SOYA awards 2019 held at Fort Jesus

On the 11th of January 2019, for the first time the SOYA awards were held in the city of Mombasa. Traditionally, the Safaricom soya (Sports personality of the Year Awards) awards have been held in Nairobi, but the organizers decided to celebrate 15 years of rewarding our country’s sportsmen by broadening the scope further. The Fort Jesus, one of our country most historic sites, was chosen as the venue of choice.

Eliud Kipchoge as he receives his award from Hon Joho.

“Our pick on Fort Jesus was symbolic because of its resilience and strength that also depicts our sportsmen and women beside the Kenyan people,” said Mwanguya.

The site was ready and organized for the 700 guests who were expected. In attendance, were Mombasa county boss Hassan joho, Ivorian sprinter Marie Jose Ta Lou, and the Cabinet Secretary Sports Richard Echesa.  

After the achievements Eliud Kipchoge had last year, it was no shock to Kenyans that he won the Sportsman of the Year award.  The athlete broke the world record at the Berlin marathon and went ahead to be crowned the IAAF world athlete of the year 2018. He managed to beat Consenlus Kipruto, Elijah Mnagoi, William Ambaka, and Patrick Matasi.

Harambee Stars were named Team of the Year ahead of Gor Mahia

 The Sportswoman of the Year award was won by Beatrice Chepkoech after she beat Hellen Obiri, Janet Okello and Fatima Zarika. The most promising Player of the Year award went to Angela Okutoyi in the girls’ category while Edward Zakayo won the boys award.

 Other winners in the various categories were Athletics Kenya, Football Kenya Federation, Gor Mahia, Harambee Stars, and Telkom Kenya.


An afro-damsel addicted to books and literature. Lead content creator and Assisting Editor at Tsavo Media Group. A free thinker ready to pen different viewpoints on contemporary issues and exiting ideas generally speaking.

Leave a Comment
Published by

Recent Posts

Breast Cancer, Early detection saves lives

Leah lived a happy and normal life, until one fateful day in 2012. Married to…

11 hours ago

Voi Breast Cancer Awareness Forum happening on Friday

During the month of October, the entire world commemorates the Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Essentially,…

3 days ago

VIDEO: DJ Max Tribute:Voi Remembers Max The Deejay

As the COVID YEAR nears it's end, we can't seem to keep our faces dry…

6 days ago

Queens Of The Run-way

Taita is a Land of phenomenal beauty So, is TTU… I’d love to think. Or…

2 months ago

A letter to the young modern African woman; Time to own self!

The African woman has to fight for equity in education and job sectors. She also…

2 months ago

Best sites to learn Forex trading: Check out No. 5

Investing in oneself pays the highest return in the long run. Good thing is that…

2 months ago

This website uses cookies.