Evelyn Owala, 40


Eveal Health and Fitness

This may sound like fiction but it is actually true.

Although Evelyn now holds fitness titles that many an ordinary woman can only dream about — including that of Africa’s Fittest Woman — she was once bullied for being overweight.

Evelyn is a fitness trainer and a professional bodybuilder who has represented Kenya in several international competitions.

She is Africa’s champion in wellness and was recently crowned the overall winner of Arnold’s Classic Africa Championship, blazing a path that many a woman would be afraid to tread.

"I am living my dream and I want to keep impacting people’s lives through health and fitness"

She has achieved all this success by committing to a strict fitness and health programme.

“I am living my dream and I want to keep impacting people’s lives through health and fitness,” she says. “I genuinely want to leave an impact, however small.”

Though she is today a fitness trainer, Evelyn actually trained as a teacher after her O-level education at Asumbi Girls High School.

She later worked for a while as a banker.

To keep up with her demanding fitness routine, she dedicates a minimum of four hours every day to her workout regimen and only eats selectively to ensure that her frame remains in the right form.

Today, what started out as a hobby has turned into a full-time job, with Evelyn now being proprietor of Eveal Health and Fitness, a centre that offers customised training regimens.

Whenever she is not working out, you will catch her enjoying a movie or cooking.

Her greatest cheerleaders, she says, are her husband; and her mother when she was still alive.

— Annie Njanja