Winter in Washington is almost here and most locals are preparing by making sure their family members have warm cloths and snow boots just in case we get record snowfall. It is good that I have come to the U.S. before the winter season as this will be the first I ever experience an actual snowfall. I understand that Washington, being not really in the south and not really in the north, sometimes gets no snowfall, but I’m hoping we get at least an inch or two. Some friends from the U.S. and others from parts of Africa and Asia have shared their experiences being here during the snowfall so i expect it is going to be beautiful. And according to American weather predictions, this time we should get record snowfall, or what some here refer to as ‘the polar vortex.”
This scares me a bit.  I grew up in Sub-Sahara’s climate, where sometime the temperature reaches 40 to 45 degrees Celsius during the summer. You need to drink more than 5 or 6 liters of water a day in that kind of heat. It is extremely hot even during high winds. The rainy season lasts more than 6 months, but it will still be hot.
The winter is estimated to less than three months long but I will savor that time. I can’t wait to experience my first snowfall season here in America.
A Few weeks ago, after receiving my monthly stipend which I totally rely on in terms of food and transport, a friend of mine took me to a big store in Maryland to buy warm cloths and snow boots.

Dreaming 911

Have you ever wondered how your dreams change with your thought patterns?

Not too often, but I do get these glum dreams, where I am walking on the road alone, it is dark and blue, and then suddenly someone starts following me. I try to run my best and I am breathing heavily. I try to dodge away from the dark image, but soon get cornered and helpless. Then a hero within me rises and starts fighting with the dark image till I conquer. Sigh! And I wake up. Not at all a pleasant dream, but when I wake up I do ponder, that if I am not a runner or a marital artist in real life, why is it that in my dream I become my own hero?

Excellence reads excellence

A truly meaningful life is nonetheless than a blessing because when people ask you what do you do, they really want to know what contribution do you make in the betterment of society, what change you brings in the lives of other. At that point, I believe the answer should not be like, I am trainer, I am manager, I am cook, I am xyz.

The Case for Masks: Why we should unmask, rethink, and unthink what we think about masks

“A mask, my first unfeeling scrap of clothing,” Down Once More / Down this Murderer, The Phantom of the Opera, Andrew Lloyd Webber

Masks are fascinating. They have been around everywhere in the world and since ancient times. Yes, in one way or another, masks are prominent elements of our storytelling. Even more interesting is the fact that the power of the mask in our collective psyche and language comes not from the actual objects. No, masks are immortal because of the deep meanings they embody.

StartingBloc Hangover

After 5 days of intense back to back session from 9 am to 6 pm at the StartingBloc Institute in DC, I still have a hangover. Not in the traditional sense as you think- from the party or drinks but from the information, loads of information that I am still trying to process. One would say 9-6 is a normal day for most; why would you get a hangover from that?

Elevating Global Awareness through Participative Media

Photo Courtesy of Mansi Midhi and Global Press Institute

Photo Courtesy of Mansi Midhi and Global Press Institute

Over the last 10 months, I have had the privilege to serve at Global Press Institute as a Communications Coordinator. During this period, I have learnt so much about the international network of women committed to the art of story telling. GPI uses journalism as a tool for development.

The organization is committed to educating, employing and empowering women in developing media markets to become professional journalists. The stories that these women produce are of high quality and not only spark social change but also elevate global awareness.

Crucible Moments: Trina’s Inspirational Journey!

I applied for the Atlas Corps Fellowship and accepted to serve at Women Deliver becauase I’ve always wanted to improve the lives of young people, especially girls in my country. I needed a platform to gain knowledge and skills. Eleven months down the road, I must say that I’ve enjoyed every experience serving  as an Atlas Corps Fellow at Women Deliver in New York City.

10649821_10154540120045265_2136987066954039242_nThe best moments have been about knowing people’s life crucible moments to joining the Atlas Corps Fellowship, and finding out how similar our life aspirations are even when we are from different parts of the world.