Written By Dr. Robin Renee Sanders - U.S. Ambassador to Nigeria
Walk with me today, together down the ancestral path to see who we are as women
There is a spirit we cannot touch but always know is there – It is the "Heritage Within"
Our role is the foundation of life; our role is the foundation of change
We see our strength in the eyes of our mothers as they too have journeyed down the same ancestral path
The journey is about traditions, like 3-legged wedding pots, Uli signs, adire and ashoke cloth, henna designs, life, and certainly about long talks into the night as deep as indigo blue.
But, just like us, their lives made a difference, their contributions made an impact; their dedication to their nation allows you to stand on their shoulders today
Thus as Women for Change you will continue your journey down the ancestral path to your future, to Nigeria’s future
Remember you have a responsibility to the next generation to make a difference, to leave a mark, to make a change …just as your mothers did before you …and your grandmothers before…
Life is a journey and you have come so far, let’s walk the rest of the way together, hand-in-hand, spirit-connected-to-spirit, so that the changes we all seek come from….
The Heritage Within!
First published August 25, 2010