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Meet Kennedy (Ken AfriKen) Kiboro of Uzima Fitness Training in Orange County

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kennedy (Ken AfriKen) Kiboro.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Kennedy. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I was born and raised In Kenya until the age of 10. At 10, I moved to the United States, I was not supposed to come, someone else was supposed to come instead of me. This was a blessing in disguise because I later found out I was HIV positive. At 27 years old of age, I have been HIV positive for over a decade now. This was surprising to my family and I because I was too young to be sexually active, or doing drugs and my birth mom back in Kenya didn’t have it.

Life with HIV was interesting, because of the organizations in the USA dedicated to help people in my condition, I was blessed because they helped out with some life experiences that my family would have never been able to provide. I went to Bickerstaff in long beach and they did an amazing job to help me live a regular life. Even though medication is very advance, I actually never feared for my life even once. I feared more for my social life, my family and I kept it a secret until the age of 22/23. That’s when I recorded a video on youtube and posted it on on my facebook for everyone to see. I felt a huge relief like all this weight was lifted off my shoulders.

It was amazing because I felt like I was always hiding something about myself. We never spoke about it at home, so I never really had anyone to speak about it. This led me to grow insecurities about myself. One of them was hating my body because I believed being skinny meant I was diseased, while the truth was I was skinny because I was East African. This is why I started working out and which led me to help people to fall madly in love with their bodies through fitness. After years of damaging my self-worth, I finally start to look at myself beautifully and now I coach clients that self-love comes first before weight loss or weight gain

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
I have been blessed, not a smooth road but blessed. Remember I wasn’t supposed to be In the US if I was in Kenya my life would have been at risk.

I was sent here without my mother, that’s just one side of the loneliness I experienced, imagine keeping a secret for almost a decade. Have the stigma running through your head. That was my toughest part was loving myself because I felt tainted like something was wrong with me. I was not good enough.

We’d love to hear more about your business.
I love working with people, who are looking to lose weight. I love coaching people to get out of their head and admiring what beautiful beings they are.

I strongly believe “Weight loss is a by-product of the ultimate love to self”. Uzima in my language Swahili means one who is full of life so I use fitness as a vehicle to help people achieve just that “Full of Life” or live at their highest being.

What were you like growing up?
I was outgoing and very adventurous, I was friends with everyone.

I loved to dance.

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