Mama Stella Machachari, This Is What Happened to Her Skin. -

Mama Stella Machachari, This Is What Happened to Her Skin.

Clara Wamaitha, better known by her stage name Cindy, gained fame as Mama Stella in the popular TV show Machachari. She was a key contributor to the show’s success, but after its conclusion, Cindy’s life took a different turn due to a medical condition she has been battling with.

Before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the renowned Machachari show came to an end, and Cindy, along with other actors, had to adapt to a new lifestyle off the screen. With over 15 years of acting experience, she had managed to save some money and had opened an electronic shop in Gilgil.

However, her life took a challenging turn when she discovered that she had vitiligo, a skin condition. Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease where the immune system attacks melanocytes, the cells responsible for skin coloration. Cindy’s skin developed patches, leading to discrimination from others. Overwhelmed by this, she isolated herself in her house, battling depression for three years. Unfortunately, the situation worsened with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

During this difficult period, Cindy found solace in her family and a few close friends who supported her emotionally and helped her seek medical treatment. It took her time to accept her changed appearance and to re-engage with society.

Currently, Cindy faces numerous challenges. She struggles to secure gigs or shows, and her previous work as a motivational speaker has been affected by the economic downturn. Despite these setbacks, she is determined to explore new business opportunities and find a way to support others who are also battling vitiligo.

Cindy appeals to the goodwill of Kenyans and urges the government, led by Deputy President Ruto and Nairobi Governor Johnson Sakaja, to provide support and assistance to individuals facing vitiligo. She believes that with their help, awareness and resources can be directed toward those affected by the condition.