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Engaged at age five, Kakenya Ntaiya was supposed to undergo ritual circumcision by the time she was a teenager — an event that would mark the end of her education and the beginning of her preparations for marriage.
Holding fast to dreams of becoming a teacher, Kakenya negotiated with her father: she would go through the ceremony only if she could also finish high school. He agreed.
After completing high school, she negotiated with the village elders to do what no girl had ever done: leave her Maasai village of Enoosaen to go to college in t