Benjamen Seko Olemamai is a player and member of the Maasai Cricket Warriors, a group of young Maasai men who use cricket to empower the youth in Maasai communities of Kenya. Using cricket the Maasai Cricket Warriors tackle important issues of HIV and AIDS prevention and awareness, conservation, prevention of substance and alcohol abuse and gender equality, which includes ending Female Genital Mutilation (FGM). Benjamen’s sister was one of the first young women in their community to be saved from the cut, thanks to the advocacy of Benjamen and his brothers, including Daniel who is also a CWB coach and Maasai Cricket Warrior.
Benjamen’s Cricket Story
Benjamen has played cricket since 2007 and played in the Last Man Stands tournament as a representative of the Maasai Cricket Warriors. He was introduced to coaching by Cricket Without Boundaries, and has done introduction, level 1 and level 2 coaching courses.
Benjamen’s CWB Story
Benjamen started volunteering as a coach four years ago with CWB, working on both FGM and HIV projects in the Laikipia area. He credits his development as a coach to the array of coaches he has had the opportunity to work alongside, including CWB coaches. When CWB came to appoint an ambassador to lead on the FGM work in the area, Benjamen was an obvious choice.
In his own words..
“The CWB coaching is so amazing in that it sparks positive messages to the society at large. It is just incredible to learn how to deliver messages to the kids. I am so proud to soldier on with this call.”