Growing up in a pastoral community,many young girls rarely have chance to become anything significant in life.
Early marriages and other situations conspire to deny them significant opportunities.
But one woman is determined to to change all that through boxing.
Rukia Nasirite Kamais from Kalokol, Turkana County will hit the ring on Saturday against Asha Katende from Tanzania for the vacant Universal Boxing Organisation (UBO) at Lodwar Cradle.
(Lodwar Cradle Hotel is the place to be on Saturday as Turkana hosts its first Women Title.)
“It is exciting to fight in Turkana and I want to thank the County Government for making this possible.I hope this will be a big boost and make boxing popular back home.”said Nasirite.
“We have a lot of challenges growing up in Turkana especially as girls and I hope this can inspire other girls to take up the sport and improve their lives.”she said ahead of her fight.
Nasirite will be fighting her Tanzanian Opponent for the second time.They first fought in 2015 with the Kenyan winning on points.
“She is tough opponent but I have trained well and remain confident of winning the title.
Fighting at home is also a big advantage and I urge fans to come out in large numbers and support me.” she added.
(Nasirite Ventured into professional boxing in 2004)
Nasirite is disappointed that professional boxers,especially women,have not been having many fights,saying something need to be done.
“Previously,it was better because we could have three or four matches in a year.This has changed and one can fight just once then wait for a long time.”
“I understand the problem is lack of promoters and sponsors.We need the situation to change to encourage more fighters.”
Nasirite said she was inspired by Conjestina Achieng to take up boxing and hopes to reach where Conjestina reached.
Conjestina is currently admitted in hospital after being rescued from her ancestral home last week after she was diagnosed with a psychiatric condition which has seen her on and off hospital for a while.
“When she (Conjestina)was at her peak,I was just starting out and looked up to her.I have not reached her standards but hope to get there one day through hard work.”,added Nasirite.
She also hopes to start an Academy in Turkana.Apart from the title fight,there will be three underhand fights on Saturday.
Kenya Professional Boxing Commission (KPBC)Executive Officer Alex Mwaniki said hosting this weekend’s match in Lodwar will be a big boost for the sport.
“It is true we have not have many fights but the problem has been lack of promoters.Our work is to simply sanction fights.We hope more promoters will take up the challenge in Future.” Said Mwaniki.