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Actress: I have lived alone like a woman who never gave birth

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Actress Elizabeth Wanjiru alias Charity Mwamba has been a TV sensation for 11 years in the local TV drama, Mother-In-Law.

She is known for her conspicuous role as a mother-in-law and also the main cast in the Citizen TV programme.

Mother-in-Law actress Charity Mwamba narrates losing children to Ugandan ex-husbandElizabeth Wanjiru narrates losing children to Ugandan ex-husband. Photo: TrendingKenya.com
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Speaking to Massawe Japanni on Radio Jambo, the 77-year-old actress shared her painful journey and how being active has helped her.

Wanjiru disclosed she has been ageing without her children around her after her Ugandan ex-husband, Shem Bageine, left with the three of them.

“I was married by a Ugandan and during the time of dictator Idd Amin, we were affected with the Ugandan politics so we parted ways. A very serious thing happened; he took away our children. I live alone like a woman who never gave birth,” said Wanjiru.

According to Wanjiru, her husband had another wife and children and she does not know how her children are fairing.

The mother of three added her joy was taken away with the children, the youngest being 12 years old.

“I had brought them up so well and the last born was in class, basically, the child was 12 years,” she said.

Mother-in-Law actress Charity Mwamba narrates losing children to Ugandan ex-husbandWanjiru has only seen her children once since they left for Uganda. Photo: Citizen TV
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The sensational actress further revealed her children have had an opportunity to see her once.

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It has not been an easy ride for her after losing 10 out of 12 sisters in a span of 10 years.

She said 10 of the siblings died under unclear circumstances which she could not describe and was only left with one sister and herself.

The actress also gave painful details of her marriage saying it was not a roller coaster as she spent most of her time visiting the police station.

Living in Loreshe, the mother of three said she frequented police station to file complaints about her husband’s habit.

According to her, this is something which she took lightly saying such things are normal in marriages.

Mother-in-Law actress Charity Mwamba narrates losing children to Ugandan ex-husbandElizabeth Wanjiru lost her 10 siblings in a span of 10 years. Photo: Citizen TV
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In addition, Charity revealed it has not been an easy journey living alone without her children.

“It has been a hard life living alone but God has helped me. I think I am the happiest person all thanks to being an actress,” said Wanjiru.

According to the Mother-In-Law actress, there was no bond with her children because it has always been a phone relationship.

The retired teacher said she has always kept her children in prayers, adding that she is now a proud grandmother of 11.

Wanjiru still has her wedding ring even after her husband left saying she has not had an opportunity to ask for a divorce.

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The actress parted ways with her husband in the 80s and retired from her teaching career in 1997.

Her husband of 13 years left her in 1981 for another wife who was also residing in Kenya.

Her husband, Shem Bageine, left Kenya in 1987 with their three children, two daughters and last born son after his passport was revoked to pursue politics in his motherland Uganda.

Bageine a senior politician served as Ugandan Minister of State in East African Affairs.

By Tuko.co.ke


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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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