“Seeds of Change Holistic School and Centre” is part of a miniature herbal garden which is the home of many healing herbs which she refers to as 'Silent Doctors'. The Herbal educator following guidance through childhood experiences and serious health challenges was healed through the use of Medicinal plants of Barbados. This was done in conjunction with regular exercise, using organic 'raw foods', forgiveness and prayer. The Creator has presented her with the gift of 'Herbal Education' and has since transformed her to be a Master Herbal Educator. She uses this gift to educator her students, family, friends and those organizations who call on her services.
What Mr. Keith Miller of Miller Publishing wrote about the Herbal Educator.
Meet a Bajan Annette ‘Obianuju’ Maynard-Watson Motivated Students and Silent Doctors By Keith Miller When one woman can simultaneously assume the multiple roles of mother, wife, teacher, community worker, herbal educator and well-being specialist, it comes as no surprise to discover that she is known by two different names. Her birth name is Annette Maynard-Watson, her chosen name Obianuju Malika-Nzinga, and she is very comfortable when fulfilling her destiny as either persona.
On October 20th 2011, Annette Maynard-Watson stood proudly on the stage as she accepted her Royal Fidelity National Distinguished Teachers Award, one of only ten teachers in Barbados to be honoured with this prestigious accolade. In her typically modest and generous manner, her brief speech ignored her own merits and focused instead on her students and their attributes. The only time she spoke the “I” word was when she said “I love my students and I love my job”. Annette who is a fully qualified teacher and has been working in education for some 25 years is renowned for her ability to motivate young people.
Whether you judge the quality of teachers by their pupils’ exams results or by the personal development of the teenagers themselves, Annette Maynard-Watson is undoubtedly a very accomplished woman.
Within days of collecting her Distinguished Teachers Award, Annette was busy performing the duties of another of her alter egos, Annette Maynard-Watson the newspaper columnist, who writes the much loved and widely read ‘Healing Herbs’ feature in the Nation Newspaper. Every Monday, through her wellness-oriented articles, Annette dispenses generous doses of worldly wisdom and helpful facts about healthy eating, natural cures and the benefits of many medicinal plants to be found on the island- those precious healing herbs that she refers to as ‘Silent Doctors’.
This profound connection with the medicinal plants of Barbados could possibly be a sort of transition point where Annette spiritually steps aside to create space for Obianuju Malika-Nzinga. Obianuju is an accredited Food and Nutrition Tutor but she is also a woman of nature. What truly distinguishes her as a leading expert in this field is her inherent knowledge of all things herbal. While much of what she knows has been acquired by virtue of diligent research over the years, she inherited the real inner core of her understanding from her ancestors, as well as from her Mother who still uses many herbal remedies to this day. Obianuju can clearly remember various occasions during her childhood when her relatives nursed her back to health by using many of their own unique remedies.
She believes that it was through this childhood experience of being healed with medicinal plants, administered in conjunction with regular exercise, family support, organic raw foods, forgiveness and prayer, that the Creator presented her with the gift of Herbal education. So today, in her turn, Obianuju now uses that gift to enlighten and assist anybody in need of her knowledge and talents. In addition to regular teaching, newspaper column, other published work and television appearances, Obianuju has conducted numerous lectures and workshops for many key organizations and institutions.
Whenever she has any rare free time away from being a mother, wife, teacher, writer, counselor and health specialist, Obianuju loves noting more than to hike through the countryside of Barbados, especially in the green depths of the hidden gullies, always in search of her prized ‘Silent Doctors’ which she also grows in her kitchen garden. Annette Maynard-Watson, the teacher who nurtures the young people in her care. Obianuju Malika-Nzinga, the natural woman who tends her “Silent Doctors”.