Collins Nakedi, 28, was four years when he and his step-brother went to live with their grandmother.
“My father considered me weak, he felt that I did not have the qualities of a typical Pokot boy. I come from East Pokot, Baringo, a community that is mostly comprised of pastoralists. Boys were expected to become herders, but my father said that I lacked the characteristics required, namely aggression and resilience,” he says.
Having failed to exhibit these attributes, his father took him to live miles away with his grandmother and enrolled him in school. What had been akin to being banished from the only home he had ever known turned out to be a life-changing opportunity.
According to a survey conducted in 2016 by World Vision and Baringo County Government, in partnership with other organisations, the illiteracy level in East Pokot stands at 65.7 percent.
“While girls are married young, boys are responsible for herding their parents’ livestock. Being my mother’s only son, she had hoped that I would stay at home, marry young like my friends and herd our cattle and goats – going to school revealed to me that there was more to life besides that,” says Collins.