Nakuru town was on Saturday brought to a standstill as residents and leaders welcomed teacher Peter Tabichi of Keriko Secondary school.
Tabichi has become an instant sensation in Kenya after he won this year’s Global Teacher Prize. He will pocket Sh100 million in a period of 10 years.
Tabichi’s homecoming started at the Stem Hotel where he was received by Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed and Governor Lee Kinyanjui. From there, a convoy of high-end vehicles snaked its way into Nakuru creating a stir along the Nakuru-Nairobi highway. Motorists had to give way to the new celebrity.
While atop a Landcruiser Prado, Tabichi’s car followed that of Governor Lee Kinyanjui and the CS around Nakuru streets where business was interrupted for minutes as Tabichi made his speech.
To those unaware of the homecoming, they thought it was the president or his deputy touring the town.
“Kwani Uhuruto wamekuja huku?” an elderly lady asked innocently.
The teacher was honoured by the Varkey Foundation which recognizes one teacher annually worldwide over his or her extraordinary measures to help students of the community.
Governor Kinyanjui has reportedly pledged to change the face of the school in recognition of teacher's efforts.
The Varkey Foundation, headquartered in London feted Tabichi for dedicating his life to helping others.
“Peter was chosen from our top 10 finalists who come from all corners of the globe. He gives 80% of his teaching salary to local community projects, including education, sustainable agriculture and peace-building,” Varkey wrote on its website.