I am a Civil and Construction Engineering student in the University of Nairobi. I studied in Pangani Girl’s Secondary School 2005 – 2008 and graduated with a mean grade of A. I decided to pursue civil engineering mainly because I was passionate of Mathematics, Physics and Geography. My decision to enter into a male-dominated field was faced with many discouraging remarks from people which I am glad that I did not listen to. My father, an alcoholic, lost his job in 2003. He was abusive and was drunk each and every day. My mother could not live with him any longer especially after he began to threaten to kill her. My parents therefore separated in 2005 when I had just joined high school. My mother was forced to educate and provide for my siblings and I by herself. She is a primary school teacher. Her income is too little to support us so she takes loans to cater for our school buy provigil thailand fees. I have seen her struggle daily to make ends meet. My aim as the first-born is to lift some weight from her shoulders and to see her smile. I will be graduating in 2015, God-willing, and will begin my Masters soon after. I want to be at the fore-front in research to solve the problems that face my country and Eastern Africa at large. For example, I hope to find out a common waste product that can be re-used in construction so as to protect the environment from pollution. I also intend to help and encourage African girls to always believe in themselves and choose STEM related fields.

The WAAW foundation has opened a door for me to achieve my dreams through its Scholarship program. The scholarship award has been supporting my academics and my mother has been able to focus on my other siblings in terms of paying their school fees.

Thank you WAAW Foundation for this great opportunity.

Tolulope Owajoba
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