The embodiment of the World Pulse Spirit - Lilian Dibo Eyong of Cameroon

Terri Mitchell
Posted December 31, 2021 from Australia

There is a bright spirit burning in the lands of Africa, a flame that lights the way for those with different abilities.

Her name is Lilian Dibo Eyong, CEO and Founder of Lilian Dibo Foundation. 

I first became aware of Lilian when I began researching online, seeking new guests to interview for my Voice on Fire interview channel. The kind of person I was looking for embodied the principle of selfless giving, of being a Change Agent, a Voice for the voiceless, a beacon of Hope, and someone who was willing to do whatever he, she, or they could do, to make a difference in the world.

When I first chanced upon a write-up about Lilian, I knew immediately I wanted to interview her.

As a young mother, and as a woman meeting each day from her wheelchair, Lilian embraces her potential, gives of herself to the point of personal exhaustion, then graciously, and with utter dignity, readies herself to do it all again, every day, for the love of her community. Lilian is one of the most resilient women I have ever been blessed to meet (via zoom and social media), and is a tireless advocate for people with disabilities, for women and girls - for their safety and their health, and for self-love, self-acceptance, and for choosing never to allow disability to be about limitation.

Her Foundation is inclusive, and she always shows others that things are possible. Her mentorship toward those who have come to her attention lifts them up and encourages them to find their own way forward, and her skills are many. She never shies away from learning a new skill, especially when the result is something she can make to give to someone in need.

I asked her to make a mattress for a displaced family in need, and with only photos to guide her, she produced an adult mattress and a baby mattress, and they were gifted from us to the family -- and the joy this brought to the family caused tears for us all. 

Intelligent, gloriously outspoken, strong-minded, amazingly compassionate, and so dedicated to her cause, Lilian deserves to have recognition bestowed upon her.

The world needs more Lilians, and I, for one, and thankful to call her a friend. 

 

This story was submitted in response to 2021 World Pulse Spirit Awards.

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Regina Afanwi Young
Jan 01
Jan 01

Thak you so much for nominating our sister Lillian. Am sure she will be happy you did.

Terri Mitchell
Jan 01
Jan 01

Thank you Regina, I appreciate your comment and yes, I am hopeful she is happy to be nominated :-)

VERA TANSIE
Jan 02
Jan 02

You are welcome

Dear Ma'am Regina, thank you so much for the support

Jill Langhus
Jan 03
Jan 03

Hi Terri,

Welcome to World Pulse! Thanks for nominating dear Lilian and acknowledging all her hard work!

Looking forward to seeing more posts from you and learning more about your work, business and what you're passionate about.

Dear Jill, thank you so much for the support

Jill Langhus
Jan 03
Jan 03

You're very welcome, dear:-) XX

Oh dear Terri
Thank you so much for the nomination
You have just written basically everything abd more about me. I'm super grateful

Truly our collaboration has impacted so many lives and more will be transformed this 2022.

There is more to women with disabilities than meets the eyes. Just a little push will bring out the giant in us.
It's all about Breaking the Shackles of Disability, every step of the way.

Thank you World Pulse, for giving me the opportunity to belong

Loads of love,
Lilian