Sankofa – Go back and take

By: Efua Owusu-Ansah (Ghana)


When my committee nominated me to write the blog for today, I just knew I had to write about this. Sankofa is a Ghanaian word which literally means go back and take, and that is the symbol to depict the word. What am I going back to take? After all I have heard many say this phrase, “Forward ever, backwards never”, “let sleeping dogs lie” and also, “what is done is done”. What is at the back or in history (a minute ago is history) that should I go back and take?

The time came for Averalda to give her presentation on reflection. Boy! or Girl! (smile), did I get the shock of my life when I realised the amount of gold I have thrown away because of the lack of reflection in my life. As a Christian, I have been meditating during my quiet time in the mornings but more than 80% of my meditation, is on what I should do. If, and I say if, I had known how to do reflection as I have been taught, I would have avoided many sleepless nights and pains over the past three decades. Some people do not get the chance that I have to rewrite some of the wrongs and create positive footprints, so I count myself blessed to be part of this 19th ANLP.

Indeed, an unexamined life is not a life worth living. At the end of the day or after an experience, we were taught to ask some really hard questions: What will I continue doing? What will I start doing? What will I stop doing? We are being trained to be our own (amateur as it may be) therapists. To ask the question why, why, why, till we get to the real cause of a feeling or an experience and either be aware of it or deal with it.

On your marks, ready, steady, go!

By:  Marlyne Mananga (Cameroon)


George Bernard Shaw once said, “Progress is impossible without change and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything”. I was very excited yesterday when I began my journey because the high rope task was herculean for me due to my fear of heights.

Wow! So soon we are in the third day of the 19th ANLP. Training this afternoon was based on leadership and communication. So this is how my afternoon started. I was very eager to learn more about this topic. I said to myself: in my professional life, I have acquired the main skills which are important to make me a very good communicator so this lecture will just be a revision for me (me in my comfort zone).

So, when Julie introduced Jane, I was happy due to her charismatic way of engaging us for the past two days.

Inspiration on the Ropes

Things don't always turn out the way they are planned. As they say, 'the only constant is change'. Jane announced about the rain forecast and how the programme needed to change. We were going to the high ropes instead of ‘communication’, first thing the next morning. ‘No one has ever been injured in the safe hands of Neels,’ Navneet assured us. I remember the nervous excitement, the eager anticipation, the brave mental preparation to go up there and prove to myself that I am adventurous and despite the fear of heights, I can do it.

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