education, SWEA Idols

My Journey – Managing a Family while Pursuing ACCA

By Sarrah Murtaza

I come from a very humble background. There were times when our financial situation would go from bad to worse. It was at that tender age of eighteen where I knew the value of every shilling.

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health, Home, Lifestyle, Relationships

My Story – Losing a Loved One to Finding My True Calling

By Asma Raja
After my mom’s surgery, she was on medication for cancer. I remember having to change everything about my life. I had to do everything for myself for once. Before cancer, mom was up before me and made breakfast and lunch. Now I got up and did everything by myself. I got money for lunch. I remember that when I didn’t want to go to school or was really ill I had to wake her up and tell her that I wasn’t going to go to school.

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Elivava Mensah: From a domestic abuse victim to a singer and a philanthropist

By Tina (Elivava) Mensah

My name is Elivava, I’m singer and performer from Ghana. A victim of domestic violence, and someone who had been suppressed in the male dominated Ghanaian society. Being the only girl child among 5 boys, I learnt to fight to empower myself for my freedom among boys as a child, and men as I grew up.

My brothers, family, society, made me feel less than myself and even said it to my face that it was my fate because I am a woman.

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education, Lifestyle, Parenting

‘I thought my daughter had ADHD while she was just being a child’

By An Anonymous SWEA

I am a single parent with 2 daughters who are fully my responsibility. Their father doesn’t contribute financially , or emotionally, or with any other means. So in this parenthood journey it’s me by myself. Even family wise I don’t have any support from any family member.

My elder daughter who is now 6 had some issues from school since 4 years of age. Teachers complained that she didn’t want to write, she didn’t want to concentrate in class, she didn’t want to sit in one place… like she wasn’t interested in school.

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Organised Chaos

By Yusra Eshaq

For many of us, our days are absolutely chaotic. We have so much to do in so little time. If only we could add more hours into our days. However, as a mum of 3 who needs to juggle being a mummy and a business professional, I’ve come to understand that if we organise our chaos, we will be amazed at how much we can actually get done without realising it!

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GYLS 2016: A life changing experience

By Sohini Bhatia

It is in your moments of decision that your destiny is shaped.” – Anthony J. Robbins

Hundreds of people my age filtering in through the same path I had to walk. This is nerve wrecking I told myself. I had a black pit in my stomach telling me to turn around and run as fast as I could, before I made a fool out of myself. Little did I know that I’d be extremely reluctant to leave this very atmosphere in just a few four days.

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Raising a child with cerebral palsy

Cerebral Palsy is known as a neurological disorder that usually occurs in early childhood and can permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination.

I too was unaware of this condition, until Zainab Huzefa Hajee, a mother of two, based in Houston, USA messaged me on Facebook to narrate her story of bringing up her 11-year old daughter Umme Salama who suffers from the condition.

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