A New Jersey woman whose abusive father impregnated her five times just received a scholarship to help her finish college. YES!
Soroptimist, a female empowerment organization, awarded Aziza Kibibi a $10,000 grant to put toward her college degree as part of the Women’s Opportunity Awards program. These awards are designed to help women get the skills, training and education needed for them to achieve their career goals. They are specifically for women who have previously been denied such training by economic or social barriers or by adverse personal circumstances.
“Many of the women that have received the grant have overcome enormous obstacles including poverty, sexual and domestic violence, the death of a spouse, and substance abuse,” Soroptimist said in an announcement. Kibibi’s father, Aswad Ayinde, seen below, who directed the music video for “Killing Me Softly” by the Fugees, sexually abused her from ages 8 to 23, resulting in the birth of four children, one of whom died of a medical condition from inbreeding.
Ayinde has been behind bars since 2006 and is serving a 90-year prison sentence. But Kibibi, of East Orange, kept pressing forward. She is raising the three other children by her father as well as a son from a more recent relationship. She is on her way to earning a degree in communications and works as a chef.
Kibibi writes a blog and says she hopes to raise money through Indiegogo for a planned memoir called “Unashamed,” about her life and struggles. “We thank Aziza for her courage and willingness to share her story,” Soroptimist executive director and CEO Elizabeth Lucas said. “And we congratulate all of our recipients for their fortitude in moving past their challenges and reaching for their dreams.”