Over 2000 students at Ithanga Secondary School, Murang’a County. PHOTO|NATION

Nick Vujicic, an Australian-American evangelist and motivational speaker was in Kenya for a two-day official visit. He was born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare condition characterized by the lack of limbs and legs.

Mr Vujicic spoke to nearly 3,000 secondary school students, administrators, and instructors at Ithanga Secondary School on a tour of Murang’a County.

Nick is no average man, despite his lack of limbs, h e is an entrepreneur, best-selling author, coach and philanthropist. He has also served as a consultant to a number of international leaders including presidents.

He arrived in Kenya on Tuesday last week after a meeting with Israel’s prime minister and opposition leaders.

Mr. Vujicic was on a mission to talk to millions of children from all over the world, preaching the word of God while also motivating students and putting an end to school bullying. His goal is to motivate young people to live their lives without boundaries.

Dr. Baiya and Mr. Vujicic opted to visit Kenya to speak to children about bullying in schools and society, as well as the value of self-belief, resilience and focus.

Mr Vujicic informed the pupils who came from 14 different schools around Murang’a County about how he was bullied at school and called a hopeless handicap but he never gave up.

Mr Vujicic was tormented and teased at school since he was a youngster since he was born without arms and legs.

Joining high school, he decided to attend a regular school rather than a special one; as many would have expected. He’d made the decision to face his problems straight on.

Mr Vujicic spent most of his time in high school on a wheelchair which led to a lot of bullying but he kept his head high and refused to give up. He overcame adversity and found essential concepts that helped him to identify his purpose and transform problems into opportunities making him one of the world’s most sought-after keynote and inspiring speakers.

Dr Evans Baiya, a Kenyan-American technology and innovation specialist and philanthropist living in the United States, organized his recent tour in Kenya. Dr. Baiya’s charitable focus is on changing people’s lives via medical, economic and educational programs that he has executed in Kenya over the past 20 years.

“Life is how you perceive it. You can become what you wish to be and achieve beyond expectations. If life gives you lemons, don’t grumble.  Make lemonade instead,” he stated.

Mr Vujicic was welcomed by Chris Gatebe, the school’s principal, and Stephen Muiru, the BoM Chairman, at Ithanga. He then inspected the students’ guard of honor. Mr Vujicic and the other guests were also amused by the boys and girls performing ethnic dances.

“This is a rare chance for our students. Meeting Nick is truly inspirational for them and all of us,” said Ithanga Secondary School principal Mr Chris Katebe.