JKUAT Student Dr. Ruguru Kimani Listed in Forbes Africa’s Top 30 under 30

Forbes Africa has listed Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology student, Dr. Joan Ruguru Kimani, as one of the Top 30 under 30 class of 2022 achievers in the June edition of Forbes ranking.

Dr. Ruguru who is set to graduate with a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBChB) degree of JKUAT during the 38th Graduation Ceremony, slated for June 28, 2022, was outstanding in her work on Child Health and Parenting.

Arguably one of the brightest young Africans who are trailing the blaze with their outstanding work as innovative thinkers on the cusp of shaping the continent’s trajectory in various fields, the JKUAT student was the 2020 winner of the Top 35 under 35 Youth of the Year Award.

JKUAT student Dr. Joan Ruguru Kimani.

Having already taken the Hippocratic Oath that was administered by the Medical Council in February this year, Dr. Ruguru has literally seen her star rise steadily.

She is poised to represent Kiambu County in the battle for “Ms. President, an Academy/ Competition” that is supported by the European Union, United Nations, and the Canadian Government under a program run by Media Focus on Africa.

Her passionate engagement with Child Health and Parenting issues has now catapulted her to the continent’s limelight, following her latest recognition and listing as one of the Top 30 under 30 Africans by Forbes AFRICA.

Dr. Ruguru is one of the four Kenyans who made it to the coveted list of 30 individuals from Africa, honored by the Forbes AFRICA class of 2022 for their exceptional contribution to the growth of the continent.


Forbes certificate to Dr. Ruguru Kimani confirming being named in 30 under 30 list

She topped in the Child Health and Parenting category, and like her counterparts from Kenya: Elsa Majimbo was lauded for her creativity as a social media influencer, while Sylvia Gathoni was recognized for championing E-Sports in the continent, as Charlot Magayi was recognized for her endorsement of clean energy, a statement from Forbes AFRICA, stated.

The list features Africans under the age of 30 who are innovative entrepreneurs, tech geeks, sports stars, and influential creatives contributing to the continent’s growth story,” notes According to Forbes.

It is an inspiration to the youth that passion and hobbies can be turned into professional ventures. I feel it is a validation of my work and a lesson on consistency in projects that one is interested in,” says Dr. Ruguru Kimani.

The fact that I have been doing it pro bono, shows that people can be rewarded for giving back freely to the community. I have been blogging for 7 years and growing my audiences and numbers,” she adds.

The 27-year-old alumna of Maryhill Girls is very clear in her mind about what she wants to achieve: “my main goal is to get into global health and policy-making space in regard to child health.”

Founder/CEO of Exciting Parenting, Dr. Ruguru also runs a blog where she articulates important information on children and parenting.

As an alumna of the Forbes class of 2022, Dr. Ruguru Kimani is “shining a light on the issues plaguing Africa’s growth in a pandemic era and is also working towards shifting the narrative in innovative ways.”

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