NCU Alum Returns to Homeland to Run Local School and Launch Mayoral Campaign

For some students, an NCU degree can change their life. For others, the educational experience can change a country. This is the case for Dr. Desmond Bikoko, a 2007 NCU graduate with a Doctor of Business Administration (DBA) specializing in international business.

This year, Dr. Bikoko plans to run for the mayor of Lilongwe, the capital of Malawi. As the current Councilor for the city, he is launching a second campaign for mayor after losing in a tight election in 2014.

Bikoko was based in Denver, Colorado, a brand new parent to twin girls and working full-time when he decided to pursue his PhD.

“I had no time to go to class, but NCU provided me the greatest opportunity to achieve my goal of earning a quality doctorate degree online,” he said. “There were so many other institutions that provided online learning, but NCU stood out for me in terms of its accreditation, leadership and the flexibility it offered.”

His studies proved not only a challenge in time management, but academically as well.

“I struggled, but the professors not only provided great academic support, but also ways to think outside the box,” he said. “My writing skills improved and I graduated feeling very confident about myself and the future.”

After graduation, he moved home to Malawi and set up his own firm, Madison Holdings. It started with three people and now employs more than 150. The firm is diverse; providing recruitment, consulting/training, catering, vehicle tracking services and most recently a fully accredited university, Riverton University.

Bikoko started the university in 2013 with 13 students and now has about 140 enrolled. The school teaches business-related courses.

“I still run my businesses on a full-time basis and sit on a number of Boards, but my immediate attention is to grow the University,” he said.

And, of course, a campaign to win Malawi’s Capital City mayorship in December of this year.