When Kenyan athlete Faith Chepng’etich Kipyegon set the Olympic Stadium in Rio de Janeiro ablaze winning gold in the women’s 1500m, she did not know that her medal would trigger the supply of electricity to the little-known Ndabibit village in Nakuru County where she comes from.
The village has been plagued with darkness for nearly four decades since the residents settled there in the 1980s.
When the 22-year-old left the country for national duties in Rio, her village was in darkness and her father could not follow the games.
Moments after winning the gold medal in the wee hours of August 17, her father, Mr Samuel Koech Kipyegon, 56, had only one plea to President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I urge President Uhuru Kenyatta to make sure our village is connected to electricity so that I can see my daughter Faith running and winning medals for Kenya,” said Mr Koech.
And his prayers were answered almost instantly as a day after his plea was exclusively highlighted by the Daily Nation, the Kenya Power team was on the ground dropping power line poles.
“We thank Faith for delivering us from the powers of darkness because as long as we live we shall remember her and the gold she won because today our village has been connected to power because of her sterling performance at the Olympic Games,” said a neighbour Mr Benard Lang’at.
Her father added: “I only thank God for giving me such a wonderful daughter who has transformed our village and I pray to God to give her strength and good health so that she could win more medals for Kenya.”
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