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I used campus ‘boom’ to erect a house, get married

By Robert Amalemba | February 5th 2016

I joined the University of Nairobi (UoN)in 1987 for a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics when education was education.

Many of us students were from humble backgrounds and believed that the university will raise our standards of living.

My favourite unit was ‘Mathematics for Economics’ because we had a gifted lecturer who took us through it. My least favourite unit was ‘Macro Economics.’ It was wide like world history and required a lot of cramming which  I found unethical.

My favourite lecturer was Prof Kimunyu. His lessons flowed, were as sweet as honey.   There was no lecturer that I did not like really, otherwise there is no way I could have scored First Class Honours.

Outside class, I played hockey and often went for morning jogs to keep fit.

We had the privilege of government stipend called ‘boom’ which made us feel like kings in campus. I erected a permanent house using my ‘boom’ and it was in that house where I married my wife.

I didn’t spend much time partying because I don’t drink. I read books, hence my high scores. I earned a scholarship for my masters’ for exemplary performance.

Dr Mulu graduated with a BA in Economics in 1990 and earned a Master’s in Economics from UoN and later a Ph.D in Economics from Kenyatta University.

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