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In Pursuit of greatness

I was only 14 years, seated at Uhuru Park listening to a renowned televangelist preach in the grounds where another woman, Wangari Maathai had risked her life to save the park called freedom.

Her opening words you are great and you don’t know it! Those words stormed through my head like a thunderbolt, am great and I don’t know it? It’s like an awakening happened inside me and ever since I have been on this race pursuing greatness and am still learning the definition of the word everyday.

Those words would cause me discomfort all through my youth, I cannot settle in just anything, I have to be fulfilled.
Over the years dreams of being a journalist have fallen through my hands like grain of sands, I have walked away on many occasions mostly because I had no one to hold my hand or no one would take the time to.

Until last year when I finally found a mentor, slowly the passion has been coming back and the dreams are slowly beginning to regain life and take shape.

It is at Internews- a centre where journalists are allowed to use media facilities, that I had the opportunity to meet other journalist and one of them forwarded the link to the voices of our future correspondents and voila here I am.

Here I will have the opportunity to tell stories from my world and be heard and eventually bring change that is the dream of every journalist. Having the online journal means I can post thoughts and stories that at times conventional media may not be willing to publish.It is also very exciting that world pulse can also use one of my stories or that media like CNN, the N.Y times can pick my articles.

World Pulse will help me connect with people who share my vision of lifting street women and children through education, rehabilitation and providing them with entrepreneurial activities.

Through this network I will be able to get people or organization to take part in programs that am already a part of or we can work together to create new projects and improve the lives of women and children.

Street families just need someone to see them and take notice, putting a shilling in their plate is great but impacting them for life such that their children and those to come will have a great legacy on which to build on is itself amazing.

Here I can learn how to create an online magazine that is relevant to my generation and that will can connect as young people from all over the world.

As I walk towards my vision, I am doing little things like orphans in Kilifi, for a hundred shillings-a dollar or so am able to ensure that a child gets food to eat and is able to stay in school.

I am trying to use the networks I have created to boost one woman who has a vision of lifting children by providing them with education and at times a home. So far I managed to have a friend send them 100dollars and with that two children are able to stay in school for a month or so without worry.

I know am in the right place and the greatness inside will slowly unfold step by step.


faridaY's picture


Congratulations Wairimu on your determination even in the face of all your struggles. Keep persevering and doing good works.

Yenly Thach's picture

What a great feeling!

Wairimu, that is such a great feeling that you discovered your purpose in life! How rewarding it is to know that you are destine to help others through your talent! Let's continue to give back to our communities and help others! Thank you for making positive changes and role model in your community! Cheers!

Yenly Thach

Adepeju's picture

Hey Wairimu

With a beautiful story like this and a cause like yours, YOU are great and I know it!!!

nicolestewart's picture

Your Represent Greatness

Thank you for sharing Wairimu. By stepping into your greatness through the power of your voice you are setting an example for other women to do the same. All the best on your journey.


aimeeknight's picture

Thank you Wairimu for sharing

Thank you Wairimu for sharing your story, you inspired me! I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes by Mother Teresa. “Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.” It is wonderful that you are doing all you can to change one life at a time. My only suggestion would be remember to check your word count; it’s easy to forget when you have so much in your heart to share! I look forward to reading your next assignments.

"One shoe can change a life" ~ Cinderella

wairimu's picture

@Farifa Y, aimeeknight,

@Farifa Y, aimeeknight, nicolestewart, adepeju, Yenly Thach. Thank you all for the great comments and advise.I do hope that we will all be able to work together as we all pursue our place on this earth. I live you with this words in the Bible...My food is to do the will of the one who sent me.. Those words have never rung true than today.

Aimmeknight, I will watch out on the word count.

Much love,

bmcqueen's picture


Congratulations on finding more than one way to your greatness. Your journalistic endeavors and the aid you arrange for orphans is inspiring. It is easy to give up when we have a mountain to face, but every step we take brings us closer to the heights we need to try to reach.

wairimu's picture

Thank you

BmcQueen, thank you for your encouragement, they say the journey of a thousand miles start with one step.


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