, young divorcees, single parents because of this one problem ;Identity who am l?This led me to study more on that and i opted for personal branding. I set up a communication consultancy (karacomminications.com) with the aim of bringing people out from that state to a place of consciousness of who you are and what you can do to contribute to your community and world.I also blog alot about issues touching identity and development to share my experiences and those of others so as to inspire and empower women. www.leilakigha.com).
In order to inspire more women especially, I recently launched a campaign (Shine A Light Africa SALA) to celebrate those who have made a difference, inspire and empower by shining a light on these areas that affect women and create support groups to accompany victims as well as victors .
Today I work with different categories of women professional and humanitarian wise but I will love to work with groups, associations organs, that offer support (training, counselling, economic empowerment, etc) to these women with identity crisis.
Education of the heart is the heart of education. I seek transforming hearts and minds with a sense of identity that is true and selfless. Am identity that goes beyond gender, or skin pigment, or education, or nationality.
I speak not as one who has completely grasped everything about myself but as one who has seen and experienced the joy of finding my true identity amd am pursuing it with my being. The more I see who I am, the more I am able to be, live, and give.I want to give the same to someone, anyone...