I was born in a village in Kenya. My father was born in the same village when the country was still a British colony. He was 20 when the struggle for independence started, and the ‘Mau Mau’ freedom fighters often sought refuge at our home during the violence. The legend of the heroic actions of my father and the lives he saved continued well into modern times.
In school, I was nicknamed ‘Shiro’, after a legendary ancestor of the Agikuyu tribe. I grew up with immense pride in being an African, and thanks to the genes inherited from my Dad, I aspired to emulate his example by always being protective of my community!