Describe your job.
I am currently a Completions Engineer with Tullow Oil Kenya. My job is to choose the right tools and technology to enable the oil and gas engineering team to access the source where oil and gas fluids collect (reservoir) in a safe, cost-efficient way so that this oil and gas can be brought to surface (produced).
What problem does your job help to solve? How does your job make the world a better place?
Oil and gas based products are used by the world's population in everyday life - to fuel and drive their cars; to cook; to heat their homes and to manufacture many different products like plastics, paints, fertilisers, pesticides, etc. We provide by-products that are needed by for many industrial processes worldwide.
Why did you choose a career in Engineering? What was your greatest influence in making the decision?
I consider myself a practical and analytical person with an affinity for the sciences. I chose engineering because I enjoy solving problems and I thrive on projects requiring hands-on involvement. I am always encouraged and inspired whenever I see a concept, executed, implemented; functional and positively impacting lives.
What are you passionate about?
I am passionate about being intentional and meaningful in everything I do, from mundane daily tasks to bigger assignments, in the conversations I have and in what I focus my energies on. I am learning to be more mindful and self-aware.
What would you enjoy doing even if you were not paid to do it?
I would enjoy teaching math in primary and/or secondary school by simplifying math concepts; making math more relatable and making it enjoyable to solve math problems.
State some of your hobbies.
I am a lover of the arts: live performances and also like to spend time by myself engrossed in some African literature, Francine Rivers or basically any good read. I also enjoy outdoor activities, discovering hidden culinary gems within and outside Nairobi, experiencing sunrises and sunsets in foreign places and travelling. Finally, I like to work up a sweat over a competitive game of squash with my twin sister, Njeri.
What advice would you give your 16 year old self?
Cherish the intimate moments and memories spent with family and all the lessons you have learned through mistakes and tough choices will mould you and not break you. I would say to myself “You’re on the right track, girl, don’t fret, your life is just starting out and you are in for a God-given adventure! Love without inhibition. Never think twice about doing your best and being your best.”
What would you like to be remembered for?
Being empathetic, kind, and positive and for living my life joyfully. I would like to inspire at least one girl to believe in herself and her smarts!