This morning, I woke up to some terrible news. My mentor who hugely shaped my view on life, work, and many other things, has taken the last train to glory.
I had never met a Maasai as equally impressive, smart and grounded as Ole Naso.
It is not that common at this era of our lives to have friends who shape our intellect, interest, and life in general, but Ole Naso did that. For this reason, let me express my sincere heartfelt condolences to the family and relatives of the late David Ole Naso
Born at Ilng’arua village in Baringo, Ole Nasu wanted to study to university level and become a bird specialist. However, lack of school fees made him drop out of Ng’ambo High School before even completing form one and invested all his time in reading any material about birds that he came across.
Living around Lake Baringo and Bogoria, he came to love birds and keenly observed how they lived.
Bearing in mind that Ole Naso was a class 8 dropout and despite his truncated arquistic tredeliology, he could still express himself to guests in good English and fluently explain to them all they wanted to know about birds.
Before becoming a bird expert, Ole Nasu got his first job as a monkey chaser at Lake Nakuru National Park in the year 2007. Having mastered almost all the 500 bird species in the park, he got himself a job in Sarova Lion Hill where he acted as a guest usher who doubled up as a tour guide. He could narrate to the guests many stories about the lives, breeding and behavior of birds around the area. In fact he knew all aspects.
While we were originally brought together for work purposes, I soon began to learn from his views and perspectives and his wealth of knowledge which will always be fundamental for my understanding of the world.
I hope that everyone, when such people cross their paths, never take people like Ole Naso for granted. I certainly never did, and never will.
“You carve your name on hearts, not tombstones. A legacy is etched into the minds of others and the stories they share about you.”
“With or without education, people from minority communities and poor backgrounds should always strive to achieve their dreams”
Mungu airehemu roho yake mahali yake mahali pema peponi.