Meeting 3 World Pulse (WP) sisters B2B deserves some celebration

Marie Abanga
Posted February 6, 2019 from Cameroon
With Sophie Ngassa
With Arrey Echi (1/5)

I had some official business in Yaounde the capital city of Cameroon on the 4th of February to be precise, but I decided to travel there on the 1st of February so that I could have some days to myself , to visit family and friends and usher in my month of “added value”. You see, I am lucky to be at a stage in life where my spirit speaks to me so clearly and even vividly. January it told me was a month to “Make it Matter”; that’s equally my mantra for this year.

I decided to try and meet some WP sisters in the city starting with Arrey Echi whom I visited on Sunday February 3. It was in Arrey Echi’s home that I actually saw the WP plaque which got me to finally sign up to as a story teller lol. I knew her on Facebook already some months prior, and she even told me we were in the same university and she used to see me often hahaha. I was once hosted by this super gentle and selfless sister, and I leave her exceptional cuisine at that – lest I provoke some hunger here. Visiting her is ever full of warmth. In her home I just feel so comfy I go straight for the bed. We don’t talk more than maybe 10 sentences lol, but we really enjoy each other’s company. Maybe we just get it given our hearing impairment?

The next day, February 4th, after my official business, I went to the former presidency of my country where there was a trade fair by different organizations working with youths to commemorate the youth week. Agui Foundation was founded by Agnes Kuoh and they work with orphans, widows and under the privileged in our society - helping them with their empowerment, reinsertion and assertion in their communities . I had never met her before but our life stories have so much in common. Through WP, we found and eventually followed each other on Facebook, and even pleasant chats on whatsApp and messenger. We tried to meet when she came to Douala a few times, but it wasn’t to be. She had recently been involved in a car accident, and when I heard about it I was so happy to be visiting her just then. She is so much of the person you see in her pictures on Facebook, and much more. She even insisted on buying me roasted fish from one of the stands, and was not so cool I had to rush back home because a VIP was stopping by.

Yes, this VIP was none other that our very own changemaker Sophie Ngassa. I just knew the first time I read her post on WP that I would do all it takes to meet her sooner than later. When we connected on Facebook in December last year, I knew it was going to happen soon. My trip to Yaounde was just perfect opportunity. I wanted to go to the center she is building oh this selfless Woman, but she said the rains had fallen and it was so muddy out there for me. She got the directions to where I was hosted during my stay, and we agreed to meet at 6 am reason for my leaving Agnes so soon. And to say we hugged like we were long lost friends? Ah GS (Grand Soeur or big sister) as I fondly call her, she was so full of love for life and her mentees in the North West Region stuck by the war. She was indeed just coming back from there where she had even braved it to organise a short program for them. We spent over 2 hours sharing and happy to be in each other’s company. I was visibly anxious, trying to make her comfortable and offer her some plums and natural fruit juice I bought nearby. She appreciated both and the gift of my first memoir which I hope will be put on the shelves of her center when completed. I can never be grateful enough for the advice she gave me, and I am amazed she find it in her to watch some of my live videos as I make them.

Wow, I did meet 3 WP sister back 2 back, and I can never be gleeful enough. I wish one day we all WP sisters in Cameroon, or in different cities could meet up like this once in a while.

Wishes aside, I am one lucky girl, have so been a lot of times in my life. With this dreamed and done, the next WP sisters I really look forward to meeting are Olutosin Oladosu, Jill Langhus-Griffin and Aisse Jisimah and Musenge Musomali Lord help me.

What matters most to me in life is human relationships and so I seize all opportunities to nurture them and add value to my life and the relationships I have with love. Ain’t World Pulse an amazing platform?

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Jensine Larsen
Feb 06
Feb 06

My heart explodes to read! Yes all 3 are superstars...and all 4 VIP, including you. When World Pulse sisters gather the heart beats stronger and the planet feels the pulse of good. Love!!

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Jensine,

Thanks tons for the affirmation that such really matters. The most important component for me in my life is human relationships. I just needed to have the best with myself and then continue have just that with all others especially sisters like myself. I really wish all world pulsers in Cameroon could come together and have you visit us for that occasion - how more pulsifying could that be? I mean I had chills hugging each of my sisters. Will keep looking out for opportunities to meet more in person.
Thank you so much for this amazing platform
All the best and loads of love

Dawn Arteaga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Wow this is incredible! Thank you for sharing about this special day. I love that you hugged like lost friends, sisters. The sisterhood of World Pulse is real!! Beautiful post!

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Dawn,

Yes it was so awesome. The sisterhood is indeed real

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Dawn,

Yes it was so awesome. The sisterhood is indeed real

jlanghus
Feb 07
Feb 07

Aw. So, happy to see these lovely photos. You're so lucky:-)

So you have a true heart connection with Arrey, then, if you only speak a few sentences. It's amazing what can be felt and not said.

What was the advice that Sophie gave you? I want to know:-)

It would be great if we could all meet up. We will meet soon... and, yes, WP is an amazing platform.

Hope you're having a good day!

Marie Abanga
Feb 07
Feb 07

Dear Jill,

Thanks always. It was indeed awesome. I think we have this sort of connection because we share some in common like our hearing impairement; living with stigmatized health conditions too you know. She lives with Sickle Cell and I live with both Rhumatoid Arthritis and PTSD. But above all, we share this common humanity and some values like serenity are close too our both hearts lol

My GS, told me to keep at and not give up especially with my vision to open a center someday. She told me I was on the right and inspiring track, that it could get more difficult and challenging as I progress, but that I sure are tougher - which I am hahaha

It was simply lovely, looking so forward to meeting you my friend

jlanghus
Feb 08
Feb 08

You're very welcome:-)

Yes, you are kindred spirits, then:-) Very nice, and sweet.

Wow! Sage advice from a sage trailblazer. Very good... Yes, let's see it blossom and grow....

Great. Me, too!

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