Train up a child in the way he should go, And even when he is old he will not depart from it.
Our children do plenty to make us proud. There are the obvious things. They learn to talk, they learn to read, they perform in their first school play. They learn to play the recorder as badly as their 29 classmates. And oh, what a joy that is. These are the photo-album moments that you share with grandparents and post on Facebookfor all your friends and relations to coo over.
There are however a few of the special Kids that make us proud as Kenyans collectively.
Below are a few
The Kenyan Boys Choir consists of 25 school boys, aged between 13 and 24, from various Kenyan backgrounds and tribes, brought together by the urge to sing and nurture their talent. The choir was directed by the former director Joseph Muyale Inzai till 2010. The choir gained widespread recognition and international media coverage in early 2009 after performing at Barack Obama’s inauguration ceremony in Washington, D.C. On their way back to Nairobi they were intercepted by Universal Music Group representatives waiting for them at Heathrow Airport in London and were signed in the departure lounge to Decca Records as they waited for their connecting flight.
The choir was started in 2004 to help boys from underprivileged backgrounds raise money to pay for their school fees. Primarily performing traditional Maasai and Samburu chants, the choir also embrace contemporary African and European classical pieces. In the recent years, 2011 and 2013 respectively, the Kenyan Boys Choir has performed with Nelly Furtado, (also featured in her Album The Spirit Indestructible -‘deluxe version’ in 2012), Demi Lovato, Shawn Desman, Kardinal Official, and other renowned artistes on WE DAY an annual series of stadium sized events.
Our very own 16-year-old Jeremy Wahome is a famous Formula BMW Asia Cup Series driver.
Jeremy took part in the BMW Asia Cup Series where he successfully achieved three rookie wins, two second place finishes and one third place finish at the Formula BMW Asia Cup Series held at the world famous Sepang International Circuit in Malaysia. On his Facebook post just before transiting to the Asia Cup Series, Wahome posted:
The Kenya Jirani Choir began in 2006 in the Korogocho-Dandora slum in Nairobi, Kenya. Jirani’s founder is a Korean missionary, Rev. Tae-Jong Rim, who was inspired after seeing young children picking through trash heaps in search of food in Nairobi.
According to the Jirani Cultural Organization, their primary mission is to “give these children the opportunity to grow as global leaders for the next generations – not leaders who solely have a better quality of life, but leaders who make the world more beautiful, where people are taught to work together to resolve any and all sorts of conflicts between nations, races, and religions.”
Rebecca holds 10 other national records in both short (25 metre) and long (50 metre) courses, some of which she set as far back as 2012 when she was only 12 years old. She has now set her sights on the other records in breaststroke, her speciality.
In 2010, at only ten years of age and before her family temporarily relocated to the UK, Rebecca represented Kenya in CANA, the sub-Sahara regional swimming championship, held in Nairobi and won six gold medals and one silver. She then lifted the best swimmer trophy in her age group category in competition against among others, swimmers from South Africa, the undisputed continental swimming superpower.
The Kenyan teenager was the youngest member of the country’s swimming squad at the Glasgow Commonwealth Games in August. She had hoped to be selected for national duty at the just concluded Short Course World Championships in Doha but was not, but she is now looking forward to an action-packed 2016.