The three winners of the first Unicaf University essay competition in Kenya begin the new year with the precious gift of affordable, high quality higher education. The first Unicaf University essay competition in Kenya inspired hundreds of school leavers, graduates and young professionals under 35 to send essays and compete for scholarships and free tablets. The topic of the competition was “Discuss the role of Higher Education as a tool for career advancement” and the arguments contained in the essays submitted show that young Kenyans consider quality higher education as a great tool to launch a successful career or to advance professionally.
Present at the awards ceremony, held in January at the Unicaf offices in Nairobi, were journalists and editors from Radio Africa and the NTV Media group, as well as the winners of the competition, escorted by family and friends, who came along to witness this proud moment. The three winners of the competition are: Gabriel Ngige Muthoni, 23 years old, an intern with the Lamu County government, who holds a Bachelor of Environmental Conservation & Natural Resources. Gabriel wins a full scholarship to study online for the Master’s degree of his choice and a free tablet! The second prize, an 85% scholarship for an online Master’s degree and a free tablet was won by Everlyne Hoka Omulando, a 29 year old teacher in Nairobi, who has a Bachelor of Education Arts. The third winner, Zablon Mogesi Weibe, 26 years old from Nairobi, was awarded an 80% scholarship to pursue the online Master’s of his choice and a free tablet. Zablon holds a degree in Biomedical Science and Technology and works in the pharmaceutical industry.
Unicaf University, a multi campus higher education institution, with state-of-the-art campuses and learning centres in 12 different countries throughout the continent, is licensed by the Commission for Higher Education of Kenya, accredited by the Higher Education Authority of Zambia (HEA) and registered with the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) in Malawi and the National Council for Higher Education in Zimbabwe.
Unicaf University Master’s programmes available online in Kenya include the MA Education, MA Educational Leadership & Management, MA English Language & Literature, MSc Managerial Psychology, MSc Web Design & Development, MSc Healthcare Management, MBA (with diverse specialisations, like Finance, or Oil & Gas Management), Master’s of Public Administration and Master’s of Law (LLM)
The winners of the Unicaf University essay competition expressed their honour and joy to receive such valuable prizes. Gabriel Ngige Muthoni, the first winner stated: ‘The Unicaf scholarship is a dream come true for me; I had never imagined that I would have the opportunity to pursue my Master’s degree because of financial challenges’. Everlyne Hoka said ‘When I lost my mother in 2018, my hopes for a Master’s became very slim; I thank Unicaf for giving me a new life.’ Zablon Mogesi Weibe commented: ‘There are so many people who do not have enough money to afford a Master’s, but Unicaf is here to help by giving generous scholarships. I thank UNICAF for this wonderful opportunity.’