Actress Catherine Kamau, popularly known as Kate Actress has revealed that she got pregnant with her first child when she was just 19.
Kate, then a first-year student at Makerere University in Uganda has said that she got into a relationship immediately after joining campus and started having sex.
“I was in college, my first time away from home and from a strict mom. I never used to go out, or drink, or talk to boys and now I find myself in a different country and I can talk to boys, I can go to the disco, drink, I was overwhelmed,” the actor told Universal Plus Africa
The actor got pregnant within two months of joining campus. She was not aware of the pregnancy until the day she got into a bodaboda accident together with her boyfriend. While at the hospital a doctor came to her with the shocking news.
“The doctor came out and said you are okay and the baby is safe. I was like ‘what baby!’. And he was like ‘yeah you are four months pregnant’ and I was like ‘Who?” she posed.
“I am looking at my tummy and it’s flat because I was a very tiny girl and that is how I learnt I was pregnant and I was not ready.”
Despite being just 19 at the time, Kate decided to keep the pregnancy after her boyfriend assured her of his support.
“I remember going back home, my mum was on some assignment in South Afirca and I enjoyed my time because she was not there and dads rarely notice anything because I was always in hoodies.”
Kate says her mother was very supportive.
“I gave birth but despite mum being disappointed she was really supportive because she was in a similar situation and I think that’s why she was more understanding,” she said.
“She made me understand that life has changed and you have to be a mum, you cannot wake up at 10:00, you have to wake up and take care of the baby.”
Kate is now a mother of two. Her first born son is 16 while her daughter with film producer Philip Karanja is three.