National exams in the country are viewed as the gateway to shaping one’s future for the best.
Bundi Karau was among the few candidates who managed to clinch the top position in form four national exams.
Karau did his Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) in 2002 and emerged scoring high to pursue a career in medicine.
In a past interview, Karau revealed that he did not perform as well in his Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) which meant he did not go to a top secondary school.
Dr. Bundi Karau (holding trophy) alongside government officials in 2003
Karau secured went to Kanyakine Boys’ High School in North Imenti where he made a name for himself through his exemplary performance.
“While in school I knew my competition was in Starehe and other top schools. I was working hard to qualify for a degree in medicine,” Karau stated.
Due to his outstanding performance, he was selected to join the University of Nairobi to pursue a degree in Bachelor of Science between 2004 and 2010.
Karau later pursued a bachelor’s degree in Medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery in medicine at the University of Nairobi.
In 2014, the doctor took up a Master of Medicine in Internal Medicine at UoN and graduated in 2017.
His academic ambitions did not stop at a master’s degree. In 2020, Karau enrolled for a Doctor of Philosophy in Human Anatomy where he graduated in September 2023.
“This journey seemed insurmountable 3 years ago when I set out. It almost seemed dumbfounding that I would do this. But there’s nothing determination and focus can’t achieve. It pays to start and keep moving in small steps,” he stated in September.
Karau is among the few top candidates who chose to further their studies in the country after their exemplary performance.
As he expanded his knowledge in the classroom, Karau was also taking up different roles in the field to gain experience.
He worked as a medical doctor under the Ministry of Medical Services between 2011 and 2023, he was a senior house officer at the University of Nairobi between 2014 and 2023.
From 2018, he worked as a senior lecturer and honorary Consultant Physician at Kenya Methodist University and Meru Teaching and Referral Hospitals respectively.
The doctor is also the Chief Physician at Oregon Health Services in Meru.
Despite his impressive track record in the medical field, Karau plays a role in the community to empower young Kenyans.
On hobbies, he enjoys traveling, recently he embarked on a four-day journey from Gaborone (Botswana) to Nairobi alongside his friends.
Dr Bundi Karau (second from left) and his friends during a four-day trip from Botswana to Nairobi