#PulseCares: 5 successful Kenyans who never went to college

Professional skills are more practical than theoretical skills and are just as important. Pulse embarks on a technical education awareness campaign that has been undermined for many years.

There has also been a devaluation of manual skills such as cooking, sewing, wood carving, soap carving, which should not be.

The following list showcases Kenyans who have dared to venture into vocational skills and are shining examples that technical skills are just as important as theoretical training.

Karuga, who quit his computer science degree halfway through, is now a successful farmer who runs three farms where he raises thousands of native chickens, quails, guinea fowl and dairy goats and grows butternuts, strawberries, sweet potatoes and sunflowers.

He had interviewed a mole catcher who said he earned 90,000 shillings which was more than Karuga’s salary.

After being made redundant in 2013, he received 1.3 million shillings in benefits which he used to expand his farming business.

Moha Graffix has cemented his position as the king of graffiti and his canvas is spread across the city in vehicles that operate various routes.

Despite a raw passion for art, Moha had to improve his skills after his first attempt at decorating a matatu failed.

In addition to making drawings, the businessman also had to learn how to paint cars to gain more knowledge and control over the quality of production.

Your talent is your strength. Always work to perfect your skills and the money will come. You see those young men from the city who learned to work the nails of women? They are not ashamed of what they do. I work with my hands and have a sharp mind“, he said in a recent interview.

Wilberforce Wendo is no ordinary mechanic. While Wendo still deals with car repairs, such as engine repairs or body repairs, he says the best use of his time is when clients commission him to restore vehicles that would otherwise have been abandoned as unusable.

For vehicle owners and those buying new wheels, Wendo is a godsend from Tony Stark who turns into Iron Man as Roysambu Garage.

One of his best projects in town is a Toyota Crown that had been involved in an accident and completely written off by its insurance company.

Stephen Odhiambo and Dennis Otieno

Stephen and Otieno are carpenters based in Nairobi and run a successful business using their professional skills to make furniture.

Their breakthrough came in 2020 when they landed their biggest client at the time, Vice President William Ruto, who bought furniture worth 150,000 shillings.

Carpentry is a lucrative skill to master and if perfected can fetch up to Sh100,000 per day.

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