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Graduand Spotlight: Fredrick Oloo – Being Self-Driven Rewards

Strathmore student Fredrick Onyango Oloo, graduating with a 1st class honours in this year’s graduation ceremony, was first brought to light after he won a bronze medal in the Kenya national archery competition.

Fredrick was one of the pioneers of the archery sports club at Strathmore, but this achievement did not stop him from focusing on what is termed as key to success.

He owes the great milestone to his siblings who financially supported him and guided him right from first year of university. The last born in a family of nine, will be graduating with a Bachelor of Commerce (BCOM) – Finance major degree.  

The Dean of Students Mr. Paul Ochieng who was also his archery coach, was his best mentor and support, and this tells why his results at the end of four years are exemplary. Studying BCOM not being enough, he is taking an ACCA course which he hopes to do the best through it.

Why Strathmore?

One of my elder brothers had taken an ACCA course from Strathmore. He advised me to follow suit. Needless to say, Strathmore is beamed as one of the best business schools in Kenya, so, I thought why not?


I chose to pursue a course in the financial world.

How did you find your stay in Strathmore?

It was rewarding, both academically and socially. One key lesson I learnt is to be responsible, especially in the academic world.


Being self-driven rewards at the end of the day.


Socially, I loved the aspect of interacting with people from all walks of life; nationally and internationally.

What is the driving force behind studying finance?

The market and its variety prompted my specialty in this area. The Kenyan financial market is still growing. This gives room for newbies to come and venture into the financial world. New products are being launched that need financial consulting, so as to plan a way forward.

Is getting a first class honours a walk in the park?

It will never be, it calls for hard work and determination. In my case, proper organization for my studies stood out. I took group works seriously and was an active participant in them. I also interacted with individuals who I believed would inspire and push me to go further in my academics.

Which extra- curricular activity were you involved in while at School?

I was one of the forerunners of the archery club. My passion started with admiration towards Shehzana Anwar – the girl who will represent Kenya at the 2016 Olympics in Archery. Shehzana would practice at our Strathmore sports every evening and I drew interest for the game by learning what she was doing.


Last year I received two bronze medals and an award for the most promising player during Strathmore’s Sports Gala.

Do you have a role model?

Mr. Paul Ochieng’ who I mentioned was a key individual in helping me succeed.


In the financial sector I would love to emulate Chris Kirubi because of his resilience and hard work in the commercial industry.

What stirred you to work hard?

My siblings, who made sacrifices to pay my school fees. The only way I could reward them is through hard work.

What plans do you have in mind for the future?

I am planning to finish my ACCA course by next year, then probably join the corporate world for experience. The capital market fascinates me and that’s the path I would love to venture into.


I also hope to take up a master’s course later as well as starting a family.



Congratulations Fredrick on your great achievements.