Nairobi News


Wanyama’s ‘The Lion of Muthurwa’ advert a big hit among fans

Harambee Stars captain Victor Wanyama has laid his life bare in an advertisement that has gone viral among his fans in Kenya.

The advert, aptly titled The Lion of Muthurwa and shot by Barclays, showcases Wanyama’s early life growing in the lowly Nairobi estate. The title is trending on Twitter in Kenya.

He recalls how as a young boy he would accompany his father Noah Wanyama (retired Harambee Stars player) and brother and Unione Sportiva Latina Calcio player McDonald Mariga to video dens to watch the English Premier League.

“If I didn’t have the money I’d sneak in. We used to watch some great (Man U) players like Roy Keane and and Paul Scholes… I didn’t know one day I’d be here. I was just happy,” Wanyama says.


Wanyama, who now plays for Southampton in the EPL, with a weekly salary of Sh4.3 million (£ 30,000), says he would walk 10km to play football with other children barefoot.

“We would sometimes get injured and hurt our toes but still continue because we wanted to have a better life,” he says.

The midfielder recalls how he won his first pair of boots aged 10 and it took him a while to adjust to the funny feeling on his feet. He then got a call up to play for Harambee Stars aged 15, and as they say, the rest is history.