Leyla Mohammed: My father left us, my mother was a hawker

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Talented Leyla Mohammed, who sang a unique rendition of the legendary song ‘Wimbo Wa Historia’ has spoken out about her humble upbringing and musical journey.

According to Leyla their dad left them while in Nakuru and they had to come to Nairobi where they lived in the streets before their relatives took them in for some time.

“Eventually my mom got a job as a hawker and we finally had a place to stay,” said Leyla.

However, Leyla is grateful for the childhood she had saying it was a happy one. Leyla was speaking yesterday at JKL live in a local TV station.

“I might have been living in a small house but I was happier than someone who is residing in a mansion,” said Leyla.

The 14-year-old Leyla also added that she has forgiven her father for leaving them.

“Always think of the positive side. I wish my dad the best of luck where he is for God does not only bless by giving you something but also by taking away,” said Leyla.

Speaking about her mother, Leyla said she has nothing but immense love for the woman who raised her.

“I really love her a lot. My mother is the one who made me become what I am today. She gave me all her blessings when I started singing,” said Leyla.

Leyla also spoke about her feelings when shooting the video of “Wimbo wa Historia” which gave her a spotlight with President Uhuru in Kakamega last year.

“I cried a lot while shooting the video for ”Wimbo wa Historia” for it was really sad seeing how the men and women fighting for our freedom suffered,” said Leyla.

Leyla Mohammed with President Uhuru in Kakamega last year. [Source: Citizen TV]

Leyla asked everyone to think of the positive things in life no matter how hard the journey can be.

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