Entrepeneur

From Nairobi, Kenya

25 yo

 

What’s on your mind right now?

How to kill my lizard brain!!

Describe yourself in one sentence?

Young woman interested in creating radical social change in Kenya/Africa through online media and entrepreneurship.

How would you describe the glass ceiling you had?

I was too aggressive/boyish/smart/mean for a girl, and the careers I had interest in were not real careers/not conventional.

How did it affect you? How did you feel at the time?

It made me more determined to pursue my work, but at times, I felt that something was deeply wrong with me! Like, why couldn't I just be like everyone else, or like other girls?

How did you realize you had a glass ceiling?

When I realized that my behaviours/ambitions were encouraged whenever it was men that had them, but when I did, they were suddenly wrong!

How did you break this glass ceiling?

Through my continued existence, my writings/speaking, my work, and just believing in my vision despite naysayers opinions/thoughts.

How do you feel about where you are today, after breaking your glass ceiling?

I am not yet where I want to be. The situation in Kenya/the rest of Africa continues to require ideological change, and women continue to be lesser than men. However, we have created a space for dissent, and feminist speech has become more frequent/mainstream. I believe that my work has contributed to this to some extent, but I intend to keep on. I generally feel very encouraged.

 
 

What advice would you give to someone going through this glass ceiling?

Seek support from those who are on the other side, support and speak to those who are going through the ceiling with you, do not waste your energy trying to convert your oppressor, and most importantly, subvert everything!

What are your upcoming projects?

I'm working on a podcast that will be Kenya focused, current affairs as well as socio-political issues. I'm also working on launching an investigative journalism series that should debut in the second half of the year.

Tell us about something, like a quote that inspires you?

"Whatever you choose, however many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there. And I also hope that you will choose to make some of that trouble on behalf of women." Nora Ephron