A Kenyan man based in USA Mwangi Mukami has made headlines after he successfully graduated from the University of California with his 5th degree.
The 36-year-old has equally shocked and inspired many considering that he did not perform quite well in his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams as he only managed to score a D+.
Mukami shared the good news on his Facebook as he narrated his academic journey as he expressed his joy over how life turned out despite being written off by the Kenyan education system.
After completion of his high school education, Mwangi was subject to ridicule and reports indicate that people considered him as a failure.
“20+ years ago, Kenya’s education system wrote me off as a failure because I had a D+. I remember vividly saying to my peers that I wanted to be a policymaker or an attorney. Their response was a burst of collective laughter and sneer. But here I am—five degrees at 36.” he wrote
The chance to study abroad, however, changed his narrative and he has over the years managed to make outstanding progress in his academics.
Following this grand achievement, he expressed his intention in supporting other students who score D+ in KCSE by linking them up with education opportunities abroad.
Currently, Mwangi has already embarked on a program to provide scholarships and relief grants to children in Kawangware, Kibera, and Mathare.
In regard to his success, Mwangi gave credit to his mother who raised him and his six siblings as a single mother.
His wish is to live long enough so that he can support and impact the lives of other Kenyan students who are seen as failures for getting low grades.
“I hope God grants me a long life, success, and wealth to open doors of opportunities for more D+ students. For the misfits, the rejected, and the oppressed,” he stated