Gift Osinya and Satrine Osinya lost their mother in 2014 during a terror attack at the Joy in Jesus International Ministry church in Likoni, Mombasa.
An emotional picture of Gift holding his younger brother soon went viral and captured the attention of many who offered help including ousted Nairobi county chief Mike Sonko who later adopted the two boys.
Seven years on, their foster guardian Sonko, posted a touching appreciation post upon Gift's secondary school completion. "They (Gift and Satrine) have been an immense blessing to our family and it has been a joy watching them grow.
“Today was particularly a great milestone when Master Gift Osinya completed his KCSE," said the flamboyant politician. Gift was a student at Lenana high school.
According to Sonko's family, Gift has shown exemplary interest in the legal field, presumably because of his guardian's run-ins with the law. "He wants to practice law or become a judge.
“This, he has always declared and we will ensure he pursues it to the highest level. All my adopted children are mine legally and I will ensure they get to the highest level of education achievable to them under a fund I have set aside for them.
“None shall lack…Kindly brace yourself to normalise the name justice Gift Osinya. He will sort the judicial mess and legal impunity," vowed Mike Sonko when he exclusively spoke to Standard Entertainment.
Characterised by a quiet persona, Gift has always displayed leadership qualities presumably because he was tasked to look after his sibling after the terrorizing morning with extremists.
According to Sonko, Gift is incredibly talented in social debates which he easily wins during friendly family banter. "He doesn't talk much but is keen to observe and make short conclusive statements which leaves us in stitches," he explains.
Besides Gift and his sibling Satrine, the former county boss has adopted two other children already pursuing higher education. Janet Kaingi, is a graduate from Daystar University and is currently enrolled for a second degree.
"She is an orphan we adopted while in class four and she has been nothing short of brilliant," Sonko reveals. The other, Nelius Wangare, who hails from Dandora, was adopted at the tender age of five and has since graduated from Moi University. "She is currently pursuing a master’s degree. Nothing gives me more joy than seeing these kids, who would be otherwise struggling with education, excelling," Sonko confessed.