Story of My Life

Born on the 4th of April 1989 and the 6th of 13 children, I am the first to go to college.

My father is a polygamist with two wives. My mother is the second wife, and I am the first born of her five children. Since I was young, life in my family has never been easy financially because both my parents are primary school leavers and so they have always been subsistence farmers. Because of that, education is even more difficult to obtain, even worse for girls in the family because in the village boys are considered to be more superior to girl. This is so because they will take care of the family later while girls just go on and get married without thinking of where they came from. So if there is not enough money, parents would send boys children to school and girls would will just remain at home to help with daily activities. My father tried to send all his children to school regardless of the sex but it has never been easy for him because apart from his own 13 children, he also takes care of 3 of his nephews who’s both parents died.

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In 2000 when I was in 4th grade, I qualified for a girl-child scholarship and was transferred to the capital city for that. I was to be sponsored until 9th grade after writing the national exams. I was really grateful because mostly girls would get married at the time between 6th to 9th grades. So going to the capital city and continuing my studies made me feel special among the other girls got married and never had a chance to reach 9th grade or higher. After writing the exams, I had to return to my parents, and try to continue studies from there.

Being in the city and given everything I need for my studies made my life so easy that I had gotten used to such a life. Returning to village life and continuing studies there was something that I did not want and I had to learn to get used to it again because I had no other choice. By the time I went back home, one of my elder siblings had finished high school a.

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