When I think of vision for my life, my community and or the world, I think of Mary Slessor. Mary Slessor is a Scottish Missionary who stopped the killing of twins in Nigeria. It was believed that twins were bad omens and as a result all twins were killed from birth. Now, slessor fought against this traditional belief and today twins are seen as luck instead of ill luck. Come to think of it that if she did not stop the killing of twins, famous artists like P Square in Nigerian wouldn’t have seen the light of fame. Note that the killing of twins didn’t only happen in Nigeria, it happened in Cameroon and other African countries as well. Slessor’s advocacy didn’t fail to make impacts in neighboring countries like Cameroon. Amazing! If you ask me what my vision is, I will say I want to be like Mary Slessor who created that meaningful and long lasting change. It is obvious that it takes a lot to create such change but I will put in the lot required to bring the change that I want. There are lots of traditional/cultural practices in my community that infringes on the rights of women; such believes I am dying to change. - The practice of maltreating the corpses of women who die during or after childbirth is one dirty believe and practice that I am hungry to change. I have already initiated my advocacy to raise awareness on this. I need to raise more awareness. - Other harmful traditional practices like widowhood rights, breast ironing, meal restrictions, are all issues at stake that I am dying to change. - Preferencing boy child education at the expense of girl child education really pinches me in the heart; I need to do something to create a change where girls will have equal access to education like their fellow boys. - I am just dying to change the situation of women in my community. Now, becoming a VOF correspondent is going to be a bold step towards achieving my dreams. I strongly believe that journalism is a change tool and being citizen journalist is just the perfect branch of journalism to guide me towards meeting my objectives. Being a citizen journalist means being face-to-face with local realities and sounding change as a member of the local community. This way you have firsthand experience of local happenings and stand a better chance to understand and fight for change. VOF training will equip me with the necessary skills to become an outstanding citizen journalist; one who would easily identify issues that need advocacy and change. It will give me knowledge on how to make use of Web 2.0 to advocate and to create change. It is evident that many uprisings and change made great use of the social media. I need to learn how to use all the available online and offline resources that will help me to become a perfect agent of change in my community. I am sure that if I become a VOF correspondent, by the end of the training I will become an expert in citizen journalism skills. I will learn more how to be a blogger, how to use new media in journalism, how to go about advocating for change through journalism, etc. Above all, getting VOF training as an individual means getting a thousand women trained. The training to me will be like a training of trainer course. I will become a trainer of women and girls in citizen journalism skills. I will impact this knowledge to as many women as possible. Getting this knowledge to more women means building a solid foundation for long-lasting change. This is because many women will become advocates for change from different angles. However, I say thank you to world pulse for all the reading materials throughout this application process, it has added my knowledge on so many important things that I really didn’t understand. If I can learn so much during this short application process, then I can visualize how much I will learn if I become a VOF correspondent. I am thirsty for more knowledge because I need to create change!

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Dear Sister,

Only the thirsty can appreciate knowledge when they find it. Let the Mary Slessor in you rise and create a better history for Cameroon. All the best, dear.

Much love, Precious

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Great post, Nakinti. Mary Slessor sounds like an amazing woman. I love hearing stories like that. I'm glad to know you now and look forward to hearing your own stories of change in the future.

Nechesa

Mary was an incredible woman. I love reading stories of women like her and I know that I will read of you too, Nakinti! You have a wonderful driven energy!

Creatively, Stacey

Dear Nakinti

Thanks for such an informative post. Without doubt, we need to create a change where girls will have equal access to education like their fellow boys.

Great work, Keep writing Fozia

Thank you dear Fozia, United we stand, Divided we fall...together we can make meaningful noise that will create change right here on World Pulse. Girls must have equal access to education in all the corners of the world. Thank you dear for resounding this bell. Love from Cameroon

Nakinti B. Nofuru 2013 VOF Correspondent Reporter for Global Press Institute Bamenda - Cameroon Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org nakintin@yahoo.com

Dear Nakinti, "Above all, getting VOF training as an individual means getting a thousand women trained". i see the conviction in that words. Yes you can train more than this number. You are the light of their lives. Good luck.

Love

Merlin Sharontina

Dear Sharontina, Anytime you comment to my post you make my day.... I am hoping to touch the lives of as many women as possible Thanks dear for shooting this wonderful words to me...me like. Sending you May Day greetings from Cameroon.

Nakinti B. Nofuru 2013 VOF Correspondent Reporter for Global Press Institute Bamenda - Cameroon Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org nakintin@yahoo.com

Dear Nakinti:

Thank you so much for introducing me to the story of Mary Slessor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mary_Slessor). I had not known about her or her work in Nigeria before now, but she was undoubtedly of the 'league of strong and powerful women' (my phrase) to which I am quite sure you also belong :) One biography of Mary says that when she died in 1915, an old woman said "Kutua oh, kutua oh!", which the article translated as "Do not cry, do not cry. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. Ma was a great blessing to Africa."

You have set a strong agenda for yourself, much like Mary, and I wish you great success in also being a great blessing to your community and country. The times are much different from the 19th century, of course, but social media make it possible for us to reach far away from our home community and help create meaningful and long-lasting change without having to travel there.

Sharing what you have learned with other women is a powerful way to achieve your vision, indeed.

Best wishes, Rosemary

Dear M'am, I am super excited to know that I made you learn something new about someone special...it is really true that we learn everyday. Thank you so much for the link you just provided about her as I am connecting to right away to learn some more about Slessor. I will be the happiest in my grave if years/centuries after my death people will be saying something positive about me...it is my greatest wish. Thank God for globalisation, web 2.0, which is making it possible for us to learn new things and do things from the comfort of our region. Thank you mam for opening and reading my post...I appreciate. Thank you for the kind words of encouragement...I hold them close to my heart. Sending you the warmest of love from Cameroon - Africa in miniature.

Nakinti B. Nofuru 2013 VOF Correspondent Reporter for Global Press Institute Bamenda - Cameroon Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org nakintin@yahoo.com

Wonderful to hear such enthusiasm! Enthusiasm for change! I'm sure you've already proven to be an inspiration to the girls and women in your community!

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