As I sit to write about this, all that goes through my mind is this song; Count your blessings name them one by one…Count your blessings see what God has done. Indeed He has been God over my life and I can’t thank Him enough for this far. He truly is Ebenezer, My God, My Pillar, My Strong Tower, My Rock and My Salvation.
Oh Yes! It is the graduation morning and here I am writing this. I still can’t believe it is here. I still need a pinch to wake up from this dream and come to reality that truly God has done it for me. We started the journey many of us but few finished the race. It’s not because I am any special or because of the brains but it is all about God.
My two years journey started way back at JKUAT MSA CBD. First day in class and we were told so many requirements and even given the room to quit if we are not able to manage. I went home thinking I will quit. I wasn’t sure if I could publish a paper, if I could manage the many requirements of JKUAT. Here I am now having gone through the system and proud of it. My biggest worry was the mentality of studying with my elders. How was I going to approach them? Will we ever manage to get along? One thing I came to learn is in class we are all equal. Grateful to all my classmates, lecturers, family and friends for the support all through.
If I was to give a speech it would be the following:
To God almighty for enabling me to come this far, Papa asante. Like size 8, pale umenitoa baba ni mbali na pale unanipeleka ni far zaidi. I give you all glory and with thanksgiving in my heart I call you Yahweh.
Special thanks to the following: my first desk mate who made life easier. Patrick I hope you one day get to go back and finish your studies. Grace, you were that special friend who kept updating me about all the progress on Whatsapp. You were patient enough until I got a phone that could access the class updates. May God reward you always for your selfless giving attitude. Rhodah, Sarah, Peninah, Makuu and Fatma you were my second mums. Close enough as my mum and yet friends full of wisdom. I picked several lessons from you all and I am truly grateful. Nassim, Cosy, Mercy, Jacqueline, Ann, Maurine, Irene, Lydiah, Sikalili and Fenella, you were more than sisters. I am grateful for that. When I was down you picked me up. May God reward you abundantly. To my brothers from another mother, Wycliffe, Simon, Sammy, Valentine, Nicholas, Bwire, Victor, Dan, Mike, Ken, Dennis and David may God honour your heart’s desires for being good bros to me. To all my fellow stategists, I am humbled for the opportunity you gave me to serve you as your class representative.
I can’t forget to thank my lecturers who imparted the knowledge and wisdom in the field of strategic management. Dr. Mugambi – you are true inspiration. You made lectures fun and enjoyable. The life lessons I picked from you are truly impactful. May God bless you. Dr. Fridah, a lady full of wisdom. Thank you for sharing some of it. Dr. Datche, you have a special heart. May God bless you. Dr. Lucy, you have walked with me the project journey for a year. I am grateful for the critique because it made me strive hard to achieve the goal. George Mbugua, George Ochieng’, Adet, Abdalla, Boaz, Njoroge and Babu I am grateful for the knowledge you imparted.
To my employers: RBTC, Kuza and Undugu, thank you for understanding and giving me the opportunity to pursue my dreams.
To all my friends and fellow mentors at Undugu Mentorship, I am grateful for the encouragement. Thomas and Samson thank you for always reassuring me that the journey is simple and that I could do it too just like you did it. Thank you for helping me in the proposal journey. For your critique, I am grateful. To all the peer mentors who kept looking up to me and holding me accountable even when I felt like giving up, I am humbled to have inspired you. Phenny, for always understanding me when I vented out about the project, for giving me time to study, I am indeed grateful. You are a special person and I pray that God will reward you abundantly.
My former classmates at KU, you have all held me accountable to achieving this degree. May God open doors for you.
To my family, I can’t thank you all enough. Dad, you are my hero. For the sacrifices you made to see me this far, I lack the words to express my gratitude. May God reward you more. Mum, you have been my pillar of strength. I have ran to you countless times. I am indeed honoured to have you in my life. Meshack, Lucy, Samba and Mary, thank you for the encouragement along the way. A family that prays together stays together indeed. Indeed God has heard and answered our prayers. He deserves all the Glory, Honour and Praise. Imela Jesus.
My mentees: Edlinah, Collins, Rashid, Gibran, Collins, Irene among others, I am indeed indebted to you for holding me accountable in this journey. I met most of you when I had started the project. Through it you have been a source of inspiration and have made the journey easy. When I couldn’t think anymore, when I couldn’t type anymore, when I felt I should take a break and even at the verge of giving up, your words of encouragement kept me. You all have a special place in my heart. As you have started your journey in campus, I pray that God may enable you to achieve more and excel to greater heights.
Grateful to Eunice, Dickson, George, Samba and Phenny. This project has been a success because you stood with me. Even when we made jokes about how far the graduation was, you still believed that it would come. When I lost hope you picked me up. I am truly amazed by your selfless giving to me. Thank you for being true friends to me.
Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Time flies indeed. Just the other day I was mentoring my group at TTUC and here they are today welcoming me to their rooms as their mentor and good friend. I count you twice when counting my blessings as you are first my mentees and second my friends. The respect you accord me and the wishes that you pray for me, I lack words. I pray you grow in wisdom and the fear of God. The eve and morning of this graduation day has been filled with laughter and love from you my dear ones. I have set an example to you and I am confident that you will follow my footsteps. Thank you Edlinah and Collins.
I sat to listen to my aunt Dorah who has been a second mum to me ever since high school. She is happy and proud of me for the achievement so far. One thing that came out strong is that gratitude to God for even the smallest things in life is key. She goes on to say that people will always want to be associated with success. The prayers she says upon my life are indeed Amen.
So many congratulatory messages from all over and I am grateful. For all the presents, may God bless you all and increase you. May your cups overflow.
Glad that God has enabled me to see His goodness in the land of the living. As I was going to town, I saw a car that was written FAVOURED ISAIAH 1:19 (If ye be willing and obedient, ye shall eat the good of the land). I told Edlinah the guy is eating the good of the land. It is my prayer too that I will be willing and obedient to God always so that I may eat the good of the land.
As I pen off, I wish to end with a prayer:
Heavenly Father, Creator of the Universe, You who has good plans for us all, plans that are to give us a future and a hope, I humbly come to You this morning with thanksgiving in my heart for Your goodness, faithfulness and mercies upon my life. I am humbled this morning to call You Father. Lord You have done it for me. You have not put me to shame. You have elevated me this morning. I pray that I may not put You to shame, I pray that I may be obedient to Your call and always hearken unto You. This morning may You be exalted for doing this for me. Guide my steps this day. As I go to graduate, Father let You be given all the praise as it is by Your strength and Your power that this day has come. Thank you for all the answered prayers. Thank you for this journey. Bless each and every one who has been with me throughout this journey. May You meet them at the point of their needs. To all that I inspired through this journey, Lord may You help them to achieve even more. Lord, I dedicate this degree to You, may it be used to give You glory and honour always. May it be all about You Lord. Thank you Jesus for Your love and Your care, thank you for who You are in my life. I bless You Lord, I honour You Father and I love You Daddy. May Your perfect will be done in my life. I pray this believing and trusting in Jesus name. AMEN.