Antony Muchina Ndugi was born in a the small village of Gatundu, Thika in Central Kenya. After working with programs run by the Equity Group Foundation, he is now studying Computer Engineering at the University of Toronto. Here is his story.
My mother provided for my sister and I by running a beauty products shop until she passed on in 2005. I felt like that was the end for our lives. I knew that no relative would take care of us since they were not well off to begin with and most of them were and still are drunkards. My life was doomed. We were left under the care of my grandmother who did everything to ensure that we did not have a reason not to go to school. She did not have a job but her small piece of land provided for us though we slept hungry on many nights.
Due to my impressive performance, the school headmistress supported by a few teachers took up the responsibility of paying my school fees. I thereafter joined Maseno School courtesy of the Wings to Fly scholarship program under the Equity Group Foundation; a program that has opened up opportunities for me that I would never have imagined.
I emerged top in my final examination recording an A grade with 84/84 points qualifying to join the competitive Equity Leaders Program. Through the program, I have interacted with amazing and ambitious young people who have achieved a lot at a very young age. They have motivated me to keep pursuing my goals and greatly developed my confidence.
I just finished my first year at the University of Toronto, Canada. It has been an experience I have enjoyed, felt challenged but most importantly learnt a lot. I have interacted with students from across the world and experienced different cultures and languages, and I am motivated every day to become the best that I can be.
My dream is to spearhead innovation and entrepreneurship through the application of technology in Africa. I also aspire to help the less fortunate to realize their dreams by opening opportunities available to them using technology such as the internet and this will be possible through development of information and communication technology systems in primary and secondary schools in remote and marginalized areas. I feel like if the kids in these areas get exposed to opportunities they will put more effort in their studies and talents.
As a youth, you often go through a lot of temptations and distractions that can derail you from your destiny, I urge that you be prudent enough to know when to do whatever you have to do to reach your goal, then no any distraction or temptation can overpower your quest to realize your dreams.