Vanessa sold omena after dropping out of school for a bit

Cartoon Comedian made Sh2k a day hawking omena while still in high school

• She became a hawker to rid of the frustration of dropping out.

Cartoon Comedian sold Omena after dropping out of school. The Queen of Comedy told Oga Obinna this on his popular YouTube show that she took up hawking omena to get rid of the frustration of dropping out of school and having so much time on her hands.

She was in form two at the time of becoming a hawker. In a tell-all interview, Cartoon also called Vanessa, revealed that she was in and out of school many times because her mother could not always raise school fees. 

Her parents separated when she was in Class 8. Her mum took charge of her. "That thing affected me so much. I was so connected to dad. Yes I loved mum, but nilikuwa napenda dad," she shared.

Her mum took her to a good school high school in Karen. Then she left because of the lack of school fees. She then went to a school in Dagoretti where life was different.

"I used to shower with hot water in Karen and eat well, then now in Kiambu we were sharing bathrooms," she spoke about the rough life.

She couldn't cope and dropped out. "People were scrambling for food, we were squeezing in the bathroom and girls peeing in there," were some of her reasons plus school fees again.

This was in Form Two. "Life started being a bit tricky for me," she also found her new school boring.

"I felt disconnected to my education," She then started selling omena. "My cousin Alice came to visit with Omena. Since most of the time I was home from school coz of the lack of fees, I started feeling I should use my time selling omena. So I started walking around selling with confidence.

I had the determination to do this business. I realized that if I woke up really early, the mama in the soko would buy the basin of omena for Sh1000. I even used to go to hotels owned by Kikuyus to cook for them."

Her effort paid off. "Per day, on a good day, I would make like Sh2,000. Because I would walk very far and wide to hawk. The best biz was selling to hotels very early."

She was so proud of her hard work, she would buy her family groceries. "I would go back home in the evening feeling so happy that I have money in my bag. I would remove the money and sit back naingia na unga, and my mother respected me, hadi naeza mtuma," she said as she laughed about her past.

"I became a boss lady. Now sadly my omena supplier stopped sending to me, coz she went to ushago. So I decided to switch."

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