I got to chat with Doreen Wandia on finding the perfect blend, between being an Advocate of the High Court and excelling as a Professional Pool Player. She makes navigating and living the best of both worlds, look like a walk in the park. Enjoy the read and share widely.
- Tell us a little about yourself:
Mmmmhhh! This is actually one of the toughest questions I come across. Who is Wandia? Doreen Wandia is currently a 28-year-old female, who was born in Embu county, grew up in Garissa County, and currently resides in Nairobi county. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya and the founding partner of Wandia Warukinga & Co. Advocates located at Global Centre, Kilimani. She is also the current Ladies ‘Captain of the Kenya National Pool table Team.
- What did you study?
After going through a period of career indecision, I selected Bachelor of Laws at The University of Nairobi and the Joint Admission Board was gracious to grant me just that.
- When did you know you want to study law?
Honestly, my decision was influenced by my Grandfather and my Father who explained my compatibility to the profession (am very grateful to them for that). Maybe I could also sneak the legal dramas that were airing at that time that made me relate, haha!
- What would you advise anyone looking to enter into your line of work?
Don’t be scared to ask for help along the way and more so, when you start practicing. As much as we are called Learned Friends, we are humans and not expected to know everything under the sun.
- Where do you think this country fails when it comes to the law and its implementation?
We fail in our culture. From the individual, to family, to private enterprises, and all the way up to Arms of Government. We ail from a lack of integrity. That’s why you’ll find the implementation of law being politicized, people want to cover their backs.
- Your best social media platform?
- What do you use social media for mostly?
In regards to posting, I use it as an archive to save my memories. I also use it to gain information and for entertainment as well. Once in a while, I also use to market/support my friends’ business.
- How did you develop a passion for pool?
Believe it or not, I was a tomboy growing up. I would dress, walk and try to do everything like my Dad. So, the first time he taught me how to shoot pool, 7-year-old Wandia was hooked. By 9years, I had already unknowingly challenged someone that was in the National Team at that time. He then told my dad, that I had a future in the sport and I kept his words in mind and heart.
- What tournaments have you participated in?
I have represented Kenya in the All-Africa Pool Championship 2014, 2016, and 2017. I have also participated in friendly tournaments in Uganda and here in Kenya. I’m also a member and participant of the Mchana Pool league that is very competitive as you get to play against some of the top male players in Kenya
- What are some of the highlights of competing on a professional level?
As a professional pool player, you need to be disciplined, have integrity, and practice sportsmanship. Failure to exhibit/observe any of these three can attract a penalty to the extent of being banned from participating in any major tournament ever again. Sportsmanship includes respecting your opponent, in every way. This includes not making any intentional disruption when they are in play, which can be miscellaneous actions like standing/sitting in their line of sight, chalking your cue stick loudly, coughing etc.
- Where would you love to travel to, to compete?
I have always wanted to travel to the UK for the World Blackball Championship. I’d also like to go compete in South Africa and Morocco.
- What do and don’t you like about legal dramas on TV?
I have always enjoyed watching legal dramas since I was a child, so much that in 2011 I featured in one local one, ‘Mashtaka’ that used to air on Citizen TV. (Yes, I had a brief acting career )
Though one thing is for sure, it doesn’t depict the true situation in our courtrooms here.
- Which global companies would you love to work with most?
At the moment, am focused on growing and expanding my law firm so that one day someone in another country can mention it as they answer a similar question.
- If you were the President of Kenya what would you do differently especially to tackle unemployment?
Focus on SMEs which employ 80% of the population through incentives, financing, capacity building, and partnerships.
- What would you advise your younger self?
I’d tell her not to underestimate herself. She was notorious at that.
- Kindly tell us your parting shot in regards to both life and work:
Work smart, live your life and accept and respect God’s love for you!