Owen comes from a family of five children. His parents divorced before he was born and his mother passed away from cancer when he was just two years old. Because of this, Owen grew up under the care of his closest aunt. In 2002, during Owen’s primary schooling, Malawi was struck with a devastating famine. Many Malawians lost their lives, including Owen’s aunt. After having his biggest source of inspiration and care taken away, he lost direction for some time, switching between many schools and moving between different relatives. He struggled with school and had to repeat standard 5 (5th grade). After facing many hardships and challenges, Owen continued to work hard to move forward in his education. He completed standard 8 (8th grade) and went on to attend Mangochi Secondary School from 2006 to 2010. In 2010, he wrote his MSCE (Malawi School Certificate of Education) examination and scored 22 points. Due to intense competition and limited space, however, Owen was not selected to a public university or college.
Determined to continue his higher education, he then applied to private universities and was selected to attend the University of Livingstonia in 2011. He completed his first semester, but dropped out because he didn’t have enough money to continue paying school fees. Feeling disappointed and hopeless, Owen began boxing as a hobby to keep himself busy. He pursued the sport as an amateur boxer from 2011 until 2013, while always maintaining his dream of becoming a college graduate. Taking a leap of faith, he stepped away from the sport and sought out Matt Maroon. The two had previously met at the University of Livingstonia when Matt Maroon was Owen’s lecturer. In 2014, Owen was invited to start living at the D2D residential house so he could, once again, focus on his educational career. After a very long road and nearly abandoning his hope of finishing higher education many times, Owen is now a university graduate. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies last October and has now joined the D2D team working as the Residential Youth Coordinator.
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