Drum rolls ladies! Some happy dance and while at it maybe we can have more of what we are already having. The day is finally here and I can eat a cake without feeling guilty and this time without the excuse of ‘it is someone’s birthday’, it’s actually Sisterhood’s birthday!
It’s a smooth ride as I walk towards the Kanga decorated tables at Udada, there’s no registration hassle today, and everyone seems to be in the celebration mood. I am silently hoping there is food too, celebration the Kenyan style. I actually got it all planned out in my head. I walk in, there are disco lights, some real nice alive music playing loudly, a dance stage is set up with rainbow colors, and on the right side of the hall…a buffet!!!! Ha-ha I am probably setting my stomach hormones up for disappointments but dreams are valid, right?
Of course I am disappointed when I get inside the hall, the foodie bit of me that is. It’s hard to keep me down for long though as Hellen Mtawali’s voice cuts through the air! And on the first row, guess who is here?? Committed Dadas and role models who have greatly contributed in voicing women issues, Janet Mbugua and Victoria Rubadiri!!! Yaaay you guessed right!
Hold up, that’s not all, we also have Kambua, Carol Mandi , Njoki Karuoya of Keroche foundation and the fit Kenyan girl Jane Mukami! I even felt like the MC, in my mind, I was like, Ladies and Dadas, welcome to the Sisterhood Celebration Edition! It has been one awesome year of bonding, of learning, of fun, of sharing ideas and of taking selfies!!!
The Celebration kicks off as Laimani Bidali, founder of the Sisterhood movement welcomes us and shares on why Udada matters. “Have you ever seen a woman who is dead inside?” she asks. (Blank looks) “Have you ever seen a dead fish look?” (A few mmmhs)
Sometimes as women, socialization and experience dims our light, there’s no life in us, and we might not even notice the people beside us or close to us. We just go through the motions of life, ticking boxes and conforming to societal standards. Through sisterhood, each one of us has started to be In-powered, to know our self value and to be able to access the opportunities and resources that are available for us.
Seriously though, where do those surveys take place? But after hearing the stories I can’t help but acknowledge that I was hearing it in my own voice.
And then Voila…chocolates!! My dream was valid after all; it’s not food food buuuut who doesn’t love chocolates? Which reminds me, when was the last time you appreciated a woman in your life? Not just on their birthday but random appreciation? As we share chocolates, Laimani shares on other ways we can celebrate the women in our lives with little or no money, and as much as it is such a wow moment; it also comes with a guilty sensation.
I can’t even remember the last time I called up a girlfriend to thank her. To bless her with what I want to be blessed with be it good health, wisdom, the woman she is becoming in her career and social life, and just letting her know that she can count on me.
Ooh yes, I even learnt a new term! Beauty definition, they don’t call it make up in Udada, it’s called beauty definition, come to think of it, the beauty is already there, it is just defining it.
We also get a chance to hear from Maria Njeri, a lady who has found her voice and learnt how to use it.
A woman confident in her different abilities, (not disabilities anymore) and looking at her now I cannot imagine of the woman she talks of before she had found herself. I think it takes more than courage, it requires the love of self to overcome the labels given by society.
To know that your beauty and identity is not defined by your body movement!
The Celebration ends with a karaoke moment of the song, Carry your candle, go light the world.
I am carrying mine, I am lighting the world. Are you?