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Quick read, International Women’s day.

Last night, I went to visit my family back home. When I arrived, my mum was still awake (11:30pm). She was about to have her dinner.  After hugging her and my sister, I checked all the fridges and cupboards for food. I started to think of what food I could carry back to Cardiff. My mum said I could take as much as I liked. I decided to carry loads of canned beans and coconut oil (my new student diet).  

After packing the food, I joined my mum for dinner. We had nshima/nsima, chicken and okra. Nshima is a local Zambian food that can be equated to mashed potatoes or pounded yam (Not the same but similar). Some people call it pap. It is made of maize/ cornmeal. Sat on the table, I couldn’t help but feel grateful for having a home to visit during the term. As a student, despite being strong and enjoying freedom, sometimes I still miss the smell of home. The smell of mum’s nshima, the smell of mum’s kitchen.

This is more of a mixture between maize meal and cassava.

Today as my friend was driving me back to the station, he said, “happy International women’s day”. I had forgotten it was women’s day! The first thing that came to my mind was how thankful I am for having a supportive mother. I was overcome by gratitude towards her for always being concerned about me. Always encouraging me to study. Always praying for me and searching for job opportunities on my behalf. Always going out of her way for my siblings and I to be happy. 

I am also thankful for the many women who fought and still fight for; equal rights, fairer opportunities and female empowerment.

Happy International Women’s day to all you ladies/ women out there. Every woman has an inspirational story to share!

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