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Keep walking – the anthology is born

 

Book Blurb of Keep Walking

The Covid 19 Lockdown season was full of surprises. 

What was the lockdown like for you? Did you learn anything or enjoy it? Did you feel alone, or did you get a chance to reconnect with friends? We felt so many emotions. 

8 Women of different ages and cultures joined a book club support group.

It provided a platform to meet, greet, reflect, share and document our very different experiences of the Covid 19 lockdown.  We decided to write them down and call it “Keep Walking.” The title reminded us of the power we had in God and the support we received from each other to find ways to thrive at such a difficult time.


Even though we were confined to our homes, our minds and pens were free to roam. We realised we could still create words, as our minds were not imprisoned. We put pen to paper and started writing.

So we set our thoughts and dreams free to release our pain, losses, betrayal and hurt. You will read real stories that will shock you, make you cry or even laugh!

We thrive as we keep walking…

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Podcasting with Hannah

Beintentional #Beunapologetic #Beunique

Beyou #Birthyourvision #EachforEqual

#IWD2020 #podcast #pentoprint

Supporting amazing women in Birthing their vision and dreams is my thing!!

Celebrating Female Authors, Screenwriters, publishers in honour of International Women’s Months in March 2020.

Joining me on “Birth Your Vision Podcast Series” Today Arinola Speaker Araba

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E: allwomensnetwork@gmail.com

💐Guest: Arinola Araba

Arinola is mum to three young adults, all in university. Also a multi award nominee and winner, fun-loving, energetic Writer, Blogger, Speaker. She is a social entrepreneur, founder and inventor of the bMoneywize game – a game which focuses on making maths fun and developing financial skills in children and young people. Presently, bMoney Wize has grown to also become a youth-focused social enterprise and a games developer serving a growing demand for financial education resources, with a mission to improve memory recall, comprehension and a savings habit while fostering a love of maths among UK-based school age children 7 to 18 years old.

Her work is excellent, very commendable and is impacting the lives of children and young people in the local community where she lives and beyond!

Arinola’s has been sought for interviews by BBC radio, ITV, BBC money box and various BBC Radio stations across the UK.

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06xdngj

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To be featured on Birth Your Vision Podcast Series , Email: allwomensnetwork@gmail.com

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Watch “I blame my parents” @BBC 3 on 20/01/19

#Mentalhealth issues are alarmingly on the increase and not talked about much. I was too busy to see what was happening in my own home.

“I blame my parents” (an interesting hook) is the title of this @BBC documentary where communication skills with my beautiful daughter is “put under the microscope”. We talked about church and God’s influence on healing too (hope that gets in…😂)

As it’s more about

Dammy, it will be aired on the youth-friendly channel – BBC3 on Sunday morning, around 10am.

The trailer can be seen on the BBC-3 story. And more information is available here:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p06xdngj

It’s been an incredible privilege to be part of promoting good #mentalhealth.

Thank you to Hannah Kupoluyi, Sanchia Alasia, Raising Successful Children with Shola Alabi, with Shola Alabi, Kingsley Hall, Hillsong Church London, London Riverside Church

for supporting me these last few months.

Let’s talk Dr, Boanerges Soupie Adebayo, Dr Shade Olajubu, Dr Leah Godson, Lade Hephzibah Olugbemi and “save” our children.

An incredible opportunity!

My name is Dr Arinola Araba and I am mum to three gifted young adults, Dami, Bobbee and Ayo! Just about 20 years ago I used to be in an abusive marriage. It got so bad that I needed police and legal intervention before I found the strength to leave…Leave I did, with 3 young children.

At that time the oldest child was 6 years old. We made home with my mum, in Barking. She had to take time off work for about 6 months to help me resettle and heal. It was a very traumatic process for the kids and I to find our way back to some sort of normality. After a few confusing years ofrediscovering my purpose and faith in God, I secured a small role in the defunct Harold Wood hospital in Romford.

Following some changes in policy within the NHS, my contracts came to an end and I was faced with the prospect of unemployment. Tired, disappointed but undaunted, I applied for a voluntary role at the Citizens Advice Bureau to support people experiencing financial struggles. Soon I had the idea to set up a social enterprise to help solve money problems in the local community and set up bMoneywize.   

After a few years of engaging with community women, it became apparent that a number of them were trapped in domestic abuse. It took some convincing and encouraging but I finally found the strength to share my own story and experiences on the subject. 

The opportunity to help a lot more people became another life mission which gave my life some purpose; as all, I had to do was tell my story! The Barking and Dagenham Giving project provided some leverage and support to this mission and I am so thankful for it.

As you will appreciate, domestic abuse is not a subject people will readily talk about so I had to get creative about how this project was delivered. I have been engaging in one-on-one encounters with people affected, participated in the interviews on the political front to discuss what the government can do. I have also been invited to speak to different groups (in English and French) of women on the subject of recovery and have directed participants to a survey and link to download my book, Beautifully Flawed for Free

I am thankful for the opportunity to train and sign up as a Peer Mentor with the charity, Refuge, with a base in Barking and Dagenham. The latter works to support women and children experiencing violence. This strategy seemed to be one of the easiest ways to reach the target group I wanted to help; as you will appreciate it is a little difficult to admit one is being abused. 

The women I interact with will want to keep their information confidential so I will need to strike the balance between tracking progress and reporting on impact. I have also reached out to more people through social media and in turn, had people reach out to request collaboration on specific projects. Others have asked to have my story featured in their magazines. 

I believe that sharing my story is one of the most impactful things I can do to encourage other people to learn that there is hope after pain. It has been rewarding to hear other women say, “I am glad somebody understands what I am going through.”

I have also started creating podcasts to reach more people! 

The unique season we are in has presented so many opportunities to support others through varying digital tools and communication software. 

Here are a few ways, I have been able to share my story in the UK, USA and Africa: • The Worldreader app• My online blog• My podcasts• By emails and surveys• By my social media channels on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and Instagram • My books on Amazon, LuLu, Okada Books, • Weekly Online Book writing club on Zoom 

I have received so many positive responses from the FREE book which was accompanied by a survey. I created a survey to accompany the book, to challenge presumptions and ideas about domestic violence and whether people should remain in an abusive situation when they were in grave danger. Survey respondents have been received from Nigeria and America.

It’s exciting to see the many initiatives that Barking and Dagenham Giving are supporting. Thanks to this Rapid Response Fund, I have connected with people from Refuge, Voice Out Woman and Moms on A Mission, alongside medical professionals. 

So many people in abusive marriages are told to remain because things will get better. “That’s what life allotted to you. You chose them, you just have to bear it;” they are told. But in this community, it’s not acceptable! 

As I have heard and experienced some of the confusion victims of abuse face, I can empathise with their situation and help them. I now run a weekly book writing club to encourage people to write about their experiences. 

No one should have to take abuse or endure it and I hope my work empowers more people to say NO to domestic violence and take action against it.  

That’s why I talk about it. It’s easier to empathise when you’ve been through something and not just read about it.

#Domesticabuse is not a sentence!