Now, you may be wondering who Dr Ava Eagle Brown is. So, let us introduce you to this phenomenal woman, who grew up in a poor, rural community in Jamaica. Sadly, Dr Ava’s childhood was filled with hardship. She was abused by her father and often had to miss school in order to work instead, so that she could afford essentials like food. One day, her life changed forever when she was raped at gun-point in front of her three-year-old daughter, and decided to escape her home country.
Dr Ava tells her story in her book, The Mango Girl, which highlights that by rising above adversity, she became a strong and resilient woman, ready to conquer any challenge that life throws at her. By learning from her difficulties, she’s now helping others to overcome theirs. Honestly, we think she’s a boss lady. Here are five things that we find incredibly inspirational about her:
1. Just recently, the news broke that her book has been adapted to a screenplay, which has been optioned. Thanks to that, her life journey will be shown on the big screen, so look out for the feature film!
2. She has qualified with not one, but two Master of Business Administration degrees! To add to that, she earned her Doctorate in Humanity. We can’t even.
3. Apart from helping people, she helps companies by teaching them how their mindset affects business. Her client base includes CitiBank Group, West Minister Kingsway College and Barbados Investment & Development Corporation.
4. She was the brand ambassador for Evolve, a charity in support of the homeless, and which drives positive change in the lives of 2 000 people in and around London, on a yearly basis.
5. She’s planning to launch her own charity named Jamaica Safe Home for Girls. The charity will aim to establish a residence for young girls who suffered from abuse and poverty, and are in need of a safe place to call home.
Dr Ava has visited SA to meet with Connie Chiume and Madiba’s grandson, but she’ll be back soon, so watch this space!