Allan Wasonga Udoma from Agoro Sare High School in Homa Bay county emerged the second-best in the country with 87.173 points In KCSE.
But the story of the struggle to access education shared by Wasonga is what has inspired many Kenyans.
Appearing before Citizen TV, Wasonga stated that circumstances at home forced him to read even in the toilet to catch up with the rest of the students.
Wasonga who stays in Kibera in a bedsitter house together with his six other family members stated that at one time his mother found him locked in the toilet reading. He was forced to do this because his family could not enable him to attend all the online classes during the pandemic period.
Wasonga went to an extent of reading even while standing just to catch up with the rest of the students.
“I was unable to attend most of the online classes and that meant I had to do more; I had a lot of sleepless nights, sometimes (at night) I would read while standing just so that I don’t fall asleep,” Wasonga told Trevor Ombija on Citizen TV.
Wasonga was motivated to even push harder and get record great results with the sole purpose in mind to change their life at home. His father is just a manual labourer as well as his mother.
“The need to give my family a better life is one of the things that pushed me to read harder,” he stated.
Wasonga also went ahead to state that prayers from his mother helped him emerge the second-best in the country.
“I really thank my mother for walking with me through this journey, she was very prayerful. You can work very hard but if you do not have God then it’s like you are doing nothing… those prayers made a difference.”
He wants to pursue medicine and surgery. His decision to venture into that field is to help fill the gap that exists between doctors and patients in the country.
“I want to pursue medicine and surgery and then after that I can specialize in neurosurgery. Wherever I do it (medicine and surgery), even if it is abroad, my services will be offered here…” Wasonga said.