Kenyans react to Citizen TV story on first class graduate who ended up on streets

The story of Kevin Ochieng’ Obede, a top academic performer who ended up living on the streets, has sparked a hot discussion among Kenyans online.

Kevin scored straight A’s at Maranda High School before proceeding to the University of Nairobi where he did Actuarial Science and graduated with First Class honors.

But the 24-year-old, according to the feature story aired on Citizen TV on Sunday, ended up homeless and living in the streets of Nairobi for slightly over a year.

He is presently being hosted by his friend – Christopher Oloo, who rescued him from the streets – inside a tiny house in Kosovo, Mathare.

The boy’s fortunes have, since the feature aired, however changed as several corporate and private entities have reached out to him with enticing job offers.

This has brought up the conversation of unemployment in the country which has elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans on Twitter (KOT).

According to a large section of KOT, Kevin’s story is a mere reflection of what Kenyan graduates go through after passing through the system.

Many questioned who will come to the aid of the millions of other unemployed yet qualified graduates whose stories are not lucky enough to get the media’s attention.

Others however argued that graduates should never fully depend on employment after school and should instead develop an open entrepreneurial mind.

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