A third-year student is the talent behind a State House dummy offered to Azimio the Umoja One Kenya Alliance presidential candidate, Raila Odinga.
Raila and his running mate Martha Karua received the miniature model on Sunday at a rally in Narok.
“Hi ni nini? Hi ni ikulu? Patia Martha (What is it? Is it State House? Give it to Martha.) Hawa vijana wamepatia mimi State House,” the former Premier said. minister.
“Itakuwa maskani yangu na Martha atakuwa na ofisi hapo ndani. Kuja tupige picha hapa mbele ya State House yetu (These young people gave me the State House.
“This will be my residence and Martha will have an office there. Come and take a picture with our State House),” he added.
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Masikonde Day High School student, Master Wellington Otieno, had the idea since 2019, but due to financial constraints, he only brought his idea to life two months ago.
Otieno, the first born in a family of three, told the Nation that the project cost him some Sh6,000. He received part of the money from his pastor because his mother could not raise the money.
“I’ve made several works of art such as buses and even made a model of my dream house, but the ‘State House’ was my biggest project,” Otieno said.
“When I shared the vision of building the ‘State House’ with my mother, she was impressed but told me it wouldn’t be possible because she had no money for the materials” , he continued.
He told the daily that the creation of the “State House” made of plastics and cardboard and which lights up at night using dry batteries, took him at least four weeks.
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He learned of Raila’s visit to the region from a friend the day before the incident. Determined to meet his favorite presidential candidate, Otieno and his mother, Jael Achieng, traveled to William ole Ntimama Stadium.
“We hid in the huge crowd guarding our ‘State House’, but as the crowd continued to grow there was a need for space. Some people snatched him from us, lifted him up and he left on the stage,” he said.
Disappointed that he couldn’t deliver “State House” to Raila, Otieno and Ms. Achieng returned home.
His manager, Caroline Rono, described him as a humble boy with a unique talent that should be harnessed.
“When I watched it on the news, I was amazed by the art. It looked so real! I had no idea it was my own student who made it. I wish to be there. I feel like I lost a glorious moment,” she says.
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“He made art from his heart and he didn’t know it was a big thing. As Masikonde, we feel like winners. His success is our success.
Otieno, even after making the news, still hopes to meet Raila and visit the House on the Hill currently occupied by outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“I still want to present this gift to him in person so that he will keep it until he goes up to the real State House. I would also like to visit the real State House and even meet the current occupier, President Uhuru Kenyatta,” says Otieno.
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