Jeremiah Rogito during his graduation on Sunday, June 9, 2024 at the Adventist University of Africa.
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Pursuing a career in agriculture was a decision Jeremiah Rogito made early in his education.

Born and raised in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County, an area known as Kenya’s food basket, Rogito was exposed to the intricacies of farming from a young age.

“My parents were highly involved in farming, which sparked my burning interest in agriculture. Even in primary school in Trans Nzoia County, I knew agriculture was my passion,” he told the Star in an interview.


This early exposure ignited a lifelong passion for agriculture and its potential to transform lives.

“In both primary and secondary school, I was actively involved in agricultural activities. I joined agricultural societies and was a key school official championing agriculture-related initiatives,” he said.

After completing his primary and secondary education, Rogito joined Egerton University in 2013, where he pursued a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, graduating in 2017.


His commitment to agribusiness led him to pursue further education. He enrolled in a Master of Management in Agribusiness program at Strathmore Business School (SBS), graduating in 2020.

This achievement motivated him to pursue a PhD in Strategic Business Leadership at the Adventist University of Africa.

On Sunday, June 9, 2024, Rogito became one of Kenya’s youngest PhD holders at the age of 28, having been born in November 1995.

His dissertation focused on youth-led food systems transformation, highlighting his dedication to harnessing the potential of Africa’s youth for socio-economic development.

“I was born to very spiritual parents who believed in the power of God to transform lives,” he said. “Their support inspired me to keep going and helped me achieve my goals with ease.”

In addition to his degrees, Rogito has earned various certifications, including being a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP) and an African Youth Change Maker Fellow in 2018.

His professional journey is as inspiring as his academic one. He has held roles in various organizations, including Welthungerhilfe, Equatorial Hortifresh Limited, SNV, and AGRA (Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa). Throughout his career, Rogito has been committed to integrating young people into agribusiness, giving them opportunities to innovate and adapt to changing agricultural landscapes.

“Youths must believe in themselves, be proactive, and have a vision. They must be determined to achieve their goals. My focus is to empower the youth, promote sustainable agricultural practices, and ensure food security,” he said. “I envision a future where young Africans lead agricultural innovation, driving change and creating resilient food systems in Africa and beyond.”

Rogito is not only a shining example in academia but also in religion. At Lavington Seventh Day Adventist Church, he serves as an elder, playing a key role in the administration of the church.

Achieving this at the age of 28 is remarkable, especially as he is not yet married.

Elders in the SDA church provide spiritual leadership to the congregation and help the pastor meet the needs of the church and community. To become an elder, one must attain a high degree of spiritual growth, Christlikeness, wisdom, and maturity.

“As part of the church leadership, we ensure that people in hospitals, schools, and prisons receive hope and inspiration in their life journeys,” he said. “My prayer is that every parent can support their children, offer them the motivation they need to overcome challenges, and above all, trust in God.”