Media personality Njeri Makena has finally come out to reveal that she is a member of the LGBTQ+ community. She did this in a video posted by international media platform, TedX on behalf of TedX Parklands.
The former BBC employee explained that it had taken a long time for her to accept herself. “I remember for the first time in my life after very many years, I looked at the mirror and said to myself ‘I am gay, I am unique and this is my truth’,” she said.
She also spoke about the first day when rumours about her orientation hit the internet, after a girl had vandalized her Mercedes Benz alleging that she had cheated on her.
“I remember that cold morning of July 2019 when I woke up and looked at my phone. I had over 1,000 messages and over 500 missed calls. My blood went cold. I knew something was wrong,” she said.
She said that family and friends who already knew about her orientation deserted her because they would be judged for associating with her.
She said that she was battling depression for 3 months that followed and had few people to turn to. The former Tahidi High star explained that as a gay woman living in Kenya, she has faced a lot of hateful comments and negativity online.
“I believe that gender identity is one’s personal experience and perception of self,” she explained. Makena is now focused on building her organization Bold Network Africa that is where she is the CEO and founder.
Her organization will be used to serve as a voice for the underserved and disenfranchised people in the queer community to be proud and bold through storytelling.