The 2018 Kenya Bureau of Standards (KBS) Annual Essay Competition was won by Mr. Khajira Christopher, a third year Electrical and Computer Engineering from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology.
The 21-year-old student emerged top, beating over 150 contestants drawn from various universities across Kenya, among them Technical University of Kenya and Moi University who clinched second and third positions respectively.
The competition held annually, aims at imparting knowledge on the importance of standardization to students. This year’s theme was, “The Role of Quality infrastructure and Standardization in facilitating Trade and Sustainable development within the African Continental Free Trade Area.” Candidates were required to base their essay on the theme.
In his bid to offer solutions to technological problems facing Kenyans and the African continent, Khajira decided to make his contribution through essay writing. He emerged first nationally and third at the continental level. He was feted in Nairobi and Kisumu during the African Day of Standardization where he was given an opportunity to address students from around the country.
Khajira was later sponsored to attend the African Organization for Standardization General Assembly in Durban, South Africa, where he met the ARSO Secretary General Dr. Hermogene Nsengimana, ARSO President Dr. Eve Gadzikwa, ISO President Mr. John Walter as well as Mr. Eddy Njoroge, Kenya’s former Managing Director of KenGen, among other notable figures in the ISO world.
Khajira, an avid reader who likes coming up with new ideas, advises his fellow students to always grab any opportunity that comes their way. “You may win or fail but at the end of the day, you tried. And you will never realize your maximum potential unless you try,” the budding engineer quipped. He is interested in pursuing the technical aspect of standardization in future.
The Vice Chancellor Prof. Mabel Imbuga has congratulated Mr Khajira for once again confirming to the country and the region as a whole, the practical nature of students nurtured at the institution.