BY KEITH LOYAPAN
Ann Naut Eleman, 27, from Turkana County, is this year’s winner of the inaugural Mwangi MBA scholarship jointly sponsored by Irish Aid and UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School in Ireland. The scholarship, worth 50,000 Euro (about Ksh 5.8 million), caters for full tuition fees and stipend. The Mwangi MBA scholarship was launched at the Africa Ireland Economic Forum in October 2013. The scholarship, which is being awarded for the first time this year, is a mark of solidarity with the Kenyan people, and in memory of Mr Mbugua Mwangi and
his fiancée Rosemary Wahito, who were both tragically killed in the Westgate terror attack in Nairobi in September 2013. Mbugua Mwangi was the only son of the former Ambassador of Kenya to Ireland, Catherine Muigai Mwangi, who opened Kenya’s embassy in Ireland in 2007, where she served as Ambassador until August 2013. The Mwangi MBA scholarship is for female African citizens from Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The scholarship, which supports public sector, ethnic minorities, people with disability and other marginalised groups, will run for the next two years. Eleman, the recipient of the scholar-ship, graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in English and Literature from Moi University, Eldoret, in 2010. She also holds a postgraduate Diploma in Human Resource Management. She attended Moi Girls High School in Eldoret, and Kakuma Mixed Primary School in Turkana West sub-county.
To study Business Admin
Before going to Ireland in August, Eleman worked as an Administrative Assistant with CIC Insurance Group Limited, in Nairobi from 2011. She is already at the UCD Michael Smurfit Graduate Business School studying for the Master’s Degree in Business Administration. The institution is Ireland’s leading business school. Eleman intends to start a human resources consultancy firm after completing the MBA to assist organisations in proper talent acquisition, development and retention of staff in Turkana County.