When World Pulse Ambassadors meet and collaborate; it's always a stronger together outcome

Marie Abanga
Posted February 21, 2021 from Cameroon
Meeting beautiful Dibo
Meeting beautiful Dibo (1/2)

I first connected with Nakinti on World Pulse in November 2018. My spirit stirred and I wrote to her asap, she gave me her number and 3days later we talked for over an hour. The World Pulse Spirit was in motion. A year later, I found out on Facebook she was hosting a Girls 4 Girls Symposium in Yaounde the capital city. I decided to show up just to hug her and then go about my life. I brought copies of my book for the girls and many of them were so happy to see the 'phenomenal MAG' for real hahahaha.

We have kept in touch and collaborate on stuffs in the field such as in the 'Womens' Police' squad she created on Facebook to fight off those who threaten our young girls that they will post their nudes unless they send them money, and some rape cases.

It was it seems a Rape related event that was going to bring us together again. She and her organization Rescue Women Cameroon were hosting a Survivors Against Rape workshop under the theme: The power of our Voices, and she invited formally to come do a presentation on what the law says and does about Rape in Cameroon. 

On the morning of my presentation, my spirit stirred. I hadn't known the entire program before coming in a day earlier, and had even said I will leave after my presentation that morning. My spirit told me the presentation wasn't the main thing I was there for, and so I stayed back for what was announced as the story telling time.

I know how emotional telling your story of such violation and the effects thereafter can be. Hmm MAG the psychotherapist retreated in her room after lunch to prepare to hold space for the 14 or so girls and their representatives.

We did our best and I personally felt the shift in most of the girls. I sat strategically across them next to Nakinti, because I wanted them to look ahead and see me ready to share my energy with them. I was also ready to hug them when they returned like i did to another World Pulse sister - Mercy whom I was meeting for the first time (although we used to keep in touch on Facebook before she left late last year).

My biggest meet to be candid was hugging Dibo another World Pulse Ambassador who moved me to tears with her powerful presentation on the power of your story. What a story she had and what a transformation sharing her story brought along for her and for us all who probably look at disability differently today.

it is my firm conviction once again that there is more we can do when we collaborate and support each other than not. When we the big sisters remember that our small sisters are looking up to us, learning from us and being inspired and motivated by our work. Thank you Nakinti for the invitation, we are indeed stronger together my Amazon sister.

This story was submitted in response to Stronger Together.

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Nakinti
Feb 21
Feb 21

Dear sister,

We are stronger together! I will forever cherish the contributions you made during this conference. Sisters go fast when they work together.

Thank you for your selflessness, dear sister!

Nakinti

Marie Abanga
Feb 22
Feb 22

In deepest sisterhood and solidarity
You know sis you can count on me
We will go fast and far
loads of love

Dearest ma'am Marie,
I was so happy meeting you for the first time. I love the hug you gave me at first sight.
Volunteering with ma'am Nakinti's organization(Rescue Women-Cameroon), has been a dream come true and I have learned alot of things that cannot be bought with money.
I love you both so much.
LILIAN!

Marie Abanga
Feb 22
Feb 22

Like Lily you were during your presentation
Did you notice I was the first to stand and start clapping after you finished?
Thank you so much darling
Love you loads too

Tamarack Verrall
Feb 21
Feb 21

Dear Marie,
What a surge of heart and energy to see you with Nakinti and Lilian, and then live action with these girls. There truly is something special when we get to meet and work together. I am sure those girls will never forget the experience of meeting and listening to you and soaking in the sisterhood.
Hugs across the miles,
Tam

Marie Abanga
Feb 22
Feb 22

Dear Tam,

Thank you. You our big wise women charted this path for us and we are not slowing down. It was indeed an experience not to forget in this lifetime.
In deep sisterhood always
Marie

Nini Mappo
Feb 23
Feb 23

Aww face to face collaboration is the best!! I am glad you Amazon champions could have that. It makes me smile to read your recount, and see the central part World Pulse plays in this deep connectedness....of separate women doing their own thing, brought together to amplify it and keep 'stirring each other on t love and good works!'

Marie Abanga
Feb 25
Feb 25

Dear Nini,

Thank you ever so much for your thoughtful comments. It is exactly as you say it and really empowers us all along hurray

Beth Lacey
Feb 25
Feb 25

This is the story of World Pulse- so powerfully told. Thank you, Marie

Marie Abanga
Feb 25
Feb 25

Dear Beth,
It's all so amazing.
I really love the experience I have had and still have on and through World Pulse.
We are stronger together

Chidimma
Feb 26
Feb 26

Beautiful story. Indeed, sisters grow and go fast when they work together.
Hugs. Chidi

Marie Abanga
Feb 27
Feb 27

Dearest Chidi,

Thank you so much and yes yes yes indeed
It takes love and selflessness and it helps all of us in more ways than one
In deep sisterhood
MAG

Shirin Dalaki
Feb 27
Feb 27

Marie,

Thanks for sharing this beautiful story.

Shirin

Marie Abanga
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dear Shirin,
Thank you so much for reading and commenting

Hello, Marie,

You are one of those who have met a number of World Pulse sisters! Go, go, go, Cameroonian World Pulse sisters! You are changing herstory in your country and in the world. What a force to reckon with! Indeed, we are stronger together. Congratulations on being one of the World Pulse Spirit awardees! Well-deserved!

Marie Abanga
Mar 04
Mar 04

Dear Kaye,

Thank you so much. I really love meeting spirit sisters and I have met many on World Pulse. Were it not for Covid, hahahaha I might have reached the philippines by now.
We keep it going, stronger together both on and offline.
Thank you, it's a bravo for us all