By Sharon Gwada

I am elated to be here, not only to address my fellow graduates and alumni of this course but to be able to do it from the comfort of my home. A year ago if somebody told me graduating via Google without being coaxed is possible, I would have probably squinted at them or even smacked their face. But here we are, how times change!

First and foremost, I would like to thank Gabriel Dinda. Without him, there would be no Writers Guild Kenya hence any of this. He has not only provided readers and writers a platform for growth but has gone out of his way to follow individuals to ensure their dreams with regards to the same are achieved.

I would also like to thank our tutors the sweet Mr. Waweru, the joyful Ms. Omwa, the relatable Mr. Kombani and last but not kind, the amazing Mr. Lucas. And I mean that with a lot of love and respect because I have learnt that sometimes it is not until we receive the hardest blows, that we learn.

To my mostly adorable but sometimes scandalous classmates, thank you for making this course one of the most fun and rewarding experiences of my life. I could never ask for better humans than you. And I pray that going forward the bond will stay as we continue helping each other grow into the writers the world is yet to celebrate.

This course was meant to prepare us to what comes next; which begs the question, what comes next? A question whose answer I believe each of us has at heart. But all in all, I hope one day you will look back and say in June 2020, when the world was rotting away owing to Covid 19, you did something good for yourself.

For me, as far as my enthusiasm for books goes, all I can say is that, “THE GIRL WITH THE BOOKS WILL ONE DAY BECOME THE WOMAN WRITING THEM.”

Thank you!

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