As I write this I am yet to really fully accept that this has happened. The the ink has dried on the contract and I can now officially say that I am part of the Akili Dada 2016 Fellow group with 14 other amazing women.
If you remember this post. It was what led my path to cross with Akili Dada’s. It all started in December when I was at my grandfather’s funeral. A few days after his burial I sat down with one of my uncles to talk about Inteco which was an odd thing for me to do. If you have followed my journey you will know that I have had a problem with sharing what I do with my life especially when it comes to Inteco. But, that day for whatever reason I opened up to him and shared my entire journey.
He recommended an organization that deals with women to solve community problems by women. I was intrigued. It was the first time I ever came into contact with a women’s organization for women by women. He promised he would get in touch with the founder when he returned home.
As with the habit of new years I had new dreams and ideas and quickly forgot about Akili Dada. As I have mentioned here there was an opportunity that I was waiting for that did not come through in January. The disappointment really brought me back to my business. Back to December and back to my uncle. Therefore, I wrote to him and asked him to connect me to Purity (the executive director of Akili dada). I was simply looking for someone who was to give me directions.
I had no expectation that I would see her or come into contact with her. I was so used to been rejected at this point that it was nothing new anymore. ( side note: it is important that I mention I had applied for 3 separate business accelerators (there is a difference between incubators and accelerators as I came to learn later) without any success). So you could understand my shock when she wrote back and even more surprised when we set a date to meet.
The day finally arrived. I was confident because I was just asking for guidance whatever would have come from it would have been a bonus. We met. Long story short she mentioned that I should have applied for the fellowship last year (in my head I was like just my luck ANOTHER missed opportunity). However, someone had dropped out and I may be considered.
I left that hope when I left the meeting. With my track record what were the chances of me getting accepted in the fellow? Thus, I continued with my life until a week later when I received an email titled AKILI DADA FELLOW 2016. Without even opening it I knew it was going to be a rejection letter. I only opened to see if she sent some links she had promised. Imagine my surprise when I read I was accepted into the incubator.
It is an opportunity to get the guidance I would otherwise never have gotten. I would never have gotten this opportunity if I kept quite if. I did not tell my Uncle. Most importantly I would never have gotten this opportunity if I had quit earlier on. I feel it is a life line I was thrown because I was on the verge of giving up so many times but never did.
If you would like to know more about this amazing organization here is their link
Until next time