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Graduate spotlight: Top Bachelor of Informatics and Computer Science Student Joseph Kahenya

Graduating with a first-class honours, Joseph Kahenya, an alumnus of Nyeri High School is not new to attaining top grades­, having attained an A- mean grade in his KCSE.

For his Community Based Attachment (CBA), Joseph Kahenya spent 200 hours at the Limuru Children’s Center near his home. While at the center, he helped in chores such as cleaning, cooking and interacting with the children among other errands. And when the time came to write the proposal for his final year Bachelor of Informatics and Computer Science (BSc. ICS) research project, he chose to continue giving back to the center.

“While I was on my CBA, I realised that the center had a challenge in getting donations. Therefore I decided to create a website and a block chain system that would help facilitate donations. I would regard the research project as my greatest achievement because it opened my eyes to a wide range of new things such as software development and block chain,” he remarked. Joseph interned at Sulis East Africa, a company that deals in water billing systems, as a developer and he is working at the Strathmore Business School as a data analyst.

Graduating with a first-class honours, Joseph, an alumnus of Nyeri High School is not new to attaining top grades­, having attained an A- mean grade in his KCSE. The first born in a family of two children first wanted to join Strathmore to study CPA. For a while, he was torn between following his passion and doing something that would position him well in the job market. He later chose to pursue the Certificate in Computer Applications (CCA) and thereafter the BSc. ICS.

Strathmore prestige

Joseph was attracted to the University because of the prestige that it had.  “I was very eager to join Strathmore when I observed the culture that it had; I was attracted to the uniqueness portrayed by the students in regards to behaviour and general demeanour,” he said. “I was also impressed by how organized people and processes were in Strathmore,” he added.

He attests his hardworking spree to motivation that came from the effort he saw his cousin put towards academics. “My cousin inspires me a lot because he challenges me to always be on the move,” he said.

Time management skills

During his four year stay in Strathmore, Joseph was exposed to an eye opening and learning experience. He said studying at Strathmore has proven to be a good breeding ground for his career path. “Transitioning to the corporate world is easier because Strathmore exposes one to greater opportunities.”

Studying at Strathmore has also taught Joseph the need of time management. “With the rigorous program that we had during our program, one had to always schedule his/her time properly or else one would be lagging behind.” Besides being prepared always, he learnt to be a great team player; he learnt how to relate and work well with others.

He attributes his success to having a clear goal in mind, working smart and consistently. Joseph also looks forward to get into the job market and gain some experience before pursuing his Masters’ degree. He enjoys watching movies during his spare time.


The article was written by Odhiambo Obonyo

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