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Meet 32 Year Old PhD Student Who Makes A Living As Taxi Driver

If you are frequently using taxis within Nairobi, you could have probably met the most educated taxi driver identified as Mr Gachini Samuel, 32, a PhD student who is nearly completing his doctorate.

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Mr Samuel, who’s pursuing a PhD in Business Administration is one of the most educated young Kenyans who lack professional jobs, is finding alternative work in taxi hailing apps.

I have to make enough money to be able to put food on the table. I have made applications for dozens of job opportunities, but no response at all and others do empty promises, it really hurts me,’he laments.

During the interview in his Honda Fit Car, which he said he bought with a SACCO loan , the PhD student said he was rushing to meet his supervisor who was waiting for him at the University of Nairobi.

Mr Samuel says he is awaiting clearance from his supervisor to be able to complete his PhD research in improving economic development in the republic of Kenya through poverty reduction, regional-sectoral specialization, Universal banking and financial literacy in the republic of Kenya.

It’ never easy to balance both driving taxi and doing PhD, but cannot just give up since I have already invested in a lot of time and effort,’he honestly speaks up.

He worked as a cashier with Equity Bank in Kangari branch as he was pursuing his master’s degree.

He recalls travelling from Murang’a to Nairobi by matatu in the evenings to attend classes. I failed to make it to class sometimes because of too much traffic,’he said.

By the time I begun my PhD classes, I struggled so much attending classes in Nairobi from where I stay,’he said.

Currently, am pursuing my doctorate and it has been demanding and expensive to do my theory, which needs a lot of time, according to his resignation letter which he wrote on 30th June 2016.

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