As the country celebrates its 55th Mashujaa Day, 180 Kenyans were nominated by counties for recognition for their heroic contributions to nation building.
Those nominated for awards have been put in four categories, namely: heroes and heroines (94), freedom fighters (30), special categories (31) and sports heroes (25).
Among those nominated are peace crusaders, freedom fighters and sports personalities.
Sports heroes and heroines
- Martin Suji, Nairobi, cricketer
- Daniel Safari Katheku, Kitui County, paralympic skier
- Nancy Chelangat Koech, Kericho, 400m
- Geroffrey Kiplangat Rotich, Kericho, 400m
- Esther Nyanchama Nyakundi, Kisii, netball
- Hellen Chemtai Rotich, Nandi,
- Hannah Wanjiru Wakonyo, Nyeri, 5000m
- Simon Kibai, Baringo, 5000m, 10,000m
- Susan W. Njuguna, Nyandarua, sign interpreter for the deaf
- Mercy Moim, Nairobi, volleyball
- Samuel Mbugua, Muranga, Commonwealth Games silver medallist (1970), Bronze (Olympics, 1972)
- David Makumba, Kakamega, boxer
- Rayton Okwiri, Kakamega, boxer
- Rose Tata Muya, Nairobi, 400m
- Wilson Chumo Kiprugut, Kericho, 800m
- Felix Kipkurui, guide to Wilson Chumo Kiprugut
- Elizabeth Chemeli Chepkiyen, Elgeyo Marakwet, 800m
- James Nandwa Nyende, Kakamega, Harambee Stars
- Mohamood Abass, Nairobi, Harambee Stars goalkeeper
- Alfred Likhanya Imonje, Bungoma, coach
- Mohamed Kheri, Mombasa, Harambee Stars coach
- Samuel Wanjohi, Mombasa, KPA assistant coach
- Edward Emanuel Rombo, Nairobi, rugby
- Jason Dunford, Nairobi, swimmer
- Rose Naliaka, Nairobi, golfer
County heroes and heroines
- Mwanatumu Abdalla, Mombasa County, she was nominated for being in the forefront in volunteering to cook for political prisoners jailed during the fight for Independence.
- Swaleh Abubakar Bajaber, Kwale County, he was nominated for his involvement in entrepreneurship and Industry. A role model entrepreneur.
- Amina Musau, Kwale County, she was nominated for her efforts in initiating numerous community development projects in the community, as well as championing for rights of the less fortunate members of the Community in Kwale.
- Boga Omari Idd, Kwale County: He was nominated for his unwaivering efforts in promoting education through establishing a number of schools in the County.
- Kenga Mlewa Mukare, Kilifi County: Kenga is a philanthropist who is acclaimed for his efforts in enhancing education in the area by paying the salaries for ECD teachers for over two years, donating land for the construction of Uhuru Primary School and his involvement in community projects.
- Judith Johana, Kilifi County: She was picked for his effort in promoting peace among the communities living in the County, an advocate of the vulnerable and a source of inspiration to the many girls and women.
- Titus Bere Komora, Tana River County: He uses intercultural sports tournaments to preach and promote peaceful co-existence among the communities in the county.
- Sadia Hussein, Tana River County: She was selected for being a passionate anti-FGM crusader and other retrogressive cultural practices in the County.
- Raya Famau Ahmed, Lamu County: Raya was picked for her unwavering involvement in a number of community development projects.
- Javanson Gicimu Mwaniki, Lamu County: He was nominated for his efforts in initiating numerous community development projects as well as championing for rights of the less fortunate in Lamu County.