At the age of 14, Peter’s mom got pregnant. As a result, she was forced to drop out of school. As her family was poor, and with these circumstances, she was forced her to go and live with the older man who had impregnated her. However, like many, this relationship did not work and she returned to live with her family.
The ignorance, stigma, and shame of being a pregnant teenager stopped Peter’s mom from attending any ante-natal clinic visits. She went into labor alone and gave birth to Peter on her own at home. She did not attend her post-natal clinics, and Peter did not receive the required childhood immunization.
To allow his mom to look for a casual job in order to put food on the table, Peter was put under the care of his grandmother who was also struggling to look after three of his aunties who were also teen moms,
Because of not getting the BCG immunization, routinely given at birth to protect against Tuberculosis (TB), he at the age of three developed tuberculosis of the spinal cord that paralyzed him from the waist down. He had to undergo back surgery to try to correct the problem and this kept him out of school for a year.
Through dedication, hard work and exemplary performance, Peter secured a scholarship from well-wishers within the community that enabled him to enroll for high school. He would however later fail to join university due financial constraints. This was however no deterrence for Peter, and even without a university diploma, he trained in film editing and currently works as a volunteer peer educator with Plan International.
Although Peter acknowledges the resultant effect of his childhood environment on his current health status, he remains determined to stop the cycle through community sensitization, education and advocacy against teenage pregnancy.