They see my glory, but do they know my story?
When Hotel Rwanda came to our movie screens in 2004 I seized to be the girl who went unnoticed. Over the next few months the phone calls would not stop, random people I had seen walking around the campus appeared at my doorstep begging to speak to me for a few moments. Before that year, I would say that I never had a story.
Sad eyes and clenched fists - that was the look of the people who sat before me eager to be told where I was when all of the events they saw in Hotel Rwanda were happening. Soon the novelty wore off and I seized to have a story.
I would often ask myself whether I had a talent; in the family we had a cake artist, a hair stylist, an artist and a master chef. I wrote a list of all the things I was good at but none of those things stood out so I put my pen down and left that story.
In 2010 I went back to university to do a postgraduate degree; upon arrival I met one of World Pulse's Voice of the Future correspondents, Fungai Machirori. We would often spend our evenings reminiscing about our pasts and every time she would tell me to consider writing to share my story.
After a few days of contemplating, I started a blog called Maziyateke ; it would soon become my place of refuge. Every time I was frustrated or excited - I would pick up my laptop and start typing. My friends from all over the world emailed me to say that they liked my story.
One day, Fungai told me that she was a member of a website called World Pulse, she explained that it was a good place for women to share their stories and that it had opened a lot of doors for her. I clicked the link she sent and the first thing I saw was a short story competition with the title 'Miracles'; I smiled because I thought that there was no way I would be able to tell my miracle in 500 words. I went to work as usual the following Saturday and halfway through my shift, an idea came to my mind and I found myself frantically searching for somewhere to write this idea. I ripped a shoe box into small pieces and got writing. Within 30 minutes I had my story.
The comments I received inspired and touched me, and when I was told that I had won the competition I screamed. It was the first time in my life to win something so meaningful - from then on I was positive that I would continue to tell stories but most importantly I would be the voice of women that needed their story told.
So I just wanted to say thank you Fungai and World Pulse for helping me to embrace my story!