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Maxine Wahome: How Embattled Rally Star Rose to The Top

Unbeknownst to many, Wahome is a qualified kindergarten teacher

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Maxine Wahome has been in the headlines over the past few weeks following her arrést in connection with the alléged àssault of her boyfriend Asad ‘Kalulu’ Khan, who passed on this week. Wahome was released on a Ksh100,000 cash bail, even as her lawyers told the court that she was cooperating with the authorities undertaking investigations.

Prior to that, she had earned accolades from across the world after winning the WRC3 Category at the WRC Safari Rally in June, making her the first Kenyan woman to win a WRC race. Among those who congratulated her was seven-time Formula 1 champion Lewis Hamilton.

Unbeknownst to many, Wahome is a qualified kindergarten teacher and has been pursuing it as a career. The embattled rally ace was introduced to rallying as a child by her father, who was also a rally driver.

“I’m a teacher of kindergarten, Montessori. I teach two year olds, three year olds – the most crazy and quiet and spontaneous people in the world. But yeah, I do rally…the rallying is a passion. I do it because I like it, it gives me that thrill. But the Montessori is actually what I went to school to do,” she revealed in a Spice FM interview five months ago.

She began driving cars at the age of 15, and got her first buggy as she turned 20 which allowed her to begin participating in amateur motorsports.

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Khan played a big role in her come-up in the rally world. In a past interview, Wahome named him as her coach and credited him with getting her her first rally car and building her another, which she uses in competitions to date.

“He (Asad Khan) actually gave me his car to drive once I left the buggy, so I had his car. We shared it to do the races. And, yeah, he eventually built me the current rally car that I’m using,” she stated.

Safaricom was her main sponsor when she made history by becoming the first woman to win the WRC3 category. For the win, Safaricom rewarded Wahome with a Ksh1 million cash prize. Safaricom also supported Wahome in previous KNRC races, including in 2021 when the telco extended the sponsorship with an additional Ksh2 million ahead of the KNRC Voi Rally. She has also been sponsored by Kenya Airways and Betika. The firms have come under pressure from a section of Kenyans demanding they cut ties with her over the Khan case, even as others call for patience as they await the legal conclusion.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. She is a kindergarten teacher, so i don’t think she has the temperament to be a violent killer. So the authorities should weigh the matter carefully and not give into pressure groups.

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