Who Are Our Real LEGENDS
One of the nouns that I have found to be abused in Kenyan sport is the word legend. It has been abused to such an extent that anyone who played something, anywhere qualifies to be christened one. Yet the true meaning of that is different.
Growing up in an environment where English was spoken as a second language, it meant something near mythical. Another explanation is that legend means a traditional story that cannot be authenticated, something akin to a myth but there are some where some form of witness has been borne. An example could be the story of the life of a Saint, none of us were there when they performed acts that are part of our every day religious folklore. Another meaning of the word is that of someone who is particularly famous or popular. Yet today there are not so many myths associated with sport or sportspersons. Celebrity, star, superstar, genius, phenomenon, luminary and big name personalities qualify to be called legends. But still that remains subjective as another individual might disqualify one’s opinion. At times legends are within our midst but we never take stock. So why don’t we identify them now and honour them when they are still alive. Joe Kadenge recently asked me: “What is the point of honouring me when I am dead. Why don’t you just give me something small to eat while I am still alive?”