Dennis Ngaruiya wins President Kenyatta's heart
16 October 2014, 15:30
Nakuru - Dennis Ngaruiya is the new child in State House after winning the president’s heart with his touching poem.
Ngaruiya’s moved the crowd including President Uhuru Kenyatta during the celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Kenya Defence Forces, when he recited a poem titled “Our Father”. President Kenyatta later sought to meet the young boy.
The poem written by his class teacher praised the President and the First Lady for their continuous effort of promoting good maternal health and their ability to interact with people from different classes.
Nguruiya was born 13 years ago, but developed meningitis when he was two weeks old.
This came as a big challenge to his mother who catered for the family alone after being left by her husband immediately after his birth.
“I carried him to school up to when he was in class two, his legs were too weak for him to walk to school. He grew stronger as days went by,” said Damaris Wambui, Ngaruiya's mother.
The class 7 pupil at Nakuru East Primary School has been a darling to most pupils in the school since he joined the institution.
This has also seen him get favours from his friends who carry him around whenever he called for help.
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When the President called him after the performance, Ngaruiya was so excited that his dreams were coming true.
“I have always had a dream of meeting the President and when I saw him smiling, I felt like my dreams were coming true,” added Ngaruiya.
His English teacher Ann Mwangi who wrote the poem said that she chose Ngaruiya from his class due to his ability to grasp information within a short period.
She added that Ngaruiya was able to memorize the poem within one a week while he kept on expressing his anxiety to meet the President.
“I wrote the poem for him because I know his ability and I knew he was the right pupil to deliver the message,” she said.
The teacher pointed on the difficulties faced by Ngaruiya in his early years in school due to his condition but never barred his dreams.
Beside his school life, Nguruiya has faced family related difficulties as his family can hardly afford two meals in a day.
His dream is become a pilot when done with his studies something he says will raise his family from the humble state.
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