It takes great courage to stand up to centuries of tradition, to your parents and tribal elders and say, “No this is wrong, I won’t do what our women have always done, I want a different life.” The strength to say that and then follow through on your words is almost unfathomable when it’s spoken by a 12 year old Maasai girl in a small village in Kenya. Kakenya Ntaiya, was that girl. Now she has her PhD and has returned to her village to build a school for girls so others can have the same chance at a different future. I went to the school to see for myself the difference Kakenya is making in the lives of other young Maasai women. This video is from that visit, but this week I also interview Kakenya for my radio show National Geographic Weekend and she updates me on the progress her school has made since my visit two years ago. When you realize the impact Kakenya is having on the lives of not only Maasai girls, but also the Maasai men and tribal elders it is no surprise that she has been chosen as a National Geographic Emerging Explorer.
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