Peterson Moturi was one of the few students who arrived early for the Kenya School of Law’s (KSL) graduation ceremony on Friday.
Mr Moturi, dressed in a graduation gown, stood out from his peers due to the security guard uniform he wore below it.
The day was particularly meaningful to him because it symbolized the struggles, anguish, and challenges he had faced in pursuing his dream of becoming a lawyer.
“Ten years ago, becoming a lawyer was just a dream for me. But now I know that dreams can become a reality if you believe and work hard to achieve them,” he said.
Moturi has graduated with a diploma in law after patiently working for it. Working as a security guard at Radar Security, Mr Moturi’s tale exemplifies the phrase “hard work pays off.”
He came from a poor family and relocated from Nyamira County to Nairobi in 2014 in search of a better life.
He set up Sh50,000 to pay for his admission to law school because that was his ambition.
“I would hawk drinking water and groundnuts in the streets to make a living. At night, before I got the job as a security guard, I would work at different car washes in the city.”
“I applied for admission to the Kenya School of Law in 2016 and I was successful, but I lacked school fees and could not go on with my studies.
“Luckily, I was able to receive some help from Mr PLO Lumumba, who was then the school director. He offered me a scholarship.”
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Working at night
He worked at night and attended class during the day. But because he only scored a pass in his final exams, he could not move to the next stage, becoming a lawyer.
“Unfortunately, I scored a pass and I could not move ahead. I needed to attain at least a credit to qualify for admission for a law degree. I had to reapply for the diploma course,” he said.
That meant he had to find money to pay for his courses. Mr Moturi decided to approach his employer, Radar security, for help.
“I was honest with my boss and I told him that I did not pass, but since they had promised to pay for my degree, why wouldn’t they sponsor me to retake the diploma course? They agreed,” he noted.
“Now I am a joyful man. I am graduating with a credit score. It is a dream come true for me. I can now go ahead and pursue a law degree and become an advocate,” he said.
Mr Moturi desires to help the vulnerable in society access justice.
Even after graduating, Mr Moturi still turns up for his night duties hoping to one day graduate with a degree and join the legal fraternity as an advocate ( the diploma can only allow him to work as paralegal).