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Turning Scars into Stars-A Stirring Call to Action to Empower Girls
Marie-claire N kuja: An Inspirational story of Empowerment.
Bronx, New York, April 26, 2013, high profile women and men from around the state and beyond are on the top list of guests to officially launch Marie-claire N Kuja’s not-for-profit organization False Labels Global Inc. and her book series, the False Labels Series, on Saturday July 6th 2013 at Holy Rosary Church (Winster Hall) Bronx NY, 10469 from 7pm -2 am.
FaLaGl Inc.was established in 2012 in Bronx NY to combat the timely issue of bullying and its devastating effects in our communities and also to help women and girls worldwide with self-esteem building through education amongst other things. The night dubbed “Don’t Let People Label You” is expected to have community conversation with leaders and panel discussion with authors, teachers and students to find the best possible ways to combat the epidemic so as to create a safe and bully-free world for us and the generation to come.
Bullying in all its forms must stop once and for all. Back in 2012 nurse turned author Marie-claire after receiving a lot of rejection letters from publishers, turned to self publishing and published three books which soon climbed on Amazon Top 100 bestselling lists. Her provocative book series ignites the spirit of advocacy in readers, exploring empowerment, inspiration, bravery, peace of mind, forgiveness and hope. Through her writing, Marie-claire calls for advocacy to start from the home and at personal level.”It’s only in that way we can make peace with ourselves and learn how to accept and embrace our imperfections joyfully, completely and with pride”. She further shares a new vision of what must be done to live an authentic life instead of conforming to other peoples’ expectations of us or trying to fit in the status quo.
She is so delighted that a story like hers, a girl who was once considered an outcast could get so much support from everyone and get women, men and girls identify with it. This is a special night to speak, reflect, fund raise, take, give, hug, network and make a difference. We must instill a new culture of love, forgiveness, peace and harmony in our lives, communities and families.
As a teenage mother and victim of bullying, Marie-claire was not fully aware that there were millions of other women and girls going through similar situations. Once she realized the staggering number of women and girls suffering from bullying and low self-esteem, her anger was evoked to fight and stop the menace, a crime that has cost the lives of so many and leave a handful with very little or no self worth. She didn’t feel emotionally scarred only for herself but for the millions of other girls who remain invisible in the rumbles of death and low self-esteem. She was determined to break her silence and inspire millions across the globe to do the same. Rejection did not enslave her nor kept her a victim of her past, thus rather than stand by and cry over it, she took a self empowerment journey and turned her scars into stars by establishing her organization and is carrying it with passion which is fast becoming an inspiration to many globally, with her messages of empowerment engraved in the pages of her books spreading throughout the world. She with her NGO is making sure the whole world joins her efforts. Her story shows survival, triumph and empowerment of an African girl who refuses to let her life be controlled by others. And that is the story that women and girls and everyone needs to hear, that they can rise above any circumstance of oppression or abuse—That they can triumph.
Marie-claire will read excerpts from her books and answer questions, followed by panel discussions with community leaders, authors and students. The night ends with a fundraiser for the African Girls Self- Esteem and Education Fund, where guests will donate generously to support items like school fees for girls, the manufacturing of affordable reusable sanitary pads for school-going African girls, counseling and empowerment. Guests will have time to be cheered up to music by New York’s best Joe Ndams and personal testimonies from readers. The event is free but generous monetary donations will be highly appreciated.
Featured activities: Raffle draws and cutting of cake (African style)
About the author
Not long ago, Marie-claire Nabila Kuja, Founder and CEO of False Labels Global Inc. and author of the False Label Series, heeded to her calling and began to use her gift as an author/inspirational and motivational speaker to do the work God called her to do. She is a passionate speaker in numerous panels and workshops, primarily those devoted to the enhancement of self esteem of young girls and women throughout the world.
Her passion is to inspire, empower, encourage and motivate others to overcome any strongholds that have held them back for so long. She respects and embraces her calling as a true gift from God and is ready and willing to spread her wings throughout the world. She is a mother, a nurse, and the author of this powerful and best selling False Label Series. She is also a great blogger and blogs on inspirational and motivational topics at www.falselabelseries.com. She is originally from the African country of Cameroon and lives in New York.
Before she became a published author, she wrote and published very inspiring and motivating articles for an online magazine called Ezine:
Finance: Personal Finance • Published: May 28, 2009
Health and Fitness: Emotional Freedom Technique • Published: March 5, 2009
Women’s Interests • Published: March 5, 2009
Self Improvement: Personal Growth • Published: February 17, 2009
Self Improvement: Empowerment • Published: February 16, 2009
Home and Family: Pregnancy • Published: February 12, 2009
Her newest book projects are:
1) Women & Girls of Strength: A self –esteem workshop curriculum which will be used in schools, churches, colleges, and women’s ministries worldwide to help women and girls discover sparks of self worth in their lives.
2)Women Who Changed Africa: A ground breaking collection of biographies which is meant to showcase African women change makers worldwide, who are doing great things for the world and the African continent in particular.
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False Labels Book # 3
We hear so much about the tragic consequences of bullying on television, in the newspapers, magazines and the radio. The lives of uncountable young people have been taken due to the primitive and vicious hands of bullies. We have also heard about the emotional scars that bullying leaves in the lives of its victims and the psychological torture . Very long before “bullying” became a world’s conversation, there were people like Rosemary, Delia,Lisa etc whom we met earlier in part one, who were faced with a gantlet of assault,teasing, taunting, humiliation and sexual harassment. They were denied meaningful parts of their lives, education and social privileges either because they were born with a disability or developed one somewhere in their lives. People treated them as if they are from another planet .But the children who famously were the ones causing others pain were advertised. No one saw any problem in it. The adults didn’t care just as is happening nowadays. They couldn’t be bothered, neither did they notice or actively participated. They could stand right by someone being bullied even to the point of death but will not say a word nor take any action.
In part one we had the opportunity of getting into the lives of thirteen different people who have faced the consequences of bullying in one way or another .We have also met people who carried the effects of bullying into their adulthood and so forth. This volume is a wonderful resource for developing empathetic critical thinking skills that will fortify a new youth culture of kindness and compassion. It’s also an engaging book of short stories that will empower parents and teachers to help kids deal with challenges like peer pressure and bullying. It provides a wonderful opportunity for generating ethical and moral discussions with teens that are faced with so many negative influences of peer pressure, bullying and the media. It also contains very excellent and practical ways on how to build a healthy self esteem and how to use one’s talents and gifts to be better citizens of the world.
Reviews about the series /book 3.
Dr. Lum Esther calls her “an inspirational powerhouse whose brilliance shines through her dynamic books and presentations. Kindness, empathy and forgiveness are the greatest tools to give anyone, young or old before sending them-off for school or work. She discussed these principles in the most amazing manner. A must read for all”.
Miss Terry McCarthy says “Marie-claire is one of the best things coming to Africa. I applaud her courage for sharing her experiences to help others”.
Jan McCray of Bethany Baptist church Brooklyn New York says, “Her presentation remains the hot topic here at Bethany”. Her book series is a great toolbox full of strategies to fend off feeling victimized at school, work or anywhere.
Atumo Daniel Etoh Teacher and Examiner G.B.H.S Mbengwi North West Cameroon
says, “Marie-claire is a very blessed woman and will go places. She is an inspiration to millions. I hope and pray that African women both young and old will be inspired by her courage and be able not only to let go of their past, but share their own stories to in turn inspire others. Her book series and her presentations intended to giving Inspiration/Encouragement/Hope & Empowerment to people from all works of life, has already started spreading and I see the next big thing not only for Africa but for the entire world.
Contemporarily, I find the book serving as an inspirational document for the youth of today (socially, spiritually and mentally).It’s contents, if read in its entirety, would also provide encouragements as well as linkage to God for readers who might be caught in the middle. I applaud her brevity.
Etta Graham-Mitchell, MsEd, CRC, Seminarian Student says, ”Do we need another book on how to prevent bullying? You bet we do–and this is the book we need. While rooted in the principle of the Golden Rule, it is eminently readable, practical, and likely to make you successful in creating classrooms and schools where students respect and care about each other instead of bullying. I recommend this book to anyone who wants to eradicate the scourge of ‘mean classrooms’ which too often dominates our educational landscape.”
Mr. Mensa Theo says, “All her books are great but this is the greatest .This thoughtful, thorough staff development resource provides direction for establishing a strong anti-bullying program. The book takes you on a journey through the research and guides you in implementing the strategies discussed. The intervention strategies are very adaptable. She also did a great job of paying more attention to bullies because she believes any problem must be solved by looking at the root cause first. It’s very involving and has lessons for people of all ages. Plus the words to ponder, the refreshing prayers and the rewind at the end of each section make this book a GEM”
False Labels Book 2
Browbeaters! They come in many shapes and sizes. Their behavior can have lifelong effects .Their cruelty have been known to cause loneliness, unhappiness, fear, anxiety, low self esteem, depression and even the death of most teenagers. But who are these people? They are all around us: in our schools, our malls, our jobs and even in our homes.Have you ever wondered why some people find pleasure in bullying others? Have you ever wondered why there is so much hatred in the world? And have you ever wondered why some people even take their own lives because of this societal ill?
One of the main reasons for the creation of the False label series is to help free people from the shackles of fear, insecurity and stronghold that has held them back for so long, so that they can give themselves permission to own their excellence and live up to their highest potential. Bullying is by far one of the ways that bullies use to stick false labels on their prey. While some people know how to deal with it, others unfortunately do not. Thus, the need for “An Insight Into The Life Of A Browbeater”, which takes a closer look at the bullying problems not only from the victim’s point of view as has been the case in the past ,but indeed focus more deeper on the bullies to find out the reasons for their actions. The author did this by way of one- on- one interview with some ex-bullies who were kind enough to open their lives to her and the readers of this book in such candid ways. Amongst other things were the bitter lessons they learned, some of which amazingly changed their lives forever, transforming some into motivational speakers and advocates for a more peaceful and bully-free world for all. The victims on the other hand shared with her the impact bullying had on them or their family members.
Of particular value is the “Rewind” section which encourages writing and keeping a journal. This makes the book more interactive and meaningful. The exercises guide readers through learning about their own feelings, dreams, and needs–while stressing that they are responsible for their own behavior and happiness. She further encourages readers, bullies or not, to use the great talents and gifts God has blessed all of us with to do good things instead of wasting time hurting others .
The author believes strongly that bullying can be stopped if we start solving the problem from the roots— from the bullies themselves, hence the reason to get deep into the minds of the bullies. The book ends with some soul searching “Take Home Words To Ponder” and very refreshing words of prayer.
“You only get back from the universe what you invest into it. In other words, we should treat others the way we will like to be treated”.
Advance Praises for False Labels Book 2
Ms. Kuja has done it again! She has gone right to the source in enlisting ex-bullies to share their stories regarding what led them to their wrong choice of becoming bullies. In her graceful, non-judgmental, loving way Ms. Kuja explores and confronts the past, but also share hope by introducing the transformational power of God presence in our lives.” She helps us to see that labels are indeed false when they kill dreams but God words can restore us to wholeness.
BA, MsEd, CRC, Seminarian Student
This book is really good and easy to read. I strongly recommend it to both parents and children. I encourage especially the parents of bullies to purchase this book and use as a tool to teach their children that there is more to them than just bullying. Bullying is a very serious issue that has a prevalent impact in our society today. The author emphasizes the need for a collective call for action in the fight against bullying and not something to be taken lightly. This is because it does not only damage the self esteem of it victims but cause the death of lots of teenagers who don’t know any better. This book is packed with lessons that will empower and inspire anyone who reads it.
Author of All I Had Was Your Birth Certificate
False Labels the sequel: This book interviews ex-bullies and the victims of bullying and false labels. It is very interesting to see how some of the victims used their experiences to empower and uplift not only their lives but others. Everyone young and old should read this book. It is an inspiration to living an authentic life
Financial Rep, Health Services Receivables
Montefiore Medical Center
We grow into adulthood so often without the skills to deal with the trauma and negativity the world throws at us, especially when it comes to self esteem. I found the writing and journaling exercises in this book to be liberating, therapeutic and helpful in dealing with some personal challenges we face in our lives. This book is enough to tackle any unresolved issues and to move one forward in their life. This is a very practical book and offers tools for everyone young and old on how to learn how to stop trying to fit in but to use their God given talents and gifts to do things that will make them stand out.. After my kid read it, we talked about it and found this book really helps.
A friend of mine mailed this book to me from the United States. At first I was very reluctant to read it because I was at a point where I didn’t think any advice was enough to stop me from taking my life.
After a few days, my sister entered my room and was attracted by the very beautiful book cover. Then she picked it up and never kept it down. She got so glued to the book that she called in from her job in order to finish it. Then I get so curious and wanted my gift [book] back which was not happening because she had to be finished with it first. I finally had the opportunity to read this book .The writer is a God’s sent. I did not have to kill myself again. She writes like an angel yet somehow transcends words and communicates directly to the reader’s heart. This is a classic, masterpiece, yet it is so honest that each time you read it; it speaks right into your heart. We see so often now how people are taking their lives because of bullies. This book comes with a fresh, new voice as the author emphasizes a sense of ownership in the reader for his/her own happiness. Her one on one interview with ex-bullies is a big eye opener as to why people bully,–to make you feel worthless. She talks about the importance of knowing who you are and whose you belong too and also to use our God given talents and gifts to making the world a better place .She reminds us all of the golden rule which is doing unto others what we what done unto us.
Nadege Possi Nurse (LVP) at Kingshabor
Multicare center, NY, U.S.A
Many great books have been written on bullying that pays more attention to the victims rather than the bullies, but this book is by far the most fascinated one of them all. The interviews with ex-bullies by the author about the reasons for their actions, the impact on their victims and what they later learnt from such experience is astounding. The book offers practical ways on how bullies could use their God given talents to change the world instead of wasting time and causing others pain. It’s a must read book with a lot of life lessons.
This is a well written book for people of all ages. Even kids will have no trouble comprehending the concepts it tries to teach. My children are four and seven and they had no trouble fully understanding it. The book held their interest and helped them start a conversation regarding bullying and ways of how to defend them.
I love this book and wish I had it as a child. It is an excellent and empowering tool that helps readers develop a healthy self esteem and self worth. During the course of the interviews, the author did bring to light various ways that bullies use to intimidate and subdue their victims. The various characters showed how they came to self realization and changed their ways through positive affirmations which I think is needed by everyone. I wish I could rate this work even more stars. It is a book for everybody.
Cape Town South Africa
This book is superb. It consist of one-on-one interviews with ex-bullies and their victims, the consequences of bullying and very excellent solutions on how we can collectively and gradually stop bullying .The author did an amazing job by giving bullies some exercises at the end of the book on how they can become more productive citizens of the world by using their talents and gifts. She ends with some words to ponder and very refreshing prayers. This book is a masterpiece. If we can use the step by step solutions in this book, bullying will soon be a thing of the past and we will have a bully free world.
Alasiri Odette, St Peter Claver High School
False Labels Book 1
Two images from my childhood come rushing to mind when I think about the person I am today and why I do what I want to do. Why am I drawn to sharing my story with people all over the world?
The first image was from the first time I was treated like an outcast and told by many that I will never amount to anything. Having a child as a teenager and out of wedlock is wrong but not as bad as to earn me the names I earned. The second image was from the way my son was treated. Not only did people call me useless for having a child out of wedlock, they transferred that unto him and called him a bastard. That was so hurtful and destroying emotionally and completely damaged everything I ever had as self-worth.
Every time that I heard people call my son and I names it reminded me of what I was not. During that period in my life I was uncomfortable, insecure and struggling. I was at war with myself .But one day, so tired of fighting with myself I decided to turn things the other way. I was determined to know why I was created and what my purpose in life is. While on a quest on finding out my purpose I started researching the Bible and other inspirational books. Then I started praying even more. I also started writing to myself ( a journal) . Gradually I noticed my journal was becoming a journey, not just a simple destination. They were real life happening at the moment. I’d completed two to three a week. They were thick and full and ripe with feelings and thoughts. Whenever I was down and read from my journals I felt like an angel was talking to me. It felt so uplifting. My own words became an inspiration to me. I was reminded of how important it is to believe in myself and remember that we are all created unique and special. During this time while I was praying and asking God to make it clear to me why I was on earth, I came to this wonderful self realization. I realized I am a masterpiece carefully handpicked by God. I was not a mistake, nor useless nor a failure nor any of the other names I was called. I also realized I had to be myself.
People around me would read them and said:”Oh! I totally felt this way or I relate so much —-“. I was fascinated with people’s truth, how they were perceived by others and how that didn’t necessarily jibe with what they felt. People would say: “you are so put together” but didn’t know what a struggle my life was. They also didn’t know how apart I was from myself. I wish there was a book like this when I was growing up. I had so many different struggles centered around negative belief system I had formed based on what other people said about me. This is a universal struggle, “I was bullied and called so many names as a teen which left a very lasting scar in my life”, said a school friend who had read my journal. Then I knew I was not alone. But how can we combat this? How can we empower our minds and spirits and the generation to come?
So the idea of having a strong voice became very confronting.
People all have edges but the challenge is not to hide from them. I made a pact to share my story with others because I believe only shared experiences help.
How then do I hope to achieve this dream of having a strong voice?
I wanted my book/message to be available throughout the world and I could achieve that with Amazon.com ,where the book will be available as e-books through the Kindle ,Epub,B&N nook and Smashwords.com to name a few.The book will also be available as a print [ paper format] and be available globally. When I discovered blogging, I thought it was an amazing way to build a platform of people who are interested in taking this trip with me.
There will be a 2-3 weeks Podcast audio interviews with people from all works of life. This is a universal issue. The purpose of the podcast is to share our experiences with people all over the world because only shared experiences help.
There will also be regular blog posts on many aspects of life for instance ,Why we should live and not only exist, celebrate our uniqueness, embrace our own stories, joyfully,completely and with pride amongst other things.
Praises For False Labels Book 1
Labels are needed to help us know what a particular thing is and that can be good, however when labels are attached to people to keep them from fulfilling their purpose that is when they become false. If you are feeling empty, hopeless, and lacking purpose read this wonderful book “False Labels: Don’t Let People Label You” .You will not only be inspired, but you may become an inspiration to someone. Nothing is impossible for God.
BA, MsEd, CRC,Seminarian Student.
Can you imagine that God made you as unique as you are for His glorification? That is the fundamental preoccupation in Marie Claire Kuja’s False Labels. The book draws inspiration from the personal experiences of number of youths across the world who have realized that some of the labels given to them by society do not hinder them from achieving whatever goals they set for themselves.Presented through narratives by those youths who each tell their stories, and reinforced with biblical allusions and quotations, as well as a prayer at the end of each story, the reader is held spellbound by the wonderful ideas and fascinating experiences. The reader is moved with pity or encouragement, as the case may be, when they identify with some of those generalized or specific experiences-lived not only by those who tell the stories but which may be a global reality. The book teaches one through the various stories to shun all forms of intimidation and frustration and to realize that one can transform stumbling blocks into stepping stones and to change all scars into stars. The most glaring example is the defeat of Goliath by David in the most amazing circumstances and against the background of all odds.This book is a source of psychological empowerment for all oppressed people in general and those who suffer various forms of intimidation. This book will liberate millions of people across the world to recognize how unique they are as God’s creation and to celebrate this uniqueness everywhere, every time.
ATUMO DANIEL ETOH
Teacher and Examiner
Advanced Level Literature in English
North West Cameroon.
Contemporarily, I find the book serving as an inspirational document for the youth of today (socially, spiritually and mentally).It’s contents, if read in it’s entirety, would also provide encouragements as well as linkage to God for readers who might be caught in between problems and know not who to turn to for refuge. I can fore-see the book rising to becoming one of the “Best selling” Inspirational authored books and would without reservation, recommend it for the future readings of Christian Youth Students all over the world.
BS, MPA, Administrator
MMG-West Farms/.Castle Hill&
Member Deacon Board.
Eastchester Presbyterian Church
This book consists of 13 uplifting stories that depict different individuals’ struggles to overcome adversities that they have encountered throughout their lives. The author strives to give the reader hope in overcoming obstacles that are put in their way by other people through bullying and verbally putting another person down. Also, the author strives to show that it is possible to overcome things such as poverty, racial stigmas and antiquated cultural beliefs that hold us back. Do not be afraid to have dreams and to do all you can to accomplish those dreams.