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   Stephen Njiro


Stephen Mukabi Njiro

House: Grigg
Years: 1965-1970

By the time I left Prince of Wales, it was already Nairobi School.
My fondest memories are in the school chapel. From 1965, I was in the "treble choir" that sang opposite the senior choir. The words of the hymns stay with me to this day and have been a mighty inspiration. I thought the Carol services, with the staff choir singing in the gallery, sometimes McHardy playing the trumpet in some of the carols, was simply magical.

Some of the characters I shall never forget include Peter John Lea Knight. Originally from Rhodes, Knight was Head of Junior in 1965, as well as Head of School. He would take those of us on the "working party" on "Knight's PT". I shall never figure out how this could have been regarded as a punishment, since Knight himself did all the exercises he made us do. The other is the 'pint-sized' Geoff Gachihi from Clive House, who, inspite of his size, was the scrum half of the School Rugby 1st XV. He was also in the School Hockey 1st XI. I shall never forget him gliding on the murram hockey pitch in his 'tackies', through all opponents, making the ball look like it was glued to his hockey stick.

Soon after leaving Prince of Wales, I did a four year degree course leading to the Bachelor of Veterinary Medicine degree. Thereafter, following a short stint as a government veterinarian in Kilifi District and at the Vet Laboratories at Kabete, I joined the staff of the Veterinary Faculty of the University of Nairobi, where I taught Veterinary Pathology for 26 years.

Now, in my post-University days, I find myself enjoying an amazingly serene life between Kenya and South Africa.

I got news of this web site from Prof Geoffrey Anyumba, and it has been a delight to hear of people I used to know back then.

(Registered 7th April 2004)

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