Kenyans on X (previously known as Twitter) raised over Ksh125,000 in school fees for a Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) student.
The fourth-year student at JKUAT, Abuya Masta, was said to be undertaking a BSC in Medical Laboratory Sciences.
Mbiti Mwondi, a medical doctor, who was still leading the fundraiser by the time of publishing this article on Thursday, rallied tweeps to support the student who had asked to defer his studies for a year.
In his letter to the Dean of Biomedical Studies JKUAT, the student, who is also a fitness enthusiast, cited financial constraints as the main reason behind his decision to drop out of school.
Fee statements provided online for the course indicated that the total tuition money required for the 3rd and 4th years of the programme amounted to Ksh. 437,570.
Mwondi, appealed to Kenyans, particularly men, encouraging them to join hands and uplift the embattled student, who is also popular on the X platform.
For a start, he contributed Ksh10,000 with his subsequent posts attracting the empathy of his followers and other social media users.
He further created a pay bill number to collect contributions, raising over Ksh125,000.
“Good morning KOX, I made it my mission to ensure that one of our Abuya Masta isn’t thrown out of his program due to lack of school fees. We are at Ksh124,000 this morning. Let’s keep pushing”, Mbiti Mwondi noted.
Abuya, who appreciated Mwondi and other well-wishers, stated that he was bullied after seeking support to raise his school fees, earlier on.
He also defended himself, stating that he had sponsored his own education from primary school to the tertiary level.
“Guys educating yourself from class seven up to college is not easy. For those trolling me, hope you understand how far I have come”, Abuya lamented.
Other businesses on X offered to support him by urging Kenyans to purchase their products as a charity, with funds raised channelled towards Abuya's education.