This is a quest I take seriously. Especially at this moment after being declared one of two 2016 recipients of the Wangari Maathai Scholarship, established by The Rockefeller Foundation, The Green Belt Movement and Kenya Community Development Foundation (KCDF).
This was my second attempt. I applied as a first year student in 2015 and although I did not qualify, I never gave up — that is my strongest quality. In fact, when I asked Melvin Chibole of KCDF why I won the second time round he told me: “You are doing so much for the environment already. The fact that you never gave up applying again worked to your advantage.”
Wangari Maathai was a big inspiration for many in Tetu. She was my member of parliament when I was a young girl. I read books about her. My mother would tell me that if I wanted to meet Maathai so much I should study hard – like Maathai.
People tell me I have a lot of passion for the environment. This, I believe, could be because I have managed quite a few feats compared to many 20-year-olds at my university. For instance, I am in my second year and already the chairperson of Kenyatta University Environment Club (KUNEC). I have risen from being a first year representative to vice-chairperson, and now the chairperson — within two years. They have been witnesses of the numerous clean-ups I have organised as well as the tree planting activities I have been involved in. That is pretty much how I spend my time. I have also been elected project coordinator at Africa Youth Initiative for Climate Change (AYICC), a pan African forum for young people who love the environment. What Maathai achieved with her life is insurmountable. It however, feels good knowing that I am right on track — following her footsteps and giving back to mother Earth.