Mark Twain the American writer and publisher once said “Continuous improvement is better than delayed success” So here I am ready to share my story, break the ice and not delay waiting for the perfect time, which never comes, but jump on it and be ready to learn from this journey.
It’s now called County 001 – Mombasa. That is where I was born. I’m the last born in a family of nine children, six girls and three boys, and to be honest, I don’t understand how people have clear memories of themselves as children below five years. I don’t…. so I will tell you my story as from the age of five.
At five years old, I was ready for school and my mum took me to a nursery school around the neighbourhood. I can’t remember the school name it must have been one of those commonly used as ‘polling stations’ during elections. All I remember is that we wore short green dresses with a red pair of socks and brown shoes. Picture those colours… are you thinking what I’m thinking? Where my nursery school owner hailed from?
My mom, a loving and caring woman was the best mom to all of us. I can describe her as a fighter and definitely my hero, a kind-hearted woman with a pure heart, I say this because it was hard to tell that some of my siblings were from different mothers. She raised us all in fairness and love that I only learnt this news later in life.
Up until this point, I haven’t mentioned my father yet and I know you must have numerous questions running through your mind – was she adopted? Does she even know her father? Yes, I know my father and yes I have an idea of what he looked like from the pictures I saw of him. I lost my father when I was two years old. To keep his memory alive, my siblings told me stories of how it was like growing up with him. Mr Amach was a true African father, extra strict ‘spare the rod, spoil the child’ was his slogan.
Life was great with mom, she made sure that we never lacked anything. Especially me. She tried hard to give me the life that my siblings had with both parents, took me to a good Primary school even with the entire football team that she was taking care of. Life took a toll on her and at the age of seven, I lost my mother too. The two years that I remember being with her are priceless.
After mom’s loss, things became really tough. I was used to having everything at my disposal and that was now changing. Going to school alone was a problem. My siblings were still young too. In order to continue with our education, my immediate sister and I had to move to an orphanage. We got separated at that point, five of the rest went to cope with the hurdles of life as they were a little bit older and two moved in with my mom’s friends. It is very important to keep your trusted friends close.
You would think that my first day at the orphanage would be a sad one because of the separation from my family, it wasn’t. This place had a playground, full of slides, swings, and monkey bars for children to play. At the time I arrived, the other kids were having snacks. I mean, what more would a seven-year-old want? This place was heaven to me or so I thought.
Growing up at the orphanage had its own challenges but it was a great experience. They shaped us to be the people we are today. At school, I was a bright student and that made my Primary school life easy and I was the teachers’ pet. Tick Tock Tick Tock and eight years down the line, I left the orphanage at the age of 15 to go live with my people. God had been gracious to us and my siblings could now take care of me.
I went to Bura Girls Secondary School in Taita County for my high school education. It wasn’t difficult for me to fit in that life considering I was living with more than eighty people before. I was the class clown and that made me quite famous around the school. I did well in my O levels and just when I was about to join campus, I got my first job as an Administrative Executive at an IT firm at 19 years old. I later moved to LifeSkills Consulting, where I have developed a keen interest in customer service delivery and consultancy services. I am currently pursuing a Bachelors in Commerce at the University of Nairobi.
I believe I am made for greatness and more is yet to unveil itself. I am looking forward to experiencing growth because life is all about growth. I aspire to achieve more than ever before, from travelling around the world to owning my dream home. At 23 years and still single, when I grow up I would love to be one confident speaker. My career entails engaging with people and we can all agree that courage to address people does not come easily to everyone. Confident speakers are great listeners, they have a voice, they close business deals and are great leaders. I want that. One isn’t necessarily born with courage but one is born with potential. I am looking forward to continuously explore my potential and learning from everyone because it should be remembered, for Angela Amach, continuous improvement will always be better than delayed success.
Author: Angela Amach
Angela is the Marketing and Admin Executive at LifeSkills Consulting Ltd. She is very passionate about connecting with people and helping to create tangible transformation in their lives through training and people building.