Grace Nzomo | 2016 - SpiceTalks | … ideas from the backyard of society

A REDSpice, Grace Nzomo quips, “I am not a Mzungu and I am not an Albino.” Grace is positively living with albinism. For her primary education (1998 – 2008) she studied in Thika Road Christian School where she excelled and was called to pursue her O levels in the prestigious Moi Girls’ School Nairobi.

In those four years she studied there her life completely changed. After she had settled for a month, she was informed that since she couldn’t see well, she had to learn Braille as she would be using it in her final exam. After a lot of confusion in between those four years as to whether or not she would have to use Braille, she sat for her final exams in braille and performed quite well contrary to the school’s expectations.

Before her results were released and announced, she went back to her primary school and worked there as an assistant teacher. This is where she discovered her love for children and helping them in every way. She loved every moment she spent with the children some of whom could remember her as a student there 4 years ago.

Currently she is in her 3rd year at United States International University-Africa pursuing a degree in Psychology with a minor in Business Management.

She also works as a Programs’ Coordinator at Dr. Choksey Albinism Foundation, a charitable trust. The foundation seeks to reach out to all children with albinism in Kenya and improve their quality of life through by facilitating early ophthalmological care, Providing free prescription glasses with photocromatic lenses, Sponsoring quality education for children with albinism. Creating public awareness and understanding about albinism itself as a condition. Providing free sun screen with a high Sun Protection Factor.

Grace is beautiful and works as a part-time model. She sees fashion and beauty as ways through which she can express herself and creates awareness about albinism in a world which is filled with innumerable stereotypes about it. She believes that when one is comfortable in their own skin colour, then they have the confidence to face the world. She wants her life achievements so far to be an encouragement to other people with albinism and also motivate them to strive to go beyond their limits. Confidence grows with every challenge faced, even if it is not overcome at once, it all begins with self love and acceptance.

Her vision is a society in which persons with albinism are fully integrated, appreciated and empowered to realize their full potential. Being able to brighten the corner where she is at the moment is only the first step and only time, and opportunity can tell how far she can go.