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ELECTION 2022

Twin sisters Natalia and Natasha Obuchi take up their slots at Lugulu Girls'

EDUCATION
By Lynn Kolongei | May 5th 2022 | 2 min read

From left: Natasha Barongo Obuchi, scored 376, Professor Samuel Obuchi (father) and Naftalia Bwari Obuchi also scored 385 points. Both are joining Lugulu Girls High School in Bungoma County on May 4. 2022. [Peter Ochieng, Standard]

It was a moment of joy for 14-year-old twins after their dream to join the same secondary school was fulfilled.

Natalia Obuchi and Natasha Obuchi, who were pupils at the Eldoret Premier School in Uasin Gishu, have been admitted to the Lugulu Girls' School in Bungoma.

“We have been inseparable since birth and all we wanted was to be able to join the same school, study together and grow together since we understand better when we are together,” said Natalia.

Natalia and Natasha scored 385 and 376 respectively.

The twins also look forward to pursuing the same career after they complete their high school education.

“We have interest in the medical field,” said Natasha.

Their father Prof Samuel Obuchi, a senior lecturer at the Moi University, said he had talked to them to accept any eventuality in the Form One admissions.

“I knew that the girls had chosen the same schools, but we had prepared them to accept any fate in case they would receive admissions to different schools,” he said.

Prof Obuchi termed the children "miracle babies" who had been nicknamed Chepkura, Kalenjin name meaning born during an election period.

“My daughters were born during the 2007/08 post-election skirmishes and being residents of Eldoret town, they were named Chepkura. They are our miracle babies as well because their mother had been sickly during pregnancy and doctors had warned that it would not be possible to carry them to full term,” recounted the father.

Prof Obuchi added that his daughters have had the same similarities even in their behaviour and experiences adding that at their young age they would even fall asleep at the same time.

“When one is sick, we take both of them to hospital because they have had a share of sympathetic sickness. You have to treat them the same always and the good thing is that they have learned to share everything by themselves,” added Prof Obuchi.

He recounted an instance when the two joined boarding school and later requested their school principal to allow them to have their beds next to each other.

He further added that his daughters were amicable, friendly, honest and easy to get along with.

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