MUTEMWA Miti used social media correctly to change her life after have father told her to commit suicide, says The African Woman Foundation (TAWF) founder Joseph Moyo.
Commenting on Mutemwa’s revelation that her own father refused to pay university fees saying he had other responsibilities of sending his child in his new marriage to China for school and told her to commit suicide after showing him her university acceptance letter, Moyo, who has come to her aid by sponsoring her university education, said she utilised social media responsibly to reach out to his organisation.
Mutemwa, a CBU student, told The Mast that her father, in 2006, when he was a lecturer at Kitwe Teachers Training College, abandoned her together with her mother Bertha, two other siblings Mapalo and Miss when he married a younger wife.
She explained that after a tip-off that her father would be in Ndola, she confronted him at Levy Mwanawasa Staduim.
“I took the acceptance to him, I knelt down, I cried, he couldn’t feel anything and he bluntly told me that ‘I don’t have money for you. I have another responsibility. The money I have, I am sending my child in Lusaka to China for studies’, ” she explained.
“I cried while pleading there at the stadium but he turned me away unconcerned, handed me the acceptance letter and told me to kill myself if I was not happy and he left,” Mutemwa said.
Not giving up her dream of studying civil engineering, Mutemwa’s mother borrowed K6,177 from different money lenders, which would be repaid with interest, for her university registration.
Fortunately, she managed to secure 75 per cent government bursary after several attempts.
Turning back to her father for the remaining 25 per cent, Mutemwa again hit a brick wall as he declined and this time blocked her line permanently.
During her continued search for sponsorship, Mutemwa stambled on The African Woman Foundation through Facebook.
Mutemwa initially approached TWAF to help her sue her father for negligence but the foundation, whose main aim is to place value in what women can do once educated, opted to sponsor Mutemwa until she graduates.
Moyo, who is based in Livingstone, urged youths, especially young girls, to use social media for beneficial intentions.
“Social media is being touted for the power and influence it can have on society as a whole or those targeted. We have seen the power social media has had both for good and bad. There are good people on social media as well as the bad ones. Millions of people go on social media every second…political parties use it as a force to engage and recruit supporters, including campaigns during elections,” he said.
“However, social media has been largely condemned by a larger section of society saying it brings with it evil influence on society, especially on the young who at times spend more time on social media at the expense of being productive. Some young women and men go on social media looking for love, looking for relationships. We at TAWF use social media to interact with people through our education platform on various subjects on the rights of women and gender issues and I am proud to say that Mutemwa used this platform in a sensible manner to change her life after her father refused to pay her education fees and even told her to kill herself if she was not happy.”
Moyo said Mutemwa did not go on social media to look for men.
He said TAWF was proud to showcase Mutemwa as one of the 1,210 deserving African women.
“Mutemwa Miti went on social media looking for good and she found it. We at TAWF believe social media, though frowned at by others as a force of evil is one of the greatest invention of mankind that has so much power and influence…social media can be harnessed for the good of humanity. Just like corn. It’s a good crop, it’s used in foods such as cornflakes, corn syrup, corn bread and corn meal, among others. But it has been turned into a lethal brew when fermented into alcohol and when used wrongly we can never say corn is evil. Its evil comes from how it’s used. I urge both young and old to harness the good in social media for the power of goodness. More for young people, let them be aware that social media has everything; good and bad. It has devils and angels. Those who search in it will always find what they look for,” he said.
Moyo, however, warned that TAWF does thorough scrutiny of all applicants for assistance.
“May we all use social media responsibly and for goodness sake as Mutemwa did,” said Moyo.
Source : Themastonline News