For Sonita and all my baby sisters the world over

Marie Abanga
Posted October 12, 2021 from Cameroon
Sonita my baby sister
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Dear Soni,

That's how I love to call you right? I am writing you this public letter because I want it as record and I hope it's read by many who get and stay inspired not to give up.

Happy day of the Girl, be proud of your femininity. Look at how far you too have come in your 17 years, and how connected you are to the world thanks to the power of technology. I got you a smart phone before you moved in with us here in the city because I wanted you to immediately feel empowered to not only connect with others, but to speak up and own your voice by telling your story.

I remember the day when as a volunteer for my organization Hope for the Abused and Battered, I got you to do a video for our YouTube Channel on Why Children also suffer from domestic violence. I saw you do the video over and over as you tried to contain your emotions because you did relate so much with what you were talking about. Yes my baby Soni, we have been through some rough patches in life but we are still here and you are going to do just so much because you have it better than I did at your age. The world is on your gadget and you are lucky no one is censoring your use of technology.

You are learning and learning pretty fast, and I see how bold and confident you are becoming. I smile at the day you gave that first power point presentation we both worked on inspite of your reluctance lol.

Be reminded baby girl of my own story, which I shared right here on World Pulse almost three sharp years ago (on October 15th 2018) and got an award for: https://www.worldpulse.com/community/users/marie-abanga/posts/88941

I can't wait for you to be ready to join this incredible gathering of pulsers and changemakers the world over.

Dear baby girl and sister wherever you are, on this special day of yours, reflect on your own journey and do not loose your voice any longer because the world needs to hear your story.

You can can count on us for mentorship, you can be sure we will cheer you on as you soar and not let anything prevent you from rising up to the opportunities available for you in today's world.

I love you my baby girl and sister Soni, and that you know for sure. I am so proud of your results in school since you moved in with us, keep it up and know your dreams are valid.

Love always, 

Mama (as you fondly call me)

This story was submitted in response to Day of the Girl: Our Digital Future.

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megsmueller
Oct 13
Oct 13

Hi Marie
Thank you for introducing this beautiful young, powerful woman to us. Very well done on the presentation indeed! Thank you for Marie for your work in your community and for the lasting impact you have on all of us!

Much love to you.

Marie Abanga
Oct 14
Oct 14

Thank you so much dear,
She is my baby sister and lived with her mum in another city. Once I visited and wasn't at all impressed with our conversations and her vision of life. I told our dad and taking her to come live with us and 18 months later she is the Soni on the pictures and video.

Susu Mohamed
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hello Sister Maria,

wow ,I loved your message ,to the Sonita and all girls, Keep up supporting them as morally, thank you.

Much love,hugs
suu

Marie Abanga
8:31pm
8:31pm

Dear Susu sis,

Thank you so much for your comment. Yes, moral support is so important. Parents and guardians sometimes think all our young ones want or need is economic support and we go around hustling our hearts out only to realize we missed bonding with them because we didn't connect with them morally and emotionally.
Light, love and plenty hugs sis

Efe Omordia
Oct 14
Oct 14

Beautiful words indeed. May she grow up to be as brave and as focused as you

Marie Abanga
8:32pm
8:32pm

Dear sis,
Igweeeeeee ooooooooo and Amen

Regina Afanwi Young
Oct 14
Oct 14

Hello sis Marie,
Wow!! What's beautiful letter to Soni.
Congratulations on all the work you are doing dear sis!!!
Hope you are keeping strong and safe
Sending love***
Regina

Marie Abanga
8:34pm
8:34pm

Dear Regi sis,

Thank you. Indeed my assignment on earth gets clearer as I grow older in age and understanding, and being such a spirit support sister and person to Soni and many others is evident. I love my life's itinerary haha
Hope all is well sis, keep safe

I am doing good, thanks for asking

Lots love

Tamarack Verrall
yesterday
yesterday

Dear Marie,
Your story once again exudes and creates pure joy, with such news and messages of what love and caring for each other can bring. You are always full of surprises in what you have been up to. Here we get to celebrate the past while, as you have embraced Soni and now celebrate and share with us all this video of a powerfully voiced young woman speaking out to the world about ending domestic violence. You continue to amaze and inspire me, beautiful Sister.

Marie Abanga
8:37pm
8:37pm

Dear Tam,

You are an Iroko (replace with Baobab if you know but this one lol) Tree to me. Thank you so much for your ever soulful, encouraging and call to greater serenity comments.
Light and love
Maria