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GREAT MINDS HAVE PURPOSE, LITTLE MINDS HAVE WISHES

The girls retired to their dormitory after a hectic day. The peaceful school became a den of vicious attack as rebels charged in to rape, brutally wound and abduct innocent girls to the bush as their wives. I could have been one of them. To say the least, I come from Northern Uganda, a region that hardly knew peace for the past 2 decades until recently due to instability caused by a rebel group known as the Lord’s Resistance Army under the leadership of Joseph Kony, a self imposed spiritual leader from Northern Uganda who had been fighting against the incumbent president’s rule and immensely tortured his own people, destabilizing and wounding many. In due course, my parents moved to neighboring country Kenya when I was roughly 2 years old. As I grew up, I listened to their gruesome tales about the war, which awakened my curiosity and developed my personal vision to fight against injustice on girls and women by the pen and paper.

Since electronic media was not so detailed on reporting stories about Northern Uganda in Kenya possibly due to proximity, dad always found a way of coming back home with Ugandan newspapers and safely kept them for future reference. By reading them, I developed a writing passion. At a tender age, I begun listening to people’s experiences, watched so many documentaries and noted them down while memorizing dad’s newspaper sayings and did so well in English composition papers and debate competitions in junior and high school. I spent most of my time in front of the mirror holding a tissue roll as my microphone simulating reporters or rehearsing in front of my family and this helped boost my public speaking skills, self esteem and confidence that spread from home to school and the community, landing me an opportunity to host a youth talk show on a community radio during vacation which later on transgressed to working with a DSTV lifestyle show and various companies for a while before joining university.

As fate would have it, I chose to come back home and pursue higher education in Uganda, where I could learn more about my culture while advancing my vision of speaking up for people afflicted in the postwar conflict. At the university, where I am currently a finalist pursuing a bachelors degree in public relations and media management, my involvement in several things came as a surprise to many. For instance, in my first year first semester, I was voted as the first female editor in chief for the university publication, something unheard of, given that I was fresh blood, un-experienced yet this post was technical involving a lot of political down play needless to say, dominated by men in higher classes. I believed I could do something different. Previous publications were A4 sized papers, in black and white with very few pages and could be published once a semester yet so much money was being invested in it and misappropriated besides it came with bonuses and a coveted salary. Through thick and thin, I managed to beat all the rivals at the student’s parliament. The first publication under my reign came as a surprise to many. It was an A3 coloured paper which attracted a lot of community involvement. It nearly rivaled some local newspapers. The community, agreed to sell our papers at their shops, bought it, shared their stories and personal testimonies with us and above all, the re- launch of the publication was streamed live on one of the local television stations. However, I must mention that the content was limited to university events although we tried to embrace current world affairs.

I would like to be a voices of the future correspondent because I believe that it has a global audience and presents one of the best ways of sharing my vision as well as learning from many brilliant minds. It is not limited to geographic scope, meaning that I can access so much unlimited information and network with millions. To the world my voice may be one person but to one person, I may be the world.

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Stella Paul's picture

Good luck!

Good luck my friend, for the VOF, for your vision and for being the inspiration to generations of women in your country!

Stella Paul
Twitter: @stellasglobe

Akech's picture

Thank you Stella Good luck

Thank you Stella

Good luck too in everything you do which you do great!

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

YAOtieno's picture

LRA

Hi Aketch

Ii have read alot a bout the LRA and the scary things they did. The worst was the abduction of the girls from St.Mary's College. The courage that Sister Rachele Fassera had to pursue the rebels and ask for teh relewasse of the girls is quite inspiring.

If these are the stories you read, i know understand where your strength, courage and pursuit of nothing but the best comes from. It is a real honor to get to know and read your stories.

I wish you the best as you pursue your vision and please...Keep writing,

Y

A candle looses nothing my lighting another

Akech's picture

Hi Y, I am glad that you are

Hi Y,

I am glad that you are quite informed on issues that happened in N.Uganda, Thank you for the wishes, i wish you the best too in everything you pursue!

Kind regards,
Akech

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

usha kc's picture

Hi Akech,, thank you for

Hi Akech,, thank you for shring y our experience and the vision with in you.
my best wishes to you for getting the opportunity.

:):):)

Akech's picture

Dear Usha, Thank you for

Dear Usha,

Thank you for wishing me well. I wish you well too in everything you pursue and i will not forget your kind words as a new VOF member!!!

Best regards!

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

MaDube's picture

Good luck dear. And in

Good luck dear. And in dealing with issues arising from what the LRA has done to the people in Uganda I hope you will also look into justice for the women, rehabilitation for the victims especially victims of sexual violence kept as wives for the LRA.

Akech's picture

Madube, I am always inspired

Madube, I am always inspired by your kind and frank remarks. You always have new ideas that make me want to work harder. Thank you for being who you. Good luck too!!! :)

Best regards
Monica

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

joyacomeaux's picture

Extremely Inspiring!

Your life is very interesting and inspiring!

Thank you for making a difference, and being willing to shine the light for others.

All the best,
joya

Akech's picture

Dear Joya, Thank you too for

Dear Joya,

Thank you too for your kind remarks.. I believe you are also a lamp and a light to many.

Best regards
Akech

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

lymalin's picture

Great Job!

Even your country have not received peace, but I'm so proud to know that you get peace in mind already. Wish you success in every circumstance. Move forward together, ok??

Akech's picture

Than you Iymalin for your

Than you Iymalin for your comment. I wish you success too in every circumstance and together we shall move forward!

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Dear Aketch:

After a really strong essay, you ended it with a punch! Way to go, Aketch. You show your writing experience.

I was a little confused about the political history you shared, but overall such a joy to read your writing. I look forward to learning more about your vision for change Thank you for joining World Pulse !

What else was a surprise to many besides your heading the paper? I guess the future will reveal your many stories. I look forward to them You know, you can post to WP as much as you want.

Anna

Speaking my Peace

Akech's picture

Thank you Anna, Your comment

Thank you Anna, Your comment is highly regarded.

To clarify the confusion. I spent most of my years in the neighboring country, ( Kenya) as a result of war in my home region ( Northern Uganda) although the war did not spread to the entire country but specifically the North of Uganda, my parents thought it was wise to move to Kenya but when i was of age, I chose to come back to Uganda after many years, probably 2 decades. I am currently in my home country (Uganda) and embracing most of the things i didn't have a chance to while in another country.

I hope that helps clear the confusion. :)

For sure, i will keep on writing!!! You too,
Best regards!

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

cate morriss's picture

thank you for lifting your voice

Dear Akech
It is only through people like you that as a wider global community we can begin to understand the depth of injustice that women have been subject to so please keep lifting up your voice above the crowd so that the world can hear. You are clearly dedicated to the task. Your story is passionate and important.
Cate

Akech's picture

Thanks Cate for your comment.

Thanks Cate for your comment. I should say the same about you, Anastacia :).

Best regards!
Akech,

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

Iffat Gill's picture

Greetings!

Dear Akech,

Thank you for deciding to join the VOF program and for sharing your story. You have a powerful voice with a strong vision for what you want to do for bringing the change in your communities. I hope you also use the platform of PulseWire to the fullest to share your stories with a global audience.

I wish you all the best in your journey. Keep writing and keep sharing.
Kind regards.

Iffat Gill

Akech's picture

Iffat, how are you? Thank you

Iffat, how are you?

Thank you for your great comment. I wish you the best too in your journey well knowing that together we can change the entire universe.

Best regards
Akech

Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies.

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