Hilary Kiplagat: University of Nairobi First-Class Degree Honoree and Master’s Holder Turns Out to Be a Boda Boda Rider After Failing to Get a Job

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Upon completion of their studies, many Kenyans have always had high hopes that they will acquire well-paying jobs to sustain them in their daily living ways.

But this was not the case for Hilary Kiplagat, who, despite acquiring a First-Class Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from the University of Nairobi and also going ahead to acquire a Master’s Degree in Business Administration, has found himself in the Boda Boda sector

Kiplagat, who rides his motorcycle at Torongo Trading Centre in Eldama Ravine, Baringo County, now earns a living from what wasn’t his desired dream.

“I’m planning to continue running my boda boda business until a good Samaritan comes to my aid,” said Kiplagat, who still has high hopes that one day he will secure a white-collar job.

Kiplagat claims that working as a boda boda rider isn’t easy, as it can be stressful at times.

“Some of my employed friends and alumni at the University of Nairobi keep wondering why I am stuck in this job despite my good academic background,” said Mr. Kiplagat.

Kiplagat, who says he has a huge bill to pay at the end of the day, says he won’t mind taking up a job in his field of study, as his main aim is to pursue a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Procurement.

He says that it has been difficult to convince the community that, despite studying up to the university, he has only turned out to be a boda boda rider.

But he has now become a symbol of hope for many in the boda boda business.

He claims he bought his motorbike for sh 102,000 from his savings and stipend he received while studying for his master’s program.

He says on a good day he earns between sh 500 and sh 700.

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