By Peter Sagini
Scophine Aoko Otieno, popularly known by her middle name ‘Aoko’, is a seasoned writer and a journalist by profession. She has come to be for her controversial sentiments against toxic feminism. Aoko is loved and loathed in almost equal measure thanks to her stance on one gender always playing victim.
In contemporary society, the concentration has been given much to the girl child to the extent that the boy child is left out. To quote Gloria Steinem…;
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“We’ve begun to raise daughters more like sons… but few have the courage to raise our sons more like our daughters.”
Aoko, in her posts on social media platforms tries to level up the disproportionate impact gender equality has had primarily to the ‘boy child.’
Aoko was born and bred in a humble background in Nyakach, which is located in Kisumu County. She attended her primary and high school studies at Nyong’ onga. Raised in a Luo culture, she not only learned the customs of the society to respect their husbands but also tried to correct some of the traditions which are not deemed right in contemporary society.
She is in her early thirties.
Aoko completed her high school studies in Nyang’onga Secondary school then proceeded to Kenya Institute of Mass Communication (KIMC) to study Journalism. At the time of writing this article, she is currently doing a degree in Political Science at the University of Nairobi.
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She began her writing journey while in college pursuing her diploma in Journalism at the KIMC. Finding a platform for her to pursue her passion for writing at the beginning was a challenge. Therefore, she resorted to utilizing a rather free platform, Facebook. After writing on her Facebook timeline for a few months, she got noticed by ‘The Nairobian’ editors who offered her a chance to publish his articles with no payment. While working at the ‘The Nairobian newspaper’ as a writer, she got the exposure that she needed, and later she was hired by ‘The Standard Magazine.’
Her Side of Egalitarianism
In one of her interviews done by Standard Media, she describes herself as a very pragmatic person and a realist. She is frustrated by the fact that society and more so the youths are idealists when it comes to matters of relationships and life in general. She’s trying to change the mindset of youngsters especially of her female counterparts. First, to stop playing the victim mentality and work their way up to become successful, Second, to stop the sponsor mentality, and stop viewing men as a means to an end.
Aoko Facebook posts and tweets have always caught the eyes of the public. Here are some of them which caused a lot of stir online;
“Instead of capitalizing on education and emancipation to make something out of themselves, build their future brick by brick, they’re busy setting fake standards. A woman on footsubishi frothing about how she only screws men with cars”.
“Have no time for any form of feminism that has word GENDER attached to it.”
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