Student Spotlight; William Kadima I Experience Transformation at Strathmore
Hit by the harsh realities of the joint admission board of Kenyan universities cut off points in 2011, William Kadima now a 4th year Bachelor of Commerce – marketing option student (School of Management and Commerce) at Strathmore University, has defied all odds to achieve his dream; acquiring university education.
After high school William was unable to join university because he had missed the Joint admission boards (JAB) cut off points of Kenyan Universities by just one point. He had a grade B of 62 points in the KCSE National examinations.
His fate would then be to stay at home and herd cattle for four years while waiting for his immediate brother to finish university, as the parents could not afford having both of them in university.
While waiting to start school, he decided to join a football club in Kakamega – Kakamega football club, in 2012. He fully dedicated his energy to football, saving what he earned for his future. My teammates would ask me why I was saving, I would tell them that I see something more in myself beyond football, says William.
After playing one season with the club, Strathmore football team came to Kakamega for the inter-university trials. His blessing would just be around the corner, I was introduced to the Strathmore coach, who called me for trials in January 2013 at Strathmore University. I played for three months with the Strathmore team after which I was awarded a full sports scholarship to the university. I started studying in June of the same year. To be on scholarship, I am expected to maintain an average score of grade B and above to remain on full scholarship.
To William football is not all about kicking the ball, it has taught him valuable lessons such as, how to be a good team player and being disciplined.
Besides football and school, William has interests in fashion; he is a part-time commercial model. He also has a passion for poetry and loves making a difference in someones life which is his greatest joy. He has been actively involved in the Strathmore Community Service Center through the Community Outreach Programme (COP) where he actively participates in prison visits.
Kadima in action for the Strathmore University football team
With the confidence that has been well nurtured at the university, and the education acquired, William wants to make a difference in the world of sports through being a sports marketer. I want to be a sports marketer, to help gifted sportsmen and women with their talents; show them how they can cover a niche out of life through sports, says William.
I have experienced transformation in Strathmore; I have gained confidence to communicate my opinions. There are certain things that have been instilled in me by the culture at Strathmore; I dont think I would be the same person if I remained in Kakamega. I have gained skills in problem solving and maintaining an honest life through ethics. I am grateful to Strathmore for mentoring me into the person I am today. concluded William.