Akili Dada scholar, Mary flew to Los Angeles to attend the Glamour Women of the Year Awards where she presented an award to Elly Kaaya of Tanzania for  Mentee of the Year Award. She also spoke at the She’s The First Mentor Breakfast. She narrates her thrilling experience. 

On the 12th of November 2016, I left Kenya for Los Angeles to attend the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. We landed in Los Angeles at around 4:00 pm and we were then taken to the W Hotel which was to be my residence for the two days I would be there.

        Sunday was another busy day as we woke up for the rehearsals. We were a total of eight girls from different countries across the globe and only two from Africa. After the rehearsal we had the privilege of going to the Universal Studios. The creativity I saw there was overwhelming. Taking the Harry Potter ride, and going through the Walking Dead all needed courage. They were super scary, but good. All these things we see in movies like flooding, a shark swallowing someone, fire breakouts are all fake. It’s all hidden in creative thinking and being applied to play with technology. Later in the night we had supper at Santa Monica. The food was a lot, and very different, but trying different things in the beauty of life.

On Monday the 14th of November 2016, we went to the museum where I got to learn about dinosaurs, how to tell real fossils from the fake ones which all at first looked like it was all made up. In the afternoon we had a makeup session. People talk of beauty; they had it all. After my makeup was finished I had to look into the mirror severally to confirm it was me. Going for the red carpet was a dream come true. Watching young people like Simone Biles and Zendaya got me thinking. If they won those awards at such a tender age, why not me?

The next day the beach was the place to be. Santa Monica was such a beauty. The cold breeze from the sea was soothing. Running across the soft sand and getting washed up. For the first time I saw a goldfish being caught from the sea. At around midday we left Los Angeles for New York City to attend the She’s The First breakfast where I was a presenter.

                  Wednesday was a free day where we got the chance to tour the city. The weather was chilly and only warm jackets could do. Taking the subways was the fastest way to go places. We went to Chelsea Market, took a walk in the park from where we could see all of New York. Let me say that all these came up because someone sat and thought out of the box. These places used to be the old subways, but great thinkers made them become tourist sites. Getting lost in New York streets was tiring but a learning point.

The breakfast was held on Thursday 17th of November 2016. The platform was diverse and great as I met people who were ready to hear my ideas and give me pieces of advice in different fields. I was to present an award to Elly, who is a young leader from Tanzania and a sister as well. For the first time I spoke at a moderate speed. Receiving compliments was encouraging and I was challenged to continue reading more and more to improve on my English.

                  Friday 18th of November 2016 was the best day. I received the best birthday present ever! Celebrating my birthday in New York City is a gift that even my parents would never have offered me. I am very grateful to Veronicah for taking me to see the Statue of Liberty. Before forgetting, let me say that anyone can make an athlete. The ferry we were to take was to leave in ten minutes! Veronicah and were also able to see the statue of the first American president. That evening we went for shopping then later had Japanese dishes. Earlier I had tried Ethiopian dishes and some Chinese dishes. Sadly on Saturday I had to fly back home.

Akili Dada has done so much to me. Helping me know myself better, giving me support and opportunities no one would have ever given me. I am always motivated to know that there is someone who believes in me. Thank you so so much and be blessed. I am looking forward to working more and closer with Akili Dada. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

‘On the 12th of November 2016, I left Kenya for Los Angeles to attend the Glamour Women of the Year Awards. We landed in Los Angeles at around 4:00 pm and we were then taken to the W Hotel which was to be my residence for the two days I would be there.

Sunday was another busy day as we woke up for the rehearsals. We were a total of eight girls from different countries across the globe. Apparently we were only two Africans. After the rehearsal we had the privilege of going to the Universal Studios. The creativity I saw there was overwhelming. Taking the Harry Potter ride, and going through the Walking Dead all needed courage. They were super scary, but good. All these things we see in movies like flooding, a shark swallowing someone, fire breakouts are all fake. It’s all hidden in creative thinking and being applied to play with technology. Later in the night we had supper at Santa Monica. The food was a lot, and very different, but trying different things in the beauty of life.

On Monday the 14th of November 2016, we went to the museum where I got to learn about dinosaurs, how to tell real fossils from the fake ones which all at first looked like it was all made up. In the afternoon we had a makeup session. People talk of beauty; they had it all. After my makeup was finished I had to look into the mirror severally to confirm it was me. Going for the red carpet was a dream come true. Watching young people like Simone Biles and Zendaya got me thinking. If they won those awards at such a tender age, why not me?

The next day the beach was the place to be. Santa Monica was such a beauty. The cold breeze from the sea was soothing. Running across the soft sand and getting washed up. For the first time I saw a goldfish being caught from the sea. At around midday we left Los Angeles for New York City to attend the She’s The First breakfast where I was a presenter.

Wednesday was a free day where we got the chance to tour the city. The weather was chilly and only warm jackets could do. Taking the subways was the fastest way to go places. We went to Chelsea Market, took a walk in the park from where we could see all of New York. Let me say that all these came up because someone sat and thought out of the box. These places used to be the old subways, but great thinkers made them become tourist sites. Getting lost in New York streets was tiring but a learning point.

The breakfast was held on Thursday 17th of November 2016. The platform was diverse and great as I met people who were ready to hear my ideas and give me pieces of advice in different fields. I was to present an award to Elly, who is a young leader from Tanzania and a sister as well. For the first time I spoke at a moderate speed. Receiving compliments was encouraging and I was challenged to continue reading more and more to improve on my English.

Friday 18th of November 2016 was the best day. I received the best birthday present ever! Celebrating my birthday in New York City is a gift that even my parents would never have offered me. I am very grateful to Veronicah for taking me to see the Statue of Liberty. Before forgetting, let me say that anyone can make an athlete. The ferry we were to take was to leave in ten minutes! Veronicah and were also able to see the statue of the first American president. That evening we went for shopping then later had Japanese dishes. Earlier I had tried Ethiopian dishes and some Chinese dishes. Sadly on Saturday I had to fly back home.

Akili Dada has done so much to me. Helping me know myself better, giving me support and opportunities no one would have ever given me. I am always motivated to know that there is someone who believes in me. Thank you so so much and be blessed. I am looking forward to working more and closer with Akili Dada. Thank you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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