Alumnus of the Week- Medical Microbiologist and Social Media Manager, Mutahi Muriithi

Often times, when one is asked why they chose to attend a particular institution of higher learning, there are certain expected responses but when I asked our Alumnus of the week Mutahi Muriithi this question, the answer I got was definitely not in the list of those expected responses. Mutahi Muriithi is the Founder of Ltcaezar Communications, a company committed towards managing social media and online presence of its clients. He is also an alumnus of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, class of 2013; having graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Medical Microbiology. Yes you heard me right. The founder of a communications company is actually a graduate in Medical Microbiology. I know you’re curious as I am to find out exactly how Murithii found himself in a career so distant from his area of study. Let’s go back to the beginning.

When I asked Mutahi Muriithi why he chose to pursue Medical Microbiology at Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, his immediate response, and I quote, “When I joined JKUAT, I pursued Medical Microbiology due to a number of factors. Top on the list was that I was becoming a problem at home, and my old man wanted me in school.” I totally didn’t expect that response, but Muriithi further enunciates that other that, there are several people in his immediate family who are in the medical field and so it was only natural that they advocate for him to join them. Despite the twist of fate that landed him in JKUAT to study MMB, he made a strong resolution to study hard and perform well in his studies.

12644968_1205015349513132_775087107796058278_nWhat was your learning experience at JKUAT?

At JKUAT, I received what would turn out to be the best quality of instruction that I had had in my school life. I practiced a little Medical Microbiology before and after graduating. I found that I easily fit into different work environments ranging from research laboratories and hospital diagnostic laboratories. The course I was studying is heavily dependent on practical experiments, field visits and independent thought. We also had fun time with the  practical experience during field trips. By the time I left JKUAT, I had travelled well all over the country visiting different places where Medical Microbiology skills are applied.

So with a professional training in medical microbiology, how did you path divert to communications? Why the shift?

This is always something that few people understand. My talents are in organization, planning, improvising, strategy

formulation and other areas. These often find little use in Medical Microbiology since it is a field which is quite rigid and heavily regulated. The regulation is understandable since in medicine we are handling cases of health and any mistakes or errors could result in massive damage including loss of lives. You will not be allowed to improvise or do potentially dangerous experiments in the medical field, neither should you try to be too clever in it. When I graduated from JKUAT, I put my Medical Microbilogy skills to practice for some time. I then started carrying out small campaigns online to expand my side hustle that was in content development for websites. Gradually, I shifted to doing digital communications full-time. I then founded my own company and built networks to tap business. I knew it would not be easy, but I was ready to face the challenges that would come my way.

Has the training you received at JKUAT helped you in anyway? If so, in what ways?

The training I received in JKUAT is very important in my current field. There are key skills that I learned. Carrying out tests, analyzing results, drawing conclusions and reporting are very important in communications. Additionally, I got a strong sense of social responsibility and ethics while at JKUAT. Today, I have built my company to operate as ethically as possible with constant consideration of other people in the areas where we operate. Towards the end of my course, I had a few units in entrepreneurship which came in very handy when I was setting up my own communications company.

Where do you see yourself five years from now?

In the next five years I should have firmed up my footprint as a leading communications leader in East Africa and possibly branch out into the African continent.

Any parting shot based on experiences you’ve had so far?

In life there are oranges and lemons. However, they are not the only fruits. If life gives you lemons, find someone who is suffering from a cold, and sell them the lemons at the highest price possible. With the cash from the sale of lemons you can buy whichever other fruit you wanted to have.

Compiled by Susan Mburu

8 thoughts on “Alumnus of the Week- Medical Microbiologist and Social Media Manager, Mutahi Muriithi

  • September 1, 2016 at 10:26 am

    thank you guys for setting a good example to us. you have help us not only to be innovative but also to transform our nation and even outside the world. Thanks a lot for your innovation ,keep it up.

  • September 1, 2016 at 12:54 am

    Good job
    Keep up!

  • August 31, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    Good work
    All the best

  • August 31, 2016 at 8:32 pm

    What a read.
    Surpus your expectations
    All the best

  • August 31, 2016 at 7:19 pm

    A true description of the diversity of a kenyan graduate! I envy you for this statement ….”My talents are in organization, planning, improvising, strategy formulation and other areas.”
    Most of us are yet to discover our talents! we are shy to confess we just found ourselves in our current jobs out of the pure need to fed for ourselves, and not out of passion!
    ….and, oh yes, I dont need lemons, so am gonna trade them for my favorite fruit….a banana maybe?

    Ltcaezar Communications…KEEP GOING ….THERE AINT NO STOPPING!

  • August 31, 2016 at 11:55 am

    Awesome mutahi Muriithi always upto something transformative keep on keeping up. Love the spirit and the passion doing what you love most.

  • August 31, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Great read on Mutahi Muriithi. The parting shot is very thoughtful.

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