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SI spotlight: Sakeena Shakeel Bachoo – Changing the world through advocacy


“For many years I have known I wanted to change the world. But how was I going to do it without being a medic? My purpose is to help bring a different kind of healing to humanity. Activism is one of the platforms I will use to bring change. I am grateful that the Strathmore Institute of Management and Technology offered me an opportunity to study for a Diploma in International Relations. It helped me see other avenues, such as advocacy, through which I could impact society. The possibilities to change the world are endless and the hunger to learn more has led me to remain at Strathmore and pursue a degree in the same area.

My name is Sakeena Shakeel Bachoo. I studied for the diploma while the Covid-19 pandemic ravished our lives. It was not easy but I am glad I never gave up. I am a member of the Strathmore’s Millennium Fellowship, a United Nations Impact initiative. I chose it because it helps me build on what I learn in class. Classwork can get monotonous at times so being part of a club not only allows you to mingle with others from other fields of study but also opens up your worldview.

My family, my pillar

Growing up as the only girl among the boys I have had my fair share of adventure. There were times I gave in and just became a tomboy, and others when I concluded my siblings were on a mission to make my life miserable. But that was when we were all younger. Today, as young adults, our conversations are very diverse and I always look forward to hearing what they have to share from their daily encounters in everyday living. Our parents continue to be a shoulder to lean on for my siblings and me. They desire that we all pursue what we are passionate about for with that we will seek greatness.

Keeping up with the current

I have come to appreciate books more as I have gotten older. My academic path helps to keep me informed on the happenings of the world.  I keep up on the current local & global affairs about challenges facing humanity and their impact on society. To get the correct views of events happening around us, I research because if I am not careful I could be biased by only accepting what one media source says. I have decided to not believe blindly but also “investigate” the truth from as many platforms as possible. With that, I am more informed to make a better judgment.

A life lesson from one of my favorite reads.

The Lord of the Rings trilogy is AMAZING! It never gets old or boring. The set includes The Fellowship of the Ring, The Two Towers, and The Return of the King. They are epic books by English author and scholar J. R. R. Tolkien. What amazes me the most is that these books that were turned into a blockbuster movie were based on his children’s book – The Hobbit – written in 1937. What was once a child’s read becomes an eye magnet many years later. Never despise anything you do, you never know what it may turn out to be years later.”


This article was written by Annete Karanja.


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