In an interview with BBC Africa, Bridget Achieng, a Kenyan entrepreneur and socialite revealed that it is not easy to get to the top.
Having grown up in the sprawling Kibera slums, Achieng revealed that she always craved for the good life and looked forward to when she would afford to board a plane.
“The ghetto is about survival of the fittest…Rape is rampant in the ghetto. No one is coming out to talk about it but I was molested when I was a kid,” she says.
Reflecting on her tough childhood, Achieng stated that she used to earn Sh1200 as a househelp and also made jewellery.
The turning point was when one of her friends told her she had a nice body and she could make it big as a model or socialite.
Thrilled by this compliment, Achieng was hell-bent on succeeding – using her body as an asset.
She further added that once her photos started doing rounds on social media, tycoons from all over the world would contact her and some were even willing to part with $10,000 just to be with her.
“You are a desperate girl looking for money and you get a guy offering $10,000 just to visit him.
“I always feel like it has to be something that is in you because you are asked to do crazy things.
“You are told to suck toes, to do what…it’s crazy. I don’t want to scare people,” she said.
In conclusion, she says, if you want a million bucks, you will have to do something that is worth a million bucks.
She has since involved herself in activities that will change the lives of children in Kibera saying God has lifted her from ruins.
The interview drew a number of reactions from various quarters and Achieng later hit out at BBC for portraying her as a prostitute.
She accused the media house of editing her interview to tarnish her image.
The BBC later issued a disclaimer saying there was inaccurate coverage of Bridget in the local media, noting that she ran a jewellery business, contributes to Nairobi Diaries and leads a charitable foundation.