My childhood was deadly. Education saved me. | Agnes Igoye


Young women and girls in my country, if I
flashback, you know—how I grew up is really tough. The environment in which you are born, you
know, the parents you have is very important. That’s why for me I am very keen and really
advocate for education. Because what saved me is like, you know, my
parents they had little education but they had something. I remember—the day of my birth—because
it’s a long story, I remember my father and mother telling me how my father had to
ride the bicycle and my mother had to put a lamp so that they can see the path because
at the time I was born in a hospital. They had to cross a forest, you know, which
had a lion. That lion had eaten animals so it was a real
danger. And my mother—you’re a woman and you’re
pregnant and you are seated on a bicycle. So eventually they made it to hospital and
the first person to come was my aunt, my father’s sister. And her mission was to come and see the sex
of the baby. And when she opened and saw that I was a girl,
she just made an exclamation, and in my language it’s like [speaking foreign language], meaning
“This is yet another girl.” So for her that was really a disappointment
and she sent the message to the village that my mother had given birth to another girl. So girls are regarded as useless. It’s the boys who carry the traditions. It’s the boys who carry the family name. And being born in that environment and living
through that and like I said, you know, and you are being called a prostitute even as
you’re playing. And then I asked my mother, “What does this
word mean? Because the men and the boys keep calling
me this word, And yet I have my real name.” That’s when she told me what that meant,
and I made her a promise. I said “Mommy, I’m going to really work
so hard in life and embarrass these men by success in life.” So that was a driving force for me and lucky
for me they allowed the girls to have an education. We walked long distances, we went to school,
you know, it was five kilometers. I don’t know how much that is in miles. And you are teased, because that’s not your
space, where you’re going to school with the boys. But, you know, you just go through that. And then along the way that’s when the Lord’s
Resistance Army also disrupted our lives in the village, and they were targeting, again,
the girl-child. They didn’t want married women. They wanted virgins. They wanted girls to take for sexual exploitations. So again with my sisters we had to flee the
village. I remember running through those bushes and
forests and ending up in an internally-displaced people’s camp. So it’s tough, you know, being a girl. The sexual exploitation, and if I didn’t
have the parents I have because when my father making that decision from that camp to move
us far away to the city, having lost everything, he had his girls in his mind. And to really drum it into us that we are
not useless, we can amount to something, really motivated me to get an education. So it’s tough. I know it can improve because I’ve seen
it improving. The more you educate your people, the more
you educate a girl, the more she stays longer in school, the more you educate parents, the
more they’ll be mindful about education, and so many other things.

24 thoughts on “My childhood was deadly. Education saved me. | Agnes Igoye”

  1. Great video, you can't expect a developing country to progress if you only educate half the population. These are the issues feminism needs to tackle.

  2. I’m really not sure, whether formal education is the right way to go nowadays. Of course, if you don’t live in the western world, you may not have other alternatives. But I think digitisation has opened so many doors that if you have passion for something, you can succeed on your own.

  3. No, western civilization saved you. America saved you. The white man saved you. If none of these existed, you would still be in Uganda in that barbaric society.

  4. It's so sad to see that the number 1 country in the world has a flawed school system that makes kids not interested in school an education. There are people who wish they had our opportunities, but yet we fail to take advantage of it.

  5. Conservatives in America have been convinced that without education they’d be more free. Which is a fantasy, but its what conservatism has regressed into

  6. this ( and peace) is what i wish for every person on planet earth. we need to help other countries to give them capacities to develop themselves, their infrastructure, ultimately their quality of life and mentality.

  7. One wonders how these African countries would have fared without Roman Catholic interference. A massive portion of Africa was just ruined and poisoned by Catholic doctrines and dogmas.

  8. I just don’t understand how people can torture others without any consideration of the damage they are doing, and feel shame. Then I think about the history of the human species, and sadly it’s all understandable

  9. So actual good feminism. This is the stuff the feminists in the west should be fighting for. Not Gender quotas and shit.

  10. Well no she is just bad most of africans are these are pussies and antagonist maybe they will be i telige t bit most of them is stupid even after education people simply take for granted women behabiour most of them does no thing unless they have to education shows uselesness of girls it really depe ds on the openmindness of the creature

  11. The disenthralment of women, and the great freeing of female talents and genius, has been a driving force behind the prosperity of the west.

  12. Keep on being racist and hate white people for saving your asses in afrika and been given techonoly and scientific achievements, that's all that black people are doing nowadays in the media.
    It's the western society that saved you. It's Europe and the USA and it's people, you should be thankful to.

  13. The story itself really evolved from her being told as a child of her birth and the disappointment to the fact her father put his not just girls but children first. I wonder if he ever had a son if he would have taken the care he did with his daughters. I’m just glad I’m the end things worked out and I do hope things in her native country get better. There is room for improvement everywhere

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