The same word kept running through my mind again and again. She kept on bubbling about YASA for the 4 straight days we were together, I was so happy that celeste found friends ever since she left home. It is so funny that she left me geared up as I was looking forward to coming to Yale. As old and ancient they (buildings) looked, their majestic aura from its heritage struck me so much that I realized why most people fantasized about going to Yale. I couldn’t wait to learn more about this place but I was pretty much tired that my admiration for this whole new place took a break due to the wearing bus ride we took all night from Washington Dc but a nap did me justice.
The day could still not come to an end yet without an inspiring and awakening Lindiwe Mazibuko, a young South African politician and former parliamentarian leader of the DA (Democratic Alliance). Her amazing courage to create change as a young African woman defies the odds. Despite how young she is, Miss Mazibuko is a wakeup call to the voices defining a new generation. Her authenticity to the daily challenges that Africa is faced with not only reminded me of how much the African youth is doing but how far it still needs to go. “A lot of people have a lot to lose if Africa changes, but that is necessary”. Indeed we have a long way to go and need to let go of a lot, nevertheless the journey still remains a fruitful one.
The genocide and conflict resolution class was a great honor to the iDebate Rwanda team. This was an opportunity to talk about Rwanda as voices from a post genocide generation and also the challenges faced in a post conflict society. When a flower blooms, it is a spark for a beautiful beginning and Rwanda is on a journey to blossoming but the thorns from its past is all what makes it a story of great triumph as well as a lesson to learn from. I was more than impressed by Professor Jasmina Besirevic for taking the initiative of having us and the students as well. Thank you Esther Soma for making sure that we managed to get to the class.
It is so sad that just when you get to know some great people, it is already time to leave. We all find it hard to say goodbye because we feel like we are not done yet. However we get an opportunity to cling on to the memories of how good they made us feel. The dance class and the choreography from Nodumo was so amazing that I had to be fast enough to transition through the dance strokes. The long controversial talks we had with Nana , Ewurama and other yale students. The gender studies class that unveiled my eyes to the existing challenges of the advertising sector when it comes to gender. After all I learnt more about this famous ancient school with warm hearted people and their interesting stories. I still wouldn’t mind talking about the good food we had too. I am always excited to meet more people but I always learn something by exchanging the knowledge I have. Thank you to the Yale African Students Association (YASA) for making it a worthwhile visit and to the Yale students as well as the faculty.