This Wednesday, Maryanne Mwaliko makes our #WCW, to most Eldoret Residents she needs no introduction as she spent most of her teenage years and began her modeling career in Eldoret. Among some of her great achievements is being crowned Miss Tourism Rift valley in the year 2009. She is also a practicing Microbiologist and a good one at that…
Get to know more about her on the interview below.
BH: Tell me a little bit about yourself.
Maryanne: My name is Maryanne Mwaliko. Most people in Eldoret know me as Doreen, which is my other name. I am a Taita.
I am not an Eldoret model but I started my modeling journey in Eldoret 7 years ago. I was so young then. Modeling was a childhood dream that I planned to achieve and I wasn’t going to let anything to get in the way of that. Since then, I have done numerous fashion shows, beauty pageants, ushering jobs, adverts, charity projects, exhibitions, including judging beauty contests and choreographing models. I have numerous pageant titles including Miss Tourism Rift valley 2009, Miss Kericho 2011, Miss Corporate Kenya 2014 Nairobi County 1st runners up, Miss Attitude East Africa 2016 1st runners up. I currently reside in Nairobi, I am a microbiologist by profession.
I own a charity project called GreatLife Empowerment Foundation (GlefKenya) founded in 2011;- that provides donations, posts job vacancies on its social media pages, and planning to hold its own mentorship programs, focusing on girls and women empowerment.
I am also the brand ambassador for SarahandJoy, a US based brand that specializes in women clothing and interior design.
Currently I am one of the contestants of Miss Orient Universe 2016, an international beauty pageant that advocates and plans seminars and programs for reorientation of girl-child against social vices such as drug abuse, prostitution, cultism, indecent dressing, underage sex, alcoholism, lesbianism among others. Beauty queens all over Africa are set to arrive in Kenya in August to participate in this great event which is slated for 2nd September in Mombasa City organized by Miss Orient Universe Worldwide.
BH: Why do you do what you do?
Maryanne: I am very passionate about what I do. My diverse interests and burning desire to learn topics of interest fuels my zest for life.
BH: Where do you see yourself in five years?
Maryanne: God willing, I will have achieved a lot career wise. Several projects are underway
BH: What is your day like, say a weekend?
Maryanne: I like chilled out weekends, a couple of movies, some red wine perhaps, and some chocolate snacks does it for me
BH: Do you have an embarrassing moment, What was it?
Maryanne: Well, none I can think of.
BH: What is the one thing that most people don’t know about you?
Maryanne: I am left-handed.
BH: What’s your feeling on ‘Game of Thrones’?
Maryanne: Honestly, I’ve never watched it..
BH: If you ruled the world for a day. What would you do?
Maryanne: Hmmm, it would be a difficult task, but maybe I would grant everyone just one wish.
BH: Which Zodiac sign are you, what do you find most interesting about this Sign.
Maryanne: I am not a fan of horoscopes, I dont read them.
BH: iPhone or Samsung?
BH: What is your guilty pleasure?
Maryanne: Am a shopping addict. I just love spoiling myself!
BH: Give me three qualities of the Ideal Man for you.
Maryanne: A deep character, Spirituality, Great physique.
BH: What do you like most about Eldoret Town.
Maryanne: Eldoret has some really exquisite hotels. Great hangout spots for people to relax and have a good time.
BH: Before you Hit 40 years, what is that one thing you’d like to Learn or do, the 1 person you’d like to meet, and the one place you’d like to visit.
Maryanne: To create a difference in people’s lives through my foundation GlefKenya.
I would love to meet Pia Alonzo-Miss Universe 2015.
I would like to visit Italy.
BH: What are your parting shots.
Maryanne: Do what you love and love what you do.