“You have to do the best with what God gave you.”
Mrs. Gump, Forrest Gump, 1994
During my recent stay in Canada, I was pleased to meet for the second time in my life someone from my tribe who is NOT related to me. Needless to say, he expressed his joy upon discovering that I am a Software Engineer, since girls from the tribe seldom venture into scientific fields.
This came as quite a shock to me, as I realized he was right! Other than my mother and sisters, I don’t recall personally meeting another Bulu woman interested in sciences.
I used to dream of going home and helping create technical school for women, founding scholarship programs, and encouraging Cameroonians youth to create tech start-ups. What happened? Did my dream die along the way? Between struggling to finish school, pay bills, find a job, start a career?
While on my way to visit Québec City, there was a great coverage of Malala as a 2013 Nobel Peace Prize nominee. She stood up for the right of girls to have an education, with the media often comparing her to Anne Frank. This really inspired me to strive to make these dreams become reality.
I hardly had any female role model growing up and several opportunities were closed to me simply based on my birthplace. The new generation should not have to say the same. I am Malala, are you?