Standing before the door scribbled 2001, a portal to memories locked away in a bid to forget the anguish of losing my father. My eyes moistened with tears that refused to fall and I chocked of a sob. I suddenly realized that it had been a long time since I last visited this door.
That year my family suffered a great loss, a loss that rocked the very foundation of our existence. He was an archetypal father and breadwinner. His passing brought a lot of hardships and a series of events occurred that seemed surreal to a 12 year old; relatives fought over his wealth and took everything. To my mother it seemed normal as it had occurred before to several other widows in our community. Lack of education made her powerless against them and they took advantage of that. With a family of 5, no education or qualification what so ever, it was hard for my mother to keep us all in school so as the youngest I dropped out and left home to live with my brother.
As if things couldn’t get any worse, I was missing out on an education something which was very important and it filled me with despair.
I could not help but create a garden of hope in the midst of family conflict, poverty and prejudice .It is what made me stronger and every night I prayed about it, somewhere along the line God heard me and answered my prayer. With the help of his friend, my brother sent me to secondary school and the four years i spent there I was driven with the need to succeed, the need to accomplish something in my life and be someone. 2005 I passed with flying colors, but nothing lasts forever; I had reached the end of the line.
2006 Camfed found me and ignited my hope. Through it I saw a future more profound than I had ever imagined before. It empowered me and gave me a voice, but everyone has a voice; it’s what you do with it that matters. With my new found insight I merged my voice with my passion for writing and I discovered that through my work as a writer I can empower and change lives.
My interaction with Camfed led to my discovery of Pulsewire website and as I read the articles and journal entries, I realized that I had found my amplifier. My vision; to be a leader who sees possibilities when others only see despair. My mission; to create a better, more sustainable world through the positive power of my voice.
2009; College, I became a member of SIFE and dedicated myself to developing outreach projects that improved the quality of life and standard of living for people in need. 12 October 2010, I became a Voice for those whose voices could not be heard .As a presenter at the prestigious SIFE World Cup in Los Angeles USA I passed my first milestone.
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