Peter Nyarang’o was born in Kenya, the first-born in the family of seven, four girls and three boys. His grandfather moved the family from the top of Manga escarpment in the then Kisii highlands southwards to virgin land, where he curved out what was then considered huge tract but in effect a couple of hectares! Much later when the colonial authorities presented him with a choice to host a school or church, without second thoughts, he chose the Seventh Day Adventist Church. “Unlike the school, the church grows beyond its borders without eating up your land,” was his logic. From this humble origin, his eldest grandson obtained earlier education before venturing into schools in various parts of the country, and university, graduating in medicine before specialising in surgery and public health. He has worked for universities and governments in Eastern Africa, the horn of Africa and Southern Africa. He is married with four children.
At the heart of a nation’s identity lies the moment it breaks free from its chains. For Kenya, this pivotal moment came in 1963, setting a course that would be both celebrated and challenged. Amidst this backdrop, we follow Salimo, a man whose life is intertwined with Kenya’s political and profe...