Betty Adera ‘Ms President’ Speaks on her life and career achievements
Six months ago, Kenyans sat glued on their television sets to watch the first-ever female Reality TV show on leadership, Ms President.
The show that premiered on January 30 will be lowering its curtains on Wednesday, July 31.
71 contestants and 26 episodes later, Ms President has set the precedent for a new wave of leadership in Kenya, with its main focus being female leadership.
Below is Betty’s History.
“I Grew up in a small rural village in Migori County called ‘Wuoth Ogik’ village. This is Luo word for ‘the road or safari has come to and or better still a dead end.Went to Migori Primary and transitioned to the Kenya High school for my secondary education.6th born out of 8 siblings.. had a very quiet childhood mostly keeping to myself esp when my father was not around as I was my father’s favourite.
I am raised by parents who were both teachers. My dad Mr. Patrick Adera was a tutor at various Teacher Training colleges and his last station at the time of his death was Migori TTC. My father died of rectal cancer on 2nd Dec 1986 at Gendia Mission Hosp and like a few days to his being taken ill never to return, he asked me to make for him eggs … I knew the way he loved his eggs made. While he was eating the eggs he called me by my local name Adhiambo and said ‘If it was my wish I would go with you but I cant.. but just know that you are destined for greatness, you will study abroad and you will rule the world!!’I was in class 7 going to 8 in Migori primary and my life shattered… it was a tough phase in my life growing up without him and my mum was there did her best in trying to perform dual roles of mother/father to us
My mum (Roselida Adera) was a primary school teacher, one of the strongest women I will ever know, widowed young and having to raise 8 kids. She raised us with a fist iron and was a very strict disciplinarian
Typical day would be to go to the river Migori to fetch water, do house chores the go to school without being late… weekends and school holidays we had to do farm work of weeding, harvesting and it was not fun at all.She retired and passed in Sept 2013 after an illness and 4 days to her death she called on me to visit her and when I was returning back to Nairobi she prayed for me.. a prayer into my future.. declaring that may I enter into my destiny of leadership not only for my family and community but for my country and the world… this would be a declaration that mirrored what my father told me 27 years later!!!
High school was quite an experience coming from wuoth ogik village to a national school school with girls from high society and where lesson no 1 was to learn how to eat with fork on the left hand and knife on the right hand while I was used to just eating with my hands.”
“I married young and was blessed with 2 sons out of an 18yr marriage that started off very well but degenerated into domestic violence and broke apart when I couldn’t bear it no more and I walked away with my 2 sons. It was the most difficult decision I ever made in my life and that was the most difficult time of my life moving from Grace to Grass but with God’s favour I moved back to grace again and touching lives of thousands of women and young people going through stuff”
“Apart from my formal employment at Global Communities as Chief of Party DREAMS Initiative, I also have my foundation through which I reach a broader audience with messaging of hope, Gender Based Violence, girls leadership and youth employment.I also mentor boy child and men impacted by violence (sexual and domestic).I run for Ms. President because I feel it will place me a higher pedestal to impact the loves of women and youth even better.My mentees led by one Emmah Njeri saw the Ms. President advert and literally forced me to apply because to them I was always their president and with this, I could reach the million others who also need my support.”
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