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Kakenya Ntaiya:
A girl who demanded school

TEDxMidAtlantic · 15:16 · Filmed Oct 2012
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Kakenya Ntaiya made a deal with her father: She would undergo a traditional Maasai rite of passage, female circumcision, if he would let her go to high school. Ntaiya tells the fearless story of continuing on to college, and of working with her village elders to build a school for girls in her community, changing the destiny of 125 young women.

Educator and activist
Kakenya Ntaiya refused to accept the continued oppression of women in her Maasai village — so she built a school that's shifting gender expectations in her community. Full bio
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