Over the last few months, we’ve tried to keep you in the know about Aswad Ayinde, a music video director who was behind the visuals for “Killing Me Softly” with the Fugees. Ayinde, today, is also known for being a child molester. He has been convicted of sexual assault for raping and impregnating his daughters (and is serving 90 years so far), including his eldest child Aziza Kibibi, who had five children by her father, but lost one due to complications from inbreeding. Kibibi has been through hell and back, and when she spoke about life after her father’s conviction, she made it known that she was going back to school (because she was kept from receiving schooling outside of the home because of her controlling father) to provide a better life for her children. Because her story was so moving, Kibibi will receive some financial help to do just that.
According to the New York Daily News, and Kibibi’s blog, a woman’s empowerment organization by the name of Soroptimist has awarded her with a $10,000 scholarship to help her reach her education goals. It’s for women who have overcome major obstacles, including sexual and domestic abuse, poverty, drug abuse, and more. Here’s what CEO Elizabeth Lucas said in an announcement:
“We thank Aziza for her courage and willingness to share her story. And we congratulate all of our recipients for their fortitude in moving past their challenges and reaching for their dreams.”
As for Kibibi, she wrote in a blog post saying how grateful she was to be awarded the scholarship:
“This is an amazing opportunity for mother’s like myself to help live their dream. This award helped me with school, music lessons for my children and allowed me the freedom to finish writing my book.”
Kibibi is currently working on a memoir to share her story and her dreams with the world, and it will be called, Unashamed. She has been trying to raise money for the memoir through an Indiegogo campaign, but has only garnered $50 of a goal that’s more than $19,000.
We’re so proud of Kibibi, because by sharing her story, she’s making a difference, something she once thought would be impossible:
“I can make a difference. I always asked what my purpose was. Even with everything that I suffered, I still had to ask God what my purpose was. Instead of just being an experience that I had, maybe this strengthened me. What doesn’t break us make us stronger.”
Check out Kibibi speaking on the scholarship on the next page and let us know what you think: