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Retired lecturer Okatcha's advise to Kenyan students abroad

August 25, 2018
By
Collins Ogutu
for Chams Media Digital

Saturday marked the final episode of Daring Abroad returnees edition. We have been telling stories of Kenyans who worked or studied abroad but later came back to share their skills in the country.

At Chams Media, we have told stories about their experiences abroad, the differences between Kenya and other countries, how living abroad changes people among other informative experiences.

And on the final episode, we feature retired lecturer Prof Fredrick Okatcha. Arguably first of few Kenyans to secure scholarships to study in the United States in the early 1960s.

Also on Daring Abroad: How a Kenyan teacher with no journalism background rose to the helm of BBC Africa

Prof Okatcha studied Psychology at Michigan State University. Came back in 1968 after attaining a Bachelor's degree, masters, and Ph.D. He has now retired as a lecturer at the University of Nairobi.

A beneficiary of the John F Kennedy and Tom Mboya airlifts scholarships in the early 1960s, Prof Okatcha tells Alex Chamwada of his experience living in the US back then.

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Prof Okatcha shares his experiences abroad with Chams Media's Alex Chamwada. PHOTO| CHAMS MEDIA

He was the first African student to register and to be admitted to that college. Prof Okatcha also talks of the culture shock and ultimately, the reasons for his return.

While in the US, one of the Prof Okatcha's friends was Barrack Obama's father. He tells us what kind of person Obama was and why he could not survive in the civil service when he returned to Kenya.

Watch his story on the video attached.

 

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