In Summary
  • Besides Mr Maina who invited me to preside over the graduation ceremony for his 2017 KCPE candidates, the principal of St Theresa Girls also called me, asking me what she could do to ensure that the last day for her Form 4  students was memorable.
  • But since this event is coming after KCSE exams, I decided to concentrate on Sharp Shooters’ graduation.
  • I met Mr Maina, the owner and director, on Monday, after the KCPE rehearsals, and we started planning for the great day.

I am sure you still remember Busy Bee Academy’s 2017 Graduation ceremony that happened just about over a week ago.

It is still the talk of the village, with everyone praising the pivotal role I played in making the event the great success that it was.

Had I not been the presiding Chief Guest of Honour, no one needs a calculator to know that the event would never have been known outside the school.

But thanks to me, the people of Mwisho wa Lami and beyond now know how a proper, modern graduation looks like.

No wonder many institutions started looking for me to preside over their graduation ceremonies – even those that had never had such.

Besides Mr Maina who invited me to preside over the graduation ceremony for his 2017 KCPE candidates, the principal of St Theresa Girls also called me, asking me what she could do to ensure that the last day for her Form 4  students was memorable. But since this event is coming after KCSE exams, I decided to concentrate on Sharp Shooters’ graduation.

I met Mr Maina, the owner and director, on Monday, after the KCPE rehearsals, and we started planning for the great day.

A week before the event, Mr Maina had asked each parent to pay Sh1,400 for the graduation. This was good money considering he had 54 students in Class Eight, and unlike Mwisho wa Lami’s very poor and unwilling to pay parents, the students of Sharp Shooter are from the who is who in town and although their parents may have some problems in their lives, money is not one of them.

That evening, we agreed on the programme, which was more detailed and colourful than Tito’s.

You see, Tito’s low-budget event made me cut down on some things, like inviting entertainers, a powerful PA system, colourful tents and even awards. But with the funds that were at Mr Maina’s disposal, we had an opportunity to do a lot.

CALLED MY SISTER

I called my sister Caro and told her that I would be presiding over the graduation ceremony of Sharp Shooters Academy. She did not disappoint.

The next day, word that I would be presiding over another graduation had spread far and beyond, with many promising to attend. From what I gathered, it was going to be a mammoth crowd.

By Tuesday evening, I had already written my speech, and another for Maina and the original citations to be used. I planned to see Mr Maina so that we could discuss the speech and citations.

But on my way to see him, some disturbing information reached me from reliable source intimate to the source.

This information made me uncomfortable with the ceremony all together. It was about some people that had been invited for the graduation. One of them was Apostle Overseer Elkana.

I did not tell you but in the last graduation, Elkana had taken a lot of money, eating into what I could have received.

My fear was that having attended the graduation, he was likely to steal my ideas and present them to Mr Maina as his own. This could really affect my pay.

Secondly, I was reliably informed that Mr Maina had also invited Bensouda, the female headmaster of our school. No, it was not possible for both of us to attend the event, especially if I wanted to remain the Chief Guest of Honour.

If we both attended, chances are that she would be made the guest of honour, yet I was more academically qualified. I was not going to hand over the job to her, having worked so hard.

Thirdly, Mr Maina was not coming clean on how much I would be paid. He had just said he would not forget me, without mentioning amount.

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