/ ˈlelo /
- Outspoken, quarrelsome, aggressive
- Said of a woman who has these traits
The term ‘lelo’ in luo has been used to describe women who are perceived to be loud, aggressive and opinionated. It usually carries a negative connotation. Growing up, it was a term my family used to describe me. Earlier on, it would get to me but as I got older, I embraced it. So much so that it was, without a doubt, the perfect term to use when putting this platform together.
Lelo Speaks started as a not-so-silent thought that haunted me in bed, in the car and when my mind wandered off mid-conversation. Two years of thinking and not doing. Allowing the fear of failing, of being judged for sharing my opinions, for voicing my experiences and consequently, of the people I am experiencing life with.
As ng’a ma lelo (Dholuo for women who are loud and aggressive), LeloSpeaks is a space to get heard without judgement. A space to speak our minds, voice a thought, share an opinion. Have something to say about your life experiences as a woman? Email it to us on firstname.lastname@example.org and we will publish it!
I am not promising you mind-blowing experiences, but I do hope you take something new or useful everytime you come on here. I welcome you to laugh, cry and occasionally get angry with me in the experiences I share.