“It is not in the still calm of life, or the repose of a pacific station, that great characters are formed. The habits of a vigorous mind are formed in contending with difficulties,” so said the former First Lady of the United States, Abigail Adams.
Mr Steven Hosea, 32, has had his fair share of life challenges due to his stature. He lives with dwarfism and throughout his life, he has been pursuing education so passionately.
He has always been the best in his class. Hosea was sent to a children’s home by his parents due to societal pressures. He was an “outcast”.
He did not know, though, why he had to be taken to a children’s home even though his parents were alive.
His father later passed on.
He scored 441 marks out of a possible 500 marks in KCPE to emerge the top student in the children’s home and was admitted to Starehe Boys’ Centre and School.
Unfortunately, he could not raise the required school fees. Consequently, he transitioned to the secondary school in the children’s home. He emerged the top student in the children’s home after scoring a C+ in KCSE. While visiting his uncle in Tanzania, he joined Form Five and Six. He later secured admission at Tumaini University in Dar es Salaam to pursue a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.
He dropped out after the first year due to lack of fees.
Hosea also secured admission at Glamorgan University in Wales but could not raise money for an air ticket and his tuition fees.
He travelled back to Kenya and later went to the Kenya Medical Training College for admission. He had longed to become a paediatrician.
Again, the school fees at KMTC was unmanageable.
He later joined Kendu Adventist Hospital’s Medical School in Homa Bay County to pursue a Diploma in clinical medicine. Hosea had to brave fee challenges, intermittent lack of money for upkeep, hostel room rent as well as transport to and from college, but he did not tire.
A section of students and lecturers at the college occasionally gave him support, until the Nation visited him at the college in May this year and, after an interview, several well-wishers and some Kenyans in the United States cleared his Sh75,000 outstanding fee balance and continued to support his upkeep during his last year in college.
On November, 8, 2019, he graduated with a Diploma in Clinical Medicine.
His fiancée, Doreen Obayo, has been one of his greatest pillars. He says that they will soon get married.
Hosea Stephen has been able to overcome many challenges to achieve so much. He still wants to further his education and rise to greater heights in academics.