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NCBA injects kshs 2million as sponsorship for Wangari Maathai marathon

The Power of One, Wangari Maathai Foundation, Nelly Wainaina Marketing Director, NCBA Bank (centre) and Wangari Maathai Foundation CEO, Njeri Kabeberi during the launch of the Wangari Maathai Marathon on Thursday 02, 2024 at the River Cafe in Karura Forest in Nairobi. Photo: Sportpicha

The Marathon, themed ‘The Power of One’ will be in honour of the late Nobel Prize Laureate and Founder of the Green Belt Movement Prof. Wangari Maathai.

February 15th, 2024, Nairobi… NCBA has today announced the sponsorship of the inaugural Wangari Maathai Marathon for KSH. 2 million in honour of the late Nobel Prize winner and renowned environmentalist, Prof. Wangari Maathai.

The marathon will be held on African Environmental Day, which falls on 3rd March 2024 at Karura Forest in Nairobi. The theme of the day is ‘Power of One’ to encapsulate the beliefs Prof. Maathai stood for in her environmental work and activism.

“I am grateful to the Wangari Maathai Foundation for partnering with NCBA to honour a phenomenal woman and the work that she did in her lifetime that continues to be felt to this day. At NCBA, we are committed to environmental conservation. This aligns with our sustainability commitments on nature and biodiversity by demonstrating a commitment to plant and grow 10 million trees by 2030,” said John Gachora, NCBA Group Managing Director.

The marathon program will include a tree-planting exercise in which the NCBA and the Wangari Maathai Foundation teams will participate together with the Environment, Climate Change and Forestry Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya, elite Kenyan athletes –Eliud Kipchoge, Faith Kipyegon, Beatrice Chebet, Mary Moraa, Patrick Musyoki, Tegla Loroupe – and other dignitaries and marathon participants.

The marathon, which will feature a 5km fun race, 2km children’s race, 10km and 21km races, is open to anyone who’d like to participate, with tickets on sale at Karura Forest during the whole month of February.

Speaking during the launch ceremony, Wangari Maathai Foundation President and CEO, Njeri Kabeberi said, “This event has been a labour of love to honour the legacy of a great woman. We are thankful to the sponsors, such as NCBA, who have come on board to help us realise our dream: for this marathon to be recognised on the world stage. Let today’s event be an indication of ‘The Power of One’ spirit to do more in the preservation of our planet.”

NCBA through its Change The Story Platform, will continue to partner with various organizations to meet it`s 15 Sustainability Commitments.


  • John Vaselyne

    John Vaselyne is the founder of Athletics News. Africa’s only Independent Athletics News website. He has covered World U18 and U20 Championships, World Cross Country Championships, Four Continental Tour Gold Series, Wanda Diamond League. He has passion for the Sport and has over seven years experience in this area of sport. He is also the Leading Athletics Pundit in the Country, having been hosted in ALL leading TV stations in Kenya

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