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From Cleaner to Communication Researcher: How I Overcame Challenges to Achieve My Dream

  • In General
  • 16 Jan 2018 - 9:49am
  • By Mark Wamai
  • 61,177
Enter Carolyne (1st left) with Dean Faculty of Agriculture, Chairperson Horticulture Department, and her classmates Image:RUFORUM

At 10am on 18th September 1978, the late Mr. Oywer and his wife Phylgon both Kenyans, welcomed me as their sixth child. I was a unique child. Unlike other members of my family, I was very outgoing. At school I was popular and excelled in academics, hence I was appointed a prefect. I was my father’s pride so much that when I joined upper primary school, I went to stay with him in the town where he was a primary school head teacher...

...In 2004, I got healed of the nose bleeding illness and decided to pursue my life goals once again. For a whole year, I did casual jobs and sold vegetables to take care of my three children until, with the help of my brother, I secured a job as a cleaner at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT). I was earning 150 Kenyan Shillings (about $1.5) per day which was not enough to take care of my family as well as pay for my university education.

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