Linda Okello, a former police officer who relocated to the US, shared her struggles as a mother in her youth.
The University of Nairobi graduate said she gave birth days before she sat for the KCSE exams.
Linda described the pain that pregnancy and childbirth took on her body.
“If we had phones in 2001, I would have made a headline. I got pregnant and after a week in KCSE there was no sign of labour.
I could not revise and was very tired.
Three days before the exam began, Linda gave birth to her daughter, Lisa.
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Out of the hospital with unhealed stitches, Linda is forced to take a national exam.
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To make matters worse, she had to walk to school.
“I had to walk from Keroka to Ichuni girls everyday. The hilly terrain was a challenge as there were fresh seams. It was very tough, especially the first papers.
The new mother barely slept through the night as she had to deal with a crying baby. Despite the odds, Linda scored decent marks in her exams.
Linda gave words of encouragement to the young mothers, urging them not to give up.
“It’s not the end of the road. Things happen. I know most of you are naive and getting pregnant was not your wish.
Remember yourself, give yourself a second chance.”
Linda noted that having a child should motivate young mothers to work harder for their babies.
She concluded with a warning:
“Don’t rush into early marriage just because you have a baby. Some may work, some may not.”
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Linda ended up sharing her experiences with teenage pregnancy and more on her Facebook page on Saturday, December 3rd.
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