Catherine Kamau alias Kate Actress spoke to young girls at Kariokor Social Hall a few weeks ago about teenage pregnancies. She, of course, was speaking from personal experience. She told the audience,
‘It’s not okay to be a teen mum and bring a child into this world not knowing what you can offer them. Because you are a child. A boy that is in form two or one is wasting your time. Unlike us, your generation is different and things are moving so fast. You look at the likes of Kylie Jenner on social media and the way they slay with the kids and think these kids are dolls,’ she told the school-going girls.
She then encouraged the girls telling them,
‘At some point, I would encourage you that you’ll be okay. But I realized things turned out good for me cause both of my parents were working and supported my child. I came to realise all of us are not the same.’
Kate, who got pregnant at 19 also explained that she fell into a depression for a whole year,
‘I finished high school well then I went to Kampala to study. Two months later, I came back with a baby degree. My mum was disappointed because she had sacrificed everything. When I first told her, she was crushed. She didn’t understand. I dropped out of school and raised the baby and of course, the boyfriend ran away. So I was in depression. I cried every day for a whole year,’ she said as quoted by Word Is.
She finished off by telling the girls,
‘The reason why I don’t want you to get pregnant is that if you get the pregnancy, you become responsible for someone else. Then, you become a burden to your parents.’