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Okwara talks about tough days when she was a waiter earning 150 bob a day

September 09, 2019 at 09:47

Yvonne Okwara, a household name in Kenya, who has been in the media industry in for over 12 years now started off as a waitress.

The 36-year-old journalist recently revealed that her first job was a waitress and earned sh150. This left many shocked as they wondered out how she managed to live on such low amounts.

“First job was at walker’s restaurant at reinsurance plaza. Waitress. Earned 150bob a day!” Okwara Tweeted.

A Fan then asked her:

“The trenches in hospitality can be unforgiving! 150 bob, hii Nairobi?!”

Tough pay

To which she responded:

I know, right? Restaurant opened at 9am. We had to be in at 7am. Closed at 8pm. Stayed till 10pm to clean up. All for 150bob. But I learned a lot. To respect wait staff and dealing with people! Smile goes a long way. Earned more in tips this way!”


“Mungu ni mkubwa. Hard work. Humility. Passion. Plus using every opportunity to learn is what is key. There is a lesson in everything.”






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