Well-wishers help Eldoret’s bright boda boda boy raise fees to join Form One

Thursday February 11 2016

Cornel Bwire with his mother Mildred Nabwire on

Cornel Bwire with his mother Mildred Nabwire on Thursday, February 11, 2016 at their Kidiwa estate home in Eldoret before travelling to join Form One at Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma County. Well-wishers helped him raise fees after his plight was highlighted by NTV. PHOTO | DENNIS LUBANGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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A bright and needy boy from Eldoret, who topped his class in the 2015 KCPE examination at Kidiwa Primary School but was unable to join Form One due to lack of fees, has finally achieved his dream thanks to well-wishers.

Cornel Bwire’s plight was highlighted by NTV on Tuesday.

Despite his tender age, Bwire, 15, was forced to engage in boda boda business in order to raise funds to pay for his secondary school education.

His former primary school deputy headteacher Peter Tabalia said that Bwire managed to score 400 marks despite the challenge of having to balance academic work and his boda boda business.

The boy began doing boda boda business two years ago when he was in Standard Seven as a means of raising income for his family.

His mother, Mildred Nabwire, is a casual worker who washes people’s clothes for a living.


Although the two thanked the Nation Media Group for highlighting their story, the funds raised by the well-wishers will only cater for his first term fees.

It was a joyful moment on Thursday morning as Bwire and his mother boarded a matatu and headed for Friends School Kamusinga in Bungoma County where he has been enrolled in Form One.

“All I can say is thank NTV for airing my son’s son. So many people have come out to help him and we thank God for that but the only challenge we have is that these funds will only be able to cater for his first term fees,” said Ms Bwire.

When the Nation visited their home in Kidiwa estate on Thursday morning, Bwire who aspires to become a neurosurgeon, was busy preparing for his big day.

He vowed to work hard once in school so that he does not disappoint all those who supported him realise his dreams.

“Sincerely, I did not expect to join Form One but I am glad that so many people have enabled me to do so. I want to thank them and at the same time promise them that I will not fail them at all,” said the joyful Bwire.