Since leaving the fabulous Lagos, I have had the pleasure of being in the Central African country of Cameroon. And while sightseeing, eating good food, and connecting with good friends is always on the itinerary, one of the reasons I returned to this beloved country was to speak with young girls and women about career success and fulfilling their potentials.
In October, after I spoke on a panel of journalists, owner and operator of Flora Travel Company Ltd. and native Cameroonian Agatha Iyok pulled me aside to ask whether I'd be willing to return to Cameroon and speak with girls and women about professional and personal success.
After I enthusiastically accepted, we would take the next three months to fine tune my message and collaborate with a number of schools.
And the actual experience of connecting with these girls brought chills down my spine.
Because I could tell that my message that God didn't make them to be small and that their ultimate job on this planet is to figure out why they are here and how they can contribute to their families, communities, and nations resonated with them.
What's more, my lovely daughter Mirembe also helped to lead the charge by asking and answering questions from her peers, further opening up the lively conversation we had about what it takes to succeed as well as how they can reject the gender bias.
Mirembe was all smiles as she connected with her age mates, and once my speech with Mrs. Iyok wrapped up, it was delightful to see Mirembe exchanging numbers and e-mail addresses.
I'm looking forward to returning to all of the schools we visited in Tiko and Limbe!
Indeed, this is just the beginning!
Meeting with the principal
Now it is Mirembe's turn!
Agatha and Mirembe at Presbyterian Girls Secondary School in Limbe.
Delivering my message
Fabian Lyonga Ekukwe, the man with a mission a.k.a. Our wily photographer
Agatha dropping knowledge
Handling our business
Mr. Fab a.k.a. The man about town a.ka. The handler of business - you get my drift. Lol!