Kigen Kiptoo a 13 year old boy has amazed many in Tabare Village, Eldama Ravine Sub County with his skills of making guitars.
Kiptoo said he learnt making guitars by watching videos on YouTube.
“I watched on YouTube how to make a guitar and tried. The first attempt was a failure but I did not gave up I tried again for the second time and it was a success.” Said Kiptoo.
The Standard Seven Pupil at Sogonin Primary School said that his parents have been supportive especially his father who has been helping him in gathering materials needed for his work.
“My parents have been supportive all through. My dad has been buying the materials I need such as strings and other things and I get woods from forest.” He said.
While speaking at AIC Tabare after donating one of his guitars to the church, the minor said he has so far made two guitars and he is going to make more and sell.
He called on parents to support their children in nurturing their talents saying he could not have made a single guitar if his parents were not supportive.
Evans Kiprop, Kiptoo’s Father said his son started making his first guitars when schools were closed for nine months due to Covid-19 and he has always supported him.
“I was very happy when I saw what he was doing and I did not hesitate to support him he was using materials poor quality materials and I started buying him quality materials.” He said.
He said that acquiring materials is challenging and called on investors to support his little boy saying he could have made more guitars if materials were affordable.
“Parents should not suppress their children’s talents thinking that they may abandon their education. They can balance their studies and talents if well managed, my son goes to school on week days and makes his guitars during the weekend,” Said Kiptoo’s Father.
He noted that supporting such talents is going to help in creating employment in the country through industrialization.
“The country needs to be industrialized and industrialization begins here let us support them do what they want and build their talents.” He added.
He noted that his son is also trying to construct other instruments including a toy helicopter and he has started some projects for his son such as rabbit keeping and poultry farming that is going to generate income that will be used to buy quality materials that he may need.
AIC Tabare Chairman Joseph Chepsergon applauded Kiptoo for the good work he is doing and challenged other youths and children to follow Kiptoo’s foot steps.
“We as parents and AIC Tabare Church members are very proud of what Kiptoo is doing I call upon other youths to follow suit and use their talents to impact the society positively.” Said Chepsergon.
Chepsergon added that guitars will be locally available now for local artist at an affordable prices and they will not have to import guitars from other countries.
“I have never heard of guitars made in Kenya and I know those who need guitars will be buying it from Kiptoo.” Said Chepsergon.
AIC Tabare Youths’ Chairman Vincent Kiprono said that the boy’s hard work will take him places urging investors to come through and help the little boy develop his guitars.
“I plead with investors and people of good will to support this boy to acquire more skills in making his guitars and ensure that he goes to the University and becomes an engineer.” He said.
He also challenged other parents to nurture their children talents and support them to achieve whatever they wish to achieve.
On her end Alice Kipruto, Kiptoo’s Sunday school teacher said that nurturing of children’s talents begins at home and parents should put a lot of effort in nurturing talents noting that talents could help the family and the community at large if discovered and nurtured early.
“It is important for parents to nurture talents we are also trying to nurture talents as a church we engage the children in drama and I am very proud of Kiptoo’s parents for what they have done.” She said.
She challenged Kiptoo to keep up the good work and continue being a good and obedient boy.