Vivian Jepkemoi Cheruiyot

Listen In 2012, Vivian Cheruiyot was named the Laureus Female Athlete of the Year and the Female Athlete of the Year by US Track and Field Magazine. She was also voted one of the greatest sportswomen of all time by the Laureus World Sports Academy, becoming the first Kenyan woman and the second sportsperson from […]

Ruth Waithera

Listen Athlete-turned-philanthropist Ruth Waithera is Kenya’s all-time best sprinter who held the 400m national record for more than 30 years until it was broken in 2017. Along the way, she won bronze over 200m at the 1978 All Africa Games and 1979 African Championships. She twice swept the 100m, 200m and 400m races at the […]

Graace Kaindi – Standing tall in the male dominated police force

Listen Grace Kaindi is Kenya’s first female provincial police boss. She is also the first woman to be appointed Deputy Police Commissioner. Until 2015, she served as the Deputy Inspector General of Police, becoming the first woman to hold this position. In this especially difficult career path for women, she is eager to mentor the […]

Alice Kagunda

Listen Alice Kagunda was the first woman Police Commissioner in Sub-Saharan Africa. She holds a Master’s degree in Criminal Justice and Police Management, and is also a PhD holder. As Senior Deputy Commissioner of Police, Kagunda headed the controversial reform programme geared to humanise the force and improve its public image. In her over three […]

Elizabeth Nyaruai

Listen Elizabeth Nyaruai is the first African female police officer, and one of the first women to join the Scouting movement. Her year of birth is estimated to be 1917. The mother of four served in the force for five years, leaving in 1956 at the height of the Mau Mau war after she was […]

Fatumah Ahmed

Listen Fatumah Ahmed is the first major-general in Kenya Defence Forces following her appointment by President Uhuru Kenyatta on July 13, 2018.  She is also Kenya’s first female Brigadier of the Kenya Defence Forces. She was promoted from Colonel to Brigadier on 11 August 2015 by the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Kenya. In […]