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I used to study using light from my father’s cigarette – Kenyan politician

A Kenyan politician has reportedly claimed that he used to read with the light from the cigarette his father smoked.

Citizen TV Kenya reports that the statement was made by Deputy President, Rigathi Gachagua while trying to share his success story.

He was quoted as saying that he now has a doctrage degree despite his struggle his family endured while he was growing up.

According to local media, Gachagua made the disclosure while addressing a cross section of supporters over the weekend.

“I remember when I was young I used to study using light from my father’s cigarette and I am now a doctor,” he was quoted as saying.

In other news, a brilliant South African student identified Aphiwe Hlatshwayo, has turned down an offer to study in the United States on scholarship.

The girl bagged six distinctions in her matric exams at Reddford House The Hills in Pretoria, and was offered an opportunity to further her studies in USA but she chose a South African higher Institution.

Aphiwe, who is also the head girl at her school, instead, opted to study medicine at the University of Cape Town in South Africa.

According to the best graduating student, when she saw that her first and second-term marks had dropped after dedicating much of her time to activities outside of academics, she knew she had to turn things around.

The brilliant girl said she spent a great portion of her time organising school events, representing the school at competitions and serving its pupils.

“When someone comes to me for help, I will avail myself in that moment, pushing everything of mine aside to help the next person until I no longer have time left for me,” she said.

Her multiple engagements accompanied with procrastination and not studying enough, meant that her grades dropped.

She then had to do some self-reflection and realign herself with her goals. This has led to Hlatshwayo bagging six distinctions and ranking in the top 5% of Independent Examinations Board candidates nationally for several subjects.

Following her stellar performance, Hlatshwayo was offered admission at Seattle University in the US to study Anatomy for four years, and another four years in medicine as part of its postgraduate programme.