“Hope can be a powerful force. May be there’s no actual magic in it, but when you know what you hope for most and hold it like a light within you, you can make things happen, almost like magic.” – Laini Taylor
We all face hardships in life. Life maybe hard at early stages. We should stay strong and learn how to triumph over these challenges. Below is a true life story of EDWIN OBEKO who went through a lot but now wears an ear to ear smile.
I was born in Busia County, Budalang’i Constituency, Siginga Village in early 1995. I was raised by my grandparents after my parents divorced. It was hell. We were quite a number in a small homestead. We couldn’t afford to take all the meals. People say I don’t take much food. Should I be blamed? I wish they understand fate me get used to one meal a day. At times, we had no option but to roam all over the village looking for sugarcane plantations, wild fruits, mangoes, bananas or any things for lunch. Man must survive.
Life at the village wasn’t easy. We were in a village where life was very hard. Children growing up over there, especially girls, are deprived of their basic rights. I faced many challenges but my mother supported my studies and worked hard to give me an education. I used to sleep on mats, with a single old blanket that we used to share with my cousins.
My mother ensured her children had the best. We are two. My sibling is currently at Nangina Girls High School – Busia. We were the only thing she had back then. She didn’t have a good job neither. She used to do odd jobs like washing clothes for people to find some cash to pay our school fees, buy uniforms and take care of us. She made us love school.
“Education is the passport to the future for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today.” – Malcolm X
I went to Lunyofu Primary School. I used to leave at 6am in the morning to reach my school on time. Furthermore, the quality of education there was very bad as we didn’t have enough qualified teachers. One of the hardest challenges I encountered was poverty, as my father never supported me or helped my mother with school expenses. He had three wives and loved fun. Fun made his sun set much earlier. May he find eternal peace. These feelings of loneliness and the sufferings of my mother made me stronger. I developed an eagerness to study and wanted to be successful in my life.
I always remembered my mother’s tears and how she suffered, so I could build a bright future. This empowered me to achieve the highest grades I could manage since I was at primary school until I finished my secondary school.
I joined St. Benedict’s Budalang’i High School for my O Level Education. I was later enrolled to The Technical University of Kenya in 2015 to pursue Mechanical Engineering. But due to monetary issues, I had to drop my career, plunge myself into something else and start making cash. So from early March 2016, I started working in a restaurant. A year later, I hanged my boots and sought greener pastures. That’s how I got myself into entrepreneurship and my life took a turn.
I registered my own company; BEKOS LIFESTYLE GROUP. I was once in an MLM Company, so after seeing how things work, I decided to try out my new company. Alibaba Foundation played a major role in inspiring me. I took my time to study its mode of business. Jack Ma became my all time role model.
Bekos Lifestyle Group offers health and wellness for now. Better things are coming though. I’m working on an Application that I’ll integrate with my company. It will help me to offer all types of products and services that I make
How do you find business life?
It’s the best. However, building it takes inner passion and compassion.
How do you advertise your business?
I’m an IT Consultant, I have a Google Certificate in Digital Marketing. So I know how best to market my business. I do adds on my Facebook Page, Instagram, LinkedIn and Pinterest.
Have you employed people?
Yes. I have seven employees so far. Five are men and two women.
What’s your mission?
To empower many youths in the world. There’s a lot of energy in youths.
Do you face any challenges?
Some problems include;
Less circulation of cash in the market
Product demand verses your expectations
Damage on products
Your advise to youths?
Don’t waste your foundation period, no house looks beautiful during foundation stage. Change, you need to determine the direction of change.
Keep on learning something new everyday and don’t ever leave to chance any opportunity or idea, grasp it and use it.
“Don’t let your current situation intimidate you for whom you will be in future, things do change but you determine the direction. Change manifests itself.” – Edwin Obuko
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I toil and moil
Hustling and bustling
Running up and about
Trying to find a way out
They say I work too much
They say I won’t achieve much
Just because my past hasn’t been good to me
But I know my past don’t define my future
I know where I was is not where I’ll be.
They ask what the point of education is
They ask what the point of talent is
They say education is the key
To them it’s a key to a life of struggle if you lack connections
They say hard work don’t pay
That I have to flaunt myself in front of men to earn cash
That I have to sweet talk sugar mummies to get jobs in their companies
But I believe my hard work will pay
Who are they to know?
They try to push me down
Simply because I wasn’t born with a silver spoon in my mouth
Simply because life to me isn’t served on a silver platter
They taunt me because I choose the old fashioned way
They laugh because I choose to not go asking around for favours
Who are they to know
Am just another poor kid trying to find her way to the top.
So don’t put me off because you think I won’t go anywhere
As long as I got me who cares what you think
Don’t tell me that I can’t because you refuse to work hard
That’s your choice I have mine to make
And don’t tell me that how I try is stupid
You and I are not the same
My future is not my past
Let me hope that my past will not be my future.
“Words are expressions of feelings that often go unspoken“