When I was growing up as a child, I was always inspired by people who teach, speak or who seemed to have the guts to stand on a platform with several eyes watching them. I cannot explain how being inspired by their bravery led me to my own path of dreaming to become like them some day. My dream was ignited when I heard the opening address from my high school principal – Mrs. Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta. She sounded eloquent, intelligent, poise and such a graceful ambassador of her country. This lady was distinctive, dignified and appeared to be lifted from the “bogs” and “stereotypes” of women in our society at the time. I listened to her with every fiber of my being and deep inside of me, I murmured: “one day, one day, I will be like you”.
My journey of becoming a teacher, speaker and now a coach started in primary school and maybe it is worth mentioning that following my graduation from high school, the same principal who motivated me also mentored me into becoming a teacher in the same school. Even though the career was short lived, it was the most rewarding first job I could have ever had.