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Varsity sponsors “A” student, 14 years after sitting for KCSE

Milly Nafula’s dream of becoming a doctor may become a reality after Mount Kenya University (MKU) offered her a fully-paid scholarship to study Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery commencing September 2022.

Nafula’s plight came to the limelight after she was photographed while donning a red head scarf and an almost ragged dress, while operating a posh mill at her remote village in Trans Nzoia County in Western Kenya.

Ordinarily, this would have passed as the normal lifestyle in the rural set up where women are these days forced to undertake manual jobs, including working in quarries to earn a living and cater for their family needs.

Having scored grade of A minus in her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams 14 years ago, her dream of becoming a doctor were shattered due to lack of fees, forcing her to embark on menial jobs to earn a living.

Her hard work at Manor High School, Kitale between 2004 and 2007, which saw her attain a mean grade of A- of 71 points with the hopes of being posted by Joint Admissions Board (JAB), now Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service (KUCCPS), was however never rewarded.

After clearing her Form Four, Nafula unsuccessfully attempted to reach the university placement board by writing several letters to the government agency.

“I did not get my letter at the time I expected it. I went to the principal to raise the issue and I was told that the school had not received my letter from JAB. I was also advised to go to Nairobi to ask about the matter but because I could not afford the fare, I wrote a letter to the board through the District Officer in Kitale in 2009. He sent the letter but there was no response,” the mother of two explained how she attempted to solve the crisis.

However, Angel luck knocked her doors over the weekend after MKU offered her a fully-paid scholarship to study Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery commencing September 2022.

MKU founder and Chairman Prof. Simon Gicharu traveled to Nafula's home and issued her with the scholarship to actualise her dream of becoming a medical doctor and the university will support tuition, accommodation and book expenses with a full scholarship worth KES. 3.5 million.

She was also bequeathed with a piece of land and a house has been completed for her.

“I was touched when I saw her story on TV. I asked myself, how can we as Kenyans allow her to stay at home for so many years just because she was not admitted to a university? We will give her a scholarship. This will enable her to actualise her dream,’ said Prof Gicharu.

Nafula, promised to work hard and committed to serve the community after graduation, 

“I’m going to work hard and make my sponsor proud. I know I have a huge expectation ahead of me but I'm determined,” she said.


  1. God bless you Prof Gicharu and may you never lack, Congrats Nafula and welcome to the world of medicine

  2. God bless you Prof Gucharu and may you and your generation never lack. Congratulations Nafula,welcome to world of medicine

  3. Proverbs 11:25.
    Endelea kubarikiwa Mr. Gicharu.


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