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#WinterABC Day 13: Immaculée Ilibagiza

Today is Day 13 of the WinterABC challenge with today’s topic being about a notable African personality you’d like to meet and why.

I hope you read my day 12 post which was about an experience in a southwestern village, Kibeho in Rwanda. My personality for the day reigns from Rwanda and her story is years after the apparitions starting in 1994.

Immaculée Ilibagiza was born in the western Rwandan province of Kibuye, in the village of Mataba.

She was separated from her family due to the genocide in which she lost her parents and two of her brothers.

Immaculée and seven other girls had to stay in a tiny bathroom for three months in a house that belonged to Pastor Murinzi. The bathroom door was covered by a wardrobe which spared their lives as the soldiers had no clue how many helpless people lived in that tiny bathroom.

10 years later, Immaculée sitted in the bathroom that her and seven other girls sought refugee for three months

Flashforward to present time, Immaculée lives in New York with her amazing children and husband. With the kindness, generosity and support of Wayne Dyer, Immaculée has been able to tell her story of finding God and how he saved her from during one of the hardest times in Rwanda.

She’s here . . . we know she’s here somewhere. . . . Find her—find Immaculée.” “I have killed 399 cockroaches,” said one of the killers. “Immaculée will make 400. It’s a good number to kill.”

Above are some of the words she heard outside the bathroom from the soldiers who were more than eager to end her life.

Why Do I Want To Me Her?

I simply want to ask how she kept her faith strong and trusted God during that time. Many gave up, got tired of hiding and surrendered. Immaculée in her book Left To Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust explains that she survived because God wanted her to tell her story.

You will feel hope, a hope that inch by inch, we as a people are moving toward a new alignment—that is, we’re moving toward living God-realized lives.

Wayne Dyer

So I’d love to sit down with her over a cup of tea and talk about Faith, Forgiveness, God, Catholicism and Life after the Rwandan holocaust.

Thank you so much for reading and I urge you to check on your family and friends make sure they are okay.

Love and light to you all.

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#WinterABC Day 12: My Apparition Experience

November 28th 1981

Kibeho is a small village in Southwestern Rwanda. I and a number of other girls have spent a month or so in school and we study from Kibeho High School.

It’s lunch time, every one is struggling for food that they can’t see what is going on in the dining hall.

Alphonsine Mumureke is standing at the front of the dining hall, head lifted high and she seems to be talking to herself. Suddenly silence fills the hall people are starting to notice and some girls are making fun of her.One of the teachers on duty is called to act on what is happening. Some girls are scared, they are whispering about the new girl who seems to be possessed. A few minutes later she falls to the ground and is rushed to the school dispensary.

January 1982

We are fresh from the Christmas holiday and everyone is excited to be back. We are outside waiting for an address from our teacher and one of the girls move forward.

It’s Anathalie Mukamazimpaka just like Alphonsine she’s tilted her head up and she’s responding to a person we all can’t see.

She later told us the Virgin Mary appeared to her identifying herself as Nyina wa Jambo (Kinyarwanda for “Mother of the Word”). I remember Alphonsine said the same thing but no one believed her. They all thought it impossible and even accused them of being possessed by the devil.

I come from a devout Catholic family, yes I have my doubts as would any other human being. But how can two different people make up a story of something so special and divine. Anathalie’s apparitions emphasized endless prayer and expiation. Simply asking us to make amends for guilt or wrong doing.

I did not stay long enough in Kibeho High to witness Marie Claire Mukangango, who had initially bullied Alphonsine at school because of the visions. She also experienced apparitions which lasted from March 2 to September 15, 1982. The Virgin told Mukangango that people should pray the Chaplet of the Seven Sorrows to obtain the favor of repentance.

Many people interpreted these apparitions as visions foretelling the Rwandan genocide and the second Kibeho massacre. The same place the girls had their moment with the Virgin Mary is the same ground on which they slaughtered innocent souls.

Here is a site you can visit to further understand what these girls went through putting aside my story.

Thank you for reading, until next time.

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Proverbs In Vernacular

FUN FACT: My father is an Etesot and my mother is a Muganda. This makes me half and half but due to male dominance i’ll introduce myself as an Iteso. Luckily i got a Kiganda name, Suubi which means Hope.

Today i’ll share with you a couple of proverbs from both tribes some of which i just learned today. My grandmother all the way in Butebo must be disappointed. The children of my father’s household need to go back for lessons myself included.

1. Eyauni epejonon aijar

Translated as: The visitor brings life.

To mean: Its better to share with visitors because they add more blessings.

2. Agali awamu g’egaluma enyama

Translated as: Only the teeth that are joined will bite the meat.

To mean: When people are united, even the strongest enemy or the toughest challenge can be overcome.

3. Ebibe tebyala

Translated as (Loosely): Stolen things don’t yield much

To mean: There is no gain from stealing something that does not belong to you.

4. Nantabulirwa asaabala gwa bumbba

To mean: A person who doesn’t heed to advise is bound to fail.

5. Ekigya omanyi kinyagga bitono

To mean: If something comes your way and you had a clue it doesn’t break you down as much.

I need to visit both my grandmothers and go deeper into my roots. They are always telling us stories but we don’t go much into things like proverbs.

Despite that finding, i enjoyed doing the research for today’s topic.

I would also like to add that during my research someone I reached out to blatantly told me and I qoute “things to do with my tribe will take me no where”. Let that sink in (I still am), we need to reflect on how detached we are from our roots.

Blessed Week Lovely People.

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Awards

Liebster Award 2020

I humbled to have been nominated for The Liebster Award by the one and only Ms. Abigaba. This is my very first blogging award so i’m extremely excited. Last week she (Ms. Abi) celebrated hitting 200 followers *insert happy dance* She is an amazing writer with such passion which you can see through her work. Ms. Abi is the brain behind Vocalized Thoughts. and she really does play with her words.

Rules

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, and provide a link to their blog
  • Answer the 11 questions given to you
  • Nominate 11 bloggers
  • Ask nominees 11 questions
  • Notify your nominees once you have uploaded your post

Questions & Answers

  1. What is your favorite book and why?

I have so many favorite books but here is one that really got me. It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover. This was the first novel i read that talked about issues in life you’d normally find in self help books. The genre is not specific but these are novels i read if i’m not lost in a self help book.

2. What song do you currently have on repeat?

It’s not just one song. I have Danny Gokey’s Haven’t Seen It Yet album on repeat. My favorite song on the album is Haven’t Seen It Yet.

3. Which season(Autumn, Spring, Summer or Winter) of the year describes you?

For starters we only have wet and dry seasons of which it could be hot and cold on the same day. Perks of living in a tropical country. I must say i love the rainy season because it’s an excuse to take coffee all day (Being a barista is a dream of mine), wear over-sized sweaters curl up in bed and watch thrillers. That makes me a true introvert….don’t you agree??

4. In the event of an emergency home evacuation, what is the first item you grab?

This is a hard one. Due to excessive panic i’d only think of my phone because it has my Bible, Contacts and Journal. I’d probably not forget my actual Journal, there’s too much in there.

5. Which historical figure would you most like to meet and why?

Micheal Jackson. I’ve read an article that he had skin pigmentation issues hence the change of color. I’d love to hear his true story in regards to that. To date, i’m still disturbed by it.

6. What’s makes a good blog?

A good blog is as good as the effort you put into it. I’ll keep it at that for now.

7. Back to the past or forward to the future?

What is the past?? Forward to the future for me. I’m grateful for the lessons the past taught me but i can’t go back. My point of power is in the present moment to prepare me for the future.

8. Your dream vacation?

Bali island in Indonesia. It’s so BEAUTIFUL!! plus i would love to explore the culture.

9. The greatest movie of all time?

This question is not fair. My greatest movie of all time was Titanic but (yes there is a but) Me Before You took the top position. Watched it four times and i always cry.

10. Wealth or health?

Health is Wealth. Treat your body like a temple.

11. Your proudest moment?

Out growing certain characters or behaviors that i thought were normal. Every time i notice good change i’m proud of myself


My Nominees:

These are fellow bloggers doing amazing work sharing, teaching and enlightening us on diverse issues.

LisaRomans

AmJoanne

HumanityBoss

A peak into Dees World

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#WinterABC Day 10, Representing Brands

Over the years representing brands has been about reputable people standing in a positive light for major companies or businesses which increase their sales in the long run.

In my teen years I had my minutes of fame and I thought maybe I could represent these brands. The first one was when I got to take part in a survey for a radio station called XFM. We were categorized according to age and I was the youngest in the room. I saw that as my selling point and assumed I’d automatically make the cut only because people my age were into hip radio stations but to my dismay.

The second minute of fame was after I took part in an essay writing competition with The Straight Talk Foundation. They were looking for representatives in high school and as you can tell, I took part in that too. I thought it was a long shot until I received a branded envelope from The Straight Talk offices. Receiving branded envelopes was such a big deal in school. They made you look important.

Unfortunately I didn’t make the cut and I was utterly disappointed. Before I gave up, I applied for another opportunity to represent a newspaper column that was new at the time. This one hurt the most because I didn’t even get a “we regret to inform you” letter or email.

Looking back, it feels like I was desperate to be somebody. I hated all these companies for not giving me a chance. I wanted to be the face of something and I was denied the opportunity every time I tried.

Writing about today’s topic made me realize branding is about an emotional connection. Yes, I wanted to represent said companies but my sight was not on the bigger picture at the time. I was looking at it from the perspective of fame and all the nice things that come with it.

Why emotional connection? If you love something you’ll go out of your way to do the very best just to deliver outstanding results. Like I mentioned earlier, that was not really my motive.

The brands I appreciate are Pearls For Her, Afrobloggers, 4040 (40 days over smiles) and The Endo Hub.

These brands are well represented and me being part of their community one way or the other is representation enough for me. They’ve rather inspired me to build my own brand which only I can best represent.

What we experience is our own concept of things. That is why no two people see quite the same world, and why, in many cases, different people see such different worlds. To put it another way, we make our own world by the way in which we think; for we really do live in a world of our own thoughts.

Emmet Fox

In conclusion I admire so many brands and yes once in a while I’ll dream of what it would be like representing them. On the other hand, I’m interested in building a personal brand as everyone has two eyes but no one has the same view.

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Of Social Media Accounts I Love and Why

Today’s topic is interesting. It’s like a step further getting to know something about all the amazing bloggers I’ve met thus far.

Here are four of other amazing accounts that I follow on the socials.

Pearls For Her (PFH)

I love entrepreneurship and being a career woman. PFH is an amazing platform that was created to help women be both and enjoy every second it. It’s mostly beneficial to already existing businesses but I’d recommend it to anyone. Through their programs and trainings I have learned and I’m still learning. Anxiously waiting to apply my skills. It’s simply two amazing ladies helping other women flourish. Check them out!! They are Ugandan.

Crystal Newman

I listened to her all the years she was on Sanyu FM, my favorite show was a Saturday one where she invited celebrities to share their stories. She left radio not so long ago but came back with a YouTube channel and maintained her concept. It’s no longer about celebrities though but rather people who have stories worth sharing and been judged differently by society. *I’m a very good listener hence I love stories* I also follow her on Instagram, she’s such a foodie and always shares amazing recipes. *I’m a foodie too* Check out her pages. She’s also from my motherland.

Transformation Church/ Michael Todd

The channel and man of God behind Relationship Goals. The story about these two is quite long. All I can say is I’m grateful that I stumbled on the channel. Plus I feel like other people have done the account justice talking about it today.

Afrobloggers

The reason I’m here so exhausted but still sharing this list with you. Afrobloggers is an account I followed shortly after I resumed blogging. They are so welcoming and extremely devoted to uplifting African writers. Through them and this challenge I’ve met amazing bloggers with great talent. If you aren’t following them yet, what are you waiting for honestly?

They are so many accounts I could possibly share but for now that’s all. Make sure to check them out or recommend to people you think would love them.

Sending love to you all. Continue to be safe and cautious during these difficult times

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#WinterABC Day 8

I write this sitted in a taxi exactly twelve minutes to curfew time. A bit excited to see what happens if I’m not home by 7pm as the traffic was beyond my control.

I almost didn’t get time to write. The challenge has to continue and I thought what better time to write than this rush hour confusion I got myself into. Anyway getting into today’s topic.

Here are a few and short pointers I think all African content creators can stay away from in this blogging, vlogging and influencing world.

  • Don’t Give Up

Nothing ever comes easy so keep trying but don’t fail to try. Beginnings are pretty hard but with the passion and charisma, things eventually get going. So do not give up.

  • Don’t create purely for fame

Give the people what they need and the fame or popularity will come easily to you. The content and how it’s delivered will draw the fame. Do your part consistently with purpose and allow your followers to celebrate you. Hard work always pays off.

  • Don’t try to cover all topics

Identify your niche and engage to understand it better. Base your content on your niche and be creative in a satisfactory manner. There’s a niche for everyone of us. All it takes is continuous research and the internet to get a hold of it.

Love and light esteemed readers.

Update: Got home at exactly 7:30pm. The police officers didn’t question me. It is important that I’m home and safe. (Thank God)

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5 Bloggers in My Country

I didn’t want this day to reach because i’m somewhat new to the blogging community of my country. That also made me realize i’m not reaching out enough to get to know people in the blogging space but that’s why i joined the WinterABC challenge. (Social media is important after all!!)

There are so many talented bloggers in Uganda. I’d come across some of their pages before the challenge and others along this journey. Everyone of them has a unique style of writing that will captivate you. I honestly feel like a rookie when i read their blogs.

Without further ado, let me share with you my 5 bloggers in Uganda and make sure to check out their blogs if you haven’t already. Follow them as well to keep up with amazing stories.

Khanani Daniella

She is an amazing writer, came across her page when The Paul Coelho liked and appreciated her book review on his book. I was amazed by her pointers too, i intend to get the book too. Then throughout the challenge, she’ll make sure to let you know what she’s learned from your post. I loved her Becoming piece. She’s got a good thing going and i’d like for you to follow her too.

Benjamin Watch

He has a passion for blogging which you can tell through his writing. He’s always sharing bloggers pieces to the world. This is very encouraging and it feels good to know that your stories are appreciated by people you’ve never met but connect with through words.

Katasi E. Kironde

I got to know about her through the WinterABC challenge. Her Becoming story was amazing too and it prompted me to check all her other stories. She has The Lockdown Chronicles series, haven’t finished all the stories but i recommend.

Vocalized Thoughts

Now i came to know Ms Abigaba through this challenge after she liked one of my posts. Went to her blog and read some of her work before the challenge. One thing caught my eye, her review on the The Defining Decade and that was enough for me to subscribe. Her writing style is unique and i like it.

Justified Ecstasy

The lady behind it is Patsy Mugabi. Anything you want to know about personal finance, natural hair and lifestyle she has got you. She also has a page on Femme Money Moves which is basically personal finance for the average twenty something female. Check out her blog and find out more.

I’ve just realized all four of the five are female. Girl bosses out here doing the most!! The future is surely female. They are so many amazing bloggers and i continue to learn from them.

To telling more stories, being heard, sharing others and fighting the good fight with WORDS!!

Mpaka wakati ujao (Until next time……. *Inspired by Daniella* )

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Lessons on Social Media

Social media for most people is a space to participate in social networking but it has rapidly grown into a platform for content creators to share and engage their specific users. Specific because every social media platform has its own niche and it’s the same trend the creatives making the most of social media have taken.

Social media platforms are quite a number and I know some people could have an account on each one. As for me, I only have those that I need. My anxiety can blow out of proportion and the last thing I want is to be dealing with social media induced anxiety. That is not my cup of tea and I don’t wish it on anybody.

We are going to get into four of the many lessons I’ve learned from social media as today’s topic suggests on the 6th day of the WinterABC challenge.

Social media and authenticity walk hand in hand. It’s possibly the same reason we follow the people we are currently following on the different platforms. Do you think it’s possible to detect the authenticity of a person or a business just by looking at their page? Whatever your answer was, it’s important to note that authenticity is key. Many go the extra mile to sell lies and it is very disappointing when there is delivery of a service for money. Always be on the lookout.

The social media world has opened my eyes to social media marketing. In the near future many people will be professional digital marketers. The plan was to say there will no longer be social media influencers but I’ve noticed the trick businesses use to grow their customer base. They look for people with a big following to market their services. I like the idea of involving people otherwise they’d just pay Google to do the hard work.  Hence you’d see those annoying pop up ads with too many graphics which we all hate and never pick interest in what they have to offer.

Although when there’s a face to it you become curious, swipe up or down and that’s how you end up wasting two hours of your day on social media.

This brings me to another lesson I’ve learned on social media. Don’t give away too much, keep something for and to yourself. Celebrities look like they give way too much information and Wikipedia does them no justice. You’d be surprised at how much they keep to themselves. They give the people what they want not need.

Our generation is already obsessed with social media as is but you don’t want to add social media stalkers to your list of things to worry about.  An MTV show called Catfish taught me that lesson. It’s amazing the lengths people go through. Remember to be safe and treasure your privacy.

Lastly social media has also taught me the necessity of showing up. Businesses or brands thrive better when they put themselves out there. We always come across amazing pages but we never know the people behind them. Over time, brands, business owners and others are starting to show up and this opens up more opportunities which are a result of networking.

Content is the fire, social media is the gasoline.

-Ryan Kohn

Social media is mostly good and bad when the freedom it offers is misused.  Make the most of the opportunities it has to offer but remember to use it wisely. Show up and own your content if the space is for you to do business and more. I recommend you to do a social media cleanse once in a while, too much of anything has never been good.

Wishing you all a blessed week and may it be filled with purpose driven activities.

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Endometriosis Journey

Thriving with endometriosis

Living with endometriosis is a silent condition because it’s not visible to the outside world. A woman could look happy and healthy but inside she’s in immense pain. Having witnessed one of my best friends struggle with it, I know how debilitating daily life can be even for her who has a high pain threshold. […]

Thriving with endometriosis

This is a repost from Merly Hartnett.

Sometimes the reality of the condition is a hard pill to swallow but what we can do is thrive through it all.

Have a lovely weekend and I hope you enjoy today’s Endo read. Big shout to Merly make sure to check out her blog.