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Education Is No Longer A Key To Success In Kenya.

Walter Kiongozi

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Growing up in my rural village many years ago, I remember clearly my primary headteacher telling us every Monday to study so hard so that we can be able to a join good secondary schools which was like a breakthrough of pursuing good courses at the university. An entry to the university was every parent’s prayer as it was a sign of success and to be specific wealth. It was the most precious thing that joining the university could make a headline in the village.

There was value in education with every graduate receiving the respect he or she deserves as appreciation of hard work. What happened to Education as a key to success is a puzzle that everyone is trying to solve. In a country where the primary schools drop outs, KCSE grade ‘D’ graduates, sorry to say are advising and lecturing First class honors graduates on how to cope up, survive and succeed in real world is an indication that things are changing and the norm is no longer normal.

As an engineering student at the University of Nairobi, Kenya’s premier University, I have spent 5 years in class and engineering labs acquiring skills which I believe are relevant in the corporate world and necessary in the job market. Unfortunately, my work is being offered to a diploma or certificate graduate who is not only believed to be affordable but also easy to handle, demote and fire anytime without an explanation.

Any graduate has a prize on his head which employers don’t like. There is no longer respect and honor in education. The degrees and academic papers are only admired by those who do not have them and the majority who have the qualification are a disappointed lot because the papers they are holding are not adding value to their life. In a country where without a ‘god father ‘you will walk around with your degree or masters until social media or a good Samaritan comes to your rescue is a society which does not value education.

Ever asked yourself why a son of an engineer will pursue engineering, a daughter of a lawyer with pursue law and an economist will make sure his child goes in the same field? It is called maintaining the roots and strengthening the plant. What of that poor son or daughter who hails from a rural village somewhere with no god father or no one in the field he or she studied. Will that poor child ever be employed? Is there hope? What happened to the respect of the mighty degrees?

Having a tall relative has not only killed the basic foundation of employment criteria but also weakened the educational systems of the country. That is why it is no longer a surprise to find an engineer working in a hospital as a nurse, a theologian owning an engineering consultant firm and an anthropologist advising people on what they should do with their money. It is not your qualification anymore it is who you know.

What now?

I think it is a high time our lovely teachers stop feeding children at a young age that Education is opens the door to success. It no longer the key to the door; it is a key to the gate of success; more is needed to get to the door of success and who knows maybe that padlock got lost. Having a lot of knowledge in class is not a guarantee of success in life. Passing all your exams and getting a first-class honor is not a surety of securing a job in Kenya. Our children should be advised and nurtured to be smart both in class and outside class. Let a student not got to games with a C.R.E test book pretending to be reading for exam, let a student not go to drama, environmental or journalism clubs with a physics encyclopedia pretending to be the most hardworking person. the society we are living in does not require hardworking and bright people, it needs intelligent and smart people fully of diversity who can discovered what is not taught in school.

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Reuben Kimani Crowned the African Business Personality

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Reuben Kimani CEO, Username Investment Ltd was crowned the 2019 African Business Personality Award at the Voice Achievers Award gala dinner recently held at Louis Leakey Memorial Hall in National Museums of Kenya. Reuben was awarded alongside His Excellency Raila Odinga, Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Prof. PLO Lumumba, Dr. Kizza Besigye, Hon Ababu Namwamba, Arch Bishop Arthur Kitonga among other distinguished leaders. The Deputy President William Ruto was also in attendance where he witnessed the winners receive their awards.

The Voice Achievers Awards was established in the Netherlands by The Voice Magazine and seeks to recognize outstanding men and women who have made positive impact on Africa and its people. The award is held yearly and is on its 10th Anniversary and this was the first edition of the awards in Kenya. The winners ranged from Africans and friends of Africa who in pursuit of their businesses and services to humanity, have distinguished themselves in various fields of human endeavor across the African continent.

I thank God, my family, Username Investments Team, our clients and stakeholders for believing in me. I am humbled by this recognition of our efforts in making property ownership inclusive for everyone regardless of their income. Our desire as Username Investments has always been to provide Kenyans living locally and abroad with a place they can call home at affordable prices. We have been in the industry for over 6 years and I am proud that we have impacted thousands of clients across the formal and informal sectors and especially the youth”, Reuben Kimani said as he received his trophy.

Reuben Kimani was accompanied by Username staff members who cheered him for his outstanding leadership.

The proportion of Kenyan youth to the population stands at 20.3%, the highest in Africa and among the highest globally according to the US-based Population Reference Bureau. This population has been faced with unemployment and I am glad that Username Investments has created employment to over 50 directly and 500 indirectly employed in our three offices; two in Nairobi and one in Nakuru”, Reuben continued.

Reuben Kimani, CEO, Username Investment Ltd. receiving his award as The 2019 African Business Personality at the 2019 Voice Achievers Award Ceremony

As the co-founder and CEO of Username Investments, Reuben believes in being impactful in the society by focusing on ideas and work that radically transform people’s lives. His mantra is to get important things done and done fast. Housing being a basic necessity of every human being alongside food and water, he has led the Company to make properties deliberately affordable with prices as low Ksh 199,000 which are also value-added with a perimeter fence, estate gate, graded access roads, water and electricity making them ready for immediate development. This has made great contribution in the Affordable Housing Agenda, one of the 4 key pillars of the government development agenda that aims at providing affordable homes to Kenyans who have been experiencing prolonged renting periods especially in the urban areas.

To all young people in Africa, take action and do something. Talent, knowledge and big talk is useless without action”, Reuben concluded by encouraging young people to do something that will have an impact in their lives.

Username Investment Limited Team together with the CEO, Reuben Kimani, after he won The 2019 African Business Personality Award at the Voice Achievers Awards

Through his leadership, the Company has accomplished over 37 projects, issued over 6,000 title deeds to clients living both in Kenya and the diaspora. His efforts have seen the Company bag accolades across the industry for outstanding performance including; Top 100 Midsized Company Award, Real Estate SME of the Year, Best Land and Investment Company among others. As an individual he has bagged Diversity and Inclusion Business Executive Champion Award, Entrepreneur of the Year by Kenya Professional Realtors Association (KPRA) and JKUAT Alumni Achievement Award for his achievements post-graduation.

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George Wachiuri-The ten ‘P’s of success

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For a young graduate to make it in the job market, he must have a set of qualities that set him apart from the rest, in this video George Wachiuri shares with you the ten’P’s that will make you soar like an eagle and achieve greatness and create a difference.

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35 Famous People Who Were Painfully Rejected Before Making It Big

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As an entrepreneur, your entrepreneurial life will be faced with many rejections, which sometimes happens on an everyday basis. You can be rejected from your customers, employees, partners, friends, family… They are your reality and you can’t escape them.

While you need to learn how to deal with it and move on, it is not as easy as it sounds. Some people cope with rejection really well. They just brush it off, and learn from it. Others give up, or let the fear of further rejection hold them back. Let’s look at how you can be that first kind of person. If you’re facing rejection, you’re not alone. below is a list of 35 people who faced rejection and still made it big. (list first appeared on thought catalog)

1. Walt Disney
Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star in 1919 because, his editor said, he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.”

2. JK Rowling
She got fired when working at the London office of Amnesty International because she would write stories on her work computer all day long.

3. Michael Bloomberg
Bloomberg was let go when he was working as a partner at Salomon Brothers, an investment bank. Specifically, it was after the company was bought out by the company that eventually became Citigroup in 1998. His severance check is what he used to jumpstart his career, which has now led him to become the 18th richest person

4. Anna Wintour
While a junior fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar, Wintour did lots of shoots, but apparently Tony Mazalla thought they were too edgy, and so she got fired after 9 months. After which she became fashion editor at Viva.

5. Madonna
She dropped out of college, moved to new york, and took a job at Dunkin’ Donuts in Times Square, where she apparently didn’t last a day. What sealed the deal was when she squirted jelly filling all over a customer

6. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey was an evening news reporter and apparently got fired because she couldn’t sever her emotions from her stories. Eventually she was fired from the producer of Baltimore’s WJZ-TV.

7. Jerry Seinfeld
He was fired after a poor performance on his very minor role on the sitcom Benson. Apparently no one told him he had been fired and he only found out about it when he showed up for a read-through and discovered his part was missing from the script.

8. Truman Capote
He dropped out of high school to take a job as a copy boy for the New Yorker. He was eventually fired by the New Yorker, not because he was a bad employee, but because two years after being hired he went to go see Robert Frost read and, deeply sick, Capote left in the middle of the performance. Apparently Frost was deeply insulted and, knowing where Capote worked, demanded that he be fired. Which he was.

9. Howard Stern
He was fired by NBC when he was working as a DJ on WNBC. Then he found XM and the rest is history.

10. Elvis

After a performance at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry, Elvis was told by the concert hall manager that he was better off returning to Memphis and driving trucks (his former career).

11. Thomas Edison

He worked at Western Union where he used to secretly conduct experiments. Then, one night in 1867, he spilled some acid and it ate through the entire floor. He was fired and subsequently decided to just pursue inventing full time.

12. Kerry Washington
Before making it on Scandal, she had done two pilots. The shows of those pilots got picked up, but unfortunately Kerry was replaced in both shows by a different actress.

13. Steve Jobs
Jobs was fired from his own company.

14. Lady Gaga
When she was finally signed onto a major record label, Gaga was dropped and only after three months of being signed.

15. Wilco
When Wilco released Yankee Hotel Foxtrot in 2001, an album that wasn’t quite in line with their previous music, their label Reprise Records refused to release the album and dropped Wilco from its roster. Wilco ended up streaming the album on their website for free and it was eventually given a commercial release in 2002.

16. Bill Gates

When he dropped out of Harvard he started a business with Paul Allen called Traf-O-Data, which flopped. Luckily, they tried their hand at business again and this time Microsoft was born.

17. Albert Einstein
He didn’t speak until he was four and didn’t read until he was seven. He was subsequently expelled from school and was not admitted to the Zurich Polytechnic School. Long story short, he came around.

18. Charles Darwin
Darwin was not hell-bent on becoming a scientist his whole life, thanks to his dad, who called him lazy and too dreamy. Darwin once wrote, “I was considered by all my masters and my father, a very ordinary boy, rather below the common standard of intellect.”

19. Isaac Newton
Sure Newton was a wiz at math, but he did not excel when it came to other subjects. He never thrived in school and when he was once put in charge of running the family farm, he failed terribly. That was when he was sent off to Cambridge and the rest is history.

20. Socrates
He was a visionary but at the time he was living, his innovative ideas labeled him an “immoral corrupter of youth” and lead him to his death sentence. Despite this, he persevered until the moment he was forced to poison himself.

21. Abraham Lincoln
When Lincoln was young and entered war, he entered as a Captain but came back as a much lower Private. Later on, he tried to start up a ton of businesses, all of which failed, and before becoming president, he lost several runs for public office

22. Lucille Ball
Before her iconic show I Love Lucy, Lucille Ball was considered a failed actress, a B-list actress. So much so that her drama instructors urged her to try another profession.

23. Marilyn Monroe
When she was trying to start her career, modeling agencies told her she should consider becoming a secretary.

24. Vincent van Gogh
It’s hard to believe, but during his lifetime Van Gogh received hardly any acclaim for his work. While alive, he only sold one of his paintings, and that was to a friend for a very small amount of money. Despite this, he continued working throughout his life, never seeing success himself, though his paintings now are worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

25. Emily Dickinson
Though loved now, Dickinson was not so during her waking hours. In fact, while alive, less than a dozen of her poems were published out of about 1800 complete works.

26. Steven Spielberg
Ironically, Spielberg was rejected from the University of Southern California School of Theater, Film and Television three times. He was eventually accepted by another school, a school which he dropped out of to pursue directing. In 2002, Spielberg finally completed his BA.

27. Stephen King
King’s most renowned and first book, Carrie, was rejected thirty times. King decided to toss the book, which his wife then went through the trash to rescue and convinced him to re-submit it.

28. Claude Monet
While alive, Monet’s work was mocked and rejected by the artistic elite, the Paris Salon.

29. Michael Jordan
He was cut from his high school basketball team. He once said, “I have missed over 9,000 shots in my career. I have lost almost 300 games. On 26 occasions I have been entrusted to take the gam winning shot, and I have missed. I have failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.”

30. Babe Ruth
His home run record is 714 during his career. But he still had a total of 1330 strikeouts. At one point, he held the record for strikeouts. He once said, “Every strike brings me closer to the next home run.”

31. Don Imus
The talk show host on MSNBC was fired in 2007 because he referred to Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy-headed hos.”

32. Stephen Glass
He was fired in 1998 from associate editor of The New Republic because he fabricated all or parts of twenty-seven reported pieces

33. Robert Redford
He was fired from his job as Unskilled worker for Standard Oil in 1954 because he was found asleep in an oil tank he was supposed to clean.

34. Rudyard Kipling
He was fired as his role as contributor to the San Francisco Examiner in 1889 because he was told by an editor, “I’m sorry Mr. Kipling, but you just don’t know how to use the English language.”

35. Henry Hudson
In 1611, he was fired from his role as Commander of the Discovery while exploring the New World because he was suspected of favoritism and food hoarding. Apparently the crew members rebelled, setting him, his son and others off in a skiff in what is now the Hudson Bay. TC mark

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