I am Bilha Kwamboka Mazini, a fifth born in a family of eight. I am currently a 4th year student at Pwani University hoping to graduate this year before I venture into my specialized field. Actually life has not been very easy for me from all the corners of life, but I thank God for He was always there and ready to help me fight all the odds that life brought forth.
Being the only person in my family (among my brothers, sisters and cousins) with short stature, left me no options than to answer people’s questions of “why am I the only one that way, why am I that way and so forth”. On the other hand, I have had to bear with some demeaning address like being branded with names like “kafupi, kadwarf” (meaning the short one).
All these things used to make me cry a lot, not until I learnt to appreciate the fact of life that I had no choice but to learn to understand the society on this matters. At times I thank God that all these had to happen because I have learnt to be a strong lady just as it is said that whatever does not kill you indeed makes you strong. I learnt the art of courageous living and it became part of me automatically. My fellow students in campus refers to me as “a strong and an iron lady”.
I have come to realize one thing which is, life is as a result of what you feed your mind with. Being a lady of my own type and one of a kind, I normally believe that there is nothing in this life that I want to be and cannot be. I have also come to a realization that there is no challenge that life brings my way that I cannot handle, all I need is to improvise ways of going around it and having a strong will then work on it with my all.
Thanks to my late Dad Mr. Mazini, he was a true beacon of hope and thugh he is not alive, his vision is still alive in me. My mother, up to date, has always taught me to be strong and taught me how to speak for myself. May God bless them. Finally I wish to share that I am always happy of whom I am and working on myself to be a better me on the areas of my life that are yet to come.