Everyone has a story and our stories all have something in common — we all start from nothing. All you have to do is write it. But it’s not that easy.
People want to hear stories. They want to hear our stories — they want to know where we are from, what we are doing, who we love, and where we are going.
They also want us to hear their story, but the problem is most won’t share their stories until their stories become perfect — without spot or blemish.
Most of our social media posts are stories or photos that show the better side of our lives — yet there are thousands of people who like and share posts that speak of human tragedy and imperfections.We desire to have perfect lives, but we know deep inside nothing is really picture perfect. We are imperfect beings, and we find unity and hope in one another’s imperfections.
Today, I write the story of Aisha Jumwa. It’s a story not to discourage you, but to inspire you. To inspire you to know your story, so you can share it with others. Aisha’s story You need to share your story has brought hope to many people who sometimes felt hopeless for what they are going through.
Imagine a Giryama lady in a polygamous family of 28 siblings coming from the market only to find visitors (strange men) at home getting a warm reception from her father. Moving closer to greet them, the father whispers to her with shock “Aa Ajeni madzakudza pwa uwe, yuyatu harau ndo andekala mulumeo” meaning these are your visitors, and one of them will be your husband. Moved by greed for dowry money, no amount of tears from the sorrowful daughter changed the Father’s mind. Blame this to hostile culture in Mijikenda community, it happened to Malindi MP, Aisha Jumwa after dropping from School in Ganze. It has happened to many young ladies including my late Sister who was forced to marry a 60 year old man at the age of 14.
What a harsh worldview, what a tetrogressive tradition, what a an insensitive custom, what a cruel life? But through Aisha’s story, everyone cornered by this cultural challenge can overcome. We can overcome this as a society.
In Aisha’s story, well narrated by herself through a TV interview with Nation Media, we are told that one can truimph this misfortune. In fact the girlchild subjected to this can rewrite a story. A story of hope, a story of better tomorrow.
After getting married to a local fisherman in the rural village of Takaungu, Aisha was later introduced to politics by her Father who was Kanu’s Political Activist then. She won Takaungu Ward Civic Seat and joined the Kilifi Town Council at her late 20s. At the Council, she later became the chairman of the Kilifi Town Council. Her husband was not comfortable having a politician as a wife. He therefore sought a formal divorce after having sired with Aisha 3 kids (two daughters and a son).
After serving for two consecutive terms as Takaungu (later Mnarani) Ward Councilor (1997-2002, 2002-2007), she vied for Bahari Parliamentary Seat in 2007. She failed to capture the seat. In 2013, Aisha progressed and fought for Kilifi Women Representive Seat in 2013. She won through an ODM ticket becoming the first Women MP after devolution. The raise to national visibility and prominence started here.
It is at this term as Kilifi Women Representative when she relocated to Kakuyuni Ward, Malindi Constituency to settle in a newly acquired multi-million residence built in more than 20 acres of land.
While at the Council, she finalized her Secondary Education and did her KCSE as a private Candidate. She then joined JKUAT to do a certificate of good governance. While at the National Assembly, she registered and finalized an Executive MBA at the same JKUAT. Then joined International Leadership University to do Bachelor of Arts in Leadership.
Then came 2017, and opted to go for Malindi MP seat. She floored the incumbent MP Willy Mtengo in an ODM nomination that was highly contested. At the 2017 ballot, she won as ODM Malindi MP.
Aisha’s name is in the lips of many Kenyans as we speak. Apart from being a popular, influential political at the Coast region, she has successfully taken her place in the national stage. Being one of the key allies of Deputy President William Ruto, Aisha National appearances have improved compared to 5 years ago. The hustler nation relies heavily on Aisha to counter the Azimio narrative as we are getting closer to August 2022.
In fact the rumour mills are informing Chaduchinews that she is destined to become the Deputy party Leader of the UDA party.
For anyone reading this, let the story of Aisha inspire your goals for the future. Always remember that, it doesn’t matter where you are coming from, you can shape destiny and make your future shine. Aisha did it. You can do it.