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   Festus Mbuimwe


Festus Mbuimwe

House: Athi (Rhodes)
Year: 1991-1993

I joined Patch in 1991 from Kenyatta High School, Nyeri.

Memories of School:
Every day in Patch was a day worth remembering, but the most striking events that affected me were sneaking out through Gate ‘B’ one night while in Third Form to run away from a Sere cop who was bugging me about a ‘half-length’ trouser! (as if I was to blame for my growing bones). I subsequently came back, was ‘cutted’ in front of my Mum and Aunt (ouch!) and spent the next day picking garbage and slashing grass near ‘Twickenham.’ What a painful lesson.

Since leaving School:
  • Education: Obtained a freight forwarding diploma in 1996, but dropped out of two campuses, (USIU-Africa in 1995 because geometry was too hard for me and I couldn’t progress to the bachelor’s programme without passing it in my pre-university course) and (People’s Friendship University, Russia, in 1999 because of financial problems).
  • Career: Briefly worked at Caltex Oil from July 1999 to January 2000 as an operations assistant, but I really found my bearings in 2002, when I took up a 5-month copywriting internship at Ayton, Young and Rubicam, an advertising agency – courtesy of the then creative director, Mark Fidelo. (thanks Mark!). I took up another internship in March 2003-May 2003, in the then TBWA\CREATIVE, courtesy of another benevolent creative soul, Alvas Onguru. My first copywriting job was at Express Advertising, (June 2003-April 2004) Access Leo Burnett, (May 2004-July 2004) and M&M Communications in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, (August 2004-April 2005). I decided to try out editing, took up a 3-month online editing course, and came back to Nairobi in May 2005. I landed a copy editor/copywriter/proofreader/writer job at Oakland Media Services, a publishing/design company, and I have been there since.

    (Registered - 7th December 2005)

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