His high level of discipline stems from his childhood. He was the third born of five children to a father who worked as a driver and spent most of his time in Nairobi, and a mother who was a smallholder farmer in a village in Murang’a. Martin lived with his mother and siblings in the village, where he attended Mirira Primary School and Kayuyu Primary School. Growing up, his family struggled with financial difficulties. His mother was the main provider for the household.
In 2004, Martin finished primary school with flying colours. He was aware of the financial challenge that now lay ahead of him. He knew that his mother could not pay the school fees for the boarding school he qualified for, so he decided to attend a day school. The director of the day school refused to admit him and urged Martin’s mother to send him to a more demanding school. However, Martin insisted that he had to go to the day school, where he was eventually admitted.
Martin had to overcome many challenges during his school years. He made a sacrifice and put others first when faced with family difficulties. He sent his mother to Nairobi to take care of his sister.