VIRGINIA, USA- Chams Media takes you on a journey to Virginia where we meet Captain Tom Rege. He is a Kenyan flight instructor who has proved to everyone how it is indeed true, that one can be anything he wishes to become.
This journey began with a lot of planning that took months but later materialized. We flew to the United States to meet this daring Kenyan at the Leesburg Executive Airport which was then snowing.
At first, it was impossible to fly and Captain Rege drove us to a hangar where another similar craft is parked so we could learn a thing or two.
Leesburg airport is owned by the County of Leesburg in Virginia State and does not involve commercial aircrafts. One of the main features of this aircraft is that it has an inbuilt parachute to help the plane land safely even during emergencies. It is a four seater whose current price is about Ksh. 65million.
So who is Tom Rege?
He is a 47-year-old Kenyan who has lived in the USA for 41 years. He is the son of the former Member of Parliament for Karachuonyo Constituency, Homabay County (2007-2013), Engineer James Rege.
He developed the dream to fly when he was a kid. He had been flying with his parents across the Atlantic Ocean when the pilot invited him to the cockpit and that immediately triggered his love for planes.
What he does...
Tom has a foundation that supports programs and outreach in aviation for women and minorities. Apart from that, he is the director for Flight Training for Open Air where as a certified plane instructor; he trains people on becoming pilots.
His foundation gives grants to women and minorities who wish to become instruments in aviation.
How did he get there?
Captain Tom said he grew from career to career where eventually, as he worked at the Dotcom Space, he was also learning to fly. Afterwards, he made up his mind to take up flying fulltime because he was aggressive.
"Be aggressive, be focused and look out for opportunities out there out there," Captain Tom Rege advises young people who wish to make a name out of themselves.
After a short while waiting and conversing with the Rege family including Tom, his twin and his mother who was visiting for Christmas, we were informed that the weather was back to normal and they could finally fly!
Indeed, we are in a global village!
Watch Captain Rege's interview in the video attached.
Lavender Amunga also contributed to this review.
On the corridors of Spelman college in Atlanta Georgia in April this year, we met an ambitious Kenyan girl, Kezia Oketch. She walked tall and determined.
Her dreams vividly clear in her mind, a hope to defy the odds and a vision to shape up passion that almost went to waste. Her life is already an inspiration to the girl child back home and her future is firmly in her hands.
She went to the USA to pursue a Computer Science course and later as she said, she will endeavor to solve the many technical problems back in Kenya -she is a problem solver but her journey to Spelman hasn’t been without problems.
Kezia has literally defied odds, challenged the status quo and shaped her own path. She was born in a remote village of Dudi in Homabay County and schooled in the same region. But her determination saw her score an A- in the 2014 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education at St Francis Nyangajo Girls. It is from this moment that Kezia began her journey to Spelman.
“I went to Dudi Primary school then to St Francis Nyangajo Girls in Rachuonyo Sub County. From there, I earned a place in the Equity Group Foundation,” Kezia narrated to Daring Abroad.
Adding that, “When I scored good marks in KCPE, I had no one to pay my school fees until I shared my story with teachers of St Francis Nyangajo Girls whom I met at a tour in Mombasa.”
Kezia's place in the Equity Foundation Group earned her a platform in Equity African Leaders Program that allowed her to apply for schools abroad.
So how did she finally join Spelman?
Kezia got admission letters to 12 international universities but chose Spelman due to what she called good incentives. The cost of her full stay in Spelman is Sh5.6m per year which is paid for.
A beneficiary of the Equity Group Foundation scholarship, Kezia chose to study Computer Science instead of her dream course in Neuroscience.
“When I came here, I wanted to do Biology and Neuroscience but it is a collaborative course between my college and another one which now makes it difficult for international students,” Kezia said.
But she is still motivated to pursue her dream career. She is the last born in a family of seven and loved going to school and studying, her mother says.
“Kezia was a great child who loved going to school, she loved education. I worked so hard in the farm to pay her fees,” Kezia's mother Dorina Awino says.
Upon completion of her studies abroad, Kezia hopes to come back to her country Kenya and use her skills to solve problems in various sectors.
“Every time I’m here I have my country in mind,” she says.
Watch her insightful interview in the video below :