“We are all gifted and unique in our own different ways!” - 2Face Idibia - - ~ Miranda OBEN - Founder and President of The Returnees Project Inc.
A great Personage once said, “Regard man as a mine rich in gems of inestimable value”, a trait that will become abundantly evident in this vain attempt to summarize the achievements of a very remarkable lady – Miranda OBEN. Hailing from humble beginnings, Miranda, fondly dubbed Mira, has transcended all boundaries to become the pride of her people and of a continent! Raised in Cameroon by loving parents who gave their children the best of both worlds - a solid moral foundation and the best education possible - Mira like her siblings, was taught very early to settle for nothing less than the best. Mira's favorite quote by Nelson Mandela: “It always seems impossible until it's done", and then she adds:you just have to believe in yourself” goes to demonstrate this quality!
From childhood, Miranda excelled academically and stood out for her lovely combination of beauty and brains! Exemplary through every field of endeavor and graduating as an IT Engineer with honors, Mira prior to graduation got a job as a Software implementation specialist in an international company headquartered in New York. She is multilingual, and her proficiency in English, French, and German, as well as her native vernacular and the Cameroonian pidgin is quite remarkable. This ease and eloquence with languages, quickness of wit and charismatic personality soon launched Miranda into the arena of moderating, first at her University and eventually to addressing audiences of thousands of people internationally; a natural talent which landed her professional moderating roles in monumental events, too many to enumerate here! From conferences to state banquets, television appearances and radio shows both in Germany and abroad, she has assembled an extraordinary portfolio of achievements culminating in 2014 and 2015 consecutively; with being voted onto the prestigious list of 100 most influential Africans in Germany - surely, a veritable epitome of the 21st century career wife and mom!
Mira's greatest wish is to remain an inspiration to everyone, particularly her fellow Africans and women everywhere, whatever their dreams and aspirations. That: “it really does seem impossible until it is done”. You just have to believe in yourself! You make your own “footprints in the sands of time”!
- Freelance writer Jacqueline Ashu, Arkansas USA -