My name is Martha Kisaka. I am 23 years old. I grew up in a community, known as East Africa’s largest slum – Kibera. I grew up in a community where girls talk constantly about boyfriends and babies.
My mother inspired me to be different. Despite severe hardships, she never sold illicit brew like so many very desperate women in Kibera. My mother taught me to work hard to be who I want to be.
So here I am. A young woman in Kibera, an aspiring actress and filmmaker. Who has just been nominated by the African Movie Academy Awards for “Most Promising Actress.
How do I feel? Amazed, surprised, delighted, excited… being nominated for such an award was something that happened to other people. I only read about it in magazines or saw it on TV.
I play the lead female role in the Kibera feature film TOGETHERNESS SUPREME. This is my first movie. TOGETHERNESS SUPREME is very close to me and other youth in Kibera who suffered so much during the 2007 post election violence in Kenya. I am proud to be part of a film that is working for peace and reconciliation.
The African Film Academy Awards will be held in Nigeria on 10 April 2010. I want to be there to represent young African women actresses and filmmakers. I want to be there to represent the youth of Kibera, a neglected slum community. I want to be there to represent Kenya. I want to be there to represent TOGETHERNESS SUPREME – a film that can make a difference.
I need your support. You can make a contribution online by going to http://www.buykiberakid.com. Go to the DONATE page and look for me, Martha Kisaka. Every amount will get me closer to Nigeria.
With your support, I will be a step closer to my dream of becoming a filmmaker making films that will not just entertain but also educate. Thank you.