Yvonne Okwara is one of those women who is well respected in the media industry for her hard-hitting and take no prisoner’s journalistic style.
Yesterday, the charismatic Citizen TV anchor showed a softer side as she shared an inspiring tale on the impact that Eliud Kipchoge’s record-setting run on Saturday had on her.
Eliud Kipchoge is becoming like the man who can do no wrong! Can he also cure cancer? Yvonne confessed to her fellow news gang presenters about how she was forced to delay her late brother’s memorial to celebrate Kipchoge’s sub-two-hour INEOS 1:59 Challenge in Vienna, Austria.
She explained that her family had converged to commemorate her brother’s one-year passing. ‘This is a very personal moment for me. I lost my brother a year ago and Kipchoge’s feat found us at the most unlikely place. I will get emotional but I’ll try and tell this story. On Saturday, October 12, we had a memorial for my deceased brother by the graveside, but we had our phones with us. We literally delayed the occasion as we were to start it at 11 am, same time as Kipchoge’s special moment.’ Yvonne related.
Even during such a sorrowful moment, the anchor recalled that the heroic moment had given her and her family a moment of joy. ‘My uncles, aunts, mum, and cousins went wild with celebrations after Kipchoge won. We were literally celebrating by the graveside,’ Okwara stated.
Her family then went on with the planned memorial after witnessing the historic record being set up. Okwara said that they were not the only family that interrupted their mourning to watch Kipchoge run. She recalled that the other family came by our side to celebrate then went off to pray. ‘One guy shouted 1: 59 twice in honour of Kipchoge and then recited The father, Son and Holy Spirit and they walked away celebrating. That was a simple hilarious prayer in an unlikely place around the graveyard,” Okwara narrated.
Okwara isn’t one to get a favour without giving out appreciation, telling Eliud, ‘I want to thank Kipchoge for making such a hard moment that easier.’