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September 26, 2018

A Letter to Uhuru c/o Caroline Mutoko

President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo/Norbert Allan
President Uhuru Kenyatta. Photo/Norbert Allan

Dear Mr President,

My name is Brenda Mueni Kitula, I am a recent Commerce graduate from Mount Allison University, NB Canada. Born and raised in Mombasa, I came to Canada as a student in 2010. It is hard to put ones dreams in one page but I will try my best since at this point, my life depends on it. I am an ambitious young woman trying to make her dreams come true and this is my first bold step to the rest of my life.

It is August, summer is almost over and I am still looking for a job. Sadly the job offers I get are either not connected to my degree or I find myself overqualified for the position. As I sit in my room, drinking my Out of Africa tea, looking for a job online, I can’t help but notice all the Facebook and Twitter updates about home. I start following President Uhuru Kenyatta steps in admiration, and then it hit me, it finally hit me. I have been wasting my time, looking for the ideal job in all the wrong places while my heart has always been in Kenya. All it took me was a delayed work permit and two unexciting jobs to get me to this point.

During my graduation ceremony, one student was bold enough to give the University chancellor, a flash drive containing her resume, as she was receiving her degree on stage. I remember saying to myself, “I wish I had thought of that.” That was her first step to the rest of her life. I thought to myself, I am a young, hardworking, passionate, energetic, patriotic and educated woman. I need Kenya and Kenya needs me, but I am the only one who knows it. Of course my parents call in the middle of my epiphany and I tell them all about it. Their response is one of the reasons I am writing this, they have always supported my dreams. Last year I told my Dad I wanted to work for Beyoncé, he told me I could do it, if I was willing to fight hard for it. I don’t know how, but I do know I want to work for, and with my country. Where best to start but in Ottawa, where the Kenyan Consulate is literally just a walk from my apartment.

The first thought was, I need to speak to whoever’s in charge. I just found out what I want to do with my life, so who will help me make it happen? So I wrote a short heartfelt email to the head of the consulate and attached my resume, cover and recommendation letters. Sadly I hadn’t been keeping up with my current affairs lately. My parents informed me that the president recently appointed new diplomats, so there goes my email. Then ding! It hit me again, why can’t I just talk to the big man himself. I quickly went on twitter and started following Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta and feeling ashamed that I wasn’t following him before. The problem is, I don’t want to send a bunch of tweets, with less than a one per cent chance that the president will read them. So I went to his website and looked for a way to contact the president, then it dawned that unless I have him on speed dial, my chances are slim to none. I went back to the drawing board, who does the president listen to? Kenyans. Whom do Kenyans listen to? This one was easy, Caroline Mutoko.

Now I have all these dreams that I want to fight for, so why not now and where I stand? I will shoot for the sky, if I miss maybe I could hit a star at least. I do not want to work so hard and still be underemployed years after I graduate. Apparently it is not a good sign if you haven’t started your career at least five years after graduating. I can either take the direct approach or beat about the bush, work around and maybe in ten years I might, just might, go back home only to start from scratch. I like living in the ‘here and now’ I was a Marketing student, so why not market myself. I need all the help I can get to pass this message to Mr. Uhuru Kenyatta. I don't know about you...but I'd rather jump and risk it all than to live with the regret of never trying!

Hello, my Name is Brenda Mueni Kitula, I am a recent University graduate, living in Ottawa, Canada. KENYA, PUT ME TO WORK.

Sincerely,

Brenda Mueni Kitula.

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