A Kenyan Lady’s Perspective on Life in the UK


Moving to the UK from Kenya as a young adult heralded the start of a transformative chapter in my existence. The initial period was marred by homesickness so severe it took a physical toll, necessitating a journey back home to recuperate. This setback, however, was merely the prelude to a narrative of resilience, growth, and self-discovery.

Embracing Change and Overcoming Challenges

Upon my return to the UK, imbued with renewed vigour, I embarked on both an academic and personal voyage that would define my very being. Transitioning from the comfort of my parents’ home in Kenya to assuming independence in the UK was nothing short of life-altering. Adapting to a new culture and establishing myself in an unfamiliar setting presented numerous challenges. Yet, these obstacles were crucial in carving my own path, aiding me in the establishment of my values and beliefs.

Constructing a New Existence

The UK has been the setting for many significant milestones in my life. It is here that I completed my degrees, laying the groundwork for my future. Beyond the realm of academia, the UK has been a place of profound personal development. It is where I forged lasting friendships, navigated the complexities of love and betrayal, and learnt the essence of resilience and unconditional love.

A Second Home

Over time, the UK has transformed from an alien land to a place I proudly call home. It is here I experienced my first serious relationship, endured the sting of betrayal, and felt the warmth of unconditional love. It is also where I secured my first job, rented my first ‘home’, and mastered the art of living independently. Each of these ‘firsts’ has contributed to the life I have meticulously crafted here.

Reflections on Identity and Belonging

This journey has transcended mere geographical relocation; it has been a deep dive into identity and belonging. Being uprooted from the familiar and placed in a once foreign space has broadened my horizons. It has enabled me to forge a unique identity that merges two cultures, drawing from the strength and beauty of each.

Finding my footing amidst the backdrop of a culture vastly different from my own has been empowering. It has underscored the importance of openness, adaptability, and the courage to blaze my own trail. The UK has not merely shaped my present; it has flung open the doors to a future brimming with promise.

A Message of Hope and Resilience

To those navigating the choppy waters of change, understand that it’s within these moments our strength is forged. The journey may be riddled with challenges, but it is equally filled with opportunities for growth and self-discovery.

In retrospect, the uprooting I initially resisted was precisely what I needed. It thrust me out of my comfort zone, teaching me independence, resilience, and openness to new experiences. The UK, in all its complexity, has become the canvas upon which I have painted the initial strokes of my life’s masterpiece.


My transition from Kenya to the UK stands as a testament to the transformative power of embracing change. It is a narrative of surmounting adversity, celebrating triumphs, and continuous evolution. The UK is no longer merely a place in which I reside; it is a place that resides within me—a testament to the enduring spirit of adventure, resilience, and the pursuit of dreams.

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