I know what you are thinking.
No, I didn’t travel to London for the 2012 Olympics but I won a solid goal Medal here in Washington DC. A truly amazing learning experience with fellows from over 15 countries. Can you imagine how that feels?
As I enter my last month in my fellowship, Working as International Advocacy Fellow at the prestigious Population Action International (PAI), a leading research and advocacy US based organisation dedicated to fighting for a world where every person have access to reproductive health services and supplies in order that they live in balance with nature. I am taking time to think and reflects on the past one year of leanings, courage, inspiration and hardwork and feeling overwhelmingly grateful. My job had many dimensions inter Alia; strengthening the International youth network on sexual and reproductive health and sustainable development through capacity building on the links between Reproductive Health and climate change/sustainable development, small grant management and UN engagements/advocacy etc. etc. With a supervisor who was and willing as well as dedicated to teaching and coaching me to my very full potential. And I love all of it.
I left home nearly a year ago as I wholeheartedly grabbed this opportunity (Fellowship) in order to improve my professional and person skills as an advocacy specialist and policy analyst in the areas of environment/Climate change and reproductive health having been involved in advocacy efforts at local and national levels in Nigeria for the past eight years. I had a vision to also to learn about US Non-profit coperate culture and engagement as I will be returning home shortly to fully integrate this skills in as many efforts towards achieving local and national development goals
It been a year of surprises too. Like a golden opportunity to travel to six countries, meet with Nobel Laureates like Desmond Tutu,former Presidents of United States, Brazil and Ireland, Leaders in sustainability industry and social media through the Elders+Youngers Initiative, Meet with American Hollywood actress (Ashely Judd) as well as attending two very critical UN Meetings with amazing team from PAI: The UNFCCC COP17 and UN Rio+20 Conferences.
Well, I was also featured in second biggest Swedish newspaper during my participation at the Stockholm+40 Partnership Conference as a one of the high level panelists speaking about the empowerment of women and girls thanks to the support and coaching from PAIThere so many people to thank. But God first. He has raised me up more than I can be.I may have won a gold medal like Micheal Phelps…but I am yet to receive it…..stay tuned: