Daisy Ungaya, Philomathia Scholar
Which aspect of Black history, be it a person, event or movement, would you like people to learn about this year?
This year, I would like people to learn that one can be the first but it does not mean that they should be the last. That it is possible for the dominant narrative to change. Therefore, I would like to recognize two women who have made history in 2020: Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala and Kamala Harris.
Who are your BME role models and why?
My all-time BME role model is Dr. Njoki Wamai. She always challenges me to be a better person in everything that I do.
What would racial equality look like to you?
Racial equality to me means equal opportunity for every one of all races in every sphere of life. Basically no discrimination of any form based on the race tag.
Why did you choose to study your subject?
I spent the better part of my childhood in Western Kenya and throughout I had several questions regarding issues like gender roles and the place of women in the society. Little did I know that this will inform my research whereby I will be unpacking how local women’s table banking groups are not only economic empowerment forums but also safe spaces to help deconstruct patriarchal norms. As such, my desire to understand other debates around Africa, the History, the society and the people is what catapulted me to choose African Studies. This is a wonderful platform to ground anyone who wants to understand Africa as a whole.
How did you feel coming to the UK for your postgraduate studies?
I feel excited about coming to the UK for my postgraduate studies because through this platform I will continue growing into a holistic individual.
What does this opportunity mean to you?
This opportunity means a lot to me. It means that no one is limited in life and that it is possible to achieve that which one desires.
What advice would you give to your younger self?
I would advise my younger self that; If it exists, it is possible.