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A Long Way to School tells the remarkable life story of Seconde Nimenya, a woman who grew up in Africa.

Seconde Nimenya’s story is one of relentless determination in the face of challenges and a constant desire to learn and rise above her circumstances, no matter the odds. 

A Long Way to School is Nimenya’s young readers edition, written to inspire middle and high school age readers to overcome the challenges in their own lives; and become the leaders they want to see in the world.    



Life is always a little easier when we have a listening ear, an understanding heart, and a Hand to Hold.

A Hand to Hold is a gripping story of a young Ethiopian girl named Adina, who was orphaned at birth, adopted at five years old, and brought to the United States of America. Under her new parents’ love and care, Adina blossomed and developed well.  But, as she tried to adjust to her new life in America, she also found herself longing to know her biological parents, and what happened to them.

As she experienced life from childhood to adulthood, Adina always felt a piece of her soul was missing. Then, through an unexpected encounter with a caring and loving man interested in her story, and in her, Adina began to heal her past, and was offered a hand to hold for her life forward.

In this inspiring novel, Seconde Nimenya parallels real life events, exploring the cultural hindrances that affect women and girls worldwide. In that respect, Seconde writes about stories we can all relate to, and learn from. What readers will find so enticing in this novel, is how it weaves together the stories of the characters’ past, and how their past affects their present, so that the past is never really done for them, until they deal with it.

Throughout Adina’s story, we learn about one woman’s failures and triumphs as she swims against the currents, and in the end, finds that all she needs is to peel back the layers of her own complexities, trusts her inner voice, and allow her soul to evolve.




How can we evolve through adversity and change our lives? It is one of life’s great questions.

In Evolving Through Adversity: How to Overcome Obstacles, Discover Your Passion, and Honor Your True Self, Seconde Nimenya answers the above question and demonstrates that the best way to overcome adversity is to go through it. Through her own life story, Seconde explains how to apply this transformational model by what she calls the RRU (Reflect, Rectify, and Unite) model. Her personal credo to evolve through adversity, and achieve any desired outcome is to take time to reflect on who you are, assess your situation, rectify what you don’t like, and reinforce or unite what you do like. In A Leader’s Companion Workbook to Evolving Through Adversity, Seconde details this model to inspire you with the strategies on how to evolve through your own adversities in life.



”I wanted to update you on where we landed with your book, Evolving Through Adversity, being used on our College campuses. We have purchased the Kindle version of the book for students. I have integrated content from several chapters into our Leadership 004 Class on Resilience, Thriving and Growth Mindset.
We are excited to have our students learning from your story on both the Rwanda and Burundi campuses. Thank you for your continued support of our work and we look forward to seeing you on our campus again.”

Carrie Ellett

Country Director, AKILAH Institute for Women

The Connectedness of Experience: It was a great pleasure to read Seconde’s book. I especially enjoyed reading about her growing up in Burundi. I could also relate to the struggle of balancing work and family, and moving and living in a foreign country (Norway and England for me).

J. H. Corbin

Professor, Western Washington University

In this book full of highs and lows of the author’s life, Seconde Nimenya brings us on a journey through childhood, early adulthood, marriage, immigration and culture shock. On the way, we (along with her) are confronted with hardships of life and the realities of two worlds apart not only in terms of distance but also culture, lifestyle and times. At the end we really get to understand what it is to Evolve Through Adversity.

Karl Rick

Seconde does a wonderful job describing her life in Africa as a child, then moving to the west as a young adult with a new family. She explores the cultural differences as a woman that she encounters on her journey trying to find her self along the way. She has added thought provoking questions at the end of each chapter to help you relate her story to your own.

Jennifer S

I loved the inspirational way Seconde told her story and at the same time involved the reader to reflect.

Lyn Archer