The first man to earn a degree in East Africa was Wasawo. He was born on 17th May 1923 in Gem, Siaya County, Kenya. In 1937, Wasawo joined Maseno school then later attended Alliance high school from 1942 to 1943.
His excellent performance landed him in Makerere University in Uganda(1944) which at the time only granted diploma courses. Wasawo pursued his career in biology and excelled in his studies. He was then given full sponsorship by the principle of Makerere to attend Oxford University in England. Wasawo received his degree of Master in Zoology in 1951, becoming the first East African to be awarded a degree in science.
Wasawo came back to Makerere University as a lecturer in 1952, becoming the first African teacher in the faculty of science. From 1952 to 1965 he served as lecturer, then head of the zoology department and vice principal (1962–1965). He was the first East African to hold the post of vice principal in Makerere.
In 1965, he joined the administration of the University of Nairobi where he served as the deputy principal for a period of 5 years.
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