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Charles Neepe Ltirikan shares how a CPA Scholarship brought change to his and the lives of others

Strath-Alumni-2z517mupkkf574cwf588w0I am a second born in a family of 7 ,I am from Marsabit county and I was born and  raised by my mother as my father  passed on when I was only a few months old. I am the first in my family to go to school. At the moment I have a younger brother in Form 2 and a sister in Standard 5.

I attended Karare Primary school and subsequently joined St. Pauls’ secondary school in Marsabit County in 2005. After completion of my KCSE in 2008, I got a 90% scholarship offer from Strathmore University to pursue CPA which I started in 2009. I am honored to be a recipient of the Strathmore scholarship and more than happy to be the first to attend college in my family.

I knew about Strathmore through my school principal, Bro Michael of Lassalian brotherhood. He came to class and announced that only 2 people can apply (Positions 1 and 2). That particular term I happened to be position 2! On 11th August 2008 I attended an interview and eventually received my admission letter (and scholarship approval) in December the same year.

We started our classes on 5th January 2009. Nairobi was new to me at that time and I was amazed by dynamics of the big city.

I enjoyed studying in Strathmore because of the conducive environment for learning especially the Library and teaching approaches.

Another very important thing that is a driving force in Strathmore is the Mentorship programme, it is one of a kind and a unique one in guiding young adults.

While in section 4, I was selected by JAB to join Moi University in to pursue BSc. Entrepreneurship studies from August 2010.

At Strathmore, the lecturers and mentors always insisted on hard work in whatever you do. I carried the same spirit with me to Moi University.

I completed CPA in 2012 joined PASSAMU (Public Accountants and Secretaries Students Association of Moi University) to offer evening classes for CPA beginners and continuing students. I did this with fellow students who had completed CPA.

Taking CPA and pursuing an undergraduate degree at the same time is not easy. It requires a dedication, hard work, self-discipline, and most importantly good relationship with course lecturers. At times both KASNEB exams and University exams are on the same day and time. One thing you do not want to imply to the Lecturers is that University exams are less important than CPA as you might end up doing supplementary exams!

In my third year I got an attachment in an NGO called Islamic Relief-Kenya Programme in the Finance Department.

After my studies, they gave me a job in their Finance Department and I was transferred to Dadaab refugee Camp as Finance Assistant for a Programme run in partnership with UNHCR. I enjoyed helping refugees and asylum seekers in Dadaab .I got a promotion to Finance officer and was transferred to Wajir for implementation of Nutrition Programme run in partnership with DFID and other Partners.

I always thank God and Strathmore university for CPA scholarship which brought me this far. My educational pursuits would not be possible without generous support from scholarship sponsors like Strathmore University. Don’t stop helping, little seeds will fall into fertile soils.

Thank you Strathmore. May God bless you to help many other needy students to reach their potential!

Do you want to help such students? Make a contribution to the Alumni Fund today. For more information, please contact

A contribution of KES 2500 per month in a calendar year can help sponsor one CPA Student for one semester.

A contribution of KES 5000 per month in a calendar year can help sponsor one CPA Student for one year.


  1. Charles was one of the few people I interacted with my CPA class. It shocks me that I didn’t know all these about him except the fact that he was super hard working and its good to know that never changed. I think studying at SU before joining the JAB program really does help many people…It changes the way you think, the way you interact with others and everything about yourself in a good way. It makes a life time difference that words can’t explain. All the best Neepe! Long live SOA! 🙂

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