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KU Graduate Captured on Camera Walking Home Alone after Ceremony Breaks Silence as He Reveals Reasons Behind Heartrending Journey

by Paul Nyongesa
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In a poignant scene at Kenyatta University’s graduation square, Phillip Solonka, a recent graduate with a Bachelors Degree in Education, found himself walking home alone after the ceremony.

The images of him sitting forlornly at the square, then trudging home solo, tell a tale of resilience and determination in the face of adversity.

Phillip’s journey to this milestone was not an easy one.

Raised by a single mother in Toitoktok, his pursuit of education was almost derailed due to financial constraints.

However, a serendipitous encounter with a benevolent stranger named Anthony changed the course of his life.

Impressed by Phillip’s intelligence, Anthony offered to support his education, allowing him to complete high school and eventually enroll at Kenyatta University.

The challenges persisted for Phillip, though, as financial constraints continued to shadow him.

Despite graduating with only KSh 5000 to his name, Phillip embarked on his university journey, facing hardships that included limited meals and a constant struggle for survival.

Undeterred, he took odd jobs, including academic writing, to sustain himself through the demanding academic years.

The graduation day, typically a joyous occasion surrounded by loved ones, became a bittersweet experience for Phillip.

His single mother, residing in Namanga, was unable to attend due to financial constraints. The absence of familial support left Phillip standing alone, surrounded by the celebratory atmosphere of his peers.

“I had a lot of stress; it was not a normal thing to stand alone because in life you need someone to stand with you during the important milestones,” Phillip expressed.

The heartbreaking reality was that Phillip’s mother had tried to secure funds for the journey but, unfortunately, could not gather enough. The loneliness and the financial struggle cast a shadow over what should have been a triumphant day for Phillip.

 

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