Kakenya Ntaiya, Girls’ Education, and hope

Kakenya is a wonderful young woman, filled with hope, who knows how to tug at your heart strings: this is a woman who risked all she knew to go to the United States to get a college education. However, don’t listen if you expect and enjoy only fuzzy light talk. These TED talks given in 2012 and 2013 are not for the faint of heart. The listener is taken through cultural festivals, normalized female abuse, female mutilation and mariage arranged at birth. Kakenya is deeply connected to her people and motivated to encourage girls to insist on their right to an education. She is cunning, brave, generous and beautiful. Her enthusiasm and smile has won me over.