I have been keeping this news from you all for long enough now until my sister practically had to push me to post this. The African Woman of the Year 2014 is……drum roll Moi!
I’ve never wanted to be the center of attention in my life EVER! I’ve always been very shy and my mum knew it! She always said you cannot hide with this beautiful voice God has given you, so she would practically force me to the forefront to sing during family gatherings. Of course out of obedience I would but then I would run and once I found a secure place, I cried! But it was her way of encouraging me and I love her for it!
Anyways, I won the African Woman of the year 2014 Award in the category research and development and I humbled! Humbled because I could hadly imagine that what I had been doing for the past 5 years in the area of obesity prevention among African migrants and health promotion through heritage food could have so much impact in my community. I hope that my research on lifestyle and nutrition-related determinants of Obesity and Obesity-related disease among Africans will go along way to help public health experts develop strategies to tackle the issue of Culture, Heritage, Healthy Nutrition and Lifestyle.
I want to thank God, who has never slept nor slumbered on ANYTHING concerning me. It’s been you all the way. Heartfelt gratitude go to my parents who put in all their resources to give me an education. Mum, dad you guys did well. My sister Kathleen called me up one afternoon (at the time I was at the University of Nschang struggling to validate at least one course in my 4th Semester) and she thought sending me off to Germany to be a nanny for one year would do me good. Little did I know then that it would be a one-way trip with no return ticket. Sis you saw into the future and you paid my fees when things where tough, thank you so much! And then I landed in Germany, the Schweer family welcomed me into their wonderful family, treated me not as a nanny but as their own child and two weeks before my visa expired, they put everything (financially) in place for me to get a student Visa. Last but not least, I’ll always be forever grateful to my dear hubby who has sacrificed his own career to push mine forward. Where on earth do you find such a man? I love you with all that I am. This Award is dedicated to you all who have in one way or the other encouraged and pushed me to where I am today. There is more to come. My father would say “go until you reach the United Nations”. Oya…United Nations here I come …..
As I encourage myself to eat and live healthy, so do I encourage you. We have one body and one life. Let’s nourish and cherish it!