Steve Biko is a 22 years old flamboyant student of Bsc (Microprocerssor Technology & Instrumentations) whom despite his Involving pursuit of being a student of Electical & Electronics Engineering in Technical University of Kenya has beaten all odds to engage in SONU executive politics.
Steve is a charismatic SONU executive 1st timer who first made headlines when he became the first 2nd year to serve as SONU Organizing Secretary. He however, first served as a close aide to former Chairman Babu Owino in an association that earned him a nomination to the congress while still in first year. Many consider him the most controversial SONU – Executive 2013-2014 or rather the “Oklya Omtata” of student activism. Here is my interview with Steve Biko.
Who is Steve Biko? I am a down-to-earth character who is humble in service, an upholder of ethics and ethos. A God-fearing man and faithful seventh Day Adventist, who has never failed to defy the evil forces that normally antagonize service to comrades.
Most people consider you a controversial politician, why? I dare to do the unexpected to get what comrades want done. I don’t shy away from exposing, shouting, coughing or condemning lords of Impunity who think service is a favor done to comrades. People should know people, comrades must be known.
Where did you start your Leadership? In church, I started as a head prefect in Sony Sugar Primary School then became the football captain and the Vice-chair at St. Josephs’ School, RAPOGI. I then served at the then Kenya Politechnic University College as a top executive member of the students organization. At University level, I started SONU politics as a closed aide of former Chairman Babu Owino who later contributed to my rise to power.
Why did you decide to change from religious leadership to political leadership? God is to be given what belongs to him not forgetting that Cesar must also be given what belongs to him.
What have you learnt as a young leader? Service to people is service to God. A leader should not always sleep in leadership but if you must then sleep with one eye open lest you loose sight of the vision to deliver the promise you made to people.
Do you have ambitions of becoming SONU Chair 2014-2013? As a good student of the Bible am taught not to worry about tomorrow for tomorrow will take case of itself. It is therefore early and even ridiculous to ask such a question even though STEVE BIKO is an ambitious person. For now I am satisfied with my role as the Organizing Secretary and must always thank comrades for it. Allow me to deliver the present to comrades first because I cannot serve two masters; selfish interest and responsibility. On the other hand comrades know best what the future holds for them and I believe leadership is not a club of selected few.
Do you take drugs or alcohol due to stress that come with political responsibilities? Jesus changed water into wine not to deliver people from stress but to celebrate occasions. A little alcohol is good for the stomach but not stress. My advice to addicts is that alcohol and drugs if carelessly abused is an impediment to our own success and can never be a solution to our social and economic problems.
Tell me more about your private life? It is s private as the word suggests. I keep private cards close to my chest but for the sake of your question let me expose some; am ardent and loyal Signior Steve Biko’s supporter. I love Arsenal football club and also a record holding-sprinter in short races, that is 100metres and 200metres hits) at The then Kenya Poly. Parting in private clubs and hanging out with my friends Is also my thing. But the list cannot be complete without me talking about my association with “The students”.
Are you engaged? With God yes. But no real man also fails to exercise his manhood. My sincere promise is that when I get a chance to tie the knot I will only tie one and not two.
Who Inspires you most: Locally; Ababu Namwamba( Don’t ask me whom he is), international: Barrack Obama; historically; Steve Biko( the African legend) and at all its times; Christ.
Parting short: What goes round comes around, what you do to people will also be done to you. There cannot be service without personal sacrifices and there have never been sacrifices without pain. Lead and know that you will also be lead by others. Comrades’ power!