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Nairobi MCA wants street renamed after marathon icon Eliud Kipchoge

One of the streets in Nairobi County is set to undergo a significant transformation as elite marathoner Eliud Kipchoge’s name is proposed to grace its signage.

This move comes as part of a broader initiative by California Ward MCA Hashim Kamau to make street name changes within the county, aiming to improve familiarity and recognize individuals of high repute.

World marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge poses next to the Eliud Kipchoge Limited Edition Isuzu D-Max during the vehicle’s launch on May 25, 2023 at General Motors in Nairobi. SILA KIPLAGAT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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In a formal letter addressed to the County Executive Committee Member in charge of Urban planning, MCA Hashim Kamau outlined his proposal to rename certain streets, citing the need for names that resonate better with local residents.

“We are also proposing Aerodrome Road (located between Riadha House and Nyayo National Stadium) and Stadium Road (the road around Joe Kadenge Stadium) to be renamed Eliud Kipchoge and Mahmoud Abbas, respectively,” said Mr Hashim.

The move to name a street after Eliud Kipchoge, the world-renowned marathon champion, reflects his outstanding achievements and the pride he brings to the nation.

Kipchoge’s name has become synonymous with excellence in athletics, particularly in the marathon discipline, where he set the historic record as the first person to complete a marathon in under two hours.

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In his letter, MCA Hashim emphasized that these proposed name changes aim to recognize individuals of high character who have contributed significantly to the neighborhood’s standards of livelihood and habitability.

Furthermore, the MCA has suggested renaming several streets within the California ward to better match the preferences of residents. These proposed changes include:

1. Renaming Borichuba Street to Sheikh Ali Gathiaka Street.
2. Renaming Kiroe Street to Mohammed Suleiman Street.
3. Renaming Biafra Street to Badi Muhsin Street.
4. Renaming Kinyago Road to John Waigera Road.

The proposed changes aim to reflect the cultural and historical identity of the California ward’s resident community.

Badi Muhsin, whose name will grace one of the streets, was a prominent broadcaster who left an indelible mark on Kenyan airwaves during his tenure as a Kiswahili news anchor at State television KBC. He continued to be a respected figure until his passing in 2021 at the age of 67.

Mr Hashim noted that the names “Barichuba Street” and “Kiroe Street” were of unknown origin and did not resonate with the local community of the California ward.

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