Media personality Shix Kapienga has opened up on her life growing up in Kangemi.
Speaking to Adelle Onyango on her Legally Clueless podcast, Shix narrated how life was not always easy for them.
“I WAS BORN AND RAISED IN KANGEMI A PLACE CALLED THE THIRD WORLD. GOD’S FORGOTTEN PEOPLE. WE GAVE IT THAT NICKNAME BECAUSE BEFORE YOU GET TO OUR PLACE IN KANGEMI IT IS A LONG STRETCH FROM THE MAIN ROAD.”
“WHEN I WAS YOUNG I NEVER USED TO UNDERSTAND WHY IF WE NEEDED TO GO TO THE TOWN MY MUM WOULDN’T GO WITH ALL OF US (SHE HAS THREE SIBLINGS). SHE WOULD LEAVE SOME OF US BEHIND. WHEN YOU GET TO TOWN AND YOU ARE HUNGRY SHE WOULD ONLY GET ONE PACKET OF FRIES AND MAYBE WE ARE LIKE THREE AND WE WOULD SHARE IT AND THERE WAS NO SODA. I WOULD BE VERY ANGRY.”
Now in hindsight, Shix reflected on this story and told Adelle,
“I GOT LAID OFF TWO MONTHS AGO, I WAS ASKING GOD, WHAT NEXT? WHAT DO I DO? IT IS NOT LIKE I HAVE ACHIEVED WHAT I NEEDED TO ACHIEVE AT A CERTAIN AGE. BUT I’M NOT COMPLAINING, BUT IT WAS TOO ABRUPT. YES, I KNOW I WANTED TO RESIGN, CALL IT QUITS BUT I DID NOT EXPECT T TOO SON.”
“I LOOKED BACK TO MY STORY WHEN I WAS A CHILD, MY MUM COULD NOT AFFORD TO BUY TWO PACKETS OF FRIES AND THAT IS WHY SHE WOULD GET ANGRY WHEN WE ASK HER TO TAKE US TO TOWN. BECAUSE SHE WOULDN’T WANT TO GET EMBARRASSED WHEN SHE CANNOT BUT THE FRIES AND WE WOULD GET UPSET.”
“IT MAKES ME REALISE THAT YOU NEED TO APPRECIATE THE LITTLE THAT YOU ARE GETTING IT DOESN’T MATTER WHETHER IT IS 100 OR IT IS 50 OR 10 OR NOTHING. I LOOK BACK AND REALISE THEY STRUGGLED. THERE IS A TIME I TOLD MY MUM, I WISH I KNEW. I WISH I UNDERSTOOD BACK THEN I WOULDN’T HAVE PRESSURED YOU. BECAUSE I KNOW HOW IT HURT HER THEN.”