If you scored an ‘A’ in the 8-4-4 education system, then had it that you should take up a number of professions.
However, there is a couple of the 8-4-4 products who dared to follow their dreams and pursue their artistic talent despite performing quite well in school.
Today, we highlight some of the local celebrities who topped their class:
- Fena Gitu
Fena, or if you like, Fenamenal, opened up about her academic life back in the days at Precious Blood Riruta. Arguably Kenya’s most sought-after female rapper, she disclosed that she was an ‘A’ student.
Speaking to Betty Kyallo, the sensational singer revealed that she scored A- in K.C.S.E, however, she still regrets not scoring an A.
Just like any other smart kid in school, Fena had aimed at the stars as far as her professional career was concerned- she wanted to become an astronaut. But with time, her passion for music won and she decided to fully venture into the industry.
- Wahu Kagwi
Rosemary Wahu Kagwi definitely did not joke when it came to working hard in class. The 39-year-old mother of two was at University of Nairobi, where she studied for a Bachelor of Science degree and majored in Mathematics.
Even though she has never made her grades public, the former Precious Blood Secondary School, Riruta student must have passed with ‘flying colors’ to gain an admission in that particular field of study. She also holds a master’s degree in communication.
- DJ Crème de la Crème
Surprised? Well, wait for it… George Njuguna aka Dj Crème was index one in primary school, scored an A- in KCSE and graduated with a second-upper division Bachelor of Science degree in computer science from Kabarak University.
He is not only a master of disc joking, crème is a proven case of hard work never goes unpaid. Years back, deejaying was viewed as the easiest way out for those who did not do well in school. Dj Crème has disapproved the stereotypes.
- Kaka Sungura
Kennedy Ombima, yes, we are talking about Kaka Sungura of the Kaka empire! The father of two was among the top KCSE students in 2006. An alumnus of Eastleigh High School, Rabbit scored an A- in the exams. He later joined Kenya College of Accounts where he graduated with a degree in accounts.
Rabbit, however, chose to rap instead of balancing books, a decision that, according to him, disappointed his parents.
- Polycarp Otieno
Well-known as Fancy Fingers, Polycarp is Sauti Sol’s guitarist and producer. According to reports, the lad scored an A in high school and joined Jomo Kenyatta University of Science and Technology.
He graduated from the JKUAT University with a degree in Actuarial Science. He is believed to be the man behind the song, “Soma Kijana,” which encourages young people to venture into education.