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Poorest Grave

Someone said the richest places on earth are graveyards. This is because in them lie books that were never written, stories that were never told and great minds that were suppressed. My grave will be the poorest grave ever because I will die empty!

When I was in secondary school, almost every writing assignment I touched turned into gold. Sometimes my teachers used my essays to teach the other students. When I progressed to high school, my writing aptitude was more obvious. So when my school was putting together a school magazine, I was appointed to be the editor-in-chief. This was when I wrote my first editorial and also edited submitted articles for the magazine. The publication of the magazine turned out really good. All these made me realize that writing is one of those things I came from my mother's womb with. My personal vision is to transform this talent into a powerful voice that will speak for those who have been deprived of their voices.

A good story is a great foundation for a movie script. That is why I further want to put the authentic stories of women on the big screen. I want to produce several short documentaries and short films (based on true stories) and place them on media like World Pulse and social media like YouTube. Why short films? Short films are ideal because through a short film one passes on a powerful message in very few minutes. I will further make feature length films that will strengthen the messages in my short films. This perfect combination of picture and sound that tells stories will certainly brighten the light on the empowerment of women. I want to see these films have a powerful impact on my community in particular and a ripple effect on the world at large.

The Voices of Our Future program is just what I need to set the ball rolling. I am spurred to be a VOF Correspondent because:
- My innate skills as a writer will be sharpened and fine-tuned so that I can write aptly
-I will be personally mentored as a female citizen journalist (this one particularly excites me)
-My stories will reach a wide audience and various influential bodies
-I will procure strong solutions for the liberalization of women
-My stories as a Voices of Our Future Correspondent will serve as the basis of video productions

When I look at the content on the Internet, I remind myself that the information did not just appear here. People made that happen. I want to be a fitting contributor to even more edifying content on the web. Unlike other media, information on the web is long lasting. It stays there; it can always be referred to. Nothing will please me like when other people get to see my work and there is this electrifying change that takes place.

My potentials, coupled with the training I will eventually get will make me a powerful voice. Mentorship has a way of shaping destinies. That is why I am thrilled to know that I will have a personal vision mentor that will help me shape my vision. It will be the first time for me to relate with someone who will help me personally to work as a citizen journalist. This is an experience I am eager to get.

There are lots of things happening that still need to be told. My heart beats for the oppressed in my community. I am determined to inspire change by telling stories that will create a better world for the Cameroonian woman. With my pen and my camera, there is no stopping for me.

As a Voices of Our Future Correspondent, I will die empty.

Comments

anab87j9's picture

Inspiring!

Hello Precious M:

I just wanted to let you know that I feel very inspired by your vision, and I wish you all the best of luck! It is very important to document the struggles of women via the big screen, being humans we all are emotional, audio-visual creatures, and are greatly impacted by what we see. There people who are moved into action by what they see, and me being one of those people, I can see how influential your approach is. I salute you and wish you the best of luck!!

Much love,

Anab

Precious M's picture

I'm glad

Hi Anab,

I am glad to know that my vision inspires you. With people like you encouraging me, I will definitely get there. Thank you so much.

Much love,
Precious

My pen speaks

Stacey Rozen's picture

Touched me deeply

Your story is so precious! I'm wowed by your opening paragraph and inspired to die empty too. It's wonderful to meet a woman that holds the power of stories so close - just as I do. Beautifully written, Precious.

Creatively,
Stacey

Precious M's picture

Good to know

Dear Creative Stacey,

It is great to know a creative woman like you. I really love the "Creatively, Stacey" thing.

Sister, let us use the tremendous power in telling stories to shake the earth.

Thank you immensely!

Love
Precious

My pen speaks

wow. what a wonderful post. very inspiring and very innovative. You really must have been born with writing as your destiny, as your talent.
If anyone deserves a spot in the 30 seats, you are one :)

Good luck

Salaam
Aminah

Precious M's picture

Greatly humbled

Dear Aminah,

You are an applicant that I hold very deep respect for. For you to think that I deserve a place in the 30 seats is very humbling for me.

I know you will certainly die empty too. And indeed it shall be with a smile! You have been unveiling much about you during the application process but dear, that is not in vain. You are a light to many. I long to see you among the chosen 30. You really deserve it.

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Sulo39's picture

I love your post

I love your opening para. The thought of death will never be the same! You are a great writer and I wish you all the success.

Warm Regards,
Sulo

Precious M's picture

Thanks dear Sulo

Dear Sulo,

Yes the thought of death will never be the same because I will die only after I must have given and given and given! Thank you so much for your lovely words.

With love,
Precious

My pen speaks

Precious,

First of all, that quote you used in the beginning about graveyards was so amazing – it gave me goose bumps, because whoever wrote that was so correct. It was the first time I’ve heard of that – so you definitely taught me something new today.

You are definitely a wonderful candidate for the VOF correspondent role. Your skills, previous experience, knowledge and desire to fulfill your visions are truly inspirational. I think you are more than capable to spearhead all of your wonderful ideas into reality, with this extra push of the VOF correspondent role. You have such a solid foundation and I think with this and then some, you will more than succeed – you will rise to be the voice for so many who hide in the graveyards and beyond.

Much love & respect xoxox

Precious M's picture

Amazing

Dear Sister,

It is wonderful to now that I was a channel through which you got to know something new today.

Thank you so much dear for considering me a befitting candidate for the VOF Correspondent role. You are an amazing woman. Thank you for your kind words.

With love,
Precious

My pen speaks

Sangita Thapa's picture

So perfect!

Dear Precious, your writing possess unique voice and perfection. You write so deftly, so intensely. You surely deserve to be the Voice of Our Correspondent. Good luck! :)

Precious M's picture

Waoh!

Sangita thank you and thanks again! With women like you on my side I will certainly make it!

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

libudsuroy's picture

Dear Precious, From dancing

Dear Precious,
From dancing to the grave! I love the way you imbue a new dimension to the discourse of vision and change. Like Saving Angel, the fable you speak of at the beginning is a new tale for me although I can see it is a unique way of expressing the value of generosity in the here and now, in this earth that we share.
I wish you the fulfillment of your vision. May your writing bloom and its lessons and beauty be shared by thousands of women readers around the world. May your stories of grace and resilience in Cameroon be made into films for women everywhere.

Blessings,
libudsuroy/Lina Sagaral Reyes
Mindanao, The Philippines

''Every Day is a Journey and the Journey itself is Home.'' (Matsuo Basho)

Precious M's picture

Oh thank you!

Hello Libudsuroy,

I have been so blessed to read these sweet words from you. Once again, I feel so fulfilled to be a channel through which a sister learns something new.

Thank you, thank you, thank you for your sweet wishes. I really want to make a difference through writing and through films. I firmly believe one pen can change a lot of lives. Thank you sister.

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Jan K Askin's picture

Full Legacy

Dear Precious,

Your opener gripped: why would you die empty? The surprise comes in further reading: an empty grave is a successful one.

It seems so simple. Tell women's stories to change lives. When told with skill and compassion, they do change lives.

I wish you continued success in your journey.

Your sister in the US,

Jan

Jan Askin

Dear Jan,

It is true that skill and compassion in storytelling go a long way to change lives. Two people could tell the same story but the skill and the compassion with which one is told will make it more transforming than the other. I want to tell stories; meaningful stories, authentic stories, touching stories, solution-oriented stories. I know I will certainly make impact in my community.

Thank you so much my dear sister in the US.

With love,
Precious

My pen speaks

Katalina's picture

Thanks

Thanks for your piece. I admire your ambition. Katalina

Precious M's picture

Grateful

I am so grateful for the fact that you read my work and dropped this lovely comment. Thanks Katalina.

Best regards,
Precious

My pen speaks

Congratulations PRECIOUS! Your words and imagery are so powerful in emotions and intent, I can only imagine the artistic greatness you will have as a documentary filmmaker -- I nominated you for a future Oscar!!!

Your medium as a writer, filmmaker and humanitarian are powerful ways to touch the heart, awaken the mind & spirit to take action on behalf of many who can not. I have great respect for documentary filmmakers as their craft is inspired by the stories of humanity that they bear witness to and must share with the world. I look forward to seeing your short documentary films and yes, you will make it to the big screen and to the OSCARS!

Precious, you have a special gift, heart, mind and vision, go forth and create stories that speak from the soul.
Your voice and vision is needed and I BELIEVE IN YOU!

With Gratitude,

Linda M. Ando

Precious M's picture

Oh Linda

Thank you so much for the Oscar nomination. I will certainly get there. My dream is really to touch the hearts of people around the globe, to speak for those who can not speak and inspire change! Yes, you will see my compelling short documentary films.

Thank you so much Linda for believing in me. This really means a lot to me.

Much love,
Precious

My pen speaks

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