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International Womens Day

I wrote this on a post last year about the women in my family and this is just a celebration of the women in my family and not forgetting the boys as they are just as important and vital in the campaign for gender equity. I come from a family of six girls and one boy, and we tend to forget to celebrate our achievements. I have six nieces and four nephews-the girls are exceptional and it as I would like to say how proud I am of them and their achievements, their fearlessness gives me a great deal of pride and this is for my nieces and nephews particularly who in the face of so much have proved themselves time and again to be truly worthy people.

The girls are exceptional and it brings to mind a story my big sister told me about my grandmother-Cucu, my mum and her only sister who I am named after during the Mau Mau emergency in the 1950’s the Kikuyu women were put in concentration camps while the Kikuyu men were detained elsewhere. The women had home guards and one guard had it for Cucu, Mum and Aunty and would whip them without provocation. This guard was nasty and every morning if he did not whip Mum or Aunty, he felt that he had not done a good days work. The women’s work was to plant and harvest crops which was used to feed the British army and home guards, one morning the stupid man was feeling particularly vicious but he seemed to have crossed a line as he lashed out indiscriminately and Cucu who at this time was extremely furious and as the whip was pulled back to land on Mum, Cucu took hold of it and together with her daughters pulled the guard into their hut, shut the door and proceeded to beat the living daylights out of him. When they had finished, they went on to tell him that as a man he would not be able to tell the other guards that he had been beaten by women, he never raised the whip against these women again. For my nieces I am not advocating violence but when one is pushed in a corner you do what you have to do…


To my nephews who are gentle giants all of them, so good looking and charming, there is so much potential there, there are two and their picture stays in my mind holding your baby sister, amusing her and making her laugh. Though you have the men traits, your sensitivity is amazing and a sight to behold. To the oldest nephew, I never hear much from you other than you sending me emails to update your contact lists. You are the epitome of cool, and just like the other two stylish and trendy. To the baby nephew whom I haven’t met yet- I saw a picture of you and my heart flipped, I have spoken to you and I can see you growing up to be this handsome young man……

To family for my lovely and wonderful nieces and nephews it is nice to know that the baton can be passed on, your intelligence and wit is a joy and wonder to behold…..

Happy International Women’s Day
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By Anonymous guessaurus at 9:03 pm

Auntie Nyakehu, I remember reading this from you last year and I laughed just the same. Your cucu's and mum are the stuff strong women are made of. Hope your family stays strong and that they stay true to what you epitome them to be.

Your family introduced me to KBW, welcomed me when I joined, and enfolded me into your special family. For that I bow down to you all.

Happy International Women's day too.    

By Blogger Nakeel at 9:39 am

Happy International Womens Day Nyaks.

I can tell you are a strong woman born of tributaries of Very Strong woman (ur Cucu)    

By Blogger AfroFeminista at 7:14 am

I remember reading this too and just laughing so hard for the strength and cunning of your cucu and mum, but also at the irony of how the oppressor turned oppressed by their own brand of patriarchy.    

By Blogger Prousette at 7:33 am

Happy Women's Day Aunty Nyakehu!    

By Blogger UARIDI at 10:48 am

I hope the boys are influenced by their mothers, cucus and aunties. Happy International Women's Day.

Great story    

By Anonymous mshairi at 1:16 pm

Thanks's for the reminder of Cucu's story.

Happy International Women's Day, Nyaks!    

By Blogger the center at 5:47 am

Women are strong in so many ways. One is in loving. Thank you for sharing the story.    

By Anonymous SaHaRa at 6:14 pm

When I read about what your mom and cucu did to that hard headed guard I laughed until my sides hurt. When I read about you nieces and nephews I smiled. I have a five year old nieve whom I love to pieces and she's so smart, it's simply amazing!    

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