How A Typical Ghanaian Scholar Should Look Like

Kevin Naibei’s childhood memories are filled with conflict, having grown in the restive Mount Elgon region in Kenya that experienced land clashes in mid 2000s.

The 23-year-old son of a peasant farmer hoped that education would be a ticket to lift their family out of poverty.

He was among the 20 beneficiaries of the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship Awards for University of Nairobi students on Friday.

He told Xinhua in Nairobi that the scholarships will be a lifeline for his dream to pursue a university education and earn a steady income to support his aging parents and two siblings back in their rural home.

The fourth year student, who is pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, Conflict and Peace studies, has been facing difficulty in paying his school fees.

“I have been missing exams due to lack of fees but now with the Chinese scholarship, I hope to complete my studies next year,” he added.

Naibei said fortunes turned for the better after his lecturer notified him of the Chinese scholarship at the University of Nairobi.

He was awarded the scholarship given his financially disadvantaged background that made paying tuition fees an enormous task.

“The Chinese government has done a good job in assisting poor students and will help to enhance China-Kenya friendship,” he told Xinhua.

The student said he used to depend on university bursaries to pay for fees but the money was not sufficient.

“I never thought I would get a sponsor and so I want to thank the Chinese government for the kind donation,” Naibei said.

Another beneficiary of the Chinese scholarship is Wamaitha Ngumo. The 18-year-old who has two older brothers comes from a single mother household.

“The Chinese Scholarship is the best gift for me to pursue my education dream as I had problems in rising school fees,” Ngumo told Xinhua.

“I used to depend on fundraising from friends and relatives as my mother has no source of income,” she added.

“I am privileged and honored to be a beneficiary. I would like to go to China to pursue further studies,” she said.

Ngumo is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Chemistry and hopes to work in the financial sector. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/



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