Gathoni Wa Muchomba Biography
Kiambu County Women Representative, vocal lawmaker, entrepreneur and former radio host Gathoni wa Muchomba (born Peninnah Gathoni Muchomba) is one spectacular character whose life story is inspiring to many people especially those who grow or grew up in tough conditions.
Beating the odds to make a name for herself and building a new story for herself is exactly what she did. From exploring many business ventures to make ends meet to battling controversies that come with being a public figure, we learn a few lessons from the Honorable Gathoni wa Muchomba. In this article, we look at the building blocks behind her story as we bring to you her biography.
Gathoni Wa Muchomba Age and Place of Birth
The forty-five-year-old woman was born in 1975 in the now Kiambu county in a small town called Komothai. Gathoni grew up in a polygamous family and this might be the reason why she has recently been seen to advocate for the same. She has told the men of today that should they be in a position to cater sufficiently for more than one wife and more children, they should embrace the polygamous marriage institution. She was born into a family of 4 and a bigger step family.
Gathoni Wa Muchomba Education Background
Gathoni attended a local primary school in her home town before proceeding to the Precious Blood Secondary school for further education. She performed well while at school and evidently landed a job holding at Makuyu Secondary School as an untrained teacher as soon as she left high school. This is impeccable and showed that she was up to the task. Earning her first income, she could support her mother who had struggled to keep her and her siblings well fed and comfortable.
She later on enrolled at the University of Nairobi in the pursuance of an undergraduate degree – Bachelors in Education. She performed well and apart from academics, the entrepreneurial spirit in her led her to opening up various businesses to boos her income. Gathoni set up a salon during this time, attending to her peers hair dressing needs and selling braids and weaves which she imported from India.
She later graduated with a Second Class, Upper Divison and added to that a Masters Degree in Communication in the same institution. The lawmaker is indeed well educated and inspires young girls to do more for themselves.
Gathoni Wa Muchomba Career Journey
Gathoni’s career life began immediately after clearing high school not counting the number of odd jobs she pursued at a younger age to support her mother’s efforts in tendering to their family.
She worked as a radio presenter at KBC Radio, Kameme FM and Inooro FM. She found a niche there in presenting in her vernacular Agikuyu. This was because this is her mother tongue and her work was a natural and easy way of her to address her listeners.
Her time at Radio opened up her mind to embracing work and the life at broadcasting. This planted the seeds for her later founding of Utugi TV a local and vernacular television station that is keen on promoting agricultural literacy and good practice as it remains the main income earner for most people in the country.
In 2005, she started Smart Media College to provide services to many students without discrimination based on past credentials. She has then been able to open branches in Nairobi and Nakuru.
Her political career took off with her contesting for a seat as the Kiambu County Women Representative which she won. She has used the platform to provide changes to her people, supporting the poor and the locals. In this light, she has faced controversies such as careless statements that almost had her lose her seat.
Personal Life, husband, children, wedding
Little is known about Gathoni wa Muchomba’s personal life. Information on her marital state and whether she has children has not been made publicly available.
Gathoni Wa Muchomba Salary, Net worth And Assets
She is a wealthy woman given her interests and investment in many businesses such as salons, the Smart Media College, her role as Managing Director and the notable founder of Utugi TV.
The member of Kenya’s current ruling party – Jubilee, also makes a decent earning from her political career. Even though the exact figure of her value is yet to be established, Gathoni wa Muchomba has deep pockets.