Maryanne Oketch, a 24-year-old Kenyan woman, has been crowned as the winner of the American reality TV show Survivor season 42.
The series features a group of contestants deliberately stranded on a remote island trying to survive while facing challenging tasks such as sourcing for food, water and shelter to win rewards.
Oketch emerged the winner after seven of the eight jury members voted for her making her the second black woman to win the epic series.
In the season finale that saw her walk home with Ksh116 million (USD1 million) Oketch through her unflinching determination trounced firefighter Michael Mike Turner and pageant coach Romeo Escobar who joined her in the finals.
Questioned on whether she expected to win the final tribunal, Oketch who is a seminary student alluded that she felt she could win the contest after walking from the Tribunal council.
"Going into the final Tribal Council, I felt as if I probably was gonna win. I felt like since it was Mike at the end and not Jonathan that would be harder competition, but I really felt as if I would be able to go and speak and articulate the way that I won." she told Weekly Entertainment.
Oketch's win comes a week after Kenyan nurse Ana Qabale Duba won the Aster Guardian Global Nursing Award.
Qabale, who is stationed at Marsabit county Reeferral Hospital was coveted the prestigious award for endorsing education and campaigning against Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in her community.