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.