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Meet Dr. Purity Ngina,Kenya’s Youngest PhD Holder

Twenty eight-year-old Kenyan,  Dr. Purity Ngina, has recently made history to become the youngest PhD holder in Biomathematics in Kenya after receiving  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree at Strathmore University.

Dr. Purity was born and raised in Mbiriri village at the foothills of Mt Kenya in Nyeri country. She is the last child of two siblings of her parents. Although in primary school, she didn’t perform well as she scored 235 marks out of the possible 500 in her first stab at the Kenya Certificate of Primary Examination (KCPE), she repeated Class Eight a year later [2003] and score 369 marks. She, thereafter, joined Tumutumu Girls High School in Nyeri County, where she sat for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Examination (KCSE) in 2007 and scored a mean grade of B+ (Plus). She started her tertiary education aged 19, overcoming adversities to attain the highest education qualification while still in her twenties; something which only few people have achieved.


Dr. Purity had it tough for her that she had to go to school without shoes and fetching water from River Sagana, which is 3km from her home. After struggling to pay her school fees throughout high school, she managed to score B+ and was admitted to Egerton University to study for a Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematics.

While still pursuing her PhD in Biomathematics in 2017, her mother passed on but despite the heartbreaking period, she pressed on and raced through that and on June 29, 2018, she was awarded a PhD in Biomathematics from Strathmore University.

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