Campaign Update

I attended a Workshop for Violent Extremism stakeholders for Peace Storytellers on Wednesday, November 14, at the U.S. Embassy Yaounde.

Sophie Ngassa
Posted November 18, 2018 from Cameroon
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Before I joined World Pulse, I had never told my personal story publicly. I could not understand why thousands of people had to know my history especially the hurting aspects. The stories I have read on the World Pulse platform have been very healing and many people have benefited from getting the opportunity to pass on their wisdom to others.

As I began sharing my stories, the whole world noticed me and the work I do.

Today, I am a recognized story teller in our community!

Some days ago I received an invite to attend a workshop on storytelling to help prevent violent extremism with the American Story teller, Queen Nur form the USA. She is a member of the national association of Black story tellers.

Her stories capture historical experiences, celebrate folkloric traditions, and speak to the essence of humanity. This US Embassy-sponsored project was captioned, ‘WE WIN: countering violent extremism and youth radicalization through storytelling’, the object of which was to use storytelling as a tool to transmit the message of peace in our nation.

We got a lot out of Queen’s program as we learned how to us storytelling to advance peace in our nation. Of course with lots of fun as we continued to the Cameroon Cultural center for a live performance on stage. The leanings will help us sustain our community as we work with our marginalized communities.

At the end we received certificates of participation as Community Ambassadors.

Thanks to World Pulse for training me to write my story in my own words and voice.

Why do I share my story? To inspires people to push on with what they are trying to achieve in bringing social change to communities.

Every culture has its own stories or narratives, which are shared as a means of entertainment, education, cultural preservation or instilling moral values.

We need to know and express our own stories!

I look forward to work on other storytelling projects with Queen.

 

 

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Lis Sal
Nov 18
Nov 18

Hi sis. Sophie,

This is so so inspiring and thanks for sharing it. And I agreed that we should use story telling to educate.

Kind regards

Lisbeth

Sophie Ngassa
Nov 20
Nov 20

Thank you Lisa. Stories got power.

jlanghus
Nov 19
Nov 19

Hi there Sophie dear, Thanks for sharing your storytelling experience. I'm so glad you decided to open up and share your stories with us, and that you have healed from them, too. You inspire so many. It would've been a shame for you not to share them with us. I agree that we need to know and express our stories. It's so healing, and transformative.

Hope you're having a great day, dear:-)

Sophie Ngassa
Nov 20
Nov 20

Hi Jill, I always feel lighter when i share a story. Happy to hear that I inspire many people. Dear sis I wish you same. Thanks for commenting.

jlanghus
Nov 21
Nov 21

Hi Sophie:-) I know what you mean. Stories are powerful, for sure. Yes, you do inspire many. More than what you think, I think...ha:-) Thanks, and you're welcome, dear:-)

Tarke Edith
Nov 21
Nov 21

Hi sister

You are an icon to be recognized every where indeed you deserve that thanks you very much for being there for women l know that through your elfort the voices of Cameroonian women will be heard thanks again sis

Sophie Ngassa
Nov 23
Nov 23

Hello sister, happy to read from you dear. Your a highly welcome. Together we are stronger and we overcome all. Thanks again.

Tamarack Verrall
Nov 25
Nov 25

Dear Sophie,

I have always loved story telling, but it is though the story telling here on WorldPulse that I have learned so much, experienced on a new level the power of speaking out, been inspired by so many. Your stories here have been such a part of the wisdom and courage that creates our beautiful web of connections. Seeing you here with another gifted Story Teller also determined to create change tells me that we are stronger than ever now that you have met.

With love in sisterhood,

Tam

Ngwa Damaris
Nov 28
Nov 28

Great!!! More light on writing inspirational stories:)