Supportive

They are Inspiring and Supportive

TCFT has brought an abundance of amazing people into my life over the years, including the awesomeness who is Geraldine, who I met in Bournemouth back in 2016.  Geraldine is inspiring, incredibly knowledgeable and extremely experienced in the media field, as well as being caring, down to earth and very, very funny.  When I invited Geraldine to TCFT Croydon last year, she was more than willing to come and support, bringing her friend, Patricia, along with her.

I met Patricia for the first time that Sunday, but somehow, I managed to make a major impression on her.  Ever since then, she has been one of my biggest – and I mean biggest – champions.  She is genuinely one of the most supportive, kind and driven women I have ever met.  She is also a master networker, just like Geraldine.  It is that supportive nature and networking brain of hers that recommended me to become a scholar for the eiClub.

I was beyond shocked when I received the email, but extremely thankful for the opportunity.  I knew that it would be a blessing for me and provide me with the opportunity to not only expand my network, but continue to develop as a person.  I would probably say that the biggest honour was being named the first ei Khadija Saye Scholar, named after the amazingly, talented young woman who lost her life in the Grenfell Tower disaster and was one of the scholars who came before me – I really wish that I had gotten the chance to meet her.

Being a Khadija Saye Scholar opened the door to a wealth of opportunities this year and introduced me to a whole lot of wonderful, stellar people.  Julia immediately comes to mind, the force of nature behind ei and the queen of networking, who is also thoughtful, intelligent and most of all, has a very big heart .  Julia is an amazing conversationalist, with some of the best stories.  She is inclusive and caring, ensuring that no one is ever stood on their own and taking time to introduce you to others.  Throughout this year, Julia has made me feel nothing but welcome and supported, also asking me to read poetry at one of the trips away and present an award at the Comment Awards – both unique and great experiences.

The trips taken as part of Names Not Numbers, to the beautiful Waddesdon Manor and Oxford, were kind of surreal from me, but never failed to teach me a whole lot.  They were filled with great people, including Angela, Louise, Mr Gee, Simon, Mr Gee, Justine, Deborah, Steven, Shanice and so many more.  I’ve also loved getting to meet and speaking to other members of the Editorial Intelligence team, like Alice and Karen – they’re so funny.

I’ve met other beautiful, supportive individuals over suppers, like Kat, who I sat down with for great conversation over coffee.  I’ve learnt from truly talented veterans and legends in their fields at various events throughout the year, buying brilliant books along the way, like The Empathy Instinct by Peter Bazalgette, who personally signed it for me with his nickname after being majorly impressed by a question I asked (I was surprised too, I was simply speaking about what I know).

However, I think I’ve most enjoyed spending time with and developing friendships with fellow scholars, Mayur, Dami and Rae.  These are three brilliant young people, overflowing with talent and making a difference in the lives of young people in different ways.

Dami never fails to make me laugh, or make me smile with his bubbly energy – he is a master networker in his own light.  Rae is very easy to talk to and a fun presence to be around.  And I enjoyed spending plenty of time with Mayur during the weekend away at Oxford, engaging in conversations on a variety of subjects and having him by my side when I felt out of my depth.  Mayur also touched my heart majorly that weekend, when he had my back and gave me an unexpected gift – those little things mean the world to me.

I have already gained and learned so much during my time as a Khadija Saye Scholar, which has a whole lot to do with the people I have met.  I feel beyond blessed to have met them and I look forward to developing the connections in the new year and beyond.  To my champions and supporters, Patricia and Geraldine, you are the most amazing and wonderful women.  I love you all.

 

Level-headed, Intelligent and Funny

As it’s his birthday, I think it’s only right that this dedication goes out to my beautiful little cousin.  Of course, he’s one of my many cousins and he’s not so little any more.  He’s into the latter half of his teenage years and he is definitely towering over me in height, which may not be hard, but he really is tall.

Over the years, I’ve watched my cousin grow into a great young man, who I can sit down and have a good conversation with.  We can actually talk on a level and he comes out with things with substance, which makes me really respect him.  He’s got a very level head for his age, which I guess helps.

My cousin is also very, very smart.  I know that he’s intelligent by speaking to him, but I didn’t realise just how intelligent he was until a few months back after he got a set of exam results.  I was extremely proud of him and it showed how God always has his back.  I can’t wait to see what amazing things he does in the future, as he continues to mature and increase his knowledge.

Like the majority of people in my life, my cousin is funny.  My sister and I have mentioned how much jokes he gives us on numerous occasions.  He has a more subtle humour that not everyone will see and he delivers lines in a dead pan or serious way, which just makes them hilarious.  I don’t think he even realises how funny he is.

My cousin always believes in me and supports me through whatever I’m doing, which I really appreciate.  I know that I can always count on him and that I can always talk to him, which makes him extra special.  I really do love him with all my heart.

A Cheeky, Interesting & Supportive Individual

It’s funny how some of the most meaningful or special relationships in your life can begin in a negative manner.  When your first interaction with someone is a bit on the bad side – which leads you to think the worst of them – your initial reaction is not that you will engage in a close relationship with that person down the line.

This was the case when I first met someone who I now called my brother.  I remember trying to speak to him when we were children, because our dads were friends and I wanted to become his friend, but he ran away from me and gave me a little attitude.

In fact, neither of our initial interactions were entirely positive, but I eventually wore him down with my charm and winning smile (lool, I joke).  My friendly nature, and I guess my persistence, did eventually wear him down though and we finally engaged in proper conversation, which led to us striking up a friendship.

As our friendship continued, I began to see him as not just a friend, but as family and he referred to me as his sister.  He is properly cheeky like  a brother would be, calling me his little sister just because I’m a lot shorter than him, when I’m actually older than him.

He never fails to make me laugh with the things that he comes out with and we can have proper, in-depth conversations.  Funnily enough, he will reprimand me if he feels that I need a telling off, but most of all, I know that he will always be there to support me in whatever is going on in my life.  He’s always offering me advice and I know that he would be there whenever I need to talk.

My brother is another unique individual and one of the most interesting people I know.  I love being around him and I genuinely wish that we had the chance to spend more time together, because he is family after all.  The love I have for him will never fail.