She was just 12 years old when she was gruesomely burned on February 2, 2006 by her stepmother. The latter allegedly made her put on a dress soaked in paraffin and then light a candle.
Aisha’s compelling story became sent shock waves throughout the public, and images of her burned body were front page news. She was lucky to be alive, as the incident left her severely scarred. But God is good all the time and definitely when you trust in God you always win.
Today, twelve years after that unfortunate incident, Nabukeera is all smiles having graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work and Social Administration at Uganda Christian University (UCU).
Ladies and gentlemen, please put your hands together for Aisha Nabukeera on this wonderful milestone. She received her accolade on Friday July 6, 2018 alongside1,024 other students who graduated at the main campus of UCU in Mukono.
All this would not have been possible without city businessman, activist and Ssisimuka Uganda CEO Frank Gashumba who decided to take the mantle of a caretaker and ensure Aisha Nabukeera lives a life full of love and care.
This tremendous journey begun back in 2007 when Gashumba won custody over Nabukeera through a court battle in Masaka for the custodianship against her biological father Ahmad Masaka.
After being awarded custody over Nabukeera, Frank Gashumba adopted her and picked her from Masaka and brought her to his Mansion in Buziga.
He went on to mobilize funds for the three surgeries required for her recovery. She would later join City Parents Primary School, at the age 13 and was able to score Aggregate 14 in 2008’s Primary Leaving Exams.
Nabukeera acquired a sponsorship from the late Lawrence Mukiibi of the St Lawrence Schools for her secondary.
In 2009, she started senior one at Horizon College of St Lawrence and it is from there that she successfully completed her Senior Four, scoring Aggregate 31 and later joined London College of St. Lawrence where she did her A’ level before being admitted to Uganda Christian University.
A few years later in 2015, she was one of many girls that contested for the Miss Uganda crown but unfortunately didn’t win. A few months later, she was awarded the Special Courageous Achievement Award by the Diva Awards.
Her story is a success story of victory over child abuse. She says: “I hope to achieve a lot in future so that I can be the voice to the needy especially children who have undergone a situation like my own but with no voice to fight for them.”
Mr. Gashumba, who has been her legal guardian, says: “We appreciate Aisha for realizing that she is the one who has to write her own destiny and not anybody else.
She forgot what happened to her and was able to concentrate on her studies to determine her own destiny. I also thank the late Prof.Lawrence Mukiibi for the opportunity he gave her. And finally, I pray that God helps us identify people who fight against children so that they can be justly punished.”
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