BORN TO WIN
BORN TO WIN is a story about how I grew up in a rural village in Kisii County. This book is a story about how I faced rejection as an adopted son; how I passed with flying colors in primary school but failed to join my favorite high school because of my parents’ poverty. BORN TO WIN is a story about how much I desired to gain an education, and how I held on in the face of remarkable obstacles till I scored an A at Kerongorori SDA Secondary School (the next person in the class scored a C). BORN TO WIN is a story about how I joined Moi University to study medicine and graduated as a doctor, and how I received training in Norway, France, Sweden, Austria, Scotland among other countries. BORN TO WIN is a story about how I went from Sengera village to Harvard University (where I am now a Research Scholar) and all the other amazing places I have been able to go. However, BORN TO WIN is not just about me. It's about the possibilities of your story too. It’s about the power of faith and persistence. It’s about the power of vision to shape a story of triumph, no matter what obstacles HARD WORK. Without faith, vision and goals, I would never have been able to pull through the obstacles I faced. At Kerongorori SDA Secondary School, I walked to and from school every day, over 7 kilometers. In the rugged and rainy terrain of Kisii Highlands, it rained on me day after day, but I held on through four difficult years. During the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE), it was difficult to get to school on time on all days of exams. On the day I sat the Chemistry Paper 1, I was rained on. On that day, I woke up, had breakfast and started trudging my way to school. Only a few hundred meters from my home, it started raining. Pouring. Because it was already past 7 am, I had no time to shelter. I had to keep going no matter what. I removed my sweater and concealed it inside a polythene paper bag. For the next hour, I walked in the rain, spluttering the mud and brushing through the bushy footpaths downhill and uphill till I got to school. It took me over an hour to make the journey. By the time I arrived at Kerongorori SDA Secondary School, every tiny inch of my body was rainsoaked, and every fiber of my body cold. By then, the Chemistry exam had been going on for over twenty minutes. I removed the wet shirt and wore the sweater I had concealed in the polythene paper bag. Still wearing the soggy trouser and muddy shoes, I entered the exam room and settled down eager to start the examination. However, my body was trembling so intensely, and it was impossible to steady my hands enough even to write my name and index number. The headteacher took me into the school kitchen to warm my hands and gave me a dry pair of sports shoes. By the time I settled in class to take the exam, it was at least 30 minutes since everyone else had started writing the Chemistry paper. Nevertheless, I still managed to score an A in the subject. Not because I was a genius or very gifted, but because the fire within me was unquenchable. Not even the rain could have snuffed out the fire within me. These excerpts are just a taste of what the BORN TO WIN contains. Story after story about my life in the face of insurmountable odds. I didn't write this book to brag, but to celebrate, and to reflect. I wrote BORN TO WIN as a memento of days past, and a promise of days to come; that the lessons I have learned and the obstacles I have conquered are merely a testament to what is possible. I wrote BORN TO WIN to encourage you that your path might have detours, but as long as you are moving and learning, the journey is worth it. I wrote BORN TO WIN to remind you that your life journey is unique, and your path incomparable to any other. I wrote to remind you that it’s only you who knows YOUR inner journey, it’s only I who knows MY inner journey.