The South-Africa-based UNICEF Consultant and 2023 Fellow at Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders, John Orimbo, extended his excitement and happiness to embark on an incredible Journey in the United Kingdom as a Chevening Scholar. He also thanked the United Kingdom government for granting him this opportunity.
Reportedly, the South Africa-based John Orimbo has been selected to join the University of Birmingham, UK, for his M.A. in Education (Inclusion and Disability). He will participate as a Chevening Scholar.
While extending his feelings, he mentioned, “Trying to keep calm, but I can’t – It’s Chevening Awards (FCDO)”.
He also shared that a few months ago, if someone had told him that he would stand here today, about to embark on an incredible journey to the United Kingdom as a Chevening Scholar, he might have dismissed it as an impossible dream. But here’s the today, brimming with splendour, joy and hope, ready to share a significant milestone in my life with all.
He highlighted, “I am thrilled to announce that I have been selected to join the University of Birmingham, UK, for my M.A Education (Inclusion and Disability). It’s a journey that I could not have fully comprehended, but the grace of God has been sufficient for me for the past three years, especially throughout this remarkable year of 2023,”
Further, he also extended his heartfelt gratitude to the U.K. government through the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office and the Chevening Award Program for granting him this incredible opportunity.
Joining the distinguished network of over 50,000 Chevening Alumni is a privilege beyond measure. Emerging as one of the 1400 Chevening Scholars for the 2023/2024 academic year from a pool of 70,930 applicants is humbling and exhilarating.
“Of those applicants, only 60,983 were eligible, making this achievement even more remarkable. Standing among the 35 Scholars selected from Kenya this year is a testament to hard work, unwavering determination and countless prayers to the Almighty,” he added.
He also shared that It’s been a journey, and as his boss and mentor George Kogolla says, “I know He has big plans for you; don’t settle for less!” Indeed, this journey has taught me to embrace the boundless possibilities that lie ahead – above and beyond the sky.
Furthermore, he said, “While I prepare to embark on this new chapter, I am filled with gratitude and an unwavering commitment to make the most of this incredible opportunity. This journey is not just mine; it is a journey we all share as a community that supports and uplifts Persons With Disabilities.”
He also thanked all who have shown him unwavering support and encouragement and believed in him for guidance and leadership, especially my friends and network from the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders.
“As I embrace the unknown, strive for excellence, and positively impact the world, I call for your continued prayers and support. Please stay tuned for more updates on my journey, adventures and discoveries abroad – I CAN’T KEEP CALM!” he extended.