Flora Igoki: Former politician wins prestigious Canadian award for preaching peace
A Kenyan woman from Meru County has won the prestigious Canadian Immigrants award for her efforts in advocating for non-violence campaigns when dealing with thorny issues within communities around the world.
Flora Terah Igoki, a women’s rights activist relocated to Canada in 2009 she was attacked by assailants near her rural home when she attempted to vie for the North Imenti parliamentary seat.
Igoki currently resides in Lachine, Quebec, has become a powerful advocate for the non-violence and anti-bullying campaign in Canada and around the world.Through her work, Igoki has been able to address several meetings attended by some of the world’s most influential personalities like former US President Bill Clinton and late Nobel Peace Prize winner Prof Wangari Maathai among others. She has also been able to speak in several high schools across Canada.
In November 2012, Igoki was awarded the YMCA Quebec International Peace Medal.
Recently, she retreated to her rural backyard in Meru where she was born and brought up to celebrate her achievements with community members.
“I decided to come back home to celebrate my achievements with fellow villagers because it takes a village to bring up a child. I was born and brought up in this village in which I was moulded to what I am today,” Igoki said.
Teachers who taught me during my primary school education from nursery till I come from this village and, therefore, I feel my village contributed greatly to my achievements,” says Igoki during her recent visit to her native village.
Igoki brought the medal to the village so that her villagers could feel it was their win too as she grew up in that village.
“I have brought with me the medal and would like everyone from this village to feel it is also their win and not my win alone,” she affirms.
During the recent home coming tour, Igoki was accompanied by Tristan Brand, a photojournalist from Canada, who is compiling a documentary about her advocacy work around the world.The event which was hosted at her parent’s home in Kinoru Village in Meru County, women lauded Igoki through songs and dance. Among those invited to grace the occasion were her former primary school teachers among them an elderly granny who was her nursery school teacher.
In the four years she has lived in Canada, Igoki has participated in numerous public education campaigns against violence and bullying targeting women and children in conjunction with various organizations including Stephen Lewis Foundation, Jean Sauve Foundation, Brian Bronfman, McGill University, York University, Carlton University and Canadian Lawyers Abroad among others.
“I was nominated and elected by fellow Canadians to be a finalist for being a true role model and an inspiration for many new immigrants coming to Canadian to be citizens,” explains Igoki during the home coming tour.
The RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrants Awards is a peoples’ choice award that recognises people who have migrated to Canada and have made a positive difference while living there. The selected 25 immigrants enthuse and motivate all other immigrants as they establish their new life and home in Canada..