My name is Benjamin Elisha Sawe, and I was born on August 18th, 1973 in Kenya in a family of 10 children with four girls and six boys and I am the 7th in the family. My father died at the age of 68 in 1991, and my mother is still alive, now aged 83 years. My parents were staunch Christians of Seventh Day Adventist denomination, and we all grew up as Christians, and we have maintained that religion to date. My father was a strict disciplinarian, and there was no excuse for anybody not attending church or going to school. School and church attendance were inexcusable and non-negotiable unless one was bedridden.
I went to school starting in the early 1980’s and later landed in Egerton, Kenya in 1994 studying for a Bachelor of Arts degree (BA) specializing in Economics and Statistics, and graduated in 1999. In 2000, I was employed as a field supervisor overseeing the preparation of seasoned telephone and electricity transmission poles in the field. In 2002 I got a teaching position at Kenya Institute of Management as a tutor teaching Business Mathematics, Business studies, Economics, and statistics. I left teaching the following year, and I was unemployed until 2006 when I was employed as a Data Analyst with TNS East Africa, a market research firm. As an Analyst, I was basically responsible for monitoring and tracking an array of consumer goods in selected sample outlets to establish the brand’s sales volumes, sales trends, stock levels, and market share on a monthly basis. I was also producing reports and visual diagrams of the same vis-à-vis other similar competing products in the market.
In 2008, I enrolled for an MBA at the University of Nairobi, Kenya and graduated in 2010 with a specialization in strategic management. The following year I quit working at TNS to pursue a full-time writing career, having started writing on part time-basis in 2010.
For me writing is a passion and I love doing it, I have written numerous articles in the past in a broad range of subject areas. I can keep writing and writing, and keep doing it, and at the end of the day I am surprised how I did it. I call it passion and that is what I do presently. My autobiography would not be complete without mentioning the most important thing in my life, my family. I have a small family with two sons. I got married in 2006 to Joyce, and we had our first born son the following year, he is called Maxwell and is now aged 10. We had the second born in 2017, and he is named Ryan who is turning one year in October.