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My journey to World Pulse: Forever in my memory

Wao! It is yet another opportunity given me to share another story…
My journey to World Pulse was a long-long but interesting journey; a journey that I embarked on not knowing where I was actually going to. It was a crazy journey, so to say, but I finally got there. This brings back the memories of the unique and important role of web 2.0. Web 2.0 was the invisible guardian angel, that led me through the tedious journey to the wonderful Kingdom of World Pulse; the land of true sisterhood.
Here is my story.
I thought traveling abroad was the best way to seek ‘greener pastures.’ Little did I know that the pastures weren’t as greener as I thought. In 2009, I returned to Cameroon after a near-to-hell 2 years spent abroad. A life characterized by no jobs due to inappropriate documents.
Do you know what lack of job meant in a far off land where I had no other relative except me? It meant:
- No money for rents and bills, food, clothing
- No money to pay back accumulated debts incurred because of my travel
- No money to process documents
- No money to come back home
- No money, no money, no money, no money.
I then found myself back in Cameroon, no material resources to start a new life. But at least I came back with one very important resource; my education, and another acquired life skill, little computer knowledge. Those were the last 2 assets I had left with me.
Hmmm…those assets…great! With nothing doing upon my return, I spent my whole life, with every little money that friends and family gave me, in cyber cafés, googling, searching, applying, and subscribing to all the sites that I stumbled on. I turned the cyber space upside down, looking for an online or offline opportunity in training, internship, volunteering and what have you.
Then on a memorable day, one of the cites that I subscribed in sent a message to my box on an online journalism opportunity available. Without wasting time, one click, I was on that page and click-click, I submitted my application as usual. Surprisingly, I got this job after about 6 months. Then came the need to acquire some training in journalism to add to that which my media house was giving me…the searching and clicking continued. As inquisitive as I am, I contacted one of my new journalist colleagues in Liberia, and she asked me:
“Do you have any journalism experience, or did you read journalism in school?”
My reply was a big NO.
And then she asked
“Do you know World Pulse?”
It was another NO
Finally she told me that I have missed the 2012 VOF application by one week, but she encouraged me to visit it and be a part of it. Behold, I felt bad. I did not lose hope.
Without wasting time, I logged into World Pulse and created my journal. I can never forget the warm welcome given me by women of diverse origins and backgrounds. I will never forget the wonderful contributions that I read from thousands of my sisters in World pulse.
Above all, I will always remember the INNER PEACE that I get whenever I communicate with my sisters in this wonderful Kingdom called World Pulse.

Comments

Sharontina's picture

Expressions!

Dear Nakinti,

I just loved the expressions and aall those struggles you have undergone were straightaway in front of my screen. I could see that. I started reading it again. This is giving me an inner peace too dear.

Love.

Merlin Sharontina

Nakinti's picture

Hello Love, I believe you

Hello Love,
I believe you totally, I can feel the the inner peace that you are getting from this distance.
It is said that the road to success is a rough and difficult one, but success will finally come in the end.
Sharontina, I love the name Sharontina, and I love ur comments...always.
Cameroon says GOOD EVENING!

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Precious M's picture

You have come a long way

Sis,

You really have come a long way. I hope more Cameroonians will realise that people don't pluck money from trees abroad. I cant believe you did not read journalism in school when you are so good at it. Keep shining dear.

Plenty plenty love

Precious

My pen speaks

Nakinti's picture

Sis, I have come a long-long

Sis,
I have come a long-long way.
I am carrying bundle of experiences in my head.
I read Women and Gender studies/sociology and Anthropology...but journalism have always been my passion.
As u shine, so will I.
One Love.
I throway big love to you!

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Stacey Rozen's picture

Green Grass

The greenest grass is usually where we least expect to find it, Nakinti. So glad you found your calling.

Creatively,
Stacey

Nakinti's picture

You are right Stacey....just

You are right Stacey....just as I have found some precious green grass right here on World Pulse.
Thank u stacey.
Love and love showers to u.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

bhavna's picture

Hi Dear

You story is very telling.
You have crossed miles of hardship and I am sure you will go a long way in achieving what you aspire for.
Best wishes :)

Nakinti's picture

My dear Bhavna, I have really

My dear Bhavna,
I have really crossed miles of hardship...miles that are today serving as my rock of strength
I thought is was just empty suffering, no, I have realized it was intended to make me better and not bitter.
I have learned from a thousand experiences..
Thank you bhavna for understanding my world.
If I could, I will send you a truck load of love from Cameroon to your door steps...
My love to you dear.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Taha Mirani's picture

Salutes

Dear Nakinti,

Loved your piece. And the enthusiasm.

Rise and Shine.

Love

Taha Mirani

Nakinti's picture

Thanks dear I appreciate ur

Thanks dear
I appreciate ur appreciation.
Love

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Often times we tend to believe the grass is greener on the other side. While in fact it is just an illusion.
But might be true sometimes too.

What is important is that you have risked it. you have tried it. your learned your lessons. and as a result you are a stronger and courageous human being.

And yes, the support we receive from World Pulse is amazing. I am so glad you managed to join VOF.

Keep on going strong.
Aminah

Salaam
Aminah

Nakinti's picture

Dear Aminah, It was a big

Dear Aminah,
It was a big learning for me.
What I learned from that trip is something I wouldn't have ever learned if I did not travel abroad.
They say traveling is education....i totally agree.
Thank you dear for stopping by again, thank you.
Love from Cameroon

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Vweta's picture

I love your style of

I love your style of writing.

Easy, playful but fact packed and the undertone of resilience and determination is evident all through.

Thank you for sharing this with us!

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

Nakinti's picture

Oh darling...thank you so

Oh darling...thank you so much for appreciating my style of writing.
I am praying that God continue to give my pen the power of the word.
Thank you for reading my piece.
Love from Cameroon.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Vweta's picture

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword!

More grease to your elbow.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

Love,

Our Voices make the WORLD PULSate...
Vweta.

Hideko N.'s picture

Welcome to you Nakinti, you

Welcome to you Nakinti, you have reached to the World Pulse after going through such struggle and hardship. No wonder joy and happiness you express is so great that I can even feel your vibration from this distance. Indeed, I myself wont forget how much comfort and excitement felt also . Please continue writing your piece and inspire others! Hideko

Nakinti's picture

Hideko dear...hey!...I know

Hideko dear...hey!...I know you...I know that pic....I know that smile...I know that head scarf...Hideko I know that you have lived in Nigeria....Right?..Or am I mistaken?...I think I am right because I read that somewhere.
Dear, thank you so much for reading and making such beautiful comments to my piece.
I have gone through a lot but I have finally found peace and peace un-end.
I will always use the power of the word to inspire other women....always.
Thank you so much.
Sending you sincere love from Cameroon

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Hideko N.'s picture

Nakinti, dear hey!

Nakinti, dear hey! You touched me because...
No money for rents and bills, food, clothing
- No money to pay back accumulated debts incurred because of my travel
- No money to process documents
- No money to come back home
- No money, no money, no money, no money.

I had the same experience as above and Nigerians fed me. Just like you, after survival, I cannot help but being joyous!
God bless you for sharing. Love, love, love from Japan
Hideko N.

Dana W's picture

Hi Nakinti, Woooow that’s a

Hi Nakinti,
Woooow that’s a great descriptive writing! It kept me going and enjoying every word and phrase. So glad you found your green grass, even if it required a long journey- those are the things that really form us, and help us find our own path in the world.
Thank you very much for that unique voice
Dana

Nakinti's picture

Dana dear, I am so glad to

Dana dear,
I am so glad to find my green grass right here on World Pulse...wonderful women like you keep me smiling all day.
Though the journey was long, the end justifies its worth...I don't regret joining this group one bit.
Thank you so much World Pulse for connecting me with all the amazing women here.
Thank you Dana for taking your time to read my piece, and for dropping all the wonderful words...thank you.
Sending you loads of love from Cameroon!

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

Potter's picture

Welcome to the Kingdom!

Wow! you have posted a wonderful article. I'm sure many World Pulse participants (including me) will relate to the no money, no money, no money statement. (I would like to know how you managed abroad with no money...but I suppose that is another story for another time.) Yes, you have had a long journey on a rocky road but now you are putting the lessons learned to work. You are wise to recognize the two assets you have gained: an education and life lessons. I see that you have already begun to experience the power of the network World Pulse offers via your Liberian colleagues. Welcome and keep writing. I look forward to hearing more from you.

Nakinti's picture

I love you Potter!

My dear Potter,
Thanks for the beautiful comments to this post.
No money, no money, no money...you are right it is another story for another time.
But to be honest, I came to have a boyfriend who took care of my every need, he was like God sent. He treated me like a sister. He will always tell me, "I will stand by you until you have the power to stand on your own." Again, something happened along the line.....Long-long story.
Global Press Institute and World Pulse has really opened a large door for me...door that I depend on upon my going in and my coming out.
My thousand experiences has just made me unique and good in what I do.
Thank you Potter once again, for making such beautiful comments about my post.
I love you, honestly.
Nakinti.

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

MaNnenna's picture

Sis

i read your journey today and i was moved to write you again. You have being through HELL and back but Thank GOD for your courage and brave heart for moving back to Cameroon to start all over and make a difference. You see sis, sometimes in life we as human have to take a step back to move forward. Am glad you swallowed your pride and made the move that was best for you. I, myself is contemptlating in moving back to Nigeria in a few months after living over seas for 10yrs. I must say, i am a little nervous but am also excited.

Darling Nnenna,
First of all, I admire the name Nnenna (my mother--right?)...I love this name because my sister is married to an Igbo girl and their first daughter's name is Nnenna--pretty Nnenna.
My dear, I have walked a very long distance in life, it wasn't easy but at least I have found lasting peace.
You have lived 10 years abroad darling? I don't know how things have been for you but if you say you want to come back, then I believe there is a very strong reason that has made you to consider that decision.
I respect that reason of urs, and please think of a way to come back and still stand on your feet. Standing on your feet will not mean living in affluence, but shunning what people will say about you and concentrating on what you think is right for you.
Don't be nervous darling, you will be fine...remember it's your life, and it's your decision.
I love you, I love you, I love you.
Sending you warm love from Cameroon.
Nakinti

Nakinti B. Nofuru
2013 VOF Correspondent
Reporter for Global Press Institute
Bamenda - Cameroon
Email: nakinti@globalpressinstitute.org
nakintin@yahoo.com

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