5 Kenyans Who Put The Country On The Map in 2023

As we wind down 2023, we look back at the game-changers in various fields who made Kenya proud. Here at Kenyanvibe, we have made a list of various people who have received global recognition for various achievements.

  1. Claire Gakii

Claire Gakii, a 13-year-old Kenyan, won the Universal Postal Union’s 52nd International Letter-Writing Competition for Young People in October.

Her letter addressed the mission of making roads safe for all children, earning her recognition at the United Postal Union (UPU) fourth Extraordinary Congress in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

2. Faith Kipyegon

Faith Kipyegon is a Kenyan queen who has conquered the world in spectacular fashion. Kenya’s first female World Athlete of the Year was honoured with the rank of Elder of the Order of the Golden Heart by President William Ruto.

She successfully won three world records in 1500m, 5000, and mile in the Diamond League before claiming a rare double at the World Championships where she won gold in 1500m and 5000m.

3. Nadia Mukami

Nadia Mukami, the Kenyan musician was officially crowned the queen of music in the East African region at the 2023 African Muzik Magazine Awards (AFRIMMAs) in Dallas, Texas, US.

She was nominated for the award with other artists like Zuchu and Maua Sama from Tanzania. The Kenyan singer without fear of contradiction gladly accepted her new title ‘Queen of East Africa’.

4. Charles Oyamo

CEO and Founder of Rethread Africa, Charles Oyamo, was named among the 10 winners of the 2023 Global Change Award (GCA).

Oyamo received Ksh29.9 million (€200,000), part of the Ksh299 million (€2 million) total, in the form of grants from the non-profit H&M Foundation.

Rethread Africa’s submission highlighted how bio-based synthetics could be extracted from various raw materials. He successfully turned waste from sugar and corn production into bio-based synthetics.

5. Eliud Kipchoge

Eliud Kipchoge, was feted with the prestigious Princess Of Asturias Sports Award earlier this year. Kipchoge won 16 titles out of the 18 marathons and was presented the award during a ceremony held in Spain.

The awards are a series of annual prizes awarded in Spain by the Princess of Asturias Foundation (previously the Prince of Asturias Foundation).

The foundation’s panel of 15 judges described Kipchoge as a legend in the world of athletics whose records are unmatched.

The individuals listed above are just a but a few to make the country proud and as we move towards 2024 we can be sure that more individual talents will do the same.

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