In Summary
  • He wrote a thesis on supply management practices and performance of Kenyan public universities.  

  • Interestingly, many of Mr Kiplagat’s clients at Torongo trading centre admire his resilience and hard work.

Mr Hilary Kiplagat is not your ordinary boda boda rider. 

As he rides his motorcycle at the dusty Torongo trading centre, in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County, he elicits both hope and despair among jobless youths. 

The 32-year-old is a Master’s degree holder. He also has a First Class Bachelor of Commerce degree in procurement and supplies management from the University of Nairobi.

AWARDED SCHOLARSHIP

Not many pay much attention to the youthful rider who was awarded a scholarship for Master of Business Administration degree in procurement and supplies management by the University of Nairobi. 

He wrote a thesis on supply management practices and performance of Kenyan public universities.  

Mr Kiplagat, who now ekes a living from what was not his dream career, has demonstrated mastery to ride a motorcycle and has not lost hope for a brighter future.

“I’m planning to continue running my boda boda business until a good Samaritan comes to my aid,” said Mr Kiplagat.

He says although he has high hopes of a white collar job, he is not quitting the boda boda business.

STRESSFUL

“I believe God works in mysterious ways and He will one day determine the right path I will take,” he told Nation at his Nerkwo village on September 21, 2019.

“Working as a boda boda rider is not easy, it can be stressful at times. I am often ridiculed on social media forums whenever the issue of unemployment comes up,” he says.  

“Some of my employed friends and alumni at the University of Nairobi keep on wondering why I am stuck in this job despite my good academic background,” said Mr Kiplagat.

He says his friends’ concerns are genuine and irritating at the same time.

HIGHER QUALIFICATIONS

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