Kenya is a land of scholars. There are many professors across the nation. The late Professor David Peter Wasawo, from the Luo tribe, went into the books of history as the first Kenyan to be elevated the level of professor.
Wasawo, who died at the age of 91, enjoyed an illustrious career for several decades. He defied all odds to rise to the top at the time many Kenyans were shy to enter different disciplines.
His is remembered for his approachable mien and humility among other attributes. Wasawo was conferred with an honorary Doctor of Science degree on November 29, 1999, at the University of Nairobi.
Born in 1923 in Gem location in Siaya County, Wasawo attended Maseno School before he joined Alliance High School. At Alliance, he was an excellent student who impressed his fellow students and teachers.
His hard work made him excel in Cambridge Overseas School Certificate Examinations with distinctions before joining Makerere University College in Kampala.
At the Ugandan University, Wasawo enrolled for science courses where he specialised in biology before went to London Higher Matriculation examinations.
Wasawo has been a role model to many youths in the academic sector. Today he lives in the hearts of many as one of the greatest scholars to have ever lived.