VOF 2013 Application: What I learnt!

Olanike
Posted June 1, 2013 from Nigeria

Have you ever heard those inward and outward daunting voices scream at you “UNWAVERING FEMININE PROTAGONIST, NO ONE CARES ABOUT THOSE UNPOPULAR ISSUES YOU GIVE HEED TO, PEOPLE ARE MORE INTERESTED IN MORE CONTEMPORARY ISSUES, SO TAKE A LEAP, GIVE WAY AND SHUT UP”! The voice is so loud and drowning and gives you that feeling that makes you want to zip up your voice. Yet an invisible still voice within and many other cheering obvious voices urges you on “Keep walking and speak out louder until your change yearning voice is heard”.

Dear faithful sisters, dependable friends, unrelenting allies, bubbly change makers, dedicated feminists, way paving trailblazers, stirring heroes and sheroes, painstaking listeners, devoted followers and inspired writers, as an unrepentant and unapologetic but unassuming environmental activist, I have walked that path of life, and also known and experienced very limiting feelings many times over. I have come to accept that my love for being green is innate; and I have no doubt too that what you are passionate about is intrinsic, worthy and laudable.

As I looked though the list of the 2013 VOF Finalists, I found the names of a number of buddies whom I was privileged to have already connected with through the their stories and others who have great stories which I somehow never had the opportunity to read. Beyond the names on the list, I could not but also reflect on the many other names I thought I would find but didn’t because the list could only take 31 names. Now I do not envy the responsibility handed to everyone who took part in the selection process; because it is evident that the process must have been a very complicated and a difficult one.

In realization that it is actually a lot more easy to speak thank to listen, I just preferred the fact I was an applicant. More so, finding my name listed just taught me to never give up, keep speaking out, stay focused and committed to the cause(s) I believe in; particularly because my participation was my second go at the ‘Voices of our Future Correspondent’ challenge. With all sense of humility I would like to say to every 2013 VOF Applicant, “Let’s stay on course and keep talking our talk, walking our talk, talking our walk and walking our walk because together WE CAN and WILL birth change ”!

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Phionah Musumba
Jun 01, 2013
Jun 01, 2013

I am so happy for you. You deserved this honor my sister. Patience sure pays. I am very happy for you. Keep pitching the voice to the highest rafters, we will be rooting for you. I know a win for one woman is a win for mankind. Keep it up, wishing you all the best,

Olanike
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013

I appreciate your Spirit of Sisterhood and support my dear Phionah. I am sure together, we will continue to 'pitch our voices to the highest rafters'. Your voice will continue to make a difference and be sure that you will always have my support too as you keep speaking out for what you believe in; and the change you strongly desire for every woman and our World. God bless you.

In warm embrace, Greengirl

PeopleWeaver
Jun 01, 2013
Jun 01, 2013

Congratulations! I am happy for you. Help us speak out.

Jeanne

Olanike
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013

I am so grateful to you for reaching out. Together WE CAN!

Hugs, Greengirl

Gracious
Jun 01, 2013
Jun 01, 2013

We will support you

Olanike
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013

Thank you so much my sister and friend for your support. You are truly Gracious indeed and in deed!

Much Love, Greengirl

Aminah
Jun 01, 2013
Jun 01, 2013

You are among those who I felt had a strong chance of moving forward. As you have very rightly said, the selection process would not have been easy at all.

Congratulations to you dear. and looking forward to getting to know you better.

By the way - I like that green behind you. Such a refreshing green.

Olanike
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013

I certainly also look forward to getting to know you better my dear Aminah, the unique woman of the Maldives. May be too, with me by your side, you will get GREENER. Haha! You know I can never forget the GREEN ODE you shared with me. Your words of support and encouragement propels me even more to stay GREEN and get every one to be GREEN.Haha!!!!!

Once again, CONGRATULATIONS!

Blessings and warmest regards, GReengirl

Maya Norton
Jun 01, 2013
Jun 01, 2013

I felt emotionally invested in finding your name on the list. It was the first one I looked for each time. Congratulations! We will all benefit from every opportunity you have to amplify your voice.

Warm regards,

~ Maya

Olanike
Sep 12, 2013
Sep 12, 2013

I can bet that you already made the list with your very first submission; which must have held everyone who read it "SPELLBOUND". Though it was emotion evoking, it certainly was a very captivating piece of writing. I am glad to have the privilege to be on the list with you. Looking forward to learning more about you and from you.

Hugs, Greengirl

Merlin James
Jun 01, 2013
Jun 01, 2013

You deserve more my dear Greengirl. All my prayers and wishes for every step of yours ahead. I am there with you.

Love

Olanike
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013

Thank you so much for standing with me all the way. Your voice certainly stood out and you were an inspiration to me. You still are because your voice is unique and will always be heard. I know you will continue to speak out and inspire me and many of our sisters and friends who have come to identify with your leadership and support.

I am forever grateful to you for always being there to urge me on!

Lots of love and hugs. Greengirl

Therese kasindi
Jun 02, 2013
Jun 02, 2013

Oh my sister, I am very happy to you. I didn't succeed but i know that my time will come. Do your best to speak to all of us. Love!

ola.mahadi
Jun 03, 2013
Jun 03, 2013

Dear greengirl so happy for you to be in selected list enjoy the process and i will be there to saupport you. Stay green Ola

Precious Nkeih
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 16, 2013

Dear green girl,

Patience is a great virtue. I am glad you never gave up and here we are today. Please remain green.

Love,

Precious

Olanike
Jun 16, 2013
Jun 16, 2013

I appreciate your words and I trust that you'll join the green train! Unrepentantly but humbly GREEN!

Thank you. Greengirl