Kipchoge Keino

Legendary Kenyan athlete Kipchoge Keino during an interview at his Kazi Mingi home in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County on September 14, 2021.

| Jared Nyataya | Nation Media Group

Uhuru 58 and a book about Kenya’s great sporting history

What you need to know:

  • National independence days are good instances of such occasions for reflection, appreciation and resolution.
  • Even back in the colonial times, heroes like footballers Joe Kadenge and Oliver Lidonde had emerged on the sporting scene.

“Those who know not whence they come,” I wrote in 2019, “know not wither they go.” As I put it in my original Kiswahili, “Asojua atokako, wa’aendapo hajui.” I wrote the line in homage to our greatest history teacher, Prof Bethwell Alan Ogot, on his 90th birthday.


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