“I’m snug speaking about my story. Earlier it was exhausting however I’m snug speaking about it now,” beamed Patricia Mativo as soon as I discussed to her how inspiring her life journey was.
Whereas in Kind 3, Mativo survived a street accident that left her with a spinal twine damage that rendered her motionless – however she didn’t let that deter her from reaching her goals.
Her greatest turning level, she tells Kenyans.co.ke, was her realisation that her future was in her management and it trusted her persistence.
“I had a spinal twine damage. It brought about partial paralysis in my limbs and plenty of different issues. It interfered with my mobility. I couldn’t make even a single step and I could not activate the mattress.
Celebration of Ms President present on KTN season 1 finale.
“With time I needed to get robust and attempt to handle my method out. It reached some extent I hit a wall however I attempted to push myself past the restrict. I now do many issues by myself together with my very own laundry. I’m utilizing my crutches. I used to be in a wheelchair earlier than after which I went to a walker,” she said.
Thus far, Mativo has held management roles throughout the board together with on the United Nations Populations Fund Youth Advisory Panel the place she serves because the vice-chairperson.
Her rise to the highest, nonetheless, got here with its share of challenges. Whereas in Kind Three, Mativo needed to droop her research for 2 years to deal with the damage.
When she resumed her research, enrolling at St. Aloysius Gonzaga Secondary College, she picked up her slack and topped her class within the nationwide examinations securing a place at Multimedia College the place she pursued a level in Analytical Chemistry and achieved First Class honours.
Within the years that adopted, she landed varied roles together with serving as a Model Ambassador for Riziki Supply, an organisation that facilitates employment for individuals with disabilities in addition to the Nation Consultant of the International Youth Marketing consultant in the direction of Eliminating Feminine Genital Mutilation (FGM).
Immediately, she is a part of the 52 contestants who make up the Ms President competitors set to be unveiled on KTN Dwelling – roughly a month earlier than the Common Election set for August 9.
The thought of becoming a member of the present, which is in its second season, was first exhibited to her by a good friend she labored with however she didn’t take it severely.
She, nonetheless, utilized to hitch the present after an acquaintance pushed her within the route. “That’s after I took it severely as a result of I hardly discuss to this man however he noticed my skills. Then I utilized.”
She, nonetheless, fell sick on the day of the interview after struggling a blood an infection and solely made it to the interview half-hour earlier than closure.
“I need to acquire extra visibility of the work that I’m doing and encourage extra individuals as a result of I’ve been a pupil chief and seen individuals with disabilities be part of campus and attempt to conceal.
“I attempt to set requirements for individuals with disabilities, particularly those that acquired it by accidents as a result of it’s actually exhausting attempting to just accept it as a result of it’s a life-changer,” she remarked.
52 profitable candidates had been shortlisted from a pool of 320 who auditioned to hitch the Academy. In whole there have been 750 candidates for Ms President Season 2.
Mativo stays hopeful that she’s going to emerge victorious and carry dwelling the Ksh2.3 million prize.
Ms President contestant Patricia Mativo.