President Kenyatta’s niece, Nana Gecaga has shared her experience studying in the US and the challenges she went through while there.
Nana, who is currently the CEO of Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC), says she was enrolled in an American school when she was seven years old. Many view studying in the US or any developed country as a privilege, but Nana says it was not a walk in the park despite coming from a rich family.
She says her American classmates constantly bullied her as they could not fathom how she managed to pay school fees without a scholarship.
“There were challenges because I was coming from Kenya, Africa and you are going to the States, primarily a Caucasian setting so you are the minority and it’s always going to be hazy, you face it anywhere,” Nana said while speaking to comedian MC Jessy on his YouTube show.
Nana sys many local residents had a perception that Africans are poor people and were asking themselves how she was able to fund her education in one of the best schools in the US.
“People wouldn’t understand how I got there yet I was from Africa and did not have a scholarship so I got picked on for having money,” she adds.
Nana, a mother of three, says she understood that this was a result of cultural differences and she never retaliated, adding that she would never allow her kids to study abroad.
“I would save the money for my kids, get very good internet, get a good working space for them at home and let them move there because we are moving in the internet direction so my children don’t have to leave the country for education, it is at the click of a button now,” she notes.