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’11 people including my husband died on my ruracio day’ – Tabitha Karanja

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BY JUDITH GICOBI

Tabitha Nganga has shared a chilling experience of how she lost her husband and ten other people on her dowry negotiation day. This left her a widow at only 25.

Sharing her experience to Massawe Japanni on radio she said

‘ After high school I started working and that is when I met my husband, we got married in 2009 and we were blessed with kids.

We were living well until 2014 when we planned to go home and pay dowry. We went home and found everyone waiting for us.

We did everything but it seems the devil was not happy, that is when my life changed.’

She did now know that her life would change for the worst.

‘On   8/03/2014 we were going home and we were chatting with my husband ‘he was telling me of how I am one in a million.

But when we reached Salgaa I started feeling weird and when I texted him he did not respond nor did he pick my calls.

I told my aunt about it and once we took a corner I saw a crowd of people and there was a lot of jam.

The driver who was driving us suggested we stop given we were travelling in large numbers and anything was bound to happen.’

When they came close to the accident scene, Tabitha and the other passengers alighted and much to her shock, she found her husband and other passengers dead.

‘He stopped and when he alighted  I also alighted and when I reached that spot I heard him say ‘Ng’ang’a is no more.’

Their car had been crushed and his hands had been completely cut off, his heart was outside, he was badly mutilated.

I also saw the bodies of other people we were with. I felt something I had never felt in my entire life.

I felt like it was a dream, I felt confused and only came to my realization after reaching home, I do not know how i reached home.’

At only 25 Tabitha had become a widow at the blink of an eye

‘I was only 25 years old , my first born was 3 years old and the second was barely two. I was a house wife.

At 25 is when most people are starting families but its when I became a widow.

By then I had just released my first album so people started talking badly suggesting I might have been involved in the deaths.

They said I was a devil worshiper, even in church people started avoiding me.’

Adding

‘It would reach a point where I wished I was the one who died instead of my husband, all my friends turned into enemies.

I had lacked value for life, I stopped going to church because the people who were supposed to support you were the ones discussing me than everybody else.’

‘I used to have so much bitterness and that is when I understood why people commit suicide.

People do not commit suicide because of problems but because of how people around them treat them.

One day I asked God if he will not change the situation of our life he can as well kill us.

God heard my cries and healed my wounds. I am where I am because of trusting God.’

Tabitha added

‘Coming form home we were in the same car with my husband, an aunty of mine was to be picked up by the car that caused an accident at Dunduri

But my husband offered to shift into the car that later caused the accident. My aunt sat in the chair my husband had sat.

When we were coming back to Nairobi , My husbands car was smashed by a trailer.

If I knew the accident would happen I would not have gone.’


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How I made my first million

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At what age did you make your first million? 

I was 19.

How did you make it? 

I was running a creative design and printing agency. I bid for and won an order to design and print marketing materials for a global NGO which has offices in Kenya.

How did you spend or invest it? 

I re-invested most of it into the business by buying more machinery to reduce costs associated with outsourcing. I also set up a new business with a friend – a movie shop in Nairobi CBD.

The biggest money mistake you have ever made? 

Setting up the movie shop was the greatest money mistake – but I picked up two of the greatest business lessons. One, to never divest too early, and only invest in a business you understand well.

What is the best investment you have ever made?

 I would say investing in myself and in my exposure through travel. Travel has made me see endless possibilities for innovating new products, business models and solutions in the African market. A combination of the international exposure and strong local market understanding is priceless.

What is the worst purchase you have ever made? 

The movie shop. I bought a ready business that I did not understand and it went crumbling down. We eventually closed it a few months later.

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If you had a spare million or two, where would you invest it right now?

I would invest it in my current business – a software technology company. This is because I believe the business has potential to become a great success.

What is the biggest money lesson you have learnt about growing it and making it work for you? 

Initially, we all have to work for money. However, I have learnt that the wealthy person has learnt how to make money work for them, through consistently investing what one earns.

Where do you learn about finances? 

I read a lot of books about real success stories from entrepreneurs because I believe entrepreneurship is a great way to create wealth, while creating value in the society. I also stay curious to learn about different investment vehicles because I know I shouldn’t put all my eggs in one basket.

Any financial myths you think should be busted? 

Money is not the root of all evil; greed may be. Money is a good thing because it can create freedom and prosperity, if well spent.

What two personal finance rules do you follow? 

Live within your means; and work to make money as a tool to accomplish real goals. Real goals are not just about making “enough” money, because it is almost impossible to define “enough.”

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Investing or saving…Which one carries more weight?

Investing. However, they go hand to hand as saving to invest is acceptable.

One can get rich easily… but how does one stay rich? 

By constantly making calculated investment risks, and always striving to be wealthy, not rich.


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The life lessons I learnt from a brief stay with my grandfather

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With the schools closed, my parents got tired of me and my three siblings quarrelling and sent us to the village to stay with my grandparents.

More than any book or class, this visit taught me so much about appreciating what I have in my life and being open to the differences that I was blind to.

I protested going to the village at first, but now I am happy I did.

I had never liked being around my grandfather for so long because he is such a strict disciplinarian.

However, staying around him taught me why he is the way he is. He taught me about the value of hard work and integrity.

My grandfather is not one to stand lazy and idle people. So he taught me that I needed to structure my day to the tasks I needed to accomplish and spend time in the evening enjoying leisure.

So in this plan, we wake up in the morning to sweep the compound clean. My sisters then join my grandmother in the kitchen to make breakfast, as my brother and I help grandfather feed the cows before milking them.

Tending the animals

After breakfast, we would all go to the farm to weed. The afternoons were more of reading and playing. My brother soon gravitated towards tending the animals while I enjoyed working on the farm with my grandmother.

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I also loved fetching water from the stream. We then spent the evening watching television to catch up with the news.

The discipline also made us more mindful about how our lives affected others, even when no one was watching.

We carried enough sanitisers and face masks to last us the duration of our imposed stay. We were careful because our grandparents were at that age of being vulnerable to the virus.

I noticed that many villagers were sceptical of the existence of Covid-19. They argued and dismissed the global pandemic as a hoax.

Some said they were yet to see anyone who had succumbed to the virus. Some were really tickled to see us donning face masks all the time, but we stayed true to the act knowing my grandparents’ lives depended on it.

This is how my grandfather raised my father and his eight siblings, and I am happy I got to learn this.

by nation.co.ke


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Foul smell leads to recovery of couple

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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

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“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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