A 17 year old Lucy Anyango Ochieng’ from Kivumbini Ward in Nakuru East has made her parents and siblings happy after overcoming all odds and scored a B+ mean grade of 68 points in KCSE results released on Wednesday.
Lucy who comes from a humble background in Manyani estate of Kivumbini Ward in Nakuru East Sub County says she has had challenges including sickness (eye and spinal problems) but commends the Equity Wings to Fly that offered her s scholarship after her KCPE in 2013 in which she scored 386 marks at Nakuru Primary.
This saw her join Nakuru Girls High school and to her that was just the beginning of the r journey to success.
Speaking on Thursday morning when members of the press visited her home in Manyani, Lucy says she looked at the humble background she comes from and vowed to work hard in ensuring that she becomes the liberator of her parents plus her other 3 siblings.
“During my High school I had challenges but the background of my family made me study harder. I thank God for the grade I got and I’m sure my family is no longer going to be the same again” she said.
In High school she says she faced a lot of challenges due to the complication but this did not deter her from working to achieve her dreams.
Lucy who wants to be architecture believes that she can make it and hopes that a well wisher will also step in to ensure that she undergoes a surgery on her eye to ensure that the complication is done away with.
To other students her advice is to remain focus in life with what one wants to achieve in life and work towards achieving it.
“I couldn’t sit upright and times my eye sight was poor but since the surgery was expensive I had just to cope with the same and here I am today. My advice to the others is to remain focused in whatever one wants to achieve. I look forward to study architecture at campus” she says.
Her dad John Ochieng who only survives on casual jobs to meet the needs of his family together with her mother Mary Adhiambo says his daughter has made the family proud.
Ochieng believes his daughter’s success is a boost to the family and more so to the siblings who will also emulate her in academics.
“Her success has made us proud and I believe she will one day help us a s a family including her siblings” he said.
In her former school Nakuru Girls’, her teachers are happy lot following the performance.
Addressing media in her office, Nakuru Girls Highs school Deputy Principal Ms Esther Wanjiku Maina commended Lucy for her good performance despite her medical condition.
She however noted that Biology as a subject had really affected the entire results in the school.
“This is a girl who has had medical conditions but we must say that her performance is very good bearing in mind the condition she was in at the exam period” said Ms Maina.
It should be noted that Nakuru Girls’ High school was among the top 100 schools in the 2017 KCSE results at position 40 with a performance index of 59.94.
PHOTO/Pristone Mambili: Lucy Anyango being celebrated at their home in Manyani estate of Nakuru East Sub county after she scored a B+ KCSE.