In our Beauty and Brains series, today we feature Machi Woche. A top Model and advertisers Darling. She’s done numerous Television Adverts and we are proud of her efforts. She granted Marsabit Times an interview. Enjoy her feedback.

  1. What is your name and which part of Kenya do you come from?

My name is Machi Woche, given the name Diana during my baptism when I was 12 years old. I come from Marsabit County, born and bred there!

  1. Tell me about your family background?diana 5

When I talk about my family, I never leave out my grandparents- Mr. Stephen Gache and Mama Naomi Subo Gache; they are the pioneers of Christianity in Marsabit. My grandfather built the ACK church in Marsabit with the help of missionaries. My grandparents were successful farmers as well as business people. Together, they had twelve children, my father Mr. Timothy Woche is their first born, I am a fourth born in a family of six. When I was growing up, I lived with my grandparents and my great grandmother Guye Shakha. We are a close knit family; I cannot imagine my life without my siblings. In addition, I have a family of my own now.

2. Which were your main childhood fears?

I don’t think I had any fears, I was a confident child. I loved to explore the world around me. I was a strong headed child- hence my nick name from my great grandmother ‘Machi mata sibila’ (Strong headed Machi). Hehe!!

3. What are you good at?

 I am a resilient person, I love helping people. I am good at cooking and of course eating! I am also very good at listening and trying to dissect peoples problems, that’s why I got involved in the field of mental health.

4. What are you bad at?

 Perfectionism! Sometimes I stay on a task for too long, I am an idealist and it’s a problem!

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

I have a Masters degree in Clinical Psychology and a first class honors in Bachelor of Counseling psychology from University of Nairobi

6.When did you start modelling, which adverts have you appeared in? What are the challenges you face in modelling?

One of her advertisements
One of her advertisements

I got into the Modeling world by chance, a friend of my mine suggested I try joining an agency and I did just for the fun of it, two weeks later I was called for a KCB TV and Print commercial… that was in 2009. Since then I have advertised for Bidco, P.K, English Point Marina, Tuskys supermarket, Kenya Tourism Board among others. I consider Modeling as a side job , you get a onetime payment that may be not be sustainable in the long run.

7.Kindly tell us something about your practice as a clinical psychologist, the challenges and future plans.

It’s an interesting field, I get to meet people with various mental health problems, and the mental health sector in our country needs to improve. There are various misconceptions and as a nation we have a long way to go before accepting mental illness as any other illness. Its unfortunate people view mental illness as a taboo, because of this many people are not getting the right help they truly deserve.

I am in the process of setting up my own private practice as well as host a TV talk show on mental health awareness. I am extremely happy with my line of work. I want to reach out to children and adults alike, I hope to run a foundation for people with mental health one day where accessibility of mental services such as counseling and medication will be within reach for many.

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

Having children of my own at a relatively young age, they motivate me to be better each day. It’s amazing the things kids can teach you if you remain still and open to them! They keep me grounded!

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

I can’t think of any right now!

10. A common misconception about you?

People who meet me for the first time think I am snobbish! The truth is I just take a bit longer to interact with people as I want the interaction to be meaningful, so I end up overthinking on what to say to them.

11. Do you think in your role you may have some political or leadership influence, what message are you intending to pass on to the people of Marsabit?

Mental health is a serious issue, and it should be treated as such including drug abuse. Hopefully I will get a chance soon to run a campaign on raising awareness of mental illnesses in Marsabit County.

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

We could do better if we stuck together instead of being divided.  In my opinion tribal alliances are shameful and backward. Every time I hear about tribal clashes, I feel sad for my people. We need to shift focus on how to build our county, not destroying the little we have built. Its 2016, we should be better people than what we were 50 years ago!

Bidco Soap Commercial

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

The difference in winning and losing is most often not quitting- Walt Disney

14. According to you, the best age to be is?

The best age to be is any age; you can make the most of your life any time. You just need to focus and stay motivated.

15. Your greatest regret is?

 None, I am proud of how my life has turned out to be.

16. What do you do during your free time?

I read books and I also go to the gym.

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

Oprah Winfrey, she is a constant reminder that where you come from doesn’t matter, its where you are going that’s most important.

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

 I shall be heading my own successful consultancy firm.

19. In a relationship or not yet?

I am married with two handsome intelligent boys.

20. Which are some of the new resolutions you have made to yourself this year?

 Read more books and make time for friends!

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

I will remind my children how much I love them.

22. As a 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?

Never stop believing in yourself, nothing is impossible if you set your eyes on the prize.  You have to get out of your comfort zone and please don’t think about what people will say about you. The ones who matter will stand by you no matter how crazy your ambitions may be.

To get in touch with her therapy practice, call her office on: +254 700 225213

1 COMMENT

  1. Proudly interesting intervew and best career. Very nice to focus on mental health, w/c is neglected part of health care. Mache,the soooner to see u on tv show. Bye

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