In addition, Sheila wants to be a writer, an inspirational speaker, and a human rights advocate. “I know you are wondering why I mention them as part-time jobs. People think it is not possible, but I believe this: there is nothing impossible under the sun and we can always get to where we want to provided we are hard-working, determined, patient, and can endure with dignity.”
Of the 9,500 applicants to the Commonwealth Essay Competition, Sheila was the only person in Ghana and one of only 16 applicants across Africa to win a Gold Prize in the Senior Category. Reading her essay, it is perfectly clear why. The discrimination and injustice Sheila, her family and her community suffered makes the concept of human rights not a theoretical construct, but a personal, as well as global, prerogative. In her essay, Sheila explores Human Rights, Sports, and Ethics by giving all three of them a voice. She shows the world how we are still failing entire communities, entire countries, and how the neglect of human rights is as much a developed as developing world issue. Sheila also shows us the practical steps we can take to ignite compassion and action, and end discrimination.
It is the mission of CAMFED and The Mastercard Foundation to support girls like Sheila to find their powerful voice. When they do, the result is truly transformational. Sheila is determined to fight for people no one else will fight for. She says, “I want to be an inspirational speaker so I will be able to motivate young people and others who are going through similar problems not to give up because I was motivated by CAMFED not to give up on my dreams and ambitions.”