Thursday, August 11, 2016
Visitor Spotlight: Cassandra Onwualu
Home Country: Nigeria
Program: Arts as a Vehicle for Community and Economic Development
Position: Communications and marketing consultant in the Nigerian film industry, Nollywood.
Fun fact about yourself: I love learning about world cultures. If I could have one (or two) superpower(s), it would be to be able to teleport and speak every language.
Describe your experience with the International Visitor Leadership Program: It's been very insightful. I've learned a lot about America, her people, and her values (social and business). The "can do" American spirit is not a myth! I leave here inspired and refueled. I look forward to future partnerships and collaborations with the contacts made.
What is the most valuable thing you are taking away from your experience? You have to be ready to do the work. It's not all glitz and glamour. It's not enough to dream and to sit around and wait for someone else to do the work. If you start the work, you will find like minded people to help you build along the way.
What did you enjoy most about your time in Vermont? It's hard to narrow it down to one thing. I love the vibrant art community, the landscape- Vermont is gorgeous! I will definitely be visiting Vermont again so I can get to see more of the state.
Were there any connections you made during your program that you think will be especially beneficial? You know, I think all the connections will be especially beneficial for me and other Nigerian film professionals I've worked with.
Anything else you would like to add? It was a wonderful 10 days. I want to say thank you to the US State Department; the US Delegation to UNESCO Paris, France; and all the organisations involved for making it happen.