In Summary
  • Today, John Paul Mwirigi, 23, is the MP for Igembe South and the youngest MP in the 12th Parliament.
  • In a country with so much bad and disheartening news, the story of Mwirigi is one that warms our hearts.
  • The greatest lesson I learnt from this young man is to start working on your dreams now.

A year ago, John Paul Mwirigi was just another 22-year-old university student toying with the idea of joining politics.

Many must have overlooked him and downplayed his ambitions. Perhaps he was told that he was too ambitious and that he was punching above his weight.

Today, John Paul Mwirigi, 23, is the MP for Igembe South and the youngest MP in the 12th Parliament.

Indeed, a man who neither had an impressive campaign war chest nor the clout required to pursue an ambitious political seat is today an MP.

In a country with so much bad and disheartening news, the story of Mwirigi is one that warms our hearts.

SILVER SPOON

Mwirigi is among the most inspirational 23-year-olds in this country. He is a young man who was not born with a silver spoon in his mouth.

He did not come from a rich political family but got to where he is today only because he dared not only to dream but was also determined to achieve his goal.

In a country where the odds have been stacked against young people; where unemployment levels are high, where bribery and favouritism is the easiest way to get a job, I find the story of Mwirigi a breath of fresh air.

I love a good inspirational story. I love a story of triumph over adversity because that is what life is truly about — surmounting great challenges to achieve whatever we want in life.

The story of Mwirigi does not inspire me so much because he rose from obscurity and poverty to national leadership but because he is the new face of hope for the millions of young Kenyans who are worried about their future.

LOOK FOR A JOB

That young university student could have chosen to stay in the village after completing school or perhaps take a matatu to the city to look for a job.

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