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?