Celebrities led by gospel artiste Willy Paul celebrated the birthday of Nairobi business lady Millicent Omanga in a special way by donating foodstuffs and home shopping worth about Sh5 million to Mukuru Kwa Njenga pupils and residents.
“This is my former school. I have a special attachment. This is what made me who I am,” she said during the birthday event in which she turned 34 years old.
The school is located at the sprawling Mukuru Kwa Njenga slums, a densely populated slum bested by insecurity, poor sanitation and unmet power needs, which alongside Korogocho, Kibera and Mathare are Nairobi’s major slums.
The institution’s over 2,000 pupils are mostly from poor family backgrounds that are unable to have three meals in a day and live in inhabitable shanties.
In the Friday event, almost 5,000 people who included learners, teachers and residents were fed. Each of them was given at least 2kgs of maize flour, 2kgs of cooking oil, 2kgs of sugar and other household items.
The charity event comes a year after Millicent’s last birthday celebration in which the business woman turned politician blew away Sh4m friends and business associates to a luxury private party at the members-only exclusive Capital Club located in Westlands.
“After last year’s birthday party, I made a decision to spend more time and resources with the people who need help most. I have come to realize that with giving I serve humanity better,” the business lady nicknamed Mama Unga for supplying maize flour to needy families around Nairobi said.
The 34 year old who is one of the leading contenders for the Women representative seat in Nairobi further used her personal story to encourage the pupils and Mukuru Kwa Njenga community telling them you can rise from any obstacles to make it in life.
“When studying in this school, I used to think that life was bitter and unfair for some of us. But I never lost hope. I always told myself that I was the only one who could control my destiny,” she said.
She is one of the youngest female directors in a powerful parastatal. The Bachelor of Commerce graduate is a director at power generation firm, Kengen.
She is also the founder and Managing Director of Milways Enterprise, a multimillion business that deals in construction, import of furniture and electrical appliances and interior décor.