- Theresia Mumbi started having facial hair in her teenage years
- The mother of one said the bizarre condition has made her the subject of ridicule in the society
- The 34-year-old at one time opted to seek medical assistance but she was informed her condition was caused by hormonal imbalance
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A Kenyan woman has emotionally narrated her struggle of living her life with a beard.
Theresia Mumbi, 34, who works as a matatu conductor said the bizarre condition has made her the subject of ridicule in the society.
In an interview with BBC, the mother of one said she started having facial hair soon after joining secondary school between 2003 and 2004.
“I had hair grow all over my body after joining high school. At first, I thought the situation was normal and I was not bothered at all, but after completing my secondary education, I realised the hair growth had increased than usual,” she said.
When Mumbi realised her beard was growing fast, she decided to shave all of it but the decision backfired – the hair sprouted once again and this time at a faster rate.
Her troubles began when she landed a job as a waitress at a Nakuru hotel.
“When customers entered the hotel to satisfy their hunger, they were surprised and wondered why I had a lady’s voice but a face like that of a man. At that time I got to know from them I had a beard,” she said.
The 34-year-old said she, however, with time, created a rapport with the customers but had problems when she went to her place of residence.
“Even though I had no issues at work, I used to feel ashamed when people said I was a “father” as I headed home after at 5pm after normal work,” she said.
The mother of one opted to seek medical assistance but she was informed her condition was caused by hormonal imbalance.
At one time, she recalled how she was arrested by police officers after failing to pay a KSh 400 bribe.
After being locked up, a policewoman started questioning her gender and she was ordered to strip to identify her “true identity”.
“We are not sure about your gender and we suspect that you might be a man, so we would like to frisk you to ascertain your gender,” she was told.
The experience made her questioned God and have suicidal thoughts but her son motivated her to live on.
In other news, a Tanzanian cafe called the Neema Cafe has surfaced with an amazing attribute of employing only deaf people as the staff serving as waiters, waitresses, and chefs.
A video sighted by YEN.com.gh on the official website of BBC reports that the signs are drawn on a chalkboard to help anyone who doesn’t understand the language of the deaf.
It is indicated that many Tanzanians, estimated to be about 10% of the entire population, have one form of disability or another.
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