37-year-old graduate rides boda boda to fund his PhD in Finance but all is not rosy

Chridas Moseti Mokaya. [Photo courtesy]

For the love of education, Chridas Moseti Mokaya has had to work one of the most vibrant but unpopular transport sectors to fund his doctorate at the University of Nairobi.

The 37-year-old is a boda boda rider in the outskirts of Nairobi. Every day when he wakes up and leaves for work, all he can think of is his Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) in Finance but this is no easy at all.

From his earnings, he funds his studies while supporting his siblings and family which is an insurmountable challenge he loses sleep over and over again.

Mokaya says it is hard for him and he wouldn’t mind a better paying job or a scholarship to make life more manageable for him.

He earns between Sh500 to Sh1,000 daily from his riding business in Ngong town where he has lived for the last eight years. He has to part with Sh998, to fund his PhD which enlists annual cover registration, research tuition and research.

“I need a job that can enable me to pay for my studies and survive. It’s not easy depending on a motorbike to pay my school fees, take care of myself and my siblings. Alternatively, a scholarship or any form of education grant, will do. It’s very important for me that I complete my studies, improve my living standards and give back to the community,” he told Business Daily. 

Mokaya has a master’s degree; double major in financial and strategic management from the Catholic University of East Africa (CUEA). He registered for his doctorate at the University of Nairobi last year.

He further has to other degrees in theology and philosophy from St Mathias Mulumba senior seminary, Kapsabet and St Augustine’s senior seminary, Bungoma awarded through Pontifical Urbaniana University.

He served as a priest before leaving and purchasing a motorbike which has been his income earner.

With all his wisdom, the man from Narok County says his push to further his education is inspired by better days ahead, appealing for support from well-wishers.

 “We all go to school to get a better living, take care of our families, and by extension, the community around us. I need that boost – job or sponsorship to complete my studies,” Mokaya said.