Kenyan law students fly country’s flag high in Albania

Raphael Gitau poses with his teammates Gladys Ann Nyangweso and Jackline Birir during the 36th Jean Pictet Competition in Duress, Albania. 

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What you need to know:

  • Raphael says the organisers were surprised to see the Kenyan team there.
  • Unbeknown to the team, the Albanian government had imposed a travel ban on some African countries due to the increasing cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, and they had just gotten there in time.
  • He also notes the first days were difficult for them, as even though they faced no racism, they stuck out in a city with very few foreigners of colour and being the only African team to have qualified.

West of Albania’s capital Tirana, lies a port city called Durres. It is not a place many Kenyans are familiar with, but it is where Kenya’s flag flew high. This was through the proud doings of Raphael Gitau Njoroge, 21, a fourth-year student at Kenyatta University School of Law, together with his colleagues Gladys Ann Nyangweso and Jackline Birir. 

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