December 17

Speed-dating with a mission: To fundraise

It has been many years since I’ve done something totally out of my comfort zone.  Combine that with my personality, where I am most comfortable lounging around at home, reading a book or watching a movie. So, it took courage to encourage my NGO to pay for me to go to a networking event on […]

December 12

PAB#3: Family is LOVE

Living alone in an unfamiliar environment is tough and having a good support system is very helpful. During our PULSE volunteer orientation, we were told that we will experience all the phases of change curve and though I have conditioned myself, dealing with it in actual proved to be challenging. Thank you to the technology […]

Life Goes On

In Nigeria it’s the change of season from Rain to Harmattan (Cooler dry season and the dry Hot season) My PULSE assignment will soon be coming to a close here and I’m glad I got to witness both seasons. It’s a bitter-sweet feeling after having lived here for over 4 months…. I’ll soon be presenting my […]

December 10

10 Lessons I Learned from My PULSE 10 Experience

“Hands down! This is the best day I can ever remember…” Pamthunzi is a Chichewa word which means “in the shade” in English. It serves as my home for six months during my PULSE assignment in PIH Malawi. A place where memories are created and lessons are learned.   Number 1 : Be brave. The […]

December 06

Happy Volunteer Day.

December 04

What we ultimately work for at GSK!

Let me start by directly introducing you to this unassuming “grey box”! It is a GeneXpert device located at the Stephen Robert and Pilar Crespi Robert Regional Reference Laboratory in Mirebalais, Haiti where I have spent the past five months on my PULSE assignment. I had already been aware about the GeneXpert technology for HIV […]

December 04

Story time: Flying to the moon

One of my earliest memories is my dad trying to put me to sleep, telling me stories at bedtime.  I remember him nodding off in the process, me waking him up and asking him to finish the story! I have always loved listening to people tell their stories, and the thing I love the most […]

November 30

“Be in the moment” by the girl that avoids Christmas!

What does it mean to ‘Be in the moment?’ << December 2007: On Christmas Day just as I had settled down, I received a phone call before midnight requesting my attendance at the hospital to be with my sister. I was meant to be there at that time. >> December 2008: I flew my first solo […]

November 28

Decisions, Decisions

Like a kid in a sweet shop, it sometimes doesn’t do to have too many choices put in front of you.   Work and life frequently offer an abundance of great ideas or it might be that there are just too many things to try and get done all at once – so you will have […]

November 28

New Beginnings

I enjoy very much being in a foreign country, in a new country, new place.  And I also enjoy beginning a new book.  It’s like being someone else.  J.M.G. Le Clezio I arrived in Lesotho on a Thursday, and once I was somewhat settled in to my hotel, it was off to work the next […]

November 26

Expansion plans: The Family Success Model

I am excited to be writing about the rollout and my contributions to the new way of working and expansion at East Durham Children’s Initiative (EDCI) in Durham North Carolina- called the Family Success Model. It has also been great to be building upon the previous work done by Jennifer and Megan who were GSK […]

November 26

See No Evil Hear No Evil Speak No Evil

My daughter Armany and I share an obsession for ‘Lord of the Rings’. We have been known to watch the complete trilogy in one sitting, cuddled up on a sofa with a blanket, shouting out the dialogue before the characters’ lips move!   At Heathrow Airport, 02 July 2018 before I left for my assignment with […]

November 21

PAB#2: Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable!

When I was in primary school, I am used to the arrangement where my Mom would give me my total 5-day allowance at the start of the week. And it was up to me how to spend it – whether I want to live a “grand” life, from a kid’s point of view of course, […]

November 21

Puerto Rico se levanta – About Hurricane Maria

On 20th September 2017 Puerto Rico kept its breath while the hurricane was hammering the island. Fear, anxiety, anger, hope, faith, all mixed up for all the Portoricans, the time stopped in a big Hurricane Maria hit the Caribbean, and it was particularly strong here in Puerto Rico. It was a category 5 Hurricane on the Saffir-Simpson […]

November 21

Halfway trough, feeling more confident

The end of my second month of PULSE assignment and the third one were not easy, I found myself a bit in the middle of small internal changes which impacted somehow my assignment as well. The main challenge was to find a correct way to help the American Red Cross of Puerto Rico to understand more the spirit […]