She’s a very outspoken person; the type that can’t keep quiet if something’s amiss. Victoria loves adventure, “I mean there is so much the world has to offer.” You can tell that Victoria loves fashion from how she dresses; elegant and classy. Victoria says that ambition is priceless and that you can have whatever you want if you want it bad because really, all is possible. She loves peace and in times of conflict, she will play Koffi Annan.
1. How do you think others would describe you?
From the little that I know, I’ve heard that I am very hardworking, assertive, reliable, result-oriented, influential, quite loud and outspoken. Although, I have been told that I look strict, but, I can’t walk around smiling for no apparent reason. I am quite friendly once you get to know me.
2. As influential and committed as you are, why did you run for Vice Chair? Wasn’t Chairperson a more appealing position?
The chair position is quite political and from my previous experience as long as you are in SAC, you can do a lot. If you do your research, the heart of SAC is always with the Vice Chair. They always run the show and they are hands on. Did you know the vice chair is also the assistant Treasurer, Secretary and Chair? You learn hands on skills and that’s what SAC is all about; skills.
3. What was the vision for it? The leadership role.
Given the fact that I was in the previous SAC I noticed communication is quite poor in school. Students rarely know what happens in school. Yes, I know we have notice boards, e-boards, email but they have proven to be in effective. It’s a digital generation and therefore, Emmanuel Chebukati (former SST rep) developed an application called CORPTABS. It works the same way as whatsapp. I know this is news to you but I rolled it out with freshman and its making our work easier through updating them on current events. Before end of October hopefully half the school population will be using it. Wait for more updates.
Are you tired of security guard always asking for your ID and you had genuinely left it at home and you have to print a data sheet? It’s only for a short time. The security department is investing in a 10 Million Kenya Shilling security check point where you just scan your finger print. No more data sheet no more showing your ID at the gate. Talk about going digital.
As SAC we are working on a project that will involve fundraising for the swimming pool so that next year when the Student Center is opened we can have a pool. I mean, its USIU-A, a pool is a must. To get this to be approved it took every ones effort.
I have so much planned and by the time my term ends I hope I would have made the necessary changes.
4. What won’t you miss about being SAC Vice Chair?
The abrupt meetings. Man, you are called at 7:00am and told there is an emergency meeting at 7:30 and you have to be there. I will definitely not miss that.
5. What song always makes you happy when you hear it?
Locked away by Adam Levin (it’s even my ring tone). This jam is on point. It gives me hope since I know at least in my life I have people who will always support me no matter what. Now that’s what I call loyalty. But I tend to change my choices with every new song. I love variety.
6. You and your boyfriend share the same workspace. How is that?
I don’t want to sound cocky but I knew it was the best decision. We are like best friends and our visions are similar. He is a very hardworking man and very strategic with coordinating most of the activities for SAC, initiating projects and structural work systems, as much as he is a blessing to me, he is much more of a blessing to SAC, together with him and the team, work moves very easy. You wouldn’t even know we are dating given the fact that we keep it professional since we both don’t like our personal life being advertised. In short we complement each other. #PowerCouple
7. You were listed as “Most Influential Student Leader”. Do you think you command enough influence?
In my department YES. I get work done; I am result oriented and am good at my job. I just want to do what’s best for the students and the fact that I have been nominated to USIU-A and Soma awards for most influential leader it clearly speaks for itself. I don’t want to call myself a feminist but women in leadership can do so much. They just need to play on the same playing field as men and prove themselves.
8. In your opinion, what is the top way that women undermine their influence?
Some women are not confident and in that way they don’t speak their mind and hence don’t contribute in discussions. I believe in giving everyone a fair chance and they need to sell themselves. Every opportunity they are given they need to shine and prove to everyone who doubted their capabilities. Let’s step up we are more capable than we think.
9. Life goals. Wasgood?
I want to be a CEO by 35. That’s exactly 10 years after am done with my Masters and PhD. Just like James Mworia CEO of Centum did it in 7years. You need to offer something of value to be relevant and work smart. You become what you think but you have to work for it.
10. The other side of this interview, what would you ask yourself and why?
I would ask myself, “what more do I need to do?” I feel I have so much I need to accomplish in such little time. I want to serve my constituency. I would also like to mentor young leaders so that they can do better. There is always room for progress. Generation Y should be ambitious and hard working to help in making Kenya a better place.