Nicholas is an orphan who lost both of his parents due to HIV at the tender age of 13 while growing up in Majengo slums which is the second largest slum in Kenya. These slums are widely known by the high prevalence of HIV cases which are a result of commercial sex and prostitution, lack of jobs and a myriad of various challenges. Despite all these, Nicholas developed a strong passion in football and he has been playing football from a young age. At 14 he joined a local organization called Vijana Amani Pamoja (VAP) which gave him the opportunity to be a coach and teach young people about the dangers of HIV. Having demonstrated his leadership potential by giving back to the community and played football at a good level in Kenya he hopes to gain the higher education he needs to become a social entrepreneur.
Life is often compared to a marathon, but I think it is more like being a sprinter; long stretches of hard work punctuated by brief moments in which we are given the opportunity to perform at our best.
- Michael Johnson