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Prof. Wilfred Emonyi: Meet The Distinguished Researcher Who Molded His Sons To Global Rugby Recognition

Professor Wilfred Emonyi Injera, an immunologist, is a man who has succeeded not only in the field of academia but has managed to mold his children to take up reputable careers. His sons Humphrey Kayange, Collins Injera and Michael Agevi have all featured for the Kenyan rugby team and have left an indelible mark for the golden era of Kenya’s rugby.

Kayange, who is the first born is a retired rugby player who was inducted into the world rugby hall of fame in 2021. Kayange studied at St Peters Mumias and is currently a member of International Olympic Committee. Kayange studied biochemistry at JKUAT and proceeded to UK to study organic chemistry.

Collins Injera studied at Vihiga High School where his rugby skills were honed. However, he concentrated too much on rugby which saw his academic performance take a downward trend. The matter left his dad taking umbrage and even called the school principal ordering him to drop Injera from the school team.

At one point while we were having the provincial competitions in Mumias, Injera’s father called in school and he was very furious with the administration for allowing him to go out often with the team and play,” recalls Indimuli Kahi who was by then at Vihiga High School.

Injera ranks as the best try scorer for  Kenya and is second across the globe. In 2016, he made history when he officially became the global top scorer in the rugby sevens series after he scored his 231st try. His elder brother provided the assist as Injera dashed past the whitewash and scored the try. An elated Injera removed his jersey and rushed to the stands to celebrate the milestone with his parents. The cameras glared, zoomed and captured the moment. Injera is a public relations graduate from Daystar University.

Then there is Michael Agevi who has previously represented the Kenyan rugby team. Agevi is a human resource professional. The family’s daughter who goes by the name Linda is a pharmacist.

Professor Wilfred Emonyi Injera

Wilfred Emonyi Injera is a professor of immunology and acquired his PhD from Kenyatta University in 2013. His speciality is a complicated one and basically entails studying the body’s defense mechanisms against various pathogens, inflammatory responses and cancers. Key immunological research issues in Kenya’s health system are centred on malaria, HIV and tuberculosis.

Professor Emonyi works as a senior lecturer at Moi University School of Medicine and Alupe University College. He previously served as a Laboratory Director at AMPATH and is a member of Immunology Society of Kenya.

He lives in Soy, a small town located on the border of Kakamega and Uasin Gishu counties with his wife Dorothy Agevi. The family has invested in agribusiness and was once featured on Daily Nation for their success in the venture.