So when we talk a Dada, we are talking a lady, a woman, a female (somehow our generation got soot on this one) – we are also talking a queen, or a duchess, a countess, or a peeress, a baroness, and ladies and gentlemen – even a gentlewoman is an English word.
When we talk a Dada, every single time it means a masterpiece created by God, also one of the best things in the world. And in extreme cases, it can be the best word for a male to take from an innocent sounding sentence and add an awkward, creepy, perverted twist. Weird, of course.
In my vocabulary, it also means badass. Someone who knows, accepts, owns and celebrates their accomplishments and gifts. Someone who knows that they can do something; and they stand up for that which they can do and they go from there.
Ladies and Gentlemen, allow me to introduce you to Persil Telewa.
28 years old, focused, passionate and self driven is the lovely Persil Telewa, hailing from Nairobi County and pursuing the MP seat at Kasarani constituency. Peppered with a light tone, she believes that youth and women should be empowered in the line of development economically, socially and politically. “I want to tackle the issues of unemployment by promoting vocational training, helping champion the youth to start small enterprises and also promote education among the kids in my ward,” She says.
Persil has advanced projects in her constituency that aided and abetted development among the youth and women. She has mentored many girls from all around and helped channel older ladies to their lines of passion. She also initiated the forgotten boy child initiative from the age of 18 – 35 years. “My mantra is, when you see a challenge, that’s an avenue for you to be the change that you want to see, since change begins with you, “she adds.
A formidable lady who stands for truth and also a force to reckon with, Persil knows no limits. She strongly believes in her leadership skills hence the reason why she feels that she is the most qualified to take the MP Mantle in her Kasarani Constituency.
Intimidation and being cowed by fellow male counterparts as a result of declaration of interest in governance issues is not something that is new to her either. “I do not disqualify the fact that there are men who do appreciate women’s role in leadership.” She asserts that there is need for women to take up position as it is their political right to vie for any political seat in Kenya.
She ends up with a parting shot: Intimidating a woman is intimidating yourself.