Hear Our Stories
My name is Aminatu Abdulai Blessing. I’m from a very beautiful village in Ghana, West Africa, by name “Kolinvai” which means gather and convey. As the name of my village implies, I’m out here in the United States to gather and convey everything back to Africa, my motherland. I’m from an extended family of twenty, including, my seven lovely siblings, four nieces, seven nephews and my only mom and dad. I’m the last born among the eight children of my parents.
Growing up in a large family, things wasn’t stable financially in the family and female child education was not encouraged in my community so I was not sent to school until I was twelve years old. In my family, only four of us had the opportunity to go to school. I still remembered clearly the first day I was sent to school, a twelve years old girl sitting in the midst of nursery kids. Awww poor me right, it was embarrassing but it was worthy. Favor is mine, I found favor always with God and man so my elementary teachers favored me and moved me to class four, where the kids was a bit grown up.
I’m a strong African woman. I never give up on my goals and my dreams though I like crying over little things and I have been crying because I miss home, my family and my friends. I also cry over both my achievements and my failures. My hobbies are; dancing, singing, cooking, cleaning, reading novels and swimming. I never had the chance of swimming in a swim pool until I came to the United States. The hobbies I’m yet to develop are; rock climbing, skydiving and modeling.
I’m currently in my first semester at Montgomery College in Maryland, studying Biological Science. My dream is to become a medical doctor. I hope to help my people in many diverse ways. I’m passionate to help the poor, being an advocate for female child education in my country and providing scholarships for girls to attain higher education.
I feel cold all the time even when the sun is very hot, the air-conditioners make me cold. I wish everyone will switch off their AC and allow this village girl to enjoy warm environment everywhere. I have made many friends and I’m still making. I’m good at making and keeping new friends because I have got great smiles which I can used to attract people. I am a smiling diva. Hahahahahaha. I love myself, my family, my people, my friends, my community and everyone.
Thanks for reading