Anyula Euster Mukari studies Public Health at Mt. Kenya University-Thika in Kenya. “Shila” as most people would call her, loves the thrill of working in a healthcare institution.
Outside her classroom, she spends her time reading biographies, articles and novels. Having participated in programs conducted by Lapid Leaders Africa, Shila is greatly inspired in becoming recognized as one of the under 30 African entrepreneurs in a few years time. Her life she says has been a source of inspiration for other kids as well.
Shila has recently started writing her story.
“I’m writing my story. I would love my story to include all my failures and success. Since the day I grabbed my pen, I told myself it’s now or never. If no one is going to create for me the opportunities then I will create them myself. I never sit and wait,” she said.
The best place to find her is a place full of trees where birds chirp in the morning. As we spoke, Shila shared more about her life experience and dreams with us:
An Exclusive Interview With Anyula Euster Mukari “Shila”
Tell us a bit more about yourself?
I’m a 20-year-old African woman. My country is Kenya. I love nature and animals. Young but full of visions that I’m working to see come true despite the challenges.
I’m an introvert and I do more listening and writing than talking. I love reading biographies, articles and novels.
I’ve been in leadership since I was a kid. Now I’m part of a program called Lapid Leaders Africa. It’s a place where young leaders are groomed to provide solutions to the society. I would love to practice my learned skills and join more programs in the future that will suit my personality.
What makes you proud as an African?
Being part of a wonderful and beautiful mix of different cultures. Our cultures are strong and deep rooted. It’s all beautiful and worth being part of.
The resilience of African people, their perseverance and agility which I also have in me.
The beauty of the African skin — glows in the sun and has different and beautiful shades. For African ladies, the hair and all the beauty they behold. We are endowed with resources and wealth. We have great minds and generations of proven leaders and icons.
Africans have this sense of living and caring for one another that is admirable. Especially in the rural areas where the elderly reside. Africa is full of opportunities all round. Those with skills and motivation grab the available resources and turn them into opportunities.
The weather. Most parts of Africa experience normal weather conditions. This is great for the vast vegetation, crop farming and for wild animals.
Judging from your life experience, where do you see Africa tomorrow?
As Africans, our leaders fail us. All this is because of greed, struggle for power and corruption.
We still believe there are great leaders out there who can make Africa the most peaceful and filth free continent.
As a source of great resources, we can move forward and use our resources to create opportunities. We can reduce importation of finished products from our own raw materials.
As the saying goes, we can’t change the past but we can learn from the present and make our future. Children are 20% of our society but 100% of our future. So grooming children with the right values and teachings will determine our future.
If you have all the resources and professionals to work with, what one thing will you improve or invent on the continent?
I will improve our education systems. I will stop forcing a student to learn science when he/she has skills in art. We have quack doctors today because they are forced to become one. Students are schooling to have good titles, to have good paying jobs and for their parents to be proud of them. They cheat in exams to get an A. We should care about improving our continent by being honest and selfless.
By Elijah Christopher