Global Stories of Women and Girls - Esther Ngumbi

“So I start assembling the tools that I would need to accomplish this dangerous beauty mission.”

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Global Stories of Women and Girls

In this hour, Global Stories of Women and Girls -- hosted by Moth Storyteller, Fatou Wurie. A Kenyan student aspires to be beautiful while her mother has bigger ideas; a teenager's failing sight is revealed during a game of kickball; and a woman smites down her enemies.

Mary Hamilton gets married to an unconventional man.

Esther Ngumbi hides an act of defiance from her mother.

Jon Howe re-commits to his ailing wife.

Emily Recinos struggles with her diminishing eye-sight.

Anne Moraa reveals her true self during a traffic jam in Nairobi.

Fatou Wurie recognizes her grandmother’s impact on her life during a trip to Sierra Leone.


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09:57
When The Heart Is Full

by Fatou Wurie

Fatou Wurie recognizes her grandmother’s impact on her life during a trip to Sierra Leone.

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06:16
Now I'm Angry

by Anne Moraa

Anne Moraa reveals her true self during a traffic jam in Nairobi.

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04:39
Okay To Tell

by Emely Recinos

Emily Recinos struggles with her diminishing eye-sight.

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03:13
A Lucky Man

by Jon Howe

Jon Howe re-commits to his ailing wife.

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09:37
My Dangerous Beauty Mission

by Esther Ngumbi

Esther Ngumbi hides an act of defiance from her mother.

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05:44
Sweet as Pie

by Mary Hamilton

Mary Hamilton gets married to an unconventional man.

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Extras From This Episode

Anne Moraa

Anne Moraa MRH 1808 Extra 1

A portrait of Anne Moraa, drawn by her friend Naddya Adhiambo.

Esther Ngumbi

Esther Ngumbi MRH 1808 Extra 1

Esther and her mother at Swahili Beach at Diani.

Esther Ngumbi MRH 1808 Extra 2

Esther, rocking her pink goggles and yellow earrings at the office. She adds "Who says scientists can't be beautiful?"

Jon Howe

Jon Howe MRH 1808 Extra 1

Jon and Christine on an Oregon beach.

Fatou Wurie

The music in this story

  • Regina Carter - Mwana Talitambula
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  • Regina Carter - Kanou
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  • Regina Carter - Day Dreaming on the Niger
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  • Regina Carter - Artistiya
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  • BoomBox - Stereo
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  • Regina Carter - I'm Going Home
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  • Mi Casa - Shine
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  • Regina Carter - Trampin'
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