Glo-sponsored African Voices chronicles trajectories of three athletes
The trajectory of three African athletes using body fitness platform to power social change is the thrust of this week’s edition ofAfrican Voices, a news magazine programme of the Cable News Network (CNN) powered by digital transformation network, Globacom.
The first guest, Saloni Kantaria, is a Kenyan entrepreneur, who has been propagating high tech fitness in Nairobi and inspiring the country to embrace the culture of physical fitness as a way of stimulating the development of its human capital.
Multi-talented Kantaria quit legal practice to found Nairobi’s premier indoor boutique fitness and cycling studio christened “Reform Cycling and Strength Studio”. The former competitive tennis player and studio instructor’s trajectory is an amazing account of how one woman, through courage, strength and convictions, seeks to improve the health of families in her native Kenya.
The second guest, Tshepo Nkhabu, who hails from Lesotho is the founder of a cycling organization called “Hands of Life” which he established at the age of sixteen in the belief that “giving is the mother of all successes.” The organization is a platform for youths to express their talents and leadership skills in a favourable atmosphere.
Tshepo recognized that the young people in his local community of Mafeteng had no recreational centre to resort to after school to grow, learn, and develop their leadership skills. His passion for cycling and sports from an early age culminated in the life-changing impact of the organization on youths and this made the United States Peace Corps partner with the organization to employ cycling and camping to the teaching of essential life skills and HIV prevention in a country with the world’s secondhighest prevalence of HIV.
The third guest on the programme, Mitu Monteiro, is from Sal in Cape Verde. Born Oteniel Jorge Monteiro, Mitu is a professional kite surfer who pioneered strapless surfing just because he did not have enough funds to afford straps. Mitu surfs one of the most legendary waves in the world named “Teapuhoo” which is located in Tahiti, the largest island in French Polynesia in the South Pacific archipelago. He has, through the sport, emblazoned the name of his community on the world map.