Comedian Khaleed Abdul, friends rescue student selling mandazi to raise school fees
The story of Mike Edong Ekope melted the hearts of many after it was aired on various media outlets in the country. He garnered 367 marks in the 2021 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) but was unable to raise school fees to join Form One.
Edong resorted to selling mandazis in the streets of Maralal to raise school fees.
Touched by the student’s plea, award-winning comedian and actor Khaleed Abdul, Lenny Ralph, Madam Loloju, and friends of Loropili contributed towards Edong’s school fees.
“Its a wrap, Mike Edong Ekope can now go to school. School fees paid by our brother Lenny Ralph and friends of Loropili. I am told Madam Loloju has deposited some cash in the school KCB account. Mission accomplished,” Khaleed stated.
Edong beat the odds to emerge as one of the top candidates from Maralal DEB Primary School and secured admission at Nyahururu High School in Laikipia County.
Speaking to Daily Nation, the teenager revealed that his mother, Veronica Naur, struggled to educate him through primary school through the low wages she earns from doing menial jobs.
“I am the firstborn to a single mum. My mum, who has brought us up on menial jobs, separated from my father and we moved on. But now I’m unable to join Form One due to lack of school fees. Mum is overwhelmed,” he said.
Edong, who aspires to be a neurologist had appealed to well-wishers to help him raise the Ksh60,000 school fees so as to attend Nyahururu High and achieve his dreams.
“My son is visibly stressed because all his peers are in school now. He always asks me questions that I am unable to answer,” Naur had said.
Thanks to Lenny Ralph, Khaleed Abdul and others, Edong can now begin his journey to becoming a neurologist.