Reflections and the Journey

Reflections and the Journey

Written by Dammy Lola Alade


Watch. In. Silence.
The line Leader-
She, tells the story best!
Voyage, a longing for home.
Deep into the seas of her eyes,
Star Sparkles…
The itch for the herbal balm.
Soulful connections all in rubbles
Stop… Stand
A gentle Steer,
Fear in her steps,
Steam, rage, wings… She is free
In the dim hut she used to belong,
At this juncture lays the broken shells…

Reflections and the Journey

All I wanted to do was drive to the impound lot and pay my fines! My trusted guide also known as my navigator said I would be at my destination in ten minutes, then twenty, thirty? I do not remember which came first; the sound of tires on gravel as i went off-road or the “danger, do not enter” sign at the end of the road. I came to a slow stop; on each side of the road there sat the bright reflection of the sun atop quiet beautiful ponds. I took off my shoes and the soft green grass cooly welcomed each stride. As I sat and watched ducks sway so peacefully, the thoughts started to challenge me. I found myself at the other side of the vast greenness and the realization set in. it took a push out of my comfort zone to recognize my successes. In that moment, I decided to celebrate every moment of the journey.

dammyPassion drives every successful investigator.  My interest and quest for understanding influenced my decision to take three months to explore the impact of culture and traditions in Nigerian hospitals. With this interest, came opportunities to shadow doctors from different fields such as Surgery, Pediatrics and General Medicine. I was inspired by the niceties and clarity of information, research and education in patient care. I wondered how so much could come out of so little? It is simple!  It has to be the love for delivering and saving a premature baby that motivates the surgeon to give his all. Or maybe the split second of adrenaline rush as a nurse stabilizes an accident victim. No! It must be the smile and firm hold, as family members hug cancer patients in the late hours. Yet there are many questions unanswered.

So join me here on AfricentricsLive, as we examine medical developments and training in Africa, successes and challenges of medical practitioners and nurses, case studies, and disease patterns in the continent.  Journey with us, as we explore the current issues within the African medical health system and  look for possible solutions.

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8 Responses to Reflections and the Journey

  1. Ola Blessed 5 March, 2013 at 7:44 am

    Whoop Whooop!!! Love it!! I am readay for this journey!

  2. Naki Akrobettoe 5 March, 2013 at 8:04 am

    Loved the flow of this article. I am looking forward to reading more about this subject matter. Great Job!

  3. Ambrose Wounuah 5 March, 2013 at 11:23 pm

    Was touched when I read this article. Keep it up!

  4. lazioman 6 March, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    Love it!

  5. Dammy Lola 1 April, 2013 at 12:11 am

    Thank you for your encouragement Naki!

  6. Dammy Lola 1 April, 2013 at 12:13 am

    … the journey is glad to have you on board! :)

  7. Dammy Lola 1 April, 2013 at 12:14 am

    Excited to inspire! Don’t forget to follow the segments to come!

  8. Dammy Lola 1 April, 2013 at 12:15 am

    Thank you :)


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