Jennifer Wanjiru is a thirty year-old Pet Groomer/ Kennel & Boarding
Manager at Very Impawtant Pets' (VIP) Spa and Boarding in Nairobi, Kenya.

Because of her love for bonding and caring after animals, she has attained
the nick-name 'mama bear'.

Wanjiru has been a dog groomer since the year 2010, but has been with
VIP since its establishment in 2014.She tells Eudiah Kamonjo how working with animals everyday is incredibly
satisfying

What was your childhood like and how did the experiences contribute to the person you are today?

It was very interesting. I was a tomboy who liked playing a lot. I also loved to help at home. I am the last-born in my nuclear family of seven (I have three brothers and three sisters) so mine was a large family. I loved school life and extra-curricular activities like music, drama, sports and health clubs. Even then, I still loved animals, especially dogs. My father passed on when I was only three years-old, so my mum raised me. She was a strict Christian and such a tough disciplinarian. This really helped me become focused from a young age. Having grown up in a large family helps one make friends and understand people more easily. I am a very social person.

Where did you go to school and what did you study after high school?

I went to St. Mary's Karen Primary School, Muhuri Muchiri Secondary School, then Hekima Senoir (under the National Organisation for Peer Educators and CDC). I studied Community Development alongside a HIV & AIDs Program.

How did you get into what you do now?

After school, I got to work with the youth as a Peer Educator on Sex Education, drugs and other vital issues. At one point, my brother (who also loves dogs) volunteered at the Kenyan Society for the Protection & Care for Animals (KSPCA), an animal shelter in Karen. Later on, I got to work there and met a friend who was doing dog grooming at the time. She trained me on pet grooming.

What do you love about what you do now?

Being an animal care-giver is very fulfilling as I get to take care of helpless creatures that need my love and care. They become your friends and they reciprocate this love in their own way too.

What tips would you give readers planning to get into this field?

Nurture your dream because you will bring so much joy to animals. Your passion matters so do things that will lead you to your goals; like volunteering at animals shelters. One can also adopt a pet for personal training. Always keep an open mind.

Which other people in your field do you admire or think are doing great work?

Our field is one of a kind and so very few people I know can do what we do. I happen to work with the best team and we support and look up to one another. I work with two other groomers, Suzie and Raya and I find their dog grooming skills commendable.

How do you give back or participate in your community's development?

I am a Peer Educator and work with an organization called RAY (Responding to AIDS & Drugs Amongst Youths). I also work with a group called 'Shout the Silence' that fights for the boy-child rights and seeks to eradicate domestic and sexual violence on children.

What can you tell BINGWA readers about accomplishing their goals?

I appreciate BINGWA for the initiative they are taking on mentoring our children, youths and the society at large. Readers should welcome ideas that inspire lives, better themselves and their community.

What are your views on animal rights?

We were put on earth to love and care for it and all it carries; animals are a big and special part of life and should be protected and loved.


What are your views on children's rights?

Today's children are tomorrow's future. We should give children better foundations today so they can be of substance.

Most memorable moment: Every time a happy dog showers me with thank you kisses.

Over the years, I have learnt that: We need to be confident in life and avoid overlooking our talents or the things we love. We should also be loving and giving to all those around us be it animals and people because even animals need love and we should be able to give it.

To be an animal handler, one has to be: Passionate, open- minded, firm with them and informed about the different breeds. Communication and creativity is also key when it comes to grooming.

Favourite saying or verse: Believe in yourself so that you may begin to understand that whatever it is that you want and purpose for in life will be yours.

Matthew 19:26 “For with God all things are possible.”

Favourite subjects (back in school): History and languages.

Favourite colour: I’m a very colorful person but black is a cool color.

Favourite music: Reggae music.

My role model: My mother. My mum taught me to work hard and never give up.

Favourite programme/cartoon/movies: I'm big on cartoons. I’m currently watching Avatar book series, I’m on the Last Air Bender.

First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 15 2015  

Corruption is like a parent taking the child's plate of food and adding it onto their own; in the long run, this child will be emaciated and deprived of life. Corruption should be eliminated so that all areas of our country can grow. I am inspired by: My children (11 and 9 years old). Because of them I pursue my dreams, hope and fight for as better tomorrow for all the children in the world.

Most memorable moment: Every time a happy dog showers me with thank you kisses. Over the years, I have learnt that: We need to be confident in life and avoid overlooking our talents or the things we love. We should also be loving and giving to all those around us be it animals and people because even animals need love and we should be able to give it. To be an animal handler, one has to be: Passionate, open- minded, firm with them and informed about the different breeds. Communication and creativity is also key when it comes to grooming.

Favourite saying or verse: Believe in yourself so that you may begin to understand that whatever it is that you want and purpose for in life will be yours. Matthew 19:26 "For with God all things are possible."

Favourite subjects (back in school): History and languages.

Favourite colour: I'm a very colorful person but black is a cool color.

Favourite music: Reggae music.

My role model: My mother. My mum taught me to work hard and never give up.

Favourite programme/cartoon/movies: I'm big on cartoons. I'm currently watching Avatar book series, I'm on the Last Air Bender. First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 15 2015

 



Eudiah Kamonjo talks to an Outdoor Adventure guide who is also a fiction writer for BINGWA Magazine.

What is Outdoor Adventure?

Outdoor Adventures are activities that take place outside the confines of buildings. These activities include bungy-jumping, sailing, white-water rafting, mountaineering, fishing and hunting, trekking, kayaking among others. An outdoor adventure guide directs, instructs and guides individuals and groups in these activities.

Most of them work for tourism companies, resorts, parks, lodges, camp-sites or run their own businesses.

Want a career in Outdoor Adventure?

If you are passionate about sports and the outdoors, then this is your ideal career. You will also need to be able to work independently, be dynamic, flexible and a great team-player. Good communication skills (to clearly explain things in non-technical terms) will come in handy. Good listening skills and the ability to be patient and encouraging to the people you are instructing is crucial.

INSPIRING OUTDOOR ADVENTURERS

-Renowned mountaineer Kisoi Munyao who hoisted the independence flag on the peak of Mt.Kenya signaling the end of colonial rule.

-Founder of the Boy-Scout Movement, Lord Baden-Powell established non-formal education putting emphasis on outdoor activities in 1907.

-Founded in 1965 by legendary mountaineer Paul Petzoldt, the National Outdoor Leadership School in the U.S.A takes people of all ages on remote wilderness expeditions teaching them what cannot be learnt in a classroom or city streets.

-Mark Savage, founder of Savage Wilderness Safaris, which was established in 1990. giving people an opportunity to experience adventure sports in Kenya.


Christine Nderitu obtained a Bachelor of Science Degree in Sports Science from Kenyatta University (K.U) in 2010. Today, she is an outdoor adventure guide running her own recreation consulting company called Raha Kichakani Consulting. She also works with different outdoor adventure operators. Her work entails instructing on team-buildlng, mentoring, rock-climbing, mountain-guiding among other adventure sports.

She is currently pursuing her Masters in Recreation & Sports Management at Kenyatta University. Christine went to Moi Nyeri Complex Primary School, Chinga Girls High School and Mahiga Girls Secondary School. It was during her high school days that she represented Kenya in Canada and Japan for winning environmental essay-writing competitions through UNICEF, Ministry of Water & Sanitation and CiDRi projects.

She has been writing since her primary school days but this passion only fully developed later. Today, she writes fiction stories for BINGWA Magazine. “To be a good writer, you need to have soul, passion, planning skills, be in touch with reality and know your audience,” she advises.

Her love for the outdoors was influenced by her adventurous spirit as well as studying Outdoor Education as a subject during her last semester at K.U. While undertaking her Sports Science studies, she learnt basic life-support skills, which come in handy when white-water rafting. Christine believes that learning never stops.

Some of the organizations she has worked for include Pink Horizons, NEO Marketing, Sports Stadia Management, the Ministry of Sports and Youth Affairs and Savage Wilderness.

To be an Outdoor Adventure Guide, you need to be open-minded, have an adventurous spirit and be willing to learn new things. "It is the most dynamic field ever. You've got to be creative because things can go wrong and you will have to improvise," she adds. Another aspect she loves about outdoor adventure is that it's so dynamic. "Everyday is never the same and the job pushes my limits and keeps me fit," she says. So how does she juggle guiding and writing? "As a guide, you are not working the entire time. When an idea strikes me, I write it down and then build on it slowly in my free time. If you look at the 'Fierce Falcon' (Pg. 12-13 Issue 6), you'll see how some of my work inspires me, " she explains. She plans to learn all she can about outdoor adventure.

She is working towards getting a PHD (so she can officially be a doctor of fun!), popularizing adventure therapy along other positive forms of recreation through her company, working in different countries and lecturing. She also wants to produce poetry collections, fiction for children and non-fiction for adults.

Christine is also the opening act of the 'Niko na Safaricom' advert atop Mt. Kenya. "What I loved about doing the advert was meeting the international directors. I also recall getting caught in a snowstorm. It was so cold, I couldn't wiggle my fingers. I was wearing a dress and helicopters were all over,"she recalls. Some of the people she admires are her mother; a very strong, loving and independent woman and Muthoni Muriithi- the first Kenyan woman to reach Batian peak (Mt. Kenya). Her favourite quotes are 'Man must live' and 'Hope for the best, prepare for the worst.' Her advise to BINGWA readers is 'Have dreams and stick by them; do not be swayed by people.

Keep trying and don't give up. It's good to have a talent but couple it with an education.' First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 6



Duncan Chengo is a Pediatric Occupational Therapist who works at the Nairobi Hospital in Kenya. He has a Bachelor of Science Degree (Medicine) in Occupational Therapy, a Masters Degree in Pediatric Neuro-Sensory Integration and has been practicing for seven years.

Pediatric Occupational Therapy is a bunch of rehabilitative medicine that deals with children with neuro-developmental challenges like deformities and malformations. This kind of therapy helps control disability by enabling children to partake in basic daily activities like playing, learning and growth. Dr. Chengo, specifically deals with children with sensory integration difficulties. Other branches of rehabilitative medicine include  Physiotherapy and Speech Therapy.

REQUIREMENTS

You need to get great grades in science subjects like biology and chemistry, mathematics and the languages. Social Science is an added advantage.

A degree in Medicine (Rehabilitative) is a necessity.

Creativity is essential to be able to you build a rapport with children as well as create plans or gadgets that suit their needs. You also need to be open, patient and have some interest and understanding of children. “Children like attention and interesting things; funny, good and bright. You might not enjoy pediatrics if you cannot offer this,” Dr. Chengo explains.

OTHER INSPIRING PEDIATRIC OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS

  • Linda Brant: The missionary Pediatric Occupational Therapist who treated Chengo when he was barely three years old.
  • Dr. A. Jean Ayres (Canadian) and G. Kielhofner (Germany): Both pioneers of Sensory Integration.

HIS STORY

Duncan Chengo was born in Malindi, Coastal Kenya in 1982. His mother was a housewife and his father a businessman. He is the last born in a large family of twelve. They moved to Nairobi when he was four years old. He went to school at Moi Forces Academy (Nairobi), then later joined Machakos Primary School when they relocated to Machakos. He proceeded to Machakos Boys High School where he did his O-levels. In school, his favourite subjects were biology and chemistry.

He had to study Law for two months because his mother did not understand his desire to get into therapy, believing he could do much better as a lawyer. Chengo however stood his ground and with his brother's support, he joined Presibeterian University where he did his BSc. in Rehabilitative Medicine (for four years). He then worked for two years at Mpeketoni District Hospital in Lamu, Kenya, before travelling to the United Kingdom (Derby University) for his Masters Degree in Pediatric Neuro-Sensory Integration.

INFLUENCES

Chengo was born with a mild cerebral palsy condition. He was treated by Linda Brant, a Pediatric Occupational Therapist and missionary in Malindi. Linda influenced Chengo's decision to get into occupational therapy as well as his family's conversion from Islam to Christianity. "I always knew that I wanted to help other children the way Linda helped me. In school, I was really affected when I saw how other children were stigmatized owing to their disability. There were very few (if any) special schools," Chengo explains.

HIS WORK TODAY

Chengo gets to work at 6.30 a.m. He handles bookings and even customizes splints and other gadgets. He does not leave the office until after 5 p.m. sometimes much later. He handles children between ages 0 to 14 years. He loves dealing with children and giving them a taste of what life can be without disability. "It gives me joy when I meet a child who would otherwise be in a wheelchair walking or running," he says with a broad smile. He works with a number of organizations that look out for children around the world (on a voluntary basis). Owing to this, he has been to Germany, Canada, Nigerian, United Kingdom, United States of America, Democratic Republic Of Congo, Rwanda and Burundi.

Career lessons:

Love what you do and do it with passion. Desire to achieve more every other time.

Role Model:Nelson Mandela

Other interests: Soccer, tennis, musical instruments and singing.

Look forward to: A world without disability, improving children's quality of life.

Favourite cartoons: McQueen, CBeebies Channel-especially Mr. Maker.

Mentors: My former lecturer at Derby Univerisity (a fellow Kenyan).

Awards/Recognitions: Most Creative Student (Derby University 2009). Best Student-Anatomy (Derby University 2010).

Tips for future Pediatric Occupational Therapists: Let your greatest desire be to ensure a life reaches its maximum potential despite any kind of disability. You can also be a doctor in a wheel-chair, do not let disability stop you.

Advise to BINGWA readers: It is good to discover what you want early in life and go for it. Fact: The past thirty years have seen an alarming rise in the rates of children with disabilities.

-First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 11 2013



Mwanaisha Chidzuga is a broadcast journalist currently working at the Kenya Television Network (KTN).
She recently left the British Broadcasting Corporation(BBC) to go back to KTN where

she previously worked as a Senior News Anchor.

Besides her incredible work, her infectious smile is also very popular among viewers.

Mwanaisha or Isha as she is fondly referred to, has been in the industry since 2002.

"I love broadcasting because it opens doors for you, challenges you and earns you respect.You also get to travel and meet people," she says.

REQUIREMENTS:

According to Mwanaisha, you must be good in communication, be confident, intelligent, very creative and hard-working. You must also have an authoritative voice and a 'face' (for TV). Training in broadcast journalism is also as important. Talent (like in her case) can be an advantage in the beginning. To stay in the industry though, one must respect herself and others. High moral and ethical standards are just as important. HER STORY: Mwanaisha grew up in Kwale, Coastal Kenya. She attended Ziwani Primary School and became the very first girl from the area to go to a national school in Nairobi (Kenya High School).

Growing up in a large family (five girls and three boys) was both a challenge and a blessing. For one, she had to excel both at home and school. Isha's family was not so well off, but they never lacked the basics. It was this background that taught her how to share and appreciate others. "The person I am today had a lot to do with my upbringing. My father constantly reminded us that each of us was unique; words I carry with me to date. I always say, ‘There can only be one Mwanaisha, so I better make her the best!” she says.

Her mother, Zainab Chidzuga, also encouraged them to participate in extra-curricular activities, even going out of her way to compose songs and poems for them and ensuring they master them. Throughout her school life, she participated in drama, poetry, debate and music competitions. She also liked to swim. All these activities led her to become more confident, work smart and trust in God.

Mwanaisha’s first job (soon after high school) was at Pwani FM where she worked as a radio presenter / DJ. How she got her first opening was by chance. “I had accompanied my friend for the interview when I was requested to try it too..and I got the job!” she simply explained. It was one of the best decisions she has ever made.

She later moved to Idhaa ya Kiswahili-a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) station. These two first jobs were not easy but she got training in presentation and production from professionals like Khadija Ali, Leonard Mambo Mbotela, Zainab Azizi and Elizabeth Obege. “Some of the lessons I learnt at Idhaa were that to be successful in broadcasting, one must strive to be original-do the right thing differently and take criticism positively,” she offers. She joined KTN while she was pursuing her BSc. in Communications and Public Relations at Moi University-Nairobi Campus, a course she is still undertaking.

Apart from broadcasting, Mwanaisha has also served as a board member on the Coconut Board Authority-Under the Ministry of Agriculture. The presidential appointment saw her become the youngest Kenyan to have served as a board member in a parastatal (2005-2012).

On Language: 

Swahili was Mwanaisha’s first language and was easier for her to use in her media ventures. This does not however mean that she is not fluent in English. Often, she has to use both languages depending on the need. She advises young people to love Swahili too. “When you love Swahili, it loves you back,” she believes. She also stresses on the importance of reading widely, practicing and having a positive attitude. Like her, great Swahili can actually get you the top job.

At the beginning, the most challenging thing was juggling family life (she is a mother of two), broadcasting and being a student. “It can get really tough but I’ve learnt that it all boils down to proper planning,” she says.

Other broadcasters she admires are Catherine Kasavuli (Citizen TV) and Ayesha Sesay (CNN). Mwanaisha gives back to the community through her trust, Isha Foundation, which supports education. She is working on creating the most successful public relations and media company in the world.

She attributes her success to working smart, believing in herself and in God, good education, support from others and respecting herself and others.

Awards won: Best News Anchor 2008 (Human Rights Awards) and Best News Anchor 2011 (Coast Media Awards)

Favourite quote: Success is for those who are brave enough to be different and jump into the world of the unknown.

On mentorship: My greatest have been my mother and Khadija Ali (KBC). It is important to have one as she can guide you in achieving your goals.

Career lessons: You are your own best friend. Do not shy away from shining and do not let anybody tell you you aren’t good enough because you and only you can be the best.

Most memorable moment: There is something special about each and every story and bulletin I have done

What inspires me: A better today and tomorrow for my family and I.

On smiling: Smile everyday and live longer. Do not waste your energy frowning and do not let anything put you down! You’ll always get a smile back when you do.

My role models today: My mother Zainab, Mitchell Obama, Oprah Winfrey and Wangari Maathai.

Favourite cartoons: Tom and Jerry and Kung Fu Panda.

Favourite music: Taarab and others

Tips for future broadcasters: Be yourself, work hard, respect yourself and avoid shortcuts.

Advice to BINGWA Magazine readers: Do not just go to school for the sake of it; learn as much as you can.

 

This story was first published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 10 2013

Maurice Hasa; touching people's lives using music Everywhere he goes, Ugandan musician Maurice Hasa is called 'Kaleke Kasome', the title of the very first song that got him recognition across the country.

The Luganda song, condemning the defilement of young girls, touched old and young, rich and poor a like.

Since then, Hasa has been producing songs that bring hope and peace.

Childhood

Hasa’s father Dr. Yona Muhasa helped discover his talent for singing when he was only six years-old.

He was raised as a Christian in a large family.

"My mother often found me crying in bed because seeing a child without food, shelter or clothing and in poor health really bothered me," he explains. She tried to comfort him, telling him that there was nothing they could do for them.

This statement only angered him even more, so much so that he retaliated and spoke out, "No! We can do something mum!"

For Hasa’s sake, Mrs. Muhasa saved some money and began to prepare larger meals on Sundays. She would then invite these children to dinner with the rest of the family. Hasa soon realized how much it took to cater for these children. He would always thank his mother, surprising her with his maturity at such a young age. “Since then, caring for the needy and wanting to make a difference in the lives of many young people became part of my life,” Hasa admits.

Making music, bringing hope

His very first hit song, ‘Kaleke Kasome’, generated so much attention that he is now referred to as 'Kaleke Kasome'. The Luganda song strongly condemns defilement of young girls. Another of his songs ‘Mukama Asobola’-meaning God answers prayer if you believe, urges people to also keep working hard and maintaining peace in whatever they do for a better environment for everyone in Uganda and the rest of the world.

“I love singing! It is through music that I am able to reach out to many people, to change behaviours and attitudes in different communities and give comfort to the needy,” he expounds.

People often ask Hasa for advice. He admits that he does not have the right answers all the time. “Some of the stories I hear are so painful and emotional that all I can do is cry out for them,” he says.

Inspite of the many challenges he has faced, Hasa continues to sing songs that bring hope and peace to all and sundry (including people in the streets and in hospitals). “Being in the Ugandan music industry has been a challenge; there are no serious copyright laws to protect musicians from pirating and many artists have given up because of this. We hope these kinds of laws will be enforced because they are breaking the wings of artists who are ready to fly across continents,” he contends.

Hasa is currently working on a project that will prove to be a ‘marvelous way of giving back to his Ugandan community.’ He is also working with Child Africa, an organization whose main mission is to provide quality education to underprivileged children. The different projects will indeed inspire African children and adults around the world.

Other interests: I am a great Chef who has worked for a number of hotel chains. I plan to establish my own bakery one day.

Favourite book: A servants guide in a servant’s heart by Kevin Bond, an American music producer and Grammy-Award winner. It is a must-read for all community leaders.

Favourite quote: If you can kneel before God your creator, then you can stand before anyman or face any situation.

Favourite subject (back in school): I loved history because there was so much to learn about different people, their backgrounds and how they managed to go through different situations.

Favourite music: I love reggae and rhythm n’ blues.

Favourite films: Good educative films that I can learn from.

I look up to: Juliana Kanyamozi (a great female Ugandan singer), Maurice Kirya (for his persistence and good character) and Aziz Azion (a guitarist and vocalist who is a great friend and advisor).

I am….: A champion, a BINGWA!

Advise to BINGWA readers: Put all your effort, spirit and attention to what you love most, but open your ears to good advice from those who wish you well. It is up to you to make the right decision at the end of the day though; you determine your own future and destination.

A BIG thank you to…..: Child Africa for the great work they are doing for the children of Africa. I am proud to be part of the Child Africa community which has great people, with great minds and giving hearts.

-First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 11 2013

 

David Rudisha;

the humble king of the track After his astounding 2012 London Olympics win, David Lekuta Rudisha is being referred to as 'Kind David' around the world. The Kenyan sits on the throne of the 800 meters race, having broken the world record at the same distance more than once.

Standing at six-foot three, the tall and always laid-back athlete is only twenty-three years old. Katami Michelle explores this incredible champion.

Rudisha was born on the 17th December 1988 in Kilgoris, TransMara District in Kenya. He comes from the famous Maasai community in Kenya and is the sixth born in a family of seven.

"I always said it would be good to add another Olympics medal in the house," he said.

It is believed that Irish coach Brother Colm O'Connell, who is known as the ‘godfather of Kenyan running’ discovered Rudisha in 2004 when he was only fourteen years-old. He was then defending his TransMara District title. His manager is James Templeton.

The young runner enrolled at St. Francis, Kimuron Secondary School in Iten so he could train at St. Patrick grounds. After a series of 400 meters race, Brother O’Connell suggested he doubles his running distance to 800 meters, a great decision since he has lived up to expectations.

Rudisha started representing Kenya in 2005, and even though he did not always win gold, he faired pretty well. Rudisha’s first competition outside the continent of Africa was at the World Junior Championship (2006) in Beijing where he bagged his first gold medal. In 2008 and 2010, he won the Africa Junior Championship title. By the time he was 21 years-old (2010), he had broken the 800 World record twice. In the same year, he became the youngest ever athlete to win the IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award. He also won the Kenyan Sportsman of the Year Award.

In 2011, he became the World Champion in 800 meters, finishing at 1:41:01. At the 2012 London Olympics, he became the first man to break the world record, finishing at 1:40: 91. Besides ‘Kind David’, his other nicknames have been ‘Pride of Africa’ and ‘Track Master’. He has won the three most important titles in an athlete’s career; the Olympics title, the world title and IAAF World Athlete of the Year Award.

He was recently awarded the 2012 IAAF Performance of the Year Award for his outstanding achievements at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2012 Athletics Kenya Overall Athlete of the Year.

This year (2013), he will be going to defend his world title in Moscow, Russia.

Despite being a top athlete, Rudisha has managed to keep a low profile back home. He also has a great personality, is focused and hard-working.

Rudisha does not just hit the track to train, he also does gym work and other exercises. He maintains a healthy balanced diet, and drinks lots of milk. He does not indulge in junk food nor takes supplements.

He has strong family values and is married with one child. When he is not running, he spends time with his family relaxing, farming and herding cattle.

Fact: Since 2010, Rudisha has also been serving the country as a police officer.

Endorsements

Being a recognized and popular athlete, Rudisha is highly paid to do endorsements (messages issued on behalf of a product, cause, institution or person). He has appeared in the Kiwi Shoe Polish advertisement where he highlights the power of good-looking shoes, a venture that goes hand-in-hand with his work on the track.

He is also the Ambassador for the Safeguard Antibacterial Soap, a Procter and Gamble initiative that encourages nurturing of talent and childhood development while maintaining a high-level of hygiene.

The official International Olympic Committee (IOC) has also picked Rudisha to star in a film dubbed, ‘First’.  He will be telling the story of his running career, training and the great moments of the 800 meters race.

Future plans: Looking forward to having a long running career. The challenge is always defending the titles and keeping in top shape.

I love being an athlete because: I love running….and running faster.

On being picked to star in the Olympic movie: It is a huge honor for me to be singled out; it is motivating and humbling to represent Kenya.

Favourite quote: Never give up

Favourite movie: Action movies

Favourite cartoon: Scooby Doo

Favourite music: Nice, slow and relaxing R & B music 

On sports for the young: Sports moulds the youth to be disciplined and remain focused in life.

Tips for young athletes: Never give up and don’t be disappointed by failure caused by defeat. Instead, view them as the motivation to becoming better.

Advise to BINGWA readers: Combining education and co-curricular activities is good. Whatever talent you have, don’t neglect it as it can open up a whole new world for you. I urge parents to support and encourage children to pursue and nurture their talents.

Competitive Accomplishments

2012 - Gold - 2012 London 2Olympics 2012 |

2011 - Gold - IAAF World Championships 800 m (1:43.91)

2010 -  Gold- IAAF Continental Cup

2010 - Gold - African Championships in Athletics 800 m (1:42.84)

2009 - Gold - IAAF World Athletics Final 800 m (1:44.85)

2008 - Gold- African Championships in Athletics 800 m (1:44.20)

2007 - Gold- African Junior Championships 800 m (1:46.41)

2006 - Gold- World Junior Championships in Athletics  800 m (1:47.40) 

OTHER CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

2005   2nd   East-African Youth Championships (400m)

2006   4th     World Junior Championships (4x400m)

2007   1st   Weltklasse GP, Zürich (800m)

2008   1st     African Athletics Championships (800m)

2009     SF     World Athletics Championships (800m)

2009   1st     World Athletics Final (800m)

2010   1st     Diamond League Race Final Standings (800m)

2011   1st   Diamond League Race Final Standings (800m)

-First published in BINGWA Magazine Issue 10 2013

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