Thanks To Tahra

Posted December 2, 2017 from Nigeria
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October 2016. I wrote a story about my Trash to treasure. The story was posted with one of my artworks, which I called Blue face, I have made five blue face after the first one was made because many people love and bought the piece.

A lady read the story online, she later on told me that she was drawn to the story by the Art piece; Blueface. We became friends via facebook and she also joined World Pulse. She will ensure that she shares my posts and became very friendly, supportive and loving. I also showed equal love to her. Within a short time, we became sisters.

Her name is Tahra Smith. She is an American and she lives in Washington.

The name Tahra is of Celtic origin. The meaning of Tahra is "earth or growth". Tahra is generally used as a girl's name. It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Ta-hra.

Mid 2017, Tahra informed me that she would love to visit Nigeria and teach us machine and hand quilting, she is new to quilting though but basic quilting is what any creative person needs to take off. At first, I thought it was joke because I know the cost implication on her, but later on, I realized that Tahra is true. She means every word. She wants to empower our sisters.

When I realized that she was serious about her visit to Nigeria, I was excited and informed our team. Everyone loves the idea, because no one has come to empower us free of charge from another country, in our organization.

In October, Tahra applied for the Nigerian visa. there were some challenges with stamp availability at the Nigerian embassy in the USA but we were praying while she was determined. She came safely into Nigeria in November 2017. She came with all the necessary equipment needed for quilting, she paid for all her expenses, brought gifts for all of us and she lived happily with us, she was down to earth, not picky or choosy. She is an awesome sister.

After spending two weeks with us, training women from Ibasa, Ijegun, Ajangbadi, Festac, Ijesha and Ilorin and it was time to for her to leave Nigeria, I did not want her to leave because she is talented, fun to be with and a goal getter. Tahra believes that everything is possible, if we set our heart to it and she proved that to us. Her time in Nigeria was during our warm weather which is quite the opposite of where she came from, but she did not complain for a minute. She promised to visit us again, even with our horrible experience with traffic jam twice in Lagos Island and Iyana Iba via Festac town.

As I write, Tahra has returned to her country but her presence was so powerful that her absence is deeply felt. She knows how to drown every fear and to express love.

My relationship with Tahra also buttress my belief in internet connection to empower, to collaborate and to partner. Internet connection is life, it brings people together, cements relationship and its moves humanity forward.

I do not believe that internet connection has any disadvantage, the only disadvantage is not to be connected with the internet or be connected with the wrong people. So, watch who you connect with online, World Pulse is a safe community, monitored every minute.

In our office, there is no connectivity, we always have to sit outside the fence, by a small corner to access the internet. This is very strange, but that is where I always sit down to post pictures, articles and mails. It is not funny because the spot is filled with mosquitoes. This strange spot is so important that I never bother about its mosquitoes once; the spot saves me from total darkness, because a life without connectivity is darkness.

The world is filled with the milk of human kindness. No matter how evil struggles, it cannot triumph good. Good people make the earth go round and round and I pray that every one is blessed with Tahra.

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Karen QuiƱones-Axalan
Feb 28, 2018
Feb 28, 2018

Hello, Olutosin.

Wow! There are so many beautiful stuff on this post:

1. Your artworks. What lovely masterpieces your diligent hands and creative minds had transformed!

2. Tahra. This post sums it best, "Her presence was so powerful that her absence is deeply felt." I am inspired to emulate the way she expresses love to fellow women. I might need a time of reflection on how to develop her traits.

3. Power of connectivity. True enough. I love how the internet connects us together. I admire your positivity on how you value the "mysterious spot". I can relate because we once lived in a region where there was limited internet connectivity. I once had to bike 3-4 kilometers to post an update on Facebook. There were times I stood on chairs or climb stairs  and stretched my arm high enough to have an internet connection. So I know what you mean about a "strange spot".

4. Your beautiful nature. You are very admirable, sister. I cannot even put into words how inspiring you are. Your beauty is a summation of the works that you do, the words that you share, and the uniqueness that only you possess. 

May you inspire more women to be like you, and to be like Tahra, too.

Mar 20, 2018
Mar 20, 2018

Hello Olutosin,

Thanks for sharing this with us. It never fails to amaze me how interconnected our lives can get and how we make connections with people in the strangest of places regardless of distance, or ethnicity.

Your artwork is indeed beautiful and Tahra sounds like an amazing human being; such dedication to helping others without expecting anything in return is rare and should be applauded.

''The world is filled with the milk of human kindness. No matter how evil struggles, it cannot triumph good. Good people make the earth go round and round..."
I strongly believe this. We all need to keep contributing our quota to making sure good always triumphs.

Thank you for all that you do. Blessings.

Jo Sween
Mar 30, 2018
Mar 30, 2018

Hi Olutosin,

Thank you so much for sharing this story! I have wondered since joining World Pulse if it could really be a true connector across the world, a true catalyst for positivity and change. This story shows me that it truly IS possible. I'm so glad to hear about the beautiful friendship you have built over the internet and how it translated into real life work together!

Blessings to you!

Ngwa Damaris
Apr 08, 2018
Apr 08, 2018

Thanks Olutosin and Tahra.With people like you there is hope for Mankind.Good work! !!!

Apr 14, 2018
Apr 14, 2018

Dear Olutosin,
You have emphasized, on the power of connectivity. Beautifully said. You have encouraged us all not to fear, the use of the internet, but to see the positive side and how to tap it for our good. You have also shared how your art work has brought this powerful connection to you.
You are indeed a true leader who inspires others to run after their dreams.

Sally maforchi Mboumien
Jul 03, 2018
Jul 03, 2018

what a powerful impact from true sisterhood with selflessness? Tahra thank you for coming to work in Nigeria.

Akinjise Daniel
Aug 29, 2018
Aug 29, 2018

Great work Olutosin!