We sit in her office at the Directorate of Citizenship and Immigration Control, where Agnes Igoye works as a senior immigration officer and training manager. It is a hot day and over the whirring of the fan, Igoye, speaks of her childhood with fond memories about her parents giving her a chance at getting an education. Igoye says her birth was unwelcome in the village.
“My birth was a scandal. I was a girl,” she says. “My paternal aunt came to my bedside to check my sex and was disappointed.”
Igoye explains that within the cultural context at the time, the birth of a girl child was not worthwhile. Boys were seen as pillars: the ones who carried the family name.
However, her parents, both primary school teachers, believed in the value of education and paid for their daughters to go to school, despite ridicule from the rest of the villagers.
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