The African Dream: Does it even exist?

A confident gaze stars in Liz Marami’s eyes. At 27, the first female marine pilot in East Africa, steering humongous vessels on sea, she counts as a one in a million celestial leading light in a male dominated career.

This is not how the African Dream always turns out. Many children grow up with low self-efficacy. Their dreams are trimmed and levelled up to match everyone else’s.

Does the African Dream even exist in the first place? Who defines it?  On the 10th of March Liz Marami will share with us her version of the African dream and the sacrifice she had to make to create her current state.

Liz Marami’s story is not yet complete. She has just begun, but there are thousands of little girls and boys all over Africa who have just started exploring their own idea of the African Dream. They all depend on such success stories and mentors to actualize their vision.

One Pope John XXII once said, ”Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” But we face fears every day that hinder us from realizing the possibilities we draw in our minds. Here, it could be lack of fees, technical knowhow, a parent who refuses you your dream career for a course they want for you; it could be a tribe, but mostly, it is what you tell yourself – that you are not good enough.

Joins us on 10th March at the Little Theatre Club in Mombasa, for a mind blowing evening of truth, poetry and revelation. Liz will walk us through what drove her to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nautical Studies, deferring a Law degree at The University of Nairobi, and the message she has for all of us working at something. It’s about time we started changing narratives.

Little Theatre Club
Mombasa, Kenya


The African Dream with Liz Marami at Fatuma's Voice Mombasa

The African Dream with Liz Marami at Fatuma’s Voice Mombasa