At only 28, Purity Ngina has become Kenya’s youngest Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) graduate.
Dr Ngina, as she is now known, received her PhD in Biomathematics from Strathmore University late last month.
She hails from the country’s central Nyeri region and achieved the tremendous success despite hailing from low income family and scoring low grades in secondary school.
“It is difficult to convince some of them that I am not a doctor in the medical field,” she told the Daily Nation newspaper, referring to her neighbours.
The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) paid her PhD tuition fee.
— Strathmore SIMS (@Strathmore_SFAE) June 29, 2018
Dr. Ngina is currently a lecturer at Strathmore University and hopes to inspire younger girls to never give up on their education.
According to UNESCO, 16 percent of women in Kenya lack basic literacy skills compared to nine percent of men.