Meet Margaret Muchemi. A fast-rising commercial and runway model, make-up artist, former Miss Kajiado County, and Miss Supranational Kenya 2015, Margaret is taking the modelling and beauty industry by storm. I first met Margaret in a small primary school in Maragua where we both studied. She had transferred in from another school and was one class ahead of me. By sheer coincidence, we ended up attending the same high school—The Kenya High School--in the city. Margaret was in form 2 then and a school prefect. I was the only person that year from our small primary school that had been picked to join this high school. Because Kenya High is a big and prestigious high school and I was from a small school in rural Kenya, I felt out of place. Margaret went out of her way to make me feel welcome and at home there. She even waited for my arrival and personally showed me around! Now, Margaret, or as she's fondly referred to by friends, Maggie, is wrapping up her studies at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) as she prepares to head to Harvard where she was accepted on a partial scholarship (details of which are being ironed out). Here she is, in her own words.
Magline Jeruto, 24, is Miss World Kenya 2017. She is currently in Sanya, China, representing Kenya on the Miss World stage. Before winning the title of Miss World Kenya 2017, she worked as a travelling consultant in a private company in Nairobi. She plans to focus her charity on children with autism because they're are often left out in our society. And while she was elated to go to China, the road there hasn't been easy.
Today, Kenya has been rocked with the news that Trans Nzoia county is on alert over a suspected Marburg case. Ebola has been thrown around, and people have been asked not to panic. Already, a quarantine has been enforced in the affected area as we await results from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI). But what really is Marburg and why should we be concerned? Here are 3 reasons why.