For Stephanie Angela Wanjiku, life has been about climbing up the rungs. Set to graduate with a Bachelor of Business Science in Financial Economics (BBS-FE) from Strathmore University, she is the only child of a caring and supportive mother who she cites as her major influence and mentor. Her mother has been with her every step of the way ;a path that has been flanked by an exemplary academic record.
At Braeburn College she was awarded the “highest achievement award in year 13″ as well as the Howard Jones Chemistry Award. She graduated from the college with an International Baccalaureate (IB) diploma attaining a 6 point average grade out of the highest grade of 7. Those who know about that ranking know it is no mean feat.
While at campus, she did not just lie by. Instead, she chose to invest in the entertainment industry so as to earn some cash on the side.
“I started my business ‘BlaqSheek Entertainment’ in 2013 as I wanted to try my hand at entertainment through providing entertainment equipments such as PA systems. This enabled me to earn some extra cash while I am still studying.” Her mother helped her out with the start up finances and within not time, the venture had picked and she was having regular clients.
That she managed to keep both her studies and business in check is astounding, seeing as she was the Organizing Secretary for SUFFESA (Strathmore University Finance and Financial Economics Students’ Association) where she oversaw planning for all the events that SUFFESA had. This included: all the talks, team building activities and partnerships that were conducted in the year 2013/2014. She was also the Organizing Chair for the SFAE (School of Finance and Applied Economics) Graduating Class of 2015 dinner held in December 2014. All the responsibilities helped her develop discipline which is essential to entrepreneurial success. The extra duties, she says, helped her improve her academic performance.
She is an intensely driven woman, with a passion for mentorship borne from her own experiences as a mentee of Ms. Ann Njuguna who helped her understand professional life and how to be the best at it. In her quest for societal development, she has taken two high school students into her wings, mentoring them as well as sponsoring their high school fees.
She is also the Charter President of the Rotaract Club of Nairobi – Muthaiga North which is part of Rotary International. The club primarily focuses on the professional development of its members undertaking numerous community service projects in Kenya. Through the Rotary Foundation, Stephanie became a Paul Harris Fellow which is a recognition given to those who contribute to the Rotary Foundation.
It is hard to believe that she is only twenty three and has all these accolades to her name. Given all she has got going on, it is harder to imagine where she will be when she hits thirty.