KIKELELWA VILLAGE, NKAMA
Sintoyia Sanka, 23, is perhaps the first Maasai woman in the country to graduate with a mechanical engineering and manufacturing degree from the university of Nairobi.
There are other women in Kajiado South who have graduated with civil engineering degree, but Sintoyia’s automobile engineering could be the first one.
Standing at 5’ 7”, Sintoyia towers over her three sibling brothers as guests arrive for her graduation ceremony at her parent’s home in Kikelelwa village, Nkama area of Kajiado South sub-county on Saturday.
Sintoyia had just graduated from the UoN on September 23 with a degree in mechanical engineering and manufacturing after 5 years of hard work.
“It was not easy in a class dominated by men. But I am thankful to God for bringing me this far. I am also giving credit to my supportive father, Peter Sanka and mother Monica,” said Sintoyia.
The firstborn in a family of three boys, Sintoyia is a mentor to them all. She is a torchbearer in matters of education in Kikelelwa village.
Most of the guests who went to Sintoyian’s home to celebrate her educational achievement have no idea of what it takes to be an engineer.
“I can now work in the manufacturing industry as a design engineer, an automobile engineer and everything mechanical,” says Sintoyia.
Sintoyia said she was mostly fired to work hard in school by her parents and two of her neighbours in Loitokitok; Eng Joseph Nkadayo and Eng Jonathan Metiaki.
Eng Nkadayo is a former Kenya Civil Aviation Authority Director General, while Eng Metiaki works with Kenya Railways.
Sintoyia says her decision to venture into engineering was a calling to make a difference in her future career.
“I wanted to do something tough because I love challenges and things that can boggle my mind,” says Sintoyia.
She says her supportive parents made her education at the university so easy.
“I received their financial support in doing my projects. With that kind of support, I was only left with studying hard as expected. Chilling out with others was not on my menu because I knew that passing examination was my life and death,” said Sintoyia.
Sintoyia in her childhood enrolled in Mbatian Academy in Loitokitok town where she did her Kenya Certificate of Primary Education and passed with 375 marks.
On completing her primary education, she went to Naivasha Girls and in 2016 sat for her Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education and obtained a “B”+ with 72 marks.
In September 2017, she joined the UoN and graduated last September.
“I am appealing to parents to at least remember their boys. Girls, for so many years, now, have been pampered so much to the detriment of the boys,” said Sintoyia.
Explaining why she was not married off at a tender age as it happens in most parts of Kajiado, Sintoyia attributed that to her Christian parents, adding that the location of their home in Nkama is a cosmopolitan region.
Nkama land extends to Illasit on the boundary of Kenya and Tanzania and the local people are commercial farmers.