When Ghanian education activist and radio personality Edem Agbana said that young people must have their voices heard at all times and that they cannot not be passive participants in the conversations about their future, then it’s a must for them to get active and create the future the way they want, he meant nothing but a challenge to the youths.
In other words, the young man was calling for his peers to walk out of their comfort zones and stand for what will count on the future. Edem is insisting on youths being active in the future making process.
As 2022 race for top seats gains momentum, youths are seemingly unreluctant. Ruth Apondi Oloo is one of the young promising youths who has expressed interest in the position of women representative in Siaya county.
The fifth born in a family of ten believes in Edem’s challenge to youths and is confident that time for youthful leadership is ripe.
In an exclusive interview with Aowapress24, the 25 year old said that she believes in youth leadership that is development – centered.
Ruth’s education journey and career journey.
Born to a peasant father who started as a cleaner with the Kenya Posta in Mombasa,and later worked as a retail shop, Ruth started her early
childhood education at Ngiya ECD, and later joined Ngiya Mixed Primary School. Life during that time was tough. Thanks to her late dad who seemed to have loved education above anything. Ruth says that his words ‘education is what makes people equal’ motivated her to work hard. His dad was a strong believer that an educated person is empowered to make the right choices in life.
In 2005, Apondi moved to Thim Primary School in Bondo-Subcounty in standard four before sitting her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) in 2009.
Having successfully completed her class eight, she joined Agoro Oyombe
where she did her form one and two before her dad fell sick. This she says crippled her education. She was unable to pay the fee to continue with her studies. It took the intervention of her aunt who sought to take her
to Barchando Girls, where she repeated form two due to the lost time.
Life in Barchando was tough, since despite her aunt’s willingness to support, she happened to have other demanding responsibilities that pressed her. Ruth would later move back to Agoro Oyombe Secondary after her aunt withdrew support.
Despite the challenges, Apondi was determined to continue with her studies to make her dreams come true. She was undeterred with the life obstacles.
Ruth recounts a moment when she came from Barchando girls on foot to Ngiya. It was a very traumatizing experience, but the belief was so strong to give up. Apondi did her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2014 before joining Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology to study bachelors of Arts in Education.
Studying in JOOUST was equally tough and Apondi depended greatly on fundraisings to facilitate her education.
Meeting some of the daily expenses of as a student was hard, but Apondi was undeterred. Apondi tried her teaching skills in 2018 and was recognized as a passionate teacher who goes beyond the limits to put the students motivated.
Working close with like minded people.
The hopeful aspiring women representative hinted at her close and good relationship with several people who she believes will walk with her in the journey.
“I have a greater connection with people of all kinds and believe that I have what it takes to bring positive changes in our beloved country.” She said.
She has been doing motivational talks to young boys and girls as one way to encourage them to work hard in the midst of challenges.
As a young woman growing in Siaya, Apondi has had the dream of
giving hope and supporting the members of average families who struggle not only to support
the welfare of their children, but also to put food on the table.
She is running for the position of women rep Siaya county to create a difference in our community. “I know that this will give me an opportunity to represent my people and source
for more resources to make our community a better one” She said.
She joins incumbent women representative Dr. Christine Ombaka, Mrs. Florence Aluodo and Emma Akinyi in the race for Siaya county 2022 women representative.
Addressing the issue of BBI proposal of scrapping off the position of the county women representative, Apondi said that she will shift to a co – senator should the BBI succeed.