Vital Voices Connecticut Council will hold a talk by Kakenya Ntaiya, a native of Kenya who spoke in Westport four years ago, 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 26, at Christ & Holy Trinity Church, 75 Church Lane.

Ntaiya, born in a remote Kenyan village and engaged at age 5, was to follow a traditional life path that entailed teenage circumcision, thus ending her education and beginning her preparations for marriage, according to a Vital Voices news release. Ntaiya, however, had a different plan, wherein she negotiated with her father that she would be circumcised if she could finish high school and then convinced the village elders to let her go to college in the U.S.

Ntaiya, who promised to use her education to benefit her Maasai community, opened the Kakenya Academy in January 2009 with support from Westport donors and many others after visiting Westport in 2008. Ntaiya, who will receive a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh this spring, hopes to double the academy's enrollment of 123 girls by next year.

Suggested tax-deductible donation is $25 adults, $5 students.

For information and to RSVP, contact Sue Glendinning at 203-938-2158 or