Marie Abanga: My Nomination

Kirthi Jayakumar
Posted December 26, 2020 from India

If you're sitting across the screen from someone a whole continent and ocean away from you, but you simply cannot stop smiling and feeling like a ball of energy fizzing about, then you simply MUST be listening to Marie Abanga speaking. This whole year, as an ambassador, I've had the beautiful gift of listening to several of my sisters in our weekly check-ins, and I absolutely THRIVED with all of them - one of them being Marie. This girl can light up a room, even if that room is miles (AND MILES!) and whole time-zones away. She is hard working, unafraid to be vulnerable and share her truth, and simply NOT one to back down. I've seen Marie at work when she shares with us, when she teaches us, and most of all, when she's out there, fighting for women and girls. I cherish the bond I've built with her, and knowing her in this short time has only powerfully affirmed the truth that SHE IS WORLD PULSE <3 

This story was submitted in response to World Pulse Spirit Awards.

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Marie Abanga
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Dear Kirthi,

It's taken me close to 12 hours from the time I first read this nomination post, to think of how to properly articulate how I feel ...I still got writer's block. All U can say is THANK YOU.
I am honoured and humbled and very grateful for this amazing platform that World Pulses is, and for all the feedback I get.
Light and love always
Marie

Tamarack Verrall
Dec 27, 2020
Dec 27, 2020

Dear Kirthi,
I so agree, the amazing Marie somehow manages to be in so many places at once, every day, busy defending women and girls, and showing her community and all of us just what is possible. What a beautiful and well deserved tribute to this dynamic and determined change maker. How lucky we are to have her here with us all.

Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Dec 29, 2020
Dec 29, 2020

Hello, Kirthi,

Thank you for nominating our mental health champion, Marie! I love her energy, too!