“Kenya’s Lewis Hamilton”: Nairobi-born Teenager is Making His Country Proud

A Nairobi-born teenager had his dream come true last week when our government announced that it will fully endorse him as a motorsport driver representing the Motherland.

Tejas Hirani, 16, who is the proud winner of 49 motorsport titles, received the news in the form of a personal letter addressed to him from Cabinet Secretary Phyllis J. Kandie on Sept. 3.

“I have been following with great interest the developing career of Tejas as a young and extremely promising Kenyan in the world of motorsports,” Kandie said of Tejas, who became the first Kenyan ever to win an international motorsports championship in 2014. “His exploits and success…begs for the support from all Kenyans as we seek to see him carry our flag high.”

Hirani at the Dubai Autodrome after winning the 2014 FG1000 Formula Gulf.

Hirani at the Dubai Autodrome after winning the 2014 FG1000 Formula Gulf.

Hirani, who is nicknamed “Kenya’s Lewis Hamilton” after the current Formula One World Champion, took to Facebook upon receiving the letter, jubilantly expressing his joy about the outcome of the decision.

“I am stunned. WAAAA!! The generosity of some people,” he posted on Sept. 8.

“My flag will fly high,” he captioned a photo he posted of the Kenyan flag the same day.

Hirani, who dreams of becoming Kenya’s first Formula One driver, will be racing in the World Series RX Lites in Spain on Sept. 18. With the support of his government, he has a good chance at reaching the podium.

Originally from Sweden, Chris is a journalist with an extensive interest for African culture and the arts.