Meet Nairobi’s Most Learned Taxi Driver With A PhD

Mr Samuel Gachini, who operates a taxi business on the busy streets of Nairobi, is arguably one of the most learned drivers in the bustling city.

Mr. Gachini, is almost graduating with a PhD in Business administration, chose to work as a taxi driver for luck of a better paying job.

“I just have to make ends meet. I have applied for hundreds of job opportunities but all I get are regrets, empty promises or no replies at all,” says Mr. Gachini

The University of Nairobi student says that he bought his taxi car, a Honda Fit model, from a loan he got through a sacco.

His research is already at an advanced stage, and he is just awaiting clearance from his supervisor to finalise on the last touches.

The PhD research is based on the revival of economic development in Kenya through regional-sectoral specialisation, poverty reduction through financial literacy in Kenya or universal banking in Kenya.

“It is not easy to balance between doing a PhD and driving a taxi, which is a very demanding endeavour. But I can’t give up since I have already put in a lot of effort,” he opens up.

In 2005, the 32 year old father of two kids sat for his KCSE at Kangui Boys High School, Nyandarua County, where he attained grade B+.

He later joined Kenyatta University for a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics and finance and graduated in 2012.

He later studied a master’s degree in banking and finance from Moi partnership with Kenya School of Monetary Studies, that was in 2013.

“My master’s thesis was based on the effect of monetary policy on Kenya’s economic growth. I successfully published it in the International Journal of Management and Commerce Innovations,” he says Mr. Gachini, a former cashier with the Kangari branch of Equity Bank in Murang’a County.

Story Courtesy of Daily Nation

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