When the awards day came, I was eager to finally know my fate. As I was leaving home for the ceremony, one of my cousins asked me where I was going to, and I jokingly responded, “You never know, I might come back a lawyer!” At the ceremony, I noticed that almost all participants had brought along their family members because obviously, they were expecting to win. (I had no one accompanying me).
A few minutes before the unveiling ceremony began, I was introduced to a Riara Law School faculty, Ms. Roseline Njogu. Ms. Njogu, who will later become one of my favourite lectures, asked me few basic questions such as where I come from and the situation there. Without giving it any serious thought, I told her, “Well, umh, I come from Isiolo, and you know… it’s a bit dry but other than that, all is well.” I later joined the other participants inside the conference room as I waited for the event to start.
After a brief lecture by the guest of the day, Hon. Abdikadir Mohammed followed the unveiling of winners. Before the Katiba law scholarship winners could be announced, the winners of Mashujaa essay, another category, were called out after which I heard, “Now, the two students I am going to announce are going to have a free ride through law school… And the first winner is Samuel Kyalo!” As Kyalo, went to receive his award, I started to panic because, in my mind, I thought a lady would get the remaining slot. My gender versus merit analysis was interrupted by, “the second winner is Boru Gollo Jattani!” I heard buzzing sound in my head, and my heart was pounding so fast, it was so surreal!
After an eventful four-year ‘free ride,’ on 16th of March 2016, I graduated with Bachelor of Laws Degree (LL. B).
My story is one of grass to grace because a body sat somewhere and founded the Katiba scholarship for needy students like me. I want to thank Riara University for giving me the opportunity to pursue my legal education at one of the best institution in Kenya, Riara Law School. My time at the University has been one of the best time of my life.