Friends laughed at me, calling me a 'failed graduate'- MKU Chairman recalls selling milk in Thika

By Fay Ngina | Wednesday, May 1st 2019 at 10:43
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Mount Kenya University Chairman Simon Gicharu over the weekend inspired so many Kenyans by narrated the troubles he went through before getting to where he is.

Gicharu narrated his story to show people that they should believe in themselves by not giving up in what they do.

In a tweet, the MKU chairman touched the hearts of many social media users after he narrated how he started selling milk to provide for his family after he was fired by the Teacher Service Commission (TSC) in 1995.

The MKU Chairman went ahead and said that most of his friends made fun of him and branded him a ‘failed graduate’ but Gicharu says that did not put him down.

“When I was fired by TSC in 1995, I started hawking milk in Thika to support my family. I did my rounds in an old Chevy pickup, such as this one. Friends laughed at me, calling me a 'failed graduate'. But this didn't shake me. Self-belief is the key to success,” post Gicharu.

Gicharu later went on and founded one of the largest Private universities in Kenya, MKU, with over 52,000 students as of September 2015.

In 2005, MKU became the 1st private university in Kenya to be allowed to train Pharmaceutical Technologists by the Pharmacy and Poisons Board of the Ministry of Health.

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