THE YASMIN EL-RUFAI WORKSHOP LITERARY EVENING AND LECTURE

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  1. I woke up this morning with two thoughts in my head, 1. To do a blog post on how to channel pain into something creative, beautiful and valuable and 2. To decide if I would/should attend an event in Ottawa next week featuring Nasir El-Rufai’s book launch. I love all things literature and the source of my indecision was the nagging question whether this would be a valuable literary experience or another pseudo-government official attempting to white wash his ‘image’. I’ve been burnt in the past and learnt to be wary.
    Then, a few minutes later I opened my email to find a reflective piece titled ‘SERENDIPITY’ by a certain Mrs. Hadiza Isma El-Rufai in honour of her daughter, Yasmin. Hmmmn, after my tears and indescribable connection to this woman whom I have never heard of or even met, I come here and stumble upon this piece. Serendipity indeed! Now am thinking, ‘that Ottawa trip may actually be worth my while.’ RIP, Yasmin. (Sueddie, thanks for a great post/recap! And you’re right, Eugenia Abu is a phenomenal woman, such an inspiration!)
    -Juliet Ume, Canada

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    1. Thank you very much Ma! This sure put a big smile on my face. I was meant to have put this post up a long time back but life kept putting it off till now.
      Would look forward to reading your blog post on the channeling of pain. It sure would come in handy!
      Thank you very much for stopping by and dropping your thoughts. It sure makes this worth every second of it!

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  2. Yasmin, though gone to the higher realm, her memory will continue to strike a bright flame in the hearts of those who knew her, and even to those of us who have only heard about her.
    Your lines have also struck a thought that most people are often indifferent to, that our lives will make for great reads, if everything about our yesterdays become to us the bases on which our reflections bud; in order that we may begin to tame and shape our tomorrows.
    Thank you, Eddie, for this post.

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    1. Terna, nice of you to drop by. Where have you been? It’s been forever. Your comment makes me reflect more too…
      May the times be kind on us and history find us worthy enough to live on when we pass on. Amin.

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  3. Oh My! I just came across it. Currently working on article on Mrs. El-rufai. Had no idea it was going to lead me here. SERENDIPITY!!!
    When I learnt she was releasing her book, I picked interest and read everything on the internet I could find. She is an amazing woman and a great mother. The beauty when we channel our pain into the things we love. Today will mark the 4th year since I lost one of my best friends. I keep learning everyday, to channel the sadness into something beautiful. Like Mrs. El-rufai.

    Nice Blog Su’eddie.

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    1. Thanks Chim…
      I was touched at that event. Interestingly, I met Mrs El-rufai – as you call her – again, some years later. Interesting thing is we had a short conversation and I didn’t remember her. It was much later I remembered and hit myself in the face! It was late and there was no chance to chat again. 🙂

      The places we go to. The people we see. Life. In its beauty.

      Send me a link when you are done with the writing. Merci… You be good.

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  4. Oh My! I just came across her article today. Currently writing a blogpost on Mrs. El-rufai. Had no idea it was going to lead me here. SERENDIPITY!!!
    When I learnt she was releasing her book, I picked interest and read everything on the internet I could find. She is an amazing woman and a great mother. The beauty when we channel our pain into the things we love. Today will mark the 4th year since I lost one of my best friends. I keep learning everyday, to channel the sadness into something beautiful. Like Mrs. El-rufai.

    Nice Blog Su’eddie.

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