By Judith Gicobi
Nana Gecaga, the chief executive of KICC and the niece of President Uhuru Kenyatta, is celebrating 23 years sober.
Nana, who has been outspoken about how alcoholism destroyed her life, asserts that because she has remained devoted to sobriety, she is content with herself.
The chief executive expressed her pride in the woman she has evolved into in a video posted on her Instagram page.
“It’s the 4th of July and everyone in America is celebrating independence day. But for me, it’s an extremely important day for me. I am 23 years sober today. I don’t take it for granted.”
“I know there are so many people out there struggling with alcoholism and I want to say, keep on going. The race is within yourself,” she said.
Nana admitted that overcoming addiction is a difficult process, but stressed the need of treating it seriously.
Gecaga further urged her followers to join her in celebrating the day, saying she views each day as a blessing.
“In as much as how hard it’s going to be, look for the people around you to help you and never be ashamed to ask for help. The day I asked for help is the day my life changed. 23 years later I could not even imagine that I could even be a mother of amazing young boys and which is most important.”
“I am strong and independent and I am taking every day as a blessing. So, please help me celebrate.”
As she celebrated the accomplishment, she urged anyone struggling with an addiction to keep trying.
“Whatever the addiction was, be it a couple of days, weeks, years, decades well done. For those still struggling, please take it very seriously and take your life serious. Keep going and you will take minute. Today is my day and I am really proud of the woman I am becoming,” she said.
In a previous interview, Nana acknowledged that she had once consumed up to a crate of beer and a bottle of hard liquor in one sitting.
Some of her aspirations, including one to become an athlete, were destroyed by her love of drink. At the age of 21, Nana decided to take things slowly after spending more than ten years in the UK.
She continued by saying that the decision wasn’t without difficulties and that she had to say goodbye to some acquaintances.
“The one thing I can say to them is, tomorrow is another day and try to live or get to that day and never be ashamed or too proud to ask for support. Kenya has a lot of support and use it.”