In Summary
  • I was born in a large family to a father who struggled to educate us. He never accepted a class position beyond third; anything else meant serious caning. What could be a better motivator beyond poverty and its associated problems?
  • I have had very many stumbling blocks thrown my way and suffered serious resource limitations and betrayals... really nothing that is not common to many. In such cases, I have had to remain focused, with a firm resolve to achieve my goals.

Q: What drives you?

A: I was born in a large family to a father who struggled to educate us.

With no commensurate resources, that was no mean task for him. I learned to work hard and to focus from a young age.

He never accepted a class position beyond third; anything else meant serious caning. What could be a better motivator beyond poverty and its associated problems?

You have been published in peer reviewed journals, what is this one thing you love about writing?

There is an old adage  publish or perish. Writing is proof that I am alive as an academic. As a journal reviewer, I contribute by improving articles before they are published. Research scientists are important for development.

We can use research findings disseminated in journals for development. Developed countries have built strong industrial or techno parks that are now the foundation of their economies. If we emulate them, we can attain Vision 2030 sooner.

Maasai Mara University has entered into an MoU with a Chinese institution to develop herbal medicine. Tell us more

A university is universal in all operations and must work or link up with other institutions around the world.

These links help in training of staff and students, besides exposing both parties to global issues. Yes, we have entered into an MoU with an institution in China, but not for herbal medicine as understood by many.

The MoU is about students and staff exchange, joint research and publications among others. Herbal medicine could be one area of research where the University needs to build capacity. We expect our collaborators around here early next year for some seminars.

What has your journey been like?

I have moved to where I am by the grace of God. I know that He is leading me to greater heights that He alone knows and it will be evident to all.

I have had very many stumbling blocks thrown my way and suffered serious resource limitations and betrayals... really nothing that is not common to many. In such cases, I have had to remain focused, with a firm resolve to achieve my goals.

You have done many studies on nutrition. Why the interest?

Nutrition is core to development. Among world indicators of development are the “under-five” (less than five years old) and maternal mortality rates.  A malnourished woman is most likely to have malnourished offspring, who will not be productive.

It is a spiral effect that must be broken through targeted intervention measures. This means that maternal and child malnutrition hinder development as limited resources are spent on caring for sick people and not on development.

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