‘We used leaves as mattresses,’ King Kaka’s wife Nana Owiti recalls painful experience growing up

Nana Owiti opens up on hardship life

Nana Owiti recalls hardship challenges (PHOTO/COURTESY)

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–  My skin (Esp my legs) were cracked and had visible scales. I had no shoes

King Kaka’s wife Nana Owiti has opened up on her struggles while growing up in the village.

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The Switch TV presenter shared a photo of herself alongside her grandfather on her social media page which took her down memory lane.

“My eyes speak the language of sadness, of a girl who is holding on to life by a thread. My eyes are puffy, significant of the little hours of sleep I would get every day either because it was too cold, too hot, or because I had slept hungry. I would get lost in a world of thoughts wondering if we would ever break away from this cycle of poverty and become successful people one day.

“This picture reminds me of how fast I ran home at the sound of thunder. Thunder meant rain. And if it rained before we plucked enough leaves from the trees to use as mattress, then it meant we’d have no place to sleep,” she said.

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But in spite of the struggle, she exuded confidence that one day she would rise up to become a successful woman she is today.

“I’m in awe when I remember where she has been, multitude of challenges she had to face, the pain she had to endure to become the woman that she is today. I admire thus little lady because she held on to that glimmer of hope that one day she will make it. She had a dream a vision, of a better future of wearing shoes lol of becoming more than just a village girl.”

She went on to share how she used to walk for long distances without shoes.

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“My skin (Esp my legs) were cracked and had visible scales. I had no shoes. I remember now, how desperately I wanted shoes, because of how the terrain had badly ravaged the soles of my feet.”

The mother of two further disclosed how her family was once a beneficiary of a Non-Governmental Organisation.

“They would take pictures of poor families to evoke sympathy from donors who would in turn donate money and material things to support this cause,” she concluded.


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