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Ex-Alliance principal Khaemba scores ‘A’ in sports, academics



Christopher Khaemba is a household name in education circles.

He is easily remembered for heading academic giants Alliance High School and also pushing Friends School Kamusinga to excel in national examinations.

However, what many people may not know about Khaemba is his passion for sports that he supports in the schools he is posted to.

Khaemba believes that sports develops more than just athletic skills and winning mentality. He says, sports builds strength of character and offers lifelong lessons on collaboration and how to deal with challenge and adversity. He avers that sports is complimentary to and supports academic work.

He was a leading coach and supporter of various sports. Just as in class work, the schools he has been involved with sports-wise have also been trailblazers.

His favourite game as a coach is basketball. However, the teacher and school administrator, who is now at Nova Pioneer Schools as co-founder and director, believes in developing all-round students and supports sports that his students and teachers under him like.

These include rugby, handball, chess and swimming. He believes that academic excellence, while being very important in education, does keep students in perpetual motion, thereby limiting access to full education.

“Academics is vital in education, but it’s not the end all and be all. Students must be supported in extra-curricular activities such as sports in order to realise their full potential in different fields and prepare them for all future possibilities,” says Khaemba.

Khaemba started coaching as a young teacher at Alliance High School in 1984. At the time, Samuel Maneno, then school principal, was the coach of the basketball team. Maneno, another sports enthusiast, discovered that Khaemba was interested in basketball, a game he had played since his student days in Maseno School and in the Military.

Maneno invited the young teacher to be his assistant coach. Two weeks after Khaemba joined the school, he was asked to accompany the team to the Rift Valley Academy for a friendly game with an all-American team that was based in Kijabe. That was his first stint as a basketball coach, and he was soon made head coach at Alliance High School.

The last time the School had played in the national secondary schools championships was 1982, but in 1985 with Khaemba in charge, the team lost narrowly in the provincial final at Mangu High.

Former Kenya Basketball Federation chairman, Dennis Aluanga, was the team captain and deputy school captain at the time. In 1986, Alliance basketball team played in the provincial final, again in Mangu High School. They thrashed the hosts and represented Central Province at the nationals in Mombasa. For the first time, Khaemba faced national basketball legends such as St Patrick’s Iten (Rift Valley), Cardinal Otunga (Nyanza), Easteigh Secondary School (Nairobi), Friends School Kamusinga (Western) and learnt valuable lessons.

From then on Alliance had to fight for top spot in Central Province with Mang’u and Nyeri Baptist. Mr M.K. Wagitu, the founder and director of Brookfield Boys High School Karatina and Brookfield Academy, took over as principal of Alliance and was very supportive of Khaemba and basketball.

In a few years Khaemba became Careers Master, Senior Master and in 1990, Mr Wagitu promoted him to the position of deputy principal. Khaemba acknowledges that without Wagitu’s support, he couldn’t have achieved much in sports and that is when he started appreciating the support of school authorities in extra-curricular activities.

“A lot of sporting talent lies undiscovered in our schools because school administrators devote all their energy and resources in academics at the expense of extra-curricular activities. The two should complement one another,” says Khaemba.

In 1990, Alliance lost to Kwale High School featuring a point guard called Gideon Kioko Mbuvi who is now Nairobi County Governor.

Khaemba later discovered that Kenya Ports Authority had seconded a coach to scout and train the Kwale boys with a view to recruiting them to the KPA club team.

Seeing that sports could create careers for his students only increased Khaemba’s appreciation of games in the school calendar. The best performance for Alliance during his short stint as coach was in 1985 and 1986 when they played in the national final.

In 1986, Khaemba moved to Friends School Kamusinga, where he inspired a strong sense of performance through sports, drama and music. For three years the school qualified for the nationals in all these areas.

He returned to Alliance as principal in 1998 and restored the school’s status as giants in sports and drama. Today, as a member of the continental leadership team of the Nova Pioneer Schools, has continues to encourage the tradition of balancing academics and sports.

By Nation Sports

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Shock after man kills son before taking his own life



Residents of a Naivasha village woke up to rude shock after a middle-aged man killed his three-year-old son before hanging himself on a tree.

The man strangled his son in Kipkonyo Village while the mother was away before committing suicide, plunging the area into mourning.

Tears flowed freely as relatives and friends tried to come to terms with the incident before police moved in to collect the two bodies.

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The 30-year-old man, after killing his son, threw the body into a latrine under construction before stripping naked and hanging himself.

Naivasha police boss Samuel Waweru confirmed the incident, adding that security officers had collected the two bodies and opened an inquest.

He said they would be seeking the wife who was not present during the incident to record a statement as part of their investigations.

“Initial investigations indicate that the man first killed his son by twisting his neck and dumping the body in the family latrine before using a rope to hang himself,” said the police boss.

A neighbour, Isaac Lang’at, said the deceased had for a long time clashed with his wife leading to a separation before he decided to kill himself.


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Meet young Kenyan lady playing key role in Joe Biden’s presidential campaign



Esther Ongeri, a young Kenyan living in the US is the talk of the town after Kenyans learnt that she plays a key role in the Joe Biden presidential campaign.

According to Biden’s campaign website, Ms Ongeri is the Director of Special Projects in the Biden 2020 campaign and has served in the position since July.

Previously, she worked as the Executive Assistant to the Campaign Manager and Special Projects Coordinator in the same campaign team from June 2019.

Ms Ongeri held the posts of operations coordinator from September 2017 to February 2018 and special projects assistant to the CFO from February 2018.

She is an alumnus of Saint Peter’s University in New Jersey where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in political science and government in 2017.

According to her LinkedIn profile, the brilliant Kenyan was a staff assistant to New Jersey senator Robert Menendez between May 2016 and July 2017.

Ms Ongeri started off as an intern in the office of Senator Menendez between August 2015 to May 2016.

She attained her high school diploma at Saint Dominic Academy in 2013 after joining the school in 2009.

In the November 3 US elections, former Vice President Joe Biden is seeking to unseat incumbent president Donald Trump and both are busy on the campaign trail.

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Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity



A Chinese woman has made headlines after bringing 23 members of her family on a blind date to test her lover’s generosity.

Woman brings 23 relatives on date with lover to test his generosity

Chinese people enjoying a meal in a restaurant. Photo: Quora.
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According to the Daily Mail Online, the unknown woman tagged along with her large clan to the romantic occasion without informing her date in advance.

After enjoying the meal, the man decided to teach the woman a lesson and fled away after receiving the bill which amounted to KSh 382,000 ( £2,300).

According to a Chinese newspaper, Taizhou Evening News, the anonymous woman went on a blind date with a 29-year-old man identified as Liu in eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang.

Reports indicate that the date was organised by Liu’s mom who was worried about her son who had been single for long.

The man had offered to pay for the meal with the thought that it would be a romantic dinner for two but shock on him.

Speaking to the media, the woman said she wanted to test her potential boyfriend’s generosity in catering for the large crowd of 25.

According to reports, the lady and her family enjoyed expensive dishes and alcohol.

Interestingly, Liu failed the test and his potential date ended up paying for the meal herself.

It was later agreed that the man pays for a small part of the meal and the remainder of the bill be shared among the woman’s 23 family members.

In other news, reported of one bride who has since gone viral after she took to social media to convince her friends and family to fund her special day.

According to the post on Reddit, the bride wants a huge amount of moneythat will enable her and her fiance’ to tour Europe for a one month honeymoon.

According to the post, the couple will be tying the knot in December and the bride hopes the guests will not change their mind due to coronavirus.

“Hope you all are doing great and getting all of you all wedding gifts (haha) prepare your cold hard cash and your large housewarming gifts…We really cannot wait to see you all (and receive your gifts LOL) this December,” read the post.

The bride advised her friends against pulling out due to COVID-19 saying they have a monetary goal of KSh 2.2 million ($20,000) minimum.

She indicated that the guests are expected to donate over KSh 3.2 million ($30,000).


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