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Owen comes from a family of five children. His parents divorced before he was born and his mother passed away when he was just two years old. Because of this, Owen grew up under the care of his closest aunt. Though facing many hardships, Owen always continued to work hard to move forward in his education. He completed standard 8 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, a very good score which made him eligible to attend one of Malawi’s universities. Determined to continue his higher education, he applied 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. 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. D2D supported his fees as he reenrolled at the University of Livingstonia. He received his Bachelor’s Degree in Development Studies and has joined the D2D staff working as the Residential Youth Manager. 

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