The 2021-2022 men’s premier league MVP has landed a slot in the prestigious Namuwongo blazers. The Kampala based team is dubbing for the FUBA league. This serves as a debut signing to a seemingly promising professional basketball career for Ken. Mr. Washira, the soft spoken beast is out to write a very bold narrative and speaks about his journey and esteemed destination.

“I grew up in Kirinyaga to a middle class family, last born twin in a family of 8.”

Ken Wachira (L) during the BAL qualifiers in Madagascar. Photo Credit FIBA.

His passion for weights and body building( fitness in general) is shared with his twin brother who he says doesn’t skip a chance to throw a challenge at him to some extent that has shaped my tenacity and generally mindset towards being physically strong and in a good athletic shape. It also goes a long way in training mental toughness.
He started playing basketball when he was 15. My passion was fanned by my mother who was very supportive. At 19, kens mom funded his trip to the states for campus trials in Kansas. She contacted Frank Allen who was working with a non-profit organization based in Tennessee. This effort was rewarded by Ken managing to bag a scholarship to a college in the same state. This chance played a pivotal role in improving my skills and also widening the scope with which I viewed basketball. He has been to the NBA skills academy and Sadili academy, which topped up the already refined talent.

Ken Wachira (R) with his team Ariel Okall (L) in an exhibition game in Kampala Uganda. Photo Courtesy FUBA.

The young star journeyed back to Kenya in 2018 and continued balling out. He suited up for Riara University and Thunder before camping at KPA up till 2021. His course has not however been without turbulences. He has suffered a couple of injuries that looked like they would end his budding career and ambition. In the states he suffered a back injury, while in Riara he got an ankle intrusion. The most recent and scariest yet was when in the national team training in 2021, he injured his metatarsal. It looked like the stamp to it all, but he gracefully bore it to recovery, six weeks later. To his sleeve lies a record of 6 call ups to the National team and is hopeful to suit up for an assignment soon. He represented the country in 3 on 3 national All Africa games in Kampala where they competed to the semis.
Ken Wachira acknowledges the great coaches he has had in the course of his journey. He says he was privileged to work under keen eyes of coaches that saw greatness in him before he envisioned it. Coach Zeddy, for example, insisted on role playing and encouraged him to develop confidence in his shot.

“To date, I cannot thank him enough for that impact,” he says.

From left: Ronnie Gundo, Martin Buluma, Ken Wachira and Ariel Okall during the FIBA 3×3 African Championship in Kampala. Photo Courtesy FIBA.

His performance and work ethic has attracted the attention of South African team Phenomenal phenoms. The cohort roots for him and has been on the fore front to market him as a brand.
His playoffs performance was typical of a superstar. He brought in synergy to the team and averaged 15 points per game for the close series played against longtime nemesis Ulinzi Warriors and clenched a win to dethrone the latter as champions. Basketball is my why so for every given game day, I am out to deliver answers to my why. My teammates believed in me on every single play and I had to put my best foot forward.
Locally, he looks up to Tom Bush Wamukota, and Tyler Okari, internationally stars like the legendary Kobe Bryant and Devin Booker inspire him.
Off court, Wachira is a farmer whose work passion plays out quite obviously to prove a hard worker at heart. He intends to fledge full time to this venture in his later years when he is no longer gracing the court. He grows tea, coffee and avocados . He also keeps cows and goats on zero grazing basis.

Ken Wachira receiving his MVP trophy. Photo Ccredits Hoops Mtaani.

Among the few players that deliver on both ends of the floor.
Enthusiast and practical in basic physiotherapy,particularly static stretching which he advocates for amongst his peers after practise sessions.
Fraction of the few combo guards to have delivered an in game dunk in Kenya.

By Ariel Okall