Awa den Biña: Aruba’s first female PM

ORANJESTAD – Waiting impatiently backstage at the Plaza Betico Croes took me all the way back to 2005 when I introduced my first book ‘Beyond Insanity.’ That was the last time I felt so nervous. When it was finally time to recite my poem “Awa den Biña” dedicated to Aruba’s first female Prime Minister I felt my hands shaking and I knew I lacked grip on my voice before saying a word. I asked the audience to bear with me as I paced myself to be part of one of the most precious moments in Aruban history. Press play (text of poem below).

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My Aruba Campaign

ORANJESTAD – For many years now I’ve shied away from requests for poems dedicated to Aruba. I still believe I am unable to articulate what this place means to me. When the offer to make a fun video about my favorite spots on the island came along however, I immediately accepted.

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Wake up stories: My first keynote

ORANJESTAD – I never imagined that my very first keynote presentation would be held at a technology conference. Considering the important role storytelling embodies across different areas, especially among start-ups, I should’ve seen it coming.

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Lizemarie

ORANJESTAD — From the first moment I heard the recording of an original waltz composed from scratch by Aruban musician Chris Kross, I was left in awe.

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