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Who He Was

"Today I ask myself, what if I lose the world? What if the world lose me? Would I remember the world? Would the world remember me?"

Dr. James Muiruri - Right

Dr. James Muiruri was compassionate and had the heart to assist the needy. His acts of kindness touched many souls in Kenya and abroad and especially the young rivers of Chania

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His Work

What He Did

"Empowering Africans with skills and tools to thrive in the 21st Century"

Dr. James Muiruri - In Maasai Attire

Locally, he had sponsored a journalism club in the slums of Kibera Nairobi, to improve spoken and written English amongst the children and the youth.

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Legacy

Dr. James Muiruri's Legacy

Education

Dr. James Muiruri excelled in Institutions that admit only the very best.

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Achievements

Dr.James was awarded the Drapers Company Prize for Academic Excellence

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Farewell

These were Dr. James Muiruri last words as he passed on the 24th January 2009

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Primary Education

Hospital Hill Primary School

Dr. James Ng'ang'a Kariuki Muiruri was born on the 3rd of October 1979.

James began his Primary Education in 1985 and in 1993 he sat for his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (K.C.P.E) examination in Hospital Hill Primary School in Parklands, Nairobi, and afterwards was admited at Mang'u High School

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Secondary Education

Mang'u High School

He was then admitted to Form One in Mang'u High School in 1994 where he sat his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) Examminations

During this time in Mang'u, James was a highly gifted Basketball and Football player and has toured many countries participating in sports tournaments, and also recieved many trophies.

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College Education

Kenya School of Professional Studies (KSPS)

James then briefly proceeded to the Kenya School of Professional Studies in 1999 to pursue a Diploma in Law.

His exemplary performance got him accepted into the University of Kent at Canterbury in the United Kingdom to pursue and Undergraduate Degree in Law (LLB)

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University Education

University of Kent

James joined the University of Kent in 2002 and described his first few weeks in Canterbury as being a complete culture shock; but in true 'Ng'ethu Star' spirit he settled down in the English way of life and made many friends of all nationalities, including lectures and colleagues in no time.

Dr. James Muiruri - Left

It was also at Kent that James achieved his very first legal victory by representing a disabled man at the benefits tribunal in Kent County 2004. This marked the very first time that James challenged the system and defeated it. He graduated from the University of Kent on 14 July 2004 with an Upper Second Class Honours in Bachelor of Laws.

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University Education

Queen Mary Law School At The University of London

Later that year he was accepted to the prestigious Law school at Queen Mary's at the University of London.

It was there that he was one of the only two black African people that academic year to be awarded a master degree with Distinction in the area is International Public Law. He was also awarded the very prestigious Drapers Company Prize of academic Exellence including a Standing Ovation.

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University Education

University of Sheffield

Due to James' excellent performance in his Master Degree, the British Government awarded him with a full scholarship for three years to pursue a Doctorate Degree at the University of Sheffield where he was to also tutor Undergraduate students.

He sat on the East Africa Society Advisory Board where he was very influencial in drafting policy and nascent organization. James' years at Sheffield were marked by true academic excellence and personal growth. He was the fastest student in the history of Sheffield University Law School to complete his PhD submitting his Thesis under three years. Reflecting on his time in the United Kingdom, James described himself as having come full circle and called The City on Seven Hills as His Second Home

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Achievements

Dr. James Muiruri Achievements

Academic Excellence

Drapers Company Prize

Dr.James was awarded the very prestigious Drapers Company Prize for Academic Excellence at Queen Mary University

Due to his Academic Excellence, Dr. James Muiruri was made a lecturer for Undergraduates at The University of Sheffield as he was pursuing his Doctorate

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Honours

James had a great heart & love for United Kingdom

James had widely travelled in the UK. He made and visited so many friends and places. He accompanied his father to the world famous Madame Tussauds and did this photograph with Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth, Prince Philip and King Charles. He was very excited.

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Sheffield, London and Kent

Farewell and Gratitude

These were Dr. James Muiruri last words as he passed on the 24th January 2009, four days after he posted this farewell message on his facebook page
Posted on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 at 2:15pm

" Back at home, my bags are now unpacked with I having left the only life I have known for the last six years! And it all ended in Sheffield, a Great City built on Seven Hills. With all its splendor, its sorrounding beauty fondly and constantly reminded me of the stars and breathtaking valleys of Ng'ethu Village where I was bred and raised as a child. Now in Nyari Estate, my heart is as peaceful as a quiet afternoon as I reflect on my recent past while gazing through the window to capture the lights beneath the beautiful pattern of the street lights. Having originally left Nairobi for London on the 14th of September 2002, I can safely say that it has been a tremendous academic expedition. Back then, the many men that blessed me as I left the airport on that momentous night must have known what we can achieve with our education. And as the day of my home-coming party draws near, the women await to dance and say the full five Ngemis.(ululation) "

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THE IMPOSSIBLE IS NOTHING!!

" In six years, I attained three Law Degrees, including the Big one, a PhD in Law that was awarded to me on my birthday; 3rd October 2008. Although Sheffield is my second home, I believe that this is how my story in the UK shall be told. It all started at the University of Kent which accorded me a Bachelor of Law (Hons) degree in July 2004. But it was in September of that year when my life got more exciting after I enrolled at the University of London. Not only did I achieve a Distinction in the LLM-Public International Law, I was also awarded the Drapers Company Prize for Acadedmic Excellence in September 2005. Those that know me well recognize the magnitude of this feat, particularly with previously having been written off during my high school days where I got an E in Mathematics after having entered the prestigious Mang'u High School with the lowest marks ever. A decade later, I can engage in a little bit of contentment when I reflect on how full scholarship from the University of Sheffield allowed me to teach Law for three years and attain a PhD "

Dr. James Muiruri - In Traditional Attire
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MY DEEPEST GRATITUDE

" Goes to those who allowed me to be myself, as I really am and urged me on. Some stem from my early days on this Earth while others have been angels that I have come across along the way in this journey. Through all my days, my closest friends have shone, particularly during those extremely difficult moments when I found myself alone in the dark with instinct as my only companion. But they also know that I would not have awaited it any other way. I remain and always will be, an external optimist who aspires to live a complete life. As I bid my farewell to my academic and exciting social life in the UK, I wish everyone well. I know that although history remains the ultimate judge, there are always ways that one would wish to be remembered. So for the moment, I hope to show that amidst all the partying, crazy times and occassional madness, it is possible to maintain a sense of purpose and return to your faith and ability to achieve your dreams "

Dr. James Muiruri - Right
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LOOKING BACK

" There are many memorable times that shall forever be engraved in my heart wherever I go. I will always cherish the victorious moment when I successfully represented a Disabled man at the Benefits Tribunal in Kent in 2004. We beat the system! Also, my graduation in London in a full Maasai outfit (in memory of my great grandmother) remains the most fulfilling moment so far. And i cannot thank my friends enough for making our week in London such a success for my family. As for the Sheffield crew, I am definitely going to miss you; the times we have had are out of this world. Thank you for electing me as the president of the East African Society where we won all the awards there were to win in 2006. With hunility I urge you on. And doing so, I must also now melt in the Nairobi's heat and take to the skies. Truly, to All, I wish you all the best in the future and I will be there "

Dr. James Muiruri - Center
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