D.I.V.A. of the Month – August 2010
Ciku from Nairobi gets her groove back after losing weight!
Lelemba: Who is Ciku?
Ciku: For a long while since the birth of my son Eugene 9 years ago, when asked, “who is Ciku?”, I tended to go on and on about my life as a mother to the most handsome, smart, kind & intelligent boy on earth. Hey I AM his mum, I can believe all that can’t I? Basically all I said and did revolved around him and his dad. But under-going some life transforming weight loss recently has made me rediscover the ‘me’ in me. Don’t get me wrong, I still have mad love for my two men, but it is just so liberating to be able to have my own identity without having to use the terms Mama-so-&-so or wife-of-so-&-so.
My name is Ciku (pronounced “SHE-koh”) but feel free to call me Ck like my friends do! I am a couple of years into my thirties. I love my Lord, my God, my Creator. I am the ‘happy person’ of my office, always smiling, laughing, the eternal youthful prankster, cheering everyone on. I am a married mother of one cute son and in love with my husband & baby. I am your average middle income woman living a fairly comfortable life in the leafy suburbs of Nairobi, Kenya.
Lelemba: What do you do for a living and what are your interests?
Ciku: Professionally, I am a consultant in the Tour & Travel industry. My interests are diverse, ranging from love of live theatre and travel (especially to little known corners of my beautiful country, Kenya) to reading. I read fiction (romantic, historical & mythic based tales), autobiographies of inspirational and great people like my role model, Wangari Mathai (you must read “Unbowed”!) and good old Tintin, Asterix & Obelix comics. I share that love of books with my son.
My other great love is making things grow. I discovered my green fingers almost accidentally. I like having beautiful natural things around me and see the ‘Face of God’ in the vast open stunning landscapes of my country and endeavour to be ‘out there’ as much as my job and family commitments permit.