Why You Don’t Need A College Degree To Be Successful

For your whole life you’ve been told that you won’t get very far without a degree. Well, I’m here to tell you that it is not necessarily true. Don’t get me wrong, education is important but it is not the only ticket to gaining success.

Don’t believe me? Here is a list of famous people in Kenya who succeeded without a degree;

Maina Kageni 

The renowned Classic FM morning show host dropped out of college to be a truck driver with a Chinese firm in the UK.  When the time for Kageni’s graduation came his mother was shocked after learning that her son was not on the graduation list despite paying the fees for him all that time. She ended up cursing him after which Maina came back to Kenya and found an opening at Radio Africa…the rest is history! Today, Maina Kageni hosts the biggest breakfast show in Kenya and he is one of the highest paid media personalities in Kenya.


The comedian-cum radio presenter is one of the most sought-after personalities in the Kenyan showbiz industry. Till the peak of his career, Jalango had no college degree. He owns a company by the name Arena Media, cohosts with Alex Mwakideu in a breakfast show at Milele FM and hosts multiple high-end events in the country. He is one of the highest paid Mcees and media personalities in the country. 


He is arguably one of the richest Musicians in Kenya. Besides his music business, Jaguar is a member of parliament for Starehe and owns a fleet of personal luxury cars and is known to have investments in Real Estate as well as the Transport and Aviation Industry. He finished his secondary studies at Senior Chief Koinange Secondary School and has never bothered to pursue any degree after that.

Deepak Kamani

Controversial billionaire businessman Deepak Kamani, told a local daily that he never liked school. He dropped out in form two to join his father’s auto shop. He owns Zuri Group Global which has a chain of five and seven-star hotels in India, Kenya, United Kingdom, South Africa and exclusive homes in Dubai.

Heshan De Silva

The founder of the De Silva Group who is said to be worth over $10 million. He dropped out of university in his first year after experiencing culture shock back in 2005. He later ventured into travel insurance with his three friends which gave them 90 million in their first year in business. He also came up with DSGVenCap that invests in ideas of Kenyan entrepreneurs.

Samuel Majani

He is the owner of popular Kenyan entertainment news website Ghafla.  Mr Majai who was pursuing a degree in Electronic and Computer Engineering at JKUAT failed in 8 Units after several retakes which forced him to drop out and pursue his passion. He started by creating a Lyrics website by the name Kenyalyrics.com which later rebranded to Ghafla. Today Ghafla has offices in Nigeria, Tanzania and Ghana.

Daniel Ndambuki

The father of Kenyan comedy till his career peak had no university degree.Churchill cohosts a popular breakfast show with Maina Kageni on Classic 105 and owns a company by the name Laugh Industry that runs the most popular comedy show in the country; Churchill Show. He started his comedy hustle immediately after completing his secondary school studies at Mumbuni High School. Churchill is the richest comedian in Kenya.

Bottom line,

You can be successful without the degree. You can create a business without a piece of paper that says you understand business administration. You can start a company without a college degree. You can be a writer without a degree. You can achieve your goals without a degree.

Find out what you are passionate about and work hard to pursue them.

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