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Kenneth Kibichi, The ‘Unfortunate’ Actuarial Science First Class Graduate Riding Bodaboda

Kenneth Kibichi from Aldai, Nandi County best describes his life as misfortune-struck, with hope of seeing light at the end of the tunnel dimming day by day.

The first misfortune struck in 2009 when he was about to join secondary school. His father who the breadwinner succumbed to stroke. His mother also followed a year leaving him a total orphan.

Kenneth Kibichi Academic Excellence

The death of his parents did not shut his dream of shining academically. With Education as the only way to overcome the hardship he was going through, Kibichi did KCSE and scored a A minus.

The good grade landed Kenneth in Karatina University where he enrolled for a bachelor of Science Actuarial Science.

In an earlier interview with Hilary Lisimba, Kibichi narrated how he did menial jobs to cop in the university.

Life was not easy.While in 4th year, I had to do a side hustle of traveling to Sagana to do paintings on Fridays and return on Mondays for classes to raise some money for rent and food,” he said.

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No Job 5 Years After Graduating

After graduating in 2017 with first class, Kibichi hoped that life would be easier.

The 30-year old says reality hit him hard few months after graduation. Unlike what he thought, job market was not willing to easily accept graduates as he thought.

I thought I would easily secure a job to help my siblings but unfortunately, I have been making several applications in vain,” Kibichi lamented.

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Riding Bodaboda for survival

Five years after graduating, the only professional work experience was joining Cohort 1 of the Public Service Commission PSIP Internship in 2019 though the government did not absorb him.

The degree holder has been forced to ride bodaboda for survival. He says lack of job has forced him to take any hustle that come along his way.

When I’m not doing boda boda I look for other hustles. For instance I worked with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission during the last general election as a presiding officer,” he added.

Kenneth Kibichi now hopes to join university for Masters Degree though he says his pockets are empty.

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