Sons and daughters

Thursday January 12 2012

Dr Davy Koech... was a long-serving Kenya Medical Research Institute director who left office following fraud allegations connected to alleged misuse of money allocated to the institute.

Dr Koech was among a group of scientists who in late 1970s helped to set up KEMRI.

His career has orbited around academic and health sciences research investigating several immunological and other aspects of tropical and infectious diseases.

He has published widely in these areas and his many papers are well known in peer reviewed scientific journals.

He also has several doctorates topping his academic achievements. Together with Prof Arthur Obel, he was involved in the development of Kemron, a drug said to be based on a low-dose interferon alpha, for the clinical management of HIV infections and Aids. Nothing has been heard of it since its high profile launch in 1990.

Waridi... the bald-headed actress starred in Waridi, the late night TV show that ran on Citizen TV.

She gained fame from the show and eventually adopted the show’s name despite her real name being Barbara Chepkoech.

Actors from the South Rift have not had many starring roles in local TV shows but Waridi, as she is popularly known broke that jinx.

Despite this she quit the show opting to buttress her singing career which she has nurtured well. Her latest sensation is the song Tilenyun in which she adores as well as rebukes her ‘lover’.

Kalenjin sisters... they are fondly remembered for their hit single Paulo My Lover, which they released in 1997.

The group has since sung other good numbers that have continued to endear them to their fans.

Paulo My Lover received fair airplay on Kenya Broadcasting Corporation when it was released especially as the tribulations of “a woman feeling let down by a lover she had great trust in”, as narrated in the song, got into the nerves of those who keenly listened to it.

Originally they were four, but after Elizabeth Chepkorir died and Rita Chelang’at got married, now Angelina Chepkoech and Stella Cherono stood firm and presently sing along other younger singers who have joined them in the course of their career in a bid to foster the group’s mission.

Lillian Rotich... is one of the prolific singers to have ever been spawned from this county.

Having started as a cub gospel singer with not so heart-capturing tunes, she has risen in miles musically and currently her songs are listened to by a good number of Kalenjin songs’ lovers.

She ranks with the likes of leading artists such as Emmy Kosgey of the Taunet Nelel fame coming from the North Rift.

Her latest album Inetkei consists of 10 songs in which the lead song has been nominated for Victoria Awards and herself vying for the Rift Valley Artist of the year.

Mercy Cherono... was crowned the world 3000m junior champion at 17 after beating her fellow youngsters to the gold medal in the championships held in Bydgoszcz, Poland.

The young athlete also repeated the same feat in Moncton, Canada in 2010 and added a silver medal in the 5000m in the same championship.

She represented the country in this year’s World Athletics competitions in Daegu but did not make it to the podium as she managed 5th place.

Her exploits coming when she was yet to complete her studies has become an inspiration to the youth in the county and many are now following her footsteps.