Keiser Pere: Young Centenarion Story by Purity Siror

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1920 is the year Keiser Pere was born. She hails from a small village called Kipangas in Narok county.

As we all commonly know, age is just a number and this too applies to Grandma Pere who is now blowing off her one hundred and second candle this 20th December 2021.

She is the only one remaining in her age group and what surprises many people about her life is how she performs her daily chores, generating her livelihood without any assistance. What could be the secret behind all this strength?

The old lady is a centenarian who has lived and enjoyed all her life. She is a strong woman with 5 children, two sons and three daughters all of who are still alive.

She has 36 grand and great children across the family line. She currently stays at her home at Kipangas, Narok, Kenya with a few of the grandchildren.

Her age arouses several questions to friends, family members as well as the current millennials who are curious to know how her life was in the past.

Their curiosity like a CBC assignment assigned to them by their teachers, rang a bell to my mind to bring you her story here.

That being said, when an old person dies it is like a whole library of books burnt down.

Therefore, before the fire catches our library, lets look for the last pin hidden in the coin-like haystack that may help us unlock a new window of opportunities.

According to the old lady, her childhood lifestyle in Maasai community contributed to her present state of health and boosted her immunity.

Here are neat aspects of Maasai culture, where people believe that they are custodians of all the cattle in the world.

Their life revolves around amassing and grazing large herds of cows. Consumption of milk boosts their immunity as it is free from chemicals that endanger and reduce their lifespan.

The Maasai seem to be more resistant to diseases because they use herbal medicines at early ages to treat different diseases and enhance general health.

Grandma Pere is a centenarion who has witnessed a lot since the pre-colonial era including the invasion of the white European minority settlers into our country.

She is one of the people who took part in building the Kenya-Uganda Railway; experienced harassment in the farms by the colonial settler farmers and was also sold as a slave but found her way back!

A question we ask ourselves, how was all that possible? due to old age she may not remember the exact points and details of how some events unfolded after each other.

Grandma Pere was only married to one person, the love of her life who she remembers vividly.

Unfortunately, she lost him when he joined the demonstrations of the abolition of Mlolongo system of voting back in the year 1988.

These days, Grandma Pere has only one walking stick not two of which she rarely uses it until it gets dark or when she encounters poor rough roads.

She has no wheelchair or crutches, as others would have thought, to maneuver in her daily house chores which she wants no one to do for her!

She still bathes herself and her house is clean always with pictures mounted on the muddy wall taken as early as before independence.

She is still a good cook and remembers how her husband always experienced great fun from her dishes.

She currently feeds on a lot of vegetables and fatless food stuff which is what has kept life for her in near-perfect condition.

She says food is life and can take care of the rising diseases in the current society. In her younger days she says there were not a lot of diseases that would cause panic, as opposed to today, which allowed a lot of people to make it to the old ages.

There were no industries that made food production easier by the aide of chemicals that kill most of the body cells.

Grandma Pere is hoping to make it to the age of 110, can still see clearly, and still knows how to count a few coins! nobody can easily con her when she gets the pension money that she earned working as a teacher during the era when Moi was the president of the Republic of Kenya.

She says she was clever, obedient, and hardworking which made her the favourite choice for the white colonial settlers to train others in schools and community groups early on in those days.

Arguably, these are the key virtues you need to carry with yourself in your own everyday life to explore and make you realize other opportunities that surround you!

BY PURITY SIROR