I grew up in Nyahururu, Nyandarua County as the last child of a strong, hardworking and religious single mother. Aside from being much younger than my sisters, I was also the dark skinned one amongst my closest female relations, and thought myself ugly.
I therefore turned my attention to academics with my mother’s encouragement. In terms of sex education, I was counselled when I was younger that I would get pregnant if I got close enough to boys.
There were always examples of girls I knew who had gotten into trouble with boys and these would be pointed out to me as illustrations. I remember when a school mate stained her skirt in primary school and we all believed that she had sat on plums.
The information about sex we were given in class was confusing for most girls my age. What I learnt about the reproductive process I did as a member of the African Inland Church’s female pre-adolescent group – The Cadets.
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