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Maureen Waititu shares the story of her humble beginnings

Lawyer and content creator Maureen Waititu has shared the inspiring story of her journey from humble beginnings to becoming a superstar.

In a candid interview with Lynn Ngugi, Maureen opened up about her early life, marked by loss, hardship, and determination. She revealed that her mother raised her as a single mum after she separated with her dad.

“I am a rainbow baby, I have an elder sister who I never got to meet. I normally say, I am the child who came to heal her. My mum never talks about it, and that would make me so emotional just imagining how they were handling grief and sadness then. They gave birth to me, and after several months, they were not able to be together,” Maureen said.

Her mother, a hardworking woman, faced the challenges of providing for her young daughter, leaving Maureen in the care of her aunt and grandmother for extended periods while she sought ways to make ends meet.

“At a tender age, I would call her aunt since my other cousins would call her the same. Then I used to wonder why she would come and give me all the attention. I would later learn that she is my mum, and she would take me during the holiday. She would leave me and come back in the evening, so I became very independent when I was very young,” Maureen recounted.

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By the age of 7, Maureen said she was self-reliant, handling tasks and responsibilities beyond her years.

She praised her relatives for providing her with wonderful care during her formative years.

At her teenage, she found stability within her uncle’s family, where she was supported due to her exceptional academic performance.

Her good academic record led her to pursue a law degree at Kenyatta University.

However, before embarking on her university journey, Maureen learned the importance of independence and hard work through various odd jobs.

“My first job was as a salesperson for half a day, but it was hectic, and I quit,” Maureen reminisced.

She then took up a position as a waitress, earning a meager Sh300 per day.

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At the age of 19, with her savings of Sh11,000, Maureen made the courageous decision to move out and start a new chapter in her life.

Seeking her mother’s blessing, she found a house in Mathare, a humble beginning to her newfound independence.

Soon after, an opportunity arose at Absa Bank (formerly Barclays Bank), and Maureen applied with her humble half-page CV.

Her determination and work ethic played a crucial role in securing the job, where she earned about Sh1,000 per day.

Maureen worked tirelessly, often taking on overtime shifts to better her prospects.

Recalling her early days, Maureen humbly admitted, “My first furniture was a plastic chair and a mattress.”

Despite the hardships, she was resolute in her pursuit of education, and she attributes a significant portion of her school fees to her own earnings.

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