Weighty Issue: ‘Kenya’s Strongest Professor’ Speaks Out After Contest

That a professor of epidemiology could take part in an odd competition like weightlifting was sure to leave Kenyans’ mouths agape.

Added to the fact that the mother of four and grandmother of two is a few days shy of her 58th birthday (she was born on October 26, 1961, like President Uhuru Kenyatta), the result was an internet sensation.

That is why a photograph of Prof Elizabeth Bukusi, chief research officer at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (Kemri), has been doing the rounds on social media in the past week.

King K. Holmes Endowed Professorship in STD and AIDS

Named after King Holmes, PhD, MD, Professor of Medicine and Global Health, and founding chair of the Department of Global Health, the King K. Holmes Endowed Professorship in STD and AIDS is a rotating award designed to recognize and support a faculty member with exceptional capability and promise, and a clear commitment to STD/HIV research and training. Starting next year, the professorship will be awarded for a period of three years, renewable once.