Norah Jelagat Borus’s death has left many in disbelief.
The young lady, who was studying Electronics Engineering at Standford University, USA was found dead at her campus residence.
Jelagat was to graduate on June 29, 2019.
Below are the things you didn’t know about Norah Jelagat.
1. She was a bright student
She went to Precious Blood Girls Riruta and in 2013, she was the best candidate in Nairobi County. She later California-based Stanford University to pursue a degree in Electronics Engineering.
2. She was from a prominent family
She was the daughter of Professor Peter Borus and the Ministry of Agriculture’s Dr Diana Borus.
In an interview with a local daily, Norah was quoted saying,
It was important for me as a student to determine where I wanted my life to lead. When I identified my dreams I began working towards achieving them and never stopped.
4. Tutored students for free
After High School, Jelagat joined Akad Education Group where, as part of their mentorship programme, she worked as a volunteer teacher at PACE (Promoting Access to Common Education) Kenya.
While at Akad, he applied for a scholarship to study Computer Science at Stanford University and in May 2015, she received her letter of acceptance.
Many have described her as a loving and friendly young lady.
Kenyans continue to send their messages of condolences to Norah Jelagat’s family and below are the comments;
Kipchumba Murkomen Folks, it is with profound shock and utter disbelief that I have learnt that the family of my friends WHO’s Prof. Peter Borus and the Ministry of Agriculture’s Dr. Diana Borus has lost their last born child Ms, Norah Jelagat Borus, who is posthumously graduating with a First Class degree in Electronics Engineering at Standford University, USA, on the 29th day of June, 2019.
Norah was a co-term MASTERS student (on the strength of her impressive performance at Stanford) and was expected to graduate with the MSc degree soon! Jelagat was a great friend of Ms. Jelimo Maswan (also from E/Marakwet) who showed the way at MIT, USA, in the same course and now works at XNP Semi-Conductors, Eupen, Belgium, as Algorithms Development Engineer. (I weep for Jelagat).
To Jelagat’s parents, sister Dr. Fiona Jebichi Borus (Medical Doctor) and brother, Eng. Denis Kipchirchir Borus, my thoughts and prayers as your Senator, are with you at this time of grief.
Jela (as she was popularly known) was to change the world, she would and she can even do so in her rest: we all must appreciate that we have a role to know excellence for what it is. OMG!
Jela, you were excellent, you were brilliant! We shall tell the world that you still are the brilliant girl whose excellence can only be matched by the E/Marakwet athletes in the world arena.
Jela was the fourth best KCSE candidate nationally, the second best girl nationally and the best Candidate in Nairobi County in 2013 after sitting the exam at Precious Blood, Riruta.
We are eager to know the truth, Jela, and we pray for justice for you and your family. Rest in Peace our E/Marakwet ambassador. (For info, Jelimo, her friend, was the best in 2005 KCPE)
Felix Blair Odhiambo My condolences. Dr. Borus was my epidemiology professor in Itromid
Samwel Koskey Pole sana Prof may Jelagat soul RIP. Is it that America is too much for young people?
Gilbert Ngetuny My condolences its only our creator who knows our true destiny to Borus family God will be there for you during these difficult moments and our prayers are with you.
Britania Rotich Heartfelt condolences to the entire family. May the grace of our Lord be with you all in this trying moment.
Albert Kimutai It is with profound shock and utter disbelief that I have learnt of the passing on of Norah Jelagat Borus, daughter of Professor Peter Borus, and who was a final year student at Stanford University in the USA, under unclear circumstances.
Norah was the best candidate in Nairobi County in the 2013 KCSE exams and was such a brilliant mind, one of the very many astute brains that come from the Kalenjin community and Kenya at large.
She was a first lane student and will graduate posthumously for her bachelor’s degree award later this month.
Professor Peter Borus was one my Master of Science (immunology) degree mentors at the Kenyan premier research institute that’s KEMRI, Nairobi, and is a renown World Health Organization polio expert who resides in Rayfarm, Moiben constituency, where I vied unsuccessfully for the member of parliament seat in 2017.
My heart goes out to the family of Prof. Borus, to his wife and children.
Hillary Kimutai Albert Kimutai pass our heartfelt condolences to you your good friend and professor #borus Mutyo missing.