Joyce Gumato Baye


We caught up with Joyce Gumato Baye, a young model and career woman from Marsabit. She’s done adverts for Darling kenya,Superloaf,Yaya centre run ways, MiPhone and Family Bank and was also top 5 for the Miss Kenya beauty Pageant.  This is what she had to say about her life.

1.Tell us about your family background

We are five in my family. My dad Mr.Joseph Baye, mum Jane Baye, Sister Rebecca and Brother Timothy. We are all very close and best of friends!!

2.What were your main childhood fears?

Grass hoppers!!They used to scare me to death! Kids in school used to torture me a lot with that.

3.What are you good at?

I Am good at mobilizing people, pushing for positive change, and most importantly pursuing my passion.

4.What are you poor at?

I am very poor at sitting back and watching things go wrong when I can do something about it.

5.Say something about your education {Alumni of which schools} and the professional courses you have undertaken.

I went to Fr. John Memorial Primary school in Marsabit, St. Marys girls’ high school Igoji, GMP Africa for my Diploma in Business Management and Entrepreneurship, Kenya Methodist University for my Bsc Microfinance.

6.Your greatest achievement in life? Then tell us more about it and how that achievement has impacted your life?

WhatsApp Image 2016-09-01 at 11.19.05 (2)So far my greatest achievement was to organize the first ever runway show in Marsabit county. Miss Tourism Marsabit county 2013. There were so many challenges and fears of how the residents will respond to it, it was so hard to convince the county government about it because it was a new thing, and so much more but at the end of the day all went well with the help of my team. It actually was more than successful!!

Seeing this project pick and become an annual event in our county has really made me proud. Every year I know a girl has the chance to step on the run way and have the opportunity to show her potential, her beauty and self-worth!! That is priceless to me.

8.The most surprising thing that ever happened to you?

The first time I saw my face on a Billboard in Nairobi!!This was like a dream come true!!! I actually  stopped and stared at my photo on the bill board for a while!!

  1. A common misconception about you?

That I am a snob. This I came to know when a few of my friends confessed of what they thought of me when we first met. I am a bit of an introvert before I get to know someone and laid back. It is a bit hard for me to start a conversation.

  1. In another life you would be……

A bird. The freedom to fly and have the best views of the world.

11.If you are a politician, you would?

Work towards fulfilling Public interest and not my own.

  1. Do you think you can have some political or leadership influence, what message are you intending to pass on to the people of Marsabit?

Yes I can if I wanted to but my passion is not politics. My message to the people of Marsabit is that you don’t have to be a politician to make a difference in our county. Do your best in whatever area you are in. Every positive thing you do contributes towards the growth and development of our county in one way or the other.

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  1. What are your comments on the Politics of tribal alliances and tribal conflicts in the county?

We have more in common than our differences. Let us embrace our diversity! Let us not be divided by our tribe name! We are all created by God differently so that we can join our strengths and make a difference in this world. At the end of the day we are all human beings. Being from a certain tribe doesn’t give any one supernatural powers. Let us learn to love one another and allow peace to prevail in our beautiful county!!

  1. What charity is closest to your heart?

Women empowerment. As the saying goes if you empower a woman, you empower the whole community! My way to empower the girl child is through modeling. It takes confidence, a sense of self-worth, and  high self-esteem for a lady to walk on the run way. Once a lady develops these values then nothing will stop her from achieving her life goals.

  1. Do you have a favorite quote or one that is always on your mind?

Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure and as we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. Marianne Williamson.

  1. According to you, the best age to be is? Why?

Twenty One. One is full of energy and life seems very promising. It’s the age when you feel you have all the time in the world to determine your future.

  1. Your greatest regret is?

Regret is a wasted emotion. I focus on the positive in life and learn.

  1. What do you do during your free time?

I travel a lot, go for movies and spend time with family.

  1. Living person that you identify with, your role model and mentor and why?

My dad!! He is my best friend my mentor and my role model. He is an all rounded person in life. He is the wises person I have ever known! He knows exactly how to balance his work life, family life and spiritual life! He is the one I run to for advise. He understands me more than anyone else!

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20.Your favorite writer and why?

Taylor E Mathews. He builds my spiritual side through his books.

21.Your greatest possession is?

Beauty with brains hehehehe…just saying….

22.Where do you see yourself in 5 years’ time?

Advance in my career, have my own family.

23.Who is the most treasured person to you?

I Can’t give you just one treasured person but my parents come first in my life.

24.In a relationship or not yet?

In a relationship.

25.If you were to die in five minutes, what would you do and what are your last words?

I would want to spend those five minutes with the people I love. My last words would be ‘God forgive me my sins and grant me heaven’

26.When was your first time  modelling?

In high school where I was Face of the school.

27.As a former or current model and career woman, you are a role model for the girl child in Marsabit County. What words of advice do you have for them?

The best thing in life is knowing that you are living your dreams. So don’t give up on your passion. Work hard, surround yourselves with positive people and always know that you have a purpose in this world. Always remember you are the only person who can stop yourself from achieving your goals.


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