- President Kenyatta reminded Kipchoge that he was carrying the hopes of about 56m Kenyans.
- Kipchoge affirms the potential in the geographical entity we call Kenya that is yet to be exploited for the good of all of us.
I was recently among the thousands of Eldoret residents who kept vigil in the town centre to witness history being made by one of our own, Eliud Kipchoge.
As we stared at the big screen strategically mounted next to the Kenya National Library’s local branch, I could not stop imagining how a single individual could unite a whole nation.
The mood could only be reminiscent of that created in United States by the trio of Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins as they landed on the moon.
Those ecstatic moments made me understand the construction of the national pride of the US. The declaration that “no human is limited” by Kipchoge as he pulled off his sub-two-hour marathon and Neil Armstrong’s epic statement in 1969 that his was “one small step for man, and giant leap for mankind” both point at the infinite power that lies undiscovered in all of us.
In a telephone conversation, President Uhuru Kenyatta reminded Kipchoge that he was carrying the hopes and dreams of about 56 million Kenyans.
And for sure he didn’t disappoint. He fulfilled our dreams and hopes and once again made the whole world talk positively about Kenya.
Kenya remains an enigma to many outside and on the continent in athletics. I am always asked if I am also a runner when I introduce myself as a Kenyan when visiting Europe or America.
At the national level, Kipchoge affirms the potential in the geographical entity we call Kenya that is yet to be exploited for the good of all of us. We all have a collective responsibility to unlock the potential in us.
Indeed, science tells us that most human beings utilise only about 15 per cent of the inherent physical and mental potential until they die. Those who manage to unlock their potential up to 25 per cent are considered geniuses.
Athletics aside, we have many things to be proud of as Kenyans. In the area of innovation, it was Kenya that gave the world M-Pesa.