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Explorer of the Day: Moses Ariiho's Humble Walk to Fame


If there are any live examples to prove that Kampala International University (KIU) trains leaders and provides students with the best possible platform to elevate their potential, the Guild President Moses Ariiho is one of the kind. 

Since joining KIU in 2017, his life has tremendously changed from an ordinary student to a total quality person.

In just one year as Guild President of Uganda’s leading private University, Moses has proved that the ability to succeed comes from the power within,  catalyzed by the strong desire, determination, and resilience which he appropriately applies to remain the top most student at Kampala International University. 

This has seen him explore more heights among which includes being voted president of all Guild Presidents in Uganda under the Guild Presidents Association of Uganda [GPAU], and Speaker of Uganda National Students Association[UNSA]. 

Moses also participated in the NRA trek from Caramba to Birembo, walking besides H.E. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni,  whom he later met for a four-minute talk. He also received an invitation to the National Leadership training in Kyankwanzi where he was honoured to be part of the ten youth selected to present a loyalty oath to the president come 2021.

Ariho Moses nicknamed ‘’son of a peasant’’, was born on 4th April, 1994 in Ngoma, Nakaseke District, to Bikundu Jackson and Kiritama Edith in a family of 9 children, Moses being the second last born. Moses’ father, his favorite role model, only served as LC1 chairperson and achieved only a P.L.E certificate in education. 

Moses went to Ngoma Modern Primary School from whence he joined Kitintale Senior Secondary School for O’Level, though he sat his UCE exams at Uphill College because his former school had no Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) Center Number at that time. He did his UACE from Galaxy Senior Secondary School Wakiso after transfering from Kampala Senior Secondary School, where he had initially joined for A ‘Level.

In August 2015, Moses joined International University of East Africa (IUEA) for a Diploma in Public Administration before joining KIU two years later to pursue a Bachelors Degree in International Relations, his lifelong dream.

‘’I chose KIU for my Bachelors because it not only has the best learning environment, but also amazing success stories, including those of my relatives and friends who had gone through KIU, that inspired me a lot and I must say I have not been disappointed," says Moses. 

He adds that he had always admired to be a career diplomat and that there was no other platform to make it happen apart from the prestigious KIU where he is just eight months short from achieving his dream profession.

Moses was voted KIU Guild President in May 2019, replacing Ariinda Jasper, following massive support from students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the university at large. This followed his failed attempt for the same position at IUEA where he was barred by the Students' Union Constitution which limited Diploma students from contesting.

‘’Becoming Guild President was part of a career I begun building as early as P.6, and it is only true today that determination, focus, resilience and prayers can make dreams come true. Mind you, this is just the beginning of who I actually want to become,’’ says Moses excitedly. 

He acknowledges the fact that KIU has given him a platform to explore his potential and that other students need to embrace this golden chance to explore the heights of their inborn potentials and talents.

‘’I want to extremely thank people who have really helped me to reach this far, for example Mary Kabaikiriza, the former Vice Guild President 2017-2018, who guided me on issues of the Guild Union and also affirmed my desire to run for Guild Presidency," he narrates, "Other people that really helped me are; Hon. Rafael Magyezi, Minister for Local Government; General Tumwine, Brig. Mwesigye, and my biological brother Tugume David."

Apart from being Guild President at KIU, the charismatic Moses had earlier on served in various leadership positions right from primary school up to university. He served as Speaker during both his primary and secondary school, Chairman Scripture Union, Head Prefect, and President Debate Club among others. 

Ariiho Moses attributes his success to hard work, resilience, self-belief, divine assistance, and proper networking, thus concluding that it is not one’s social-economic background that determines their success in life but rather their personal decisions and ambitions combined with determination, focus, and resilience that eventually render success inevitable.