NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Regina Mwangi delayed marriage in order
to pursue a career in medicine, which had always been a
badge of honor back in the day for women and girls in
her ancestral farming village in central Kenya.
mother of two in her late 30s was convinced that
postponing marriage would enable her to accomplish her
career dreams and in turn become financially
Xinhua on Sunday as the world marked Mother’s Day,
Mwangi said that as a married woman with a thriving
career in medicine, she has always prioritized education
for her offspring aware it was the only guarantor for
their bright future.
sacrificed enormous resources and time to land in my
present career, am in a vantage position to inspire my
two young boys to study hard and dream for a more
fulfilling future,” said Mwangi.
entrenched cultural myths to delay her marriage and
pursue post graduate studies in clinical medicine at a
time majority of her peers were content at becoming
busy schedule at a pharmaceutical distribution company
where she has worked for close to a decade, Mwangi
always find time to coach her children who are in lower
“It is true
there is pressure on my part to deliver at my work
station but I have always sacrificed time to oversee my
children’s homework and mentor them accordingly,” Mwangi
to a growing army of young and upwardly mobile Kenyan
women whose passion to see their children follow their
footstep in the world of careers or business is
emphasized that educated and gainfully employed women
are in a better position to instill the ethos of hard
work, discipline and devotion to duty in their young
“There is no
better inheritance to bequeath a child in this modern
age than quality education. As a couple we have set
aside a significant budget to ensure our children obtain
the best education within or outside the country,”
Mwangi told Xinhua.
joined their counterparts from other parts of the world
to mark the Mother’s Day amid huge appreciation of their
huge contribution to the survival and prosperity of the
country’s Netizens flooded social media platforms with
adoring tributes to their mothers whom they described as
unwavering providers, teachers and mentors.
online and face to face conversation with Xinhua ahead
of Mother’s Day, the majority of Kenyans credited their
mothers for inspiring them to pursue education with
was very instrumental in my academic success even if she
was half literate since the society of her era could not
allow her to remain in school for long,” said Mercy
Ngungi, a linguist.
mothers from all ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds
were unanimous in their desire to safeguard a better
future for their children through investing in their
a small-scale business owner in her mid 30s said that
she has always felt obliged to spare a significant
portion of her income to invest in the education of her
“Some of us
come from communities that do not value education but I
have decided to be different. Am confident my son will
change the narrative by excelling in school. I will
spare no effort to ensure he is educated up to the
university level,” said Tsuma.
son is enrolled at a private day school located in
Nairobi’s eastern fringes where parents get value for
their money thanks to quality teaching, mentorship and a
wide range of extra-curriculum activities on offer.
day was marked with little fanfare in Kenya but there
was a ringing endorsement on the crucial role of
matriarchs in shaping the destiny of future generations.
an office administrator and mother of one, said that
investing in her young son’s education has always been a
priority despite inflationary pressures.
“It is a
fact that blue collar jobs in Kenya and globally have
their fair share of challenges but am determined to
ensure my son receive quality education in a private
school regardless of the financial implication,” said
of retired civil servants has already set up a slush
fund in a local commercial bank to cater for her son’s
education up to the university level.