From Blackout to Sunshine.

Sophie Ngassa
Posted May 4, 2018 from Cameroon
Improving our advocacy skills on digital right and internet freedom.
Collaboration between Afroleadership and CYEED as local partners in Cameroon sponsored by Internews based in the USA.
Some female advocates
Some female advocates: I have encouraged 15 other women to join me. (1/6)

Blackout attacked my community like pests

My future in darkness, companionship ruined.

My heart, a hole of bitterness and rage,

Sweating in dark pain

The Berlin blockade can’t measure up

To the solid fence this dark age had built against my job

Journalists spread salty spittle on mics

Talking of my excruciating pain,

Opportunities and possibilities

Passed by in mini-skirts

Spreading mocking heaps on me

No amount of CFA frs could put smile on my face

The fibers distant me from connection

And gave a blind view to communication

Blurring links with collaborators.

I laid my devastating story on my lips

Pushing hard word strings to open new doors

New rooms published my dark experience

Scattered sounds from phones littered my house

Striving to stitch my mouth in filth

 

Oh! A door was flung widely open

I jumped in, a garment of appointment on me,

Fame and visibility on my sleeves,

Entangled with like-minded people

Who lit the touch on my way

Scaring all shadows away,

In darkness, I saw light

 

Oh! I sing with digital notes to my people,

Giving them hope with my melodious story

Let them see how strong I've become

In activism

My resilience is strengthened

My voice is bolder and more influential

With sunshine in my face

As one the Digital Rights Advocate in the World.

 

 

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Olutosin
May 04, 2018
May 04, 2018

I can imagine the blackout. Just like Ibasa thrown into total darkness daily. May God save is from these horrible leaders of absolute power.

Fly sister fly you have your wings now. I love our voices, online or offline. Love you more every day.

Sophie Ngassa
May 09, 2018
May 09, 2018

My dear sister, You know what I am talking about!
The black out was a nightmare, but now a great opportunity for me to fly. Amen! Thanks for your comment.

Jill Langhus
May 05, 2018
May 05, 2018

Hi Sophie. How are you doing? Thanks for sharing your great poem and work with the world. Is the blackout finally done now? You have the best outfits, btw:-)

Sophie Ngassa
May 09, 2018
May 09, 2018

Dear Jill, Yes! The black out finally past, opening doors for me. Today I am building a community of digital advocates in Cameroon thanks to Internews as my partners.
Thank you! Some day you will receive that kind of outfit. XoXo

Jill Langhus
May 09, 2018
May 09, 2018

Oh, good thing:) Very glad to hear it! Yes, it looks like you have some good collaborations and work coming down the pipeline... good job!!!

You're welcome.... I hope so:) Hope you are having a great day! XO

Sophie Ngassa
May 10, 2018
May 10, 2018

My dear sis, I am now a local partner to Internews and we recently organised a Digital Rights Workshop in Yaounde.

Jill Langhus
May 11, 2018
May 11, 2018

Very cool:) Great job! It's great to hear such good news and that you are so much happier:) I sincerely hope all the good things and momentum continue for you... Hope you're having a great day!

nelsa nabila
May 25, 2018
May 25, 2018

Hello Aunty Sophie, Wow! I am happy to read form you. Thanks for sharing your life changing experience.

Sophie Ngassa
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Dear Nelsa, Thank you very much. Together we are better.

Tarke Edith
May 29, 2018
May 29, 2018

Hello Mah Sophie, Thank you for inspiring me. happy to be here with you.

Sophie Ngassa
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

Dear Edith, Thanks for joining the wave. I am happy that you follow my advice. Stay blessed my dear sister.

Karen Quiñones-Axalan
Jun 01, 2018
Jun 01, 2018

Sofie, you are such a beautiful woman. I love the light in your eyes. I love how you carry yourself in the photo. And your dress and head covering complement your beauty.

I always admire people who write poetry. It is something I attempt to do, but could not (as of the moment). This poem is powerful as it gives life to your journey as a changemaker. Kudos to you.

Sophie Ngassa
Jun 07, 2018
Jun 07, 2018

My dear Karen thanks for using loving words. i feel more inspired after reading your comment. Thanks for motivating me. Cheers!