NAIROBI, Kenya, Mar 17 – Educated women stand a better chance in transforming the society, businessman Dr Chris Kirubi has said.
Dr Kirubi who was speaking during a mentorship programme at the Limuru Girls School Thursday, challenged young girls to take their education seriously in order overcome male dominance and contribute to raising up families.
“The education you’re getting here is the only tool without using guns, cooking sticks and pangas that will liberate women from the dominance of men,” Dr Kirubi told hundreds of students gathered at the school hall to listen to his address.
“If you’re educated enough you will be independent, you will get your own job, you will marry a man because you have to marry, you will contribute to the family’s well-being and you will not seat at home waiting to be given money to buy milk or take the child to the hospital,” he added.
The renown entrepreneur and philanthropist who is also director at Centum Investment – East Africa’s leading investment company listed on the Nairobi and Uganda Securities Exchange – challenged young people to take requisite steps in preparation for the country’s leadership adding that they must became better leaders than those they succeed.
“We’re preparing you to take over from all of us and as we hand over the mantle to you, we’d like to know that you’ll run faster in this relay than we did in making a nation a better place,” he challenged the girls who turned up in large numbers for the speech.
Pledging to support the institution realize the best education standards possible, Dr Kirubi undertook to help the school complete four new classrooms whose construction had stalled.
He urged the students to believe in themselves regardless of their family backgrounds saying he too had to raise above life challenges, having lost his parents at a tender age.
“It doesn’t matter where you came from. Whether you live in a shanty. Your future is in your own hands,” he said.
According to Dr Kirubi, the secret to achieving the best in life is having a resilient spirit which propels one to keep thirsting for success despite the numerous hurdles in pursuit of success.
He challenged the students to keep off friends likely to derail them from achieving their dreams and aspirations saying a person is measured for who they are when alone and not the appearance they fake when in the eyes of the public.
“There’re people with split image. They’re are something else in school but you meet them outside school they’re behaving in a manner contrary to what you see when they’re in school.”
Personal branding, Kirubi said is inevitable for anyone who seeks to inspire public confidence which is a key leadership attribute. Young people who wish to became future leaders must therefore keep to their dreams and sell a positive image of themselves for them to became useful members of the society.
Asked why he woke up every day despite numerous achievements and accolades, Kirubi liked himself to a man walking in the desert who has to keep focusing on reaching the next oasis to quench his thirst. He urged young people not to allow present success to deter them from better things that can only be found by those who keep “hallucinating” about a better future ahead.
The chairman of Capital Group wound up his speech by awarding a Form II girl – Habon Ibrahim – school fees for a term after daring to field a question from him.
Present during the speech were members of Limuru Girls School staff led by Board of Management Chairman Dr Kefah Njenga and school Principal Mrs Margaret Khainga.