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Kenya: Five Minute Interview - I Adopted From a Mum Who Wanted to Abort

I'm good at........socialising and making sure that everyone around me is comfortable.

I'm bad at.........keeping grudges.

The last book I enjoyed reading was......................I don't read books. I prefer magazines and informative articles online and in newspapers.

A common misconception of me is that....I'm snobbish and antisocial. On the contrary, I'm down to earth and very accommodative. People should get to know me first before they judge me.

The most surprising thing that happened to me was........my fathers death. It was very painful but I thank God for the strength. I still miss him though.

My Ideal night out is......just staying indoors and enjoying good food with good music or a movie. I also enjoy barbecues. I'm fond of going out.

If I was a politician.........I would make sure that the less fortunate are well catered for. I would also fight corruption.

My greatest achievement is......starting my own NGO - Shamillah Kiptoo Foundation.

My greatest possession is...... My nine-year-old son. I adopted him when he was a day old. His biological mother had earlier asked me for money for an abortion but I refused to lend her some. I asked her to let me raise the baby once he was born.

My greatest regret is.......I have no regrets. In a nutshell my philosophy is...... to do my best when I can. We only live once.

In moments of weakness......I pray. Allah is the answer to everything.

Living person that I most admire.........Nelson Mandela. He is one of the most selfless humans I know of.

If I was to die in five minutes, my last words would be....... Protect my family, Oh God.

Shamillah Kiptoo was Miss Kenya 2006-07. She is the managing director at Shamillah Kiptoo Foun- dation, an organisation that caters for the less fortunate children.

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