The Search that brought the Light

Precious Nkeih
Posted April 11, 2013 from Cameroon

“I could make you have that job if you want it,” He said. “Thank you, Sir, but no thanks. I already dropped an application,” I replied. “That application will get you nowhere. I have helped many others like you,” He insisted sarcastically. I disagreed and left. Well, I did not get that job. I kept looking.

Another opportunity came my way and I jumped at it. I prepared an application file, deposited it and began an exasperating journey of waiting for a job interview that never happened. The employer who was a typical male chauvinist kept scheduling me for interviews and keeping me waiting for hours without end. After rolling and batting my eyes in his office corridors for several days, I gave up.

I was elated when I finally gained employment as an assistant instructor in a private university. I took on the job passionately. However, when it was time to get paid, the music turned into a war song. My boss would pay my male colleagues first and tell me money was finished. I equally noticed that my hourly pay was just a little above half of what my male colleagues earned.

These are just a few of the poignant job related experiences I have had as a young woman. They provoked me to start looking for ways through which I could put an end to the oppression against women in the work place and in every sphere of life. I started looking within and I saw the Precious who had so much power in her pen but was not using it. I needed to use my writing capabilities to inspire change. After thoroughly searching the Internet, I came across World Pulse. As I browsed further, I found the online community on the site. I was so delighted that I could create my own journal and post articles for others to read. So I joined the family and started speaking with my pen. I desperately want to be proficient in telling the untold stories of the Cameroonian woman. This is what moved me to apply for the Voices of our Future program. The program for me is a square peg in a square hole.

I see a future in which the audiovisual will be extensively used to help women assert themselves. My vision is to create short and feature length films which will go a long way to expose and undo gender stereotypes by telling compelling stories. The production of such films will provide employment opportunities for several unemployed women in Cameroon. Film has so much power. It is like writing twice. I need the support of the women on World Pulse to transform my dream into reality. I want to push women to be the best they can be.

I have journeyed, I have searched and I have found the light. Thank you World Pulse! Thank you, Jensine Larsen!

Voices of Our Future Application: Your Journey and Vision

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Merlin James
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Finally dear Precious, you have found the writer so passionate and compelling in you. But this is the beginning and i am sure you are going to lift up the spirits of not only Cameroonian women but women around the globe. I too thank World Pulse for introducing such wonderful women to me.

Love.

Precious Nkeih
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Hi Sharontina,

This is where I want to be. My heart beats for women all over the globe. I want them to know that we certainly can! I feel blessed to have know you. Thanks for your kind words.

Best regards Precious

Nakinti
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

That's my gurl again! Sweet heart, the power of ur pen is unmatched. One great thing u have achieved in life is to discover your real talent -- writing. It takes some people their entire life to discover this...way to go girl. I am wishing u luck is this kingdom ...luck will truly come. Keep up the great work, and damn the all the chauvinists with their insatiable demand for Sexually Transmissible Jobs. Proud of you girl.

Important -Write me through nakintin@yahoo.com ASAP.

Precious Nkeih
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Your words have added flavour to my day. I really took time to search within me and I found a writer. My dear, I don suffer for find work no be small. It's not easy out there. But I'm glad I'm here. It is a wonderful opportunity to express myself. Thanks for all the love. I am contacting you ASAP

Much much love

Precious

Nakinti
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Dear, I just sent a mail to the address you wrote to me and it did not go --mailer demon. Just check whether u got the mail. I have sent twice and I only get mailer demon messages. If you have a yahoo messenger address please send. Mine is still nakintin@yahoo.com. u fit hala/shout/call me for this tingini tingini seventy, twenty, ninety-one, fourteen. Hope u got it. Love Nakinti

Precious Nkeih
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear,

I really can't say why the address is not going through. However, yahoo messenger is very ideal for us to talk since I'm always online. My messenger address: preciousmeshi@yahoo.com. It will be great to connect with you there. Meanwhile I don get the tinining fine. I go hala you.

Much love Precious

Rochelle White
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Precious,

You will do it! You are right on track the power of film is can be life changing for the people viewing it and it has a great power to draw attention to subjects that have previously been swept under the rug..

It sounds like you are a power driving force. Don't let your past encounters get you down you will succeed no matter what.

God bless you

Precious Nkeih
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Dear Rochelle,

Film has tremendous power and through it I will deliver messages that will remain. I can not wait to embark on this journey.

Thank you so much for your encouragement. I will keep working until my dreams come alive.

Very best of regards

Precious

Aminah
Apr 12, 2013
Apr 12, 2013

Dear Precious

i cannot even imagine a place where women get discriminated to that extent. Luckily over here in the Maldives, the pay is equal for anyone in the same job. But of course, the glass ceiling is there. I think it is true world wide that influential jobs are held by men while more medial, routine administrative jobs are held by women. This is reflective of our conservative family structure where the father is the director while the mother is the executioner. We need to keep raising our voice to eliminate this difference.

I wish you all the best in your endeavor to fight this war through educating others with your pen and the strength of its words.

Regards, Aminah

Precious Nkeih
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear Aminah,

They look low on us because we are "mere" women. It is a pathetic situation. I long to see female employers emerge. The work force is still largely male-dominated. One step at a time, one day at at a time and we shall surely get there.

Thanks Aminah darling for the encouraging comments.

Love

Precious

bhavna
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear Precious,

The strength you showed is unparalleled. The passion I see in your words will surely transform your dream into reality Best wishes and love

Precious Nkeih
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear Bhavna,

Thank you so much. I can not wait to see my dreams come alive.

Best regards, Precious

Mukut
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Talk about breaking the glass ceiling! Am super happy that you found World pulse and through you we know more about Cameroon.

Keep speaking. You will bring the change.

love,

Precious Nkeih
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear Mukut,

That is why we are here: sharing our individual experiences in order foster a global change.

Thanks for your comment sister.

Love Precious

ola.mahadi
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

We face discrimnation but we remain silent as if things will change by itself , thank you for taking action and writing about it so coming one know that you have been here and you standed for right. Stay strong and may your dream come true Ola

Precious Nkeih
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

You know what they say, "a closed mouth is a closed destiny." If we do not talk how will change come? We need to speak up until we see a difference.

Thank you my dear Ola

Love Precious

Precious Nkeih
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

You know what they say, "a closed mouth is a closed destiny." If we do not talk how will change come? We need to speak up until we see a difference.

Thank you my dear Ola

Love Precious

Precious Nkeih
Apr 13, 2013
Apr 13, 2013

Dear Taha,

Thanks for the encouragement. Love Precious

Courtney Calardo
Apr 17, 2013
Apr 17, 2013

Hello Precious,

Thank you for your beautifully written piece! Through your story, you have showed the community how to take a negative situation - facing gender discrimination in the workforce - and make it positive - promoting awareness by telling your story online.

Like you, I got involved because I believe in the power of storytelling. Please continue to use your pen and create an outlet for other Cameroonian women.

Best,

Precious Nkeih
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

Dear Courtney,

I am delighted that you have come here and motivated me with your words. The power of storytelling greatly surpasses the power of mere sensitization without specific stories to strengthen the message.

I would love to know you better. Thanks for your very kind words.

Best regards, Precious

Kate Hartley
Apr 20, 2013
Apr 20, 2013

Hello Precious!

Yes, your pen does speak....straight from your heart!

Very powerful words: " I started looking within and I saw the Precious who had so much power in her pen but was not using it. I needed to use my writing capabilities to inspire change." I am so grateful for the chance to hear your story and to know that you are transforming negative experiences into a positive mission for women in your country.

Wishing you the very best, Kate

Precious Nkeih
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

Dear Kate,

When we look within us, there is much we can find.

What we go through in life can either make or mar us. It is left for us to decide if our experiences will lead us to positivity or negativity. I'm glad mine are leading me to positivity.

Thank you so much Kate.

Love Precious

ccontreras
Apr 21, 2013
Apr 21, 2013

I know that one day I will see a film comming up with your name Jensine! I really think that all of the experiences you have had in looking for jobs is a reality that alot of women face day by day. It's the 21st century, and still female CEOs are not praised but are seen as women who are mean, ruthless or did special favors to get where they are. It's sad as women we have not yet come out to fight the negativity and unfairness we are given, especially when looking for jobs. I really feel that your enthusiasm for wanting to do something for women in your community will give you the tools to make that documentary film to show what we are facing. :-) Peace and love! Cynthia from Florida USA

Precious Nkeih
Apr 22, 2013
Apr 22, 2013

I really cant wait to use film making to create a better world for women. I know it will work. Film is power!

Thank you for your encouragement.

Love

Precious