Despite the divisive politics, Kenya is indeed a beautiful country with arguably some of the most hard-working citizens in Africa. It is no surprise that Kenya has produced some of the world’s finest souls.
Let’s look back and reflect on some Kenyans who put us on the world map, giving us a sense of pride in our country.
- Eliud Kipchoge
You guessed right! He just had to top the list. Marathoner Eliud Kipchoge - in a class of his own -rose to the top of this exclusive club after shattering the INEOS1:59 challenge in Vienna, Austria.
His 1:59:40:2 record achievement in the challenge saw him earn global acclamation, with people putting aside their variables of race, religion, colour and nationality in celebration of human feat. What’s more? He holds the men's marathon world record after running the Berlin marathon in a record time of 2:02:57 on 16 September 2018.
- Peter Tabichi
Peter Mokaya Tabichi is a Kenyan science teacher and Franciscan friar at Keriko Mixed Day Secondary School in Pwani, Nakuru County who won the 2019 Global Teacher Prize.
Besides dedicating 80 per cent of his salary towards helping the society’s poor, Peter also initiated science clubs, which saw more students enrol for science subjects.
Besides that, he was also recognised for dramatically improving his students’ performance and self-esteem.
- Wanuri Kahiu
Kenyan film director and producer Wanuri Kahiu has received several awards and nominations for the films which she directed, including the awards for Best Director, Best Screenplay and Best Picture at the Africa Movie Academy Awards in 2009 for her dramatic feature film From a Whisper.
Kahiu’s latest film Rafiki was banned in Kenya for a while ahead of its world premiere at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, where it made history as the first Kenyan film selected.
It explored LGBTQ issues in a country where same-sex relationships are outlawed.
- Strathmore University Law students
A team of three students from Strathmore University put Kenya on the world map after defeating Harvard Law School in a competition held in Geneva, Switzerland.
Mishael Wambua, Kandalla Maleehah, and Catherine Penda became the first African team to win the John H. Jackson Moot Court on World Trade Organization (WTO) Law.
- Brigid Kosgei
Brigid Kosgei broke a long-standing world record by winning the women's event of the Chicago Marathon in 2: 14:04.
The 25-year-old bested the previous mark of 2:15:25 set by Britain's Paula Radcliffe in London 16 years ago.
Brigid, one of seven children raised by a single mother hails from Elgeyo-Marakwet County, a region in the Rift Valley known to produce some of Kenya's top runners. And like some other Kenyan athletes before her, Kosgei discovered she could run while in primary school when she had to jog to class in the morning.
After raising school fees became a challenge for her mother, Kosgei decided to drop out of school in January 2012 during her final year.