The journey

Lucy Aoko
Posted March 15, 2018 from Kenya

Born on the 3rd of March 1996, with the zeal to see the world so much, born on the way to hospital as patience become an issue to her and given the name ‘AOKO’ which means ‘outside’ and Lucy as her Christian name. due to some circumstance I could not understand, taken away from her mother at a tender age to a pristine environment in the city on Nairobi. On turning two, lost my mother and life starts from the beginning, irrespective of that, I get the courage to face the world and to accept my destiny. Being that I have grown up not understanding the love of a parent, but I have learnt to maintain good moral which is a privilege to the society of today. I have a passion to one day be a woman of immense importance and that can be heard. Only that I have not gotten the opportunity. I get encouraged by Malala Yousafzai, being that she lived in a society where it was difficult to stand as a woman and speak, but she stood to be different and is now a great woman. Challenges that women face in daily life makes me think that if only I had the opportunity I would have stood to bridge the gap. In Africa, millions of girls are being molested, millions are married at tender age, lacking education, and live to be house wives, not because they don’t have the right but because they are being denied that which they desire to have. As a woman, I am a programmer something that was difficult to women, but that the difference that I ever want to be gotten by every woman. A chance to stand out different. From the word “Nothing for us without us”! ITS US TO MAKE THE DIFFERENCE! AND IT BEGINS WITH YOU AND ME.    

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loise
Mar 16, 2018
Mar 16, 2018

That's nice my sister..keep working hard ,you will come to achieve your dreams

Lucy Aoko
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Thank you Loise

Jill Langhus
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Hi Lucy. Thanks for sharing your story. You definitely sound like a passionate, young lady:) Is programming your main passion, or do you have something else that is calling you; a mission? You will definitely be heard on here, and you are already important!

Lucy Aoko
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Hi Jlanghus,

Yes programming is my passion. I learnt to code from a personal perspective via online platforms due to lack of opportunity to be in school. And have made a very big step in the field of programming. I just love it

Jill Langhus
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Awesome:) That's awesome that you're living your life on purpose. Your passion will inspire so many others. I'm looking forward to more posts from you. Have a great day!

Corine Milano
Mar 16, 2018
Mar 16, 2018

Wow, Lucy. Thank you so much for sharing your story and your voice. I love this: "I have a passion to one day be a woman of immense importance and that can be heard." You can be heard here on World Pulse and beyond! How awesome that you're a programmer. I'd love to know how you got into that field and what it's been like for you!

Lucy Aoko
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Hello Corine,

Yes I am a programmer, I got into programming via my online lessons and it has made me Love coding so much. Am still in the process of learning deep and believe that Time will solve the rest. It's not so challenging but as in Kenya, programming is not taken so serious so employment opportunities are so minimal.

Corine Milano
Mar 19, 2018
Mar 19, 2018

That's really impressive that you are self-taught! I'm sorry to hear that programming is not taken seriously in Kenya. It is such an amazing skill to have. I know there are some other women in the World Pulse community who code as well. You might want to read this story, which won a Story Award, from Kike in Nigeria about her experience coding: https://www.worldpulse.com/en/voices-rising/stories/nigeria-i-am-girl-wh...

You might be interested in connecting with her, and also in sharing your own story about being a self-taught coder/woman in STEM to our Story Awards program. :)

Really glad to know you, Lucy. Thanks for being here!

Olutosin
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Lucy, you are heard already. That is why we are responding to you now, sisters from Spain, USA, Africa etc. Keep on standing out, keep on pursuing your dream, you are soaring higher, amen

Lucy Aoko
Mar 17, 2018
Mar 17, 2018

Thank you so much for the encouragement

SIMON MUREU
Mar 30, 2018
Mar 30, 2018

Dear Aoko--you are thinking good for our people here in Kenya and hope you start something saa hii

Jafreen Alamgir
Jul 02, 2018
Jul 02, 2018

Yes, we all can make a difference if we want it. Otherwise, no one is going to do anything for us.