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Babu Owino Urges Comrades to Graduate or Risk Being Labeled Form Four Dropouts

  • May 23, 2024
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Babu Owino Urges Comrades to Graduate or Risk Being Labeled Form Four Dropouts

Paul Ongili Owino, widely known as ‘Babu’ Owino, is a prominent Kenyan politician and the current Member of Parliament for Embakasi East. At 34 years old, Babu Owino has become a notable figure in Kenyan politics, rising to fame initially as the Chairperson of the Student Organization of Nairobi University (SONU) in 2011. His political journey began on the campus of the University of Nairobi, where he became an outspoken advocate for student rights. This activism and networking prowess eventually propelled him to his current position in the National Assembly.

Babu Owino’s political career has not been without controversy. He has been implicated in various scandals, including an alleged incident in Kilimani, Nairobi, which led to his brief incarceration. Despite these setbacks, Owino has managed to maintain his influence and inspire many young people, particularly those aspiring to careers in politics.

Recently, MP Babu Owino visited a university to deliver a motivational talk. He emphasized the importance of completing one’s degree, master’s, or any other level of education, warning students that failing to graduate is akin to being a Form Four dropout. Owino’s message was clear: without a degree, the efforts and years spent in university could be wasted.

“Irrespective of which year you are, if you are doing medicine and you cannot do your sixth year, Form Four dropout. If you are doing engineering and you are in your fifth year and you do not graduate, Form Four dropout. If you do actuarial science or economics and you reach and you fail to graduate, you are a Form Four dropout. Ensure that the most important thing you do is get a degree certificate,” he stated.

Owino also advised students to consider relationships and marriage within their academic environment, suggesting that comradeship extends beyond academic life and into personal relationships. “If you are a comrade, then you will just want to have another comrade. It does not matter if you do not get that comrade during your graduation; you will gravitate towards that comrade,” he added.

This speech sparked significant debate among students and the public. Many viewers of his post expressed differing opinions. Some argued that degrees have not significantly impacted their lives compared to street smarts and practical skills. Others emphasized the importance of skills over academic papers. However, a notable dissenting voice came from Nyaboke, a Kisii lady and former admirer of Owino. She expressed her disappointment, arguing that not everyone has the opportunity to join university, even if they possess the potential and academic qualifications, often due to financial constraints.

“What do you suppose? Do you think Nyaboke and other fans who did not agree with him are overreacting or are on point?” This question remains a point of contention among Babu Owino’s followers and critics alike.

In conclusion, while MP Babu Owino’s emphasis on completing one’s education is well-founded, it is important to recognize the diverse circumstances that students face. His advocacy for graduation underscores the value of academic perseverance, but it also highlights a need for broader support systems to ensure all students have the opportunity to achieve their educational goals. Ultimately, Babu Owino’s message serves as a reminder of the critical role education plays in personal and professional development.



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