Good evening Rafikis,
I hope you are keeping well, I thought it would we be great for me to share with you my journey as president of the East African Society. The society has contributed massively to my time at University abroad and so I think it is important for me to share the journey with you.
Like any other great story there have been challenges. For instance , during the first wave of elections I was the only one who run for any position. Then during the second wave only the positions of secretary and vice president were filled up. (Why do East Africans fear leadership and competition? Could we blame the political climate in our own countries? That is a story for another day). However, I did not let this break my spirit, I had a vision for the society and I knew I could actualize it if I worked hard enough.
Therefore I decided to take advantage of the network of friends around me. This way \o was able to come up with a full committee. Once, our committee was complete we set off to tell the East African story.
Below I will describe each committee member with one word(or two) and add a phrase of something they would be the most likely to say.
Madame President (allow me to gas myself up for the last time) :-p
Shout out to my dad, he is the only one who still calls me that, everyone else is over it I think lol
Guys I’m running for … Please vote for me!
I am Kenyan.
Fun fact about me I Acquired Bilhazia in Mwanza, Tanzania (don’t swim in lakes kids). I have also visited Juba and Kigali, where my dad worked for many years.
Vice President- Lady like Recho
Which one is the Dashiki? I am so confused guys, I don’t live in Africa you know
We allow it because although she is originally from South Sudan she is Manchester raised. She is proper Black British you know, Hair always on fleek and dat, innit!
Ps Congratulations on your graduation, Go conquer the world! You were the Mit Romney to my Obama, I couldn’t have asked for a better VP.
Secretary – Chilled out Crystal
Relax guys! Honestly, it’s really not that deep! Tbh I don’t really care it’s just a …
She brought sanity to the group. She is calm, collected (sometimes too calm) and cool. She often balanced off the wild energy in the room. The hippy of the group I’d say.
Ugandan born but raised in Kenya and else where in the world. (third generation kids be like)
Treasurer – Money-minded Nikita
But where does she think that money coming from, it wasn’t in the budget? Will the cheaper option get the job jone?
Always there to ensure that we do not spend money where it was unnecessary to do so. Only one who actually put her actuary degree to practice in the society as the human calculator. Another thing, is that she is very reliable as she would always get the job done!
That Biashara mentalilty- Kenyan
Publicity Officer- Creative- Juice Stefany
I have an idea guys, I was thinking we could … Do you see my vision?
Too much juice too much sauce. A brilliant creative!
Always behind the camera capturing moments or busy working on one thing or the other. She brought peace to the society with her warm personality and acted as a mediator where need arose.
Ps- She is the gem behind all the amazing photography, videography and design ❤
Kenyan living in Tanzania.
Events coordinator- Stopwastingmytime’ Makena
Honestly guys, you are just wasting my time! I’m not coming for the meeting, I have better things to do!
Always whining about us wasting her time. Her motto was probably waste my time 2016 lol. She was always in a rush to be done with us. Never the less nothing but love for her because her passion for time put the society on track and ensured the job got done well on time.
She is Kenyan and proud! She would never let us forget she’s from Meru County!
Welfare Officer- Toomuchfire Moono
Guys this is TRASH! I am not putting my name on that! I can’t allow for such!
A juxtaposition. On one side she had too much fire in her. She was always ready to share her honest opinion even when it was not asked for. On the otherhand she was probably the most loving of all. When you actually get to know her, her maternal instict is evident. You were able to understand why she was the welfare officer.
Zambian raised in Kenya.
Like the Rwandan government with a majority female representation, these women were best fiited to represent the East African students.
All in all, I couldn’t have asked for it any other way. It was my honor to serve and I hope the fire continues to burn on even in years to come.
Till next time, Kylie Achieng