2023 Intake Open University of Kenya
2023 Intake Open University of Kenya

Journey of Hope

Alex Ogwal (center) presenting a poem in sign language in Nairobi to create awareness about uniqueness of sign language. He has been championing the need for sign language spaces where the wider communities come together to have discourse in sign language. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Ogwal: Learn sign language and embrace the hearing impaired

He lost his hearing while aged 13. He defied all odds stacked against him and emerged best student in the O’level exams with 20 aggregates.  Ogwal says discrimination and ableism towards deaf people should be actively...
Conjestina Achieng (right), a former female professional boxer during a training session when while on a rehabilitation facility. Mental-related complications sent her out of the boxing ring. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Taking Action: Take-aways from Mental Health Awareness Month

Schizophrenia is one of the most commonly stigmatized mental health disorders.  Parents should watch for things like emotional reactivity, moodiness, despair, heightened anxiety, and melancholy in their children’s growth.  Barriers to raising awareness of mental illness...
Monicah Njeri at her Dubai Market Shop in Naivasha. She is the Founder and CEO, Ebenezar Curtains and Décor, which designs and supplies high-class curtains. PHOTO/Wanjiru Karangah, Scholar Media Africa.

Njeri’s Resilience: From shopkeeping to owning multi-shop curtain business

She has always envisioned a brighter and bigger future. All along, she has seized every opportunity to diversify her business venture. When the curtains of her shop closed, the doors of becoming a curtains designer and...
An E-poster with details of the mental health awareness conversation. PHOTO/AMWIK.

Destigmatize mental health, advocates send clarion call

Poor mental health can immensely lower productivity in the workplace. Some of the triggers of mental health are tied to workplace stressors. Positive psychology helps us build and align ourselves to positive mindsets, making it easy...
Elsie Nyamao. She managed to scoop a B (Plain), qualifying for direct university entry. However, the school's newly-appointed principal proved sadist, and is alleged to have seized and hid the student's calling letter from Egerton University. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Elsie Nyamao: Principal hid my admission letter, took away my destiny

The antagonism between her and the then-Deputy Principal started in form three. She was among the school's top students academically. Deputy Principal was behind her being suspended severally and punished without reason. She is alleged to have...
Golden Buzzer-winning Ghetto Kids from Uganda perform at Series 16 of Britain's Got Talent performances on April 15, 2023. PHOTO/Courtesy.

Ghetto Kids Golden Buzzer: Changing lives, one dance at a time

They are from a family of thirty orphaned yet inspirational children. The team saw Judge Tonioli hammer the golden buzzer mid-performance. Their life is a journey of total resilience and enthusiasm. In the spiraling Ugandan capital,...

How Dr. Chipato conquered sabotage to join medical school

You might have heard it said, 'What doesn't kill you makes you stronger’, as Friedrich Nietzsche put it. Dr. Mejury Chipato's story, a Zimbabwean Medical Doctor, Microbiologist, Entrepreneur, blooming Businesswoman, and Philanthropist, is the essence...

Who will resolve the mysterious deaths of these schoolgirls?

Two families in the North Rift are worried over mysterious death of their children in school in recent months. The graves of the two students in their parents' compounds remain a constant reminder of the...

Journalist: Living positively with Sickle Cell Disease has seen me this far

Elizabeth Merab, 28, has battled Sickle Cell Disease for 18 years now. She gives us a clearer perspective of what it is to be born with and live with SCD. Merab was born and bred in...