Take a look at yourself and make a change

by Mori Julius

As the days move towards the end of the ANLP, I have learnt many interesting things.

 

Today I woke up late and tired after working on the newsletter till 3am.  As I walk to the conference hall for the session, I was expecting that I would sleep during the session.  To my surprise, the session started with the inspirational, motivational and emotional music from Michael Jackson.  Besides uplifting our mood, the song has the strong message of “take a look at yourself and make change” and the strong vision to change the world.  My tiredness disappeared and I found myself enjoying the session and actively participating.

I LOVE YOU SALT BUT YOU BREAK MY HEART

By Esther Nakyaze

As I arrived at the training hall today, I was warmly welcomed by the elephant team to their palace. The king himself, His Royal Highness Igwe Elephant was on his throne, pleased to have rescued the people of his kingdom from the chaos caused by the Rhinos the previous day. Once their identities were restored, the people expressed their gratitude before igwe retired in his chambers.

As I reviewed my time table, I smiled from ear to ear. It was my favourite day, shopping day! We would also have a chance to visit the Centre of Excellence for Nutrition at North-West University (NWU), one place I have always wanted to visit since my undergraduate days.

ANLP will become used and known.

by Eret Ayamba

I first found out about the ANLP when I saw the call for applications for the 2019 intake on a Newsletter I had subscribed to a few years ago. I immediately checked the website to find out more about the programme. I spent a lot more time on the site reading the blogs and browsing through the gallery. I also noticed that 12 people from my country had attended the ANLP and I wondered who they could be?

I remember the day I received the email from Ronel that I had been accepted into the ANLP. Of course I was really excited. The email also said that the committee had received over 200 applications this year. That number didn’t say much to me at the time. However, four days into the ANLP, as I was reflecting on my journey to self-discovery and growth so far, the number 200 came to mind. With all of the transformation that was happening in this place how come only 200 people applied to the programme. I felt like the programme was not getting the attention and visibility it deserved. I started thinking about what could be done to change that and what role the alumni could have in that? Today we have South Sudan represented at the ANLP for the very first time with two participants because one ANLP Alumni from Senegal and presently working in South Sudan shared the call for applications to his entire mailing list.

We all need a Mrs Armstrong

by Robin Dolman

When walking into the conference room this morning, I was still on a high from yesterday’s high ropes adventure, yet I must admit I was feeling really tired (I was on newsletter duty last night….enough said).  The program for the day simply stated “Communication”.  That should not be too hard?  I had conquered my biggest fear yesterday, “bring it on” I thought to myself.

“This is the time for you to do an impromptu speech, the topic will be provided to you 8 minutes before you are to talk” Katie announced.  The anxiety I suddenly felt immediately transported me back to my speech and drama classes when I was still at school.  That familiar feeling of dread reminded me clearly of Mrs Armstrong, my speech and drama teacher.  She often would make that same announcement as Katie had made, and I found myself remembering the topics we would have to discuss: your favourite animal, your holiday, your hero.  While sitting there, waiting for the first person of the day to present, I found my mind fast forwarding through memories.  How far I had come since the days in Mrs Armstrong’s studio.  All the twists and turns my journey had taken to get to this moment right now.  I had come from discussing my favourite animal to discussing the incorporation of an ethics framework into a dietetics curriculum.  I found myself remembering the instructions and feedback Mrs Armstrong used to give.  Tips included “never a windmill or a statue be”, project your voice Robin, speak slower Robin - you are not catching a train, look at your audience. 

Conquering heights: the spirit of oneness

by Zaina Sore

We woke up to a beautiful sunny day, a perfect day for team building exercise. After breakfast we drove out of the lodge to one of the high ropes sights on the property. Upon seeing the impressive structure, anxiety began to creep in. While some of us were excited, others were already nervous or both. Our forever enthusiastic beloved George volunteered to be the guinea pig for the first trial while the rest of the group listened to Neels and his team of instructors. George was such a great sport! He made the game seem simple as he climbed to the top of the structure and through the high ropes, he never stopped cracking jokes and managed to steal some laughs from the group. Then, one after the other, we all bravely followed.

We experienced mixed emotions, but learnt three important lessons. First, we must have the courage to push ourselves beyond our boundaries and past our fears. This act of courage made us realize that we are stronger than the barriers we face.