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After an year of critical thinking of my next
academics and career plans in life, I believe your  Masters in Economics Program answers
gracefully my search for academics fulfilment in life. Being African, having
been born in Turkana, North-West Kenya, from a pastoralist nomadic community
practising banditry as a way of life. I pride the young man whom I have become being
a first ever 3rd generation Economics intellectuals from my clan. An
achievement contrary to my peers and societal belief. I stand at a very pivotal
moment of history. I belive, I both share the education dreams and sentiments from
my fore fathers and my personal belief and aspirations of contribuing to
excellence in the field of economics through my deep interest and passion in
research, economics policy development and implementation within programme and
project management. You may expect that I have become cynical about the
economic greed and self-interest that can pour fuel onto the flames of
conflict. In actual fact, working hard, as I have, to pull myself out of this
disadvantaged context and to understand the way in which our societies can be
positively shaped by an understanding of economics. I have instead been
enthused by the potential of economic equality to end, rather than prolong,
social injustice. The crucial importance and relevance of economics related
disciplines to the modern world have led me to want to pursue the study of
these social science at a higher level. The need for policy-makers capable of
employing cross-jurisdictional, and cross- disciplinary strategies to solve
complex challenges cannot be under-emphasized; hence my application to this
scholarship program.

 

Being brought up in such a perilous situation left
little opportunity to put my education first throughout my young life. I managed
to gain good grades at KCPE and went onto perform similarly well at A-level topping
in my class and being the only from the whole Turkana county be admitted for Economics
degree  in Moi University.Having always
had an aptitude for numbers I took more interest in my high to focused my
studies on related subjects, including Maths, Chemistry and Physics, to make
sure that I have the understanding necessary to perform high-level economic
calculations. Progressing to a degree in Economics at the Moi University in
Kenya. I continued to be a dedicated and hardworking student and managed to
secure Second Class Honours Upper Division with 68 points. . My experiences of
A-Level Economics has shown me the fundamental part it plays in our lives and I
would like to approach it with an open mind – interested but not yet fully
informed. My purpose for applying to graduate school is to both expand on my
existing knowledge and to create additional opportunities for myself in the
future.

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In addition to the theoretical
understanding of the field that my degree level studies have given me, I have
also been lucky enough to gain hands on experience of their application in the
real world. Between  September and December
of 2016,  I undertook a summer internship
at the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries within the Panning and
Accounts Unit. Working alongside senior economic researchers introduced me to
the demands of research at the highest levels, as well as deepening my
understanding of the creation and implications of economic policy.

 

Besides being an Economics graduate, I am
a Certified Public Accountant professional and at the moment working
as a Finance Analyst graduate Trainee at Mondel?z International (Cadbury Kenya
and East Africa). The experience and skills I would bring to London School of
Economics are leadership, good oral and written communication and
organisational skills. I have  successfully delivered projects within
agreed budgets deadlines. Clear and concise communication and the ability to
develop strong relationships through working as a team have been critical
success factors to achieving this. I believe through the academics,
cultural  and extensive research
experince and exposure offered by the LSE, I will be an all rounded student in
character and in both social interaction and professional interaction with the
rest of the LSE students.

 

The local work experience gave me valuable insights
into the corporate world, and although I was working with a small company, they
nevertheless compete in the same markets as large corporations.  Working with a large team helped me to
develop my communication skills and to work co-operatively with a variety of
different people. In addition, I was asked to work independently on certain
tasks in the finance and accounting divisions, which allowed me to use my own
initiative to contribute to the company’s objectives. I was also interviewed on
numerous occasions to give my opinions on planning  the 2018 statutory audit. This required me to
provide analytical judgements, speaking at large board meetings, which improved
my confidence greatly. I spent time working within human resources, accounts,
marketing and finance.

 

I trust that throughout this brief statement I have
satisfied you of my interest and commitment to the study of Economics. I
believe I will make an important contribution to your university and aspire to
have the opportunity to demonstrate this to you. As I finish writing this, I am
reminded of the old saying, attributed to Picasso, that “Good artists borrow –

great ones steal.” I am indebted to my friends and
colleagues from whom I stole and plagiarized to write

this document: Henry Osuru my brother and my dad,
Gregory Ikakoro and my development economics lecturer Mr. Swara.

 

 

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