PATRICK OLE NTUTU: MAASAI ARISTOCRAT NOW POLITICIAN
Initially I was reluctant but they reminded me that I am a son of a paramount chief. Apparently they settled on me ... since my elder brother had been chosen to go for the Narok Senate Seat.”
Patrick Ntutu regards Deloris Jordan as his second mother.
Deloris, the President of the Michael Jordan Foundation, is also the mother of legendary Basketball Star, Michael Jordan.
The MP met the star’s mother in 1993 when a group of tourists from Chicago, US, toured his village.
“The visit turned my life for the better,” says the MP nostalgically.
Deloris led the team, which included students from Chicago public schools, for an African tour.
The students had won a city-wide contest in the US which involved showing improvement in school grades, good attitude and school attendance and their tour of the world famous Masai Mara included his village
At the meeting, Deloris offered Ntutu a scholarship through the Foundation to pursue his University education.
The MP had completed his secondary education two years earlier and had missed a place in the Kenyan public universities.
Incidentally, the scholarship was initially meant for his sister, Beatrice, but she declined and recommended Ntutu instead.
Armed with the scholarship, Ntutu flew out in 1994 to pursue a course in Hotel Management but Deloris would hear none of it.
“She warned me that if I insisted in pursuing that course she would put me in the next plane back home,” he says.
He then opted for a Degree in Business Administration.
He would stay in the US for eight years within which time he worked at a restaurant owned by Michael Jordan for three years.
On his return in 2002, he worked as District Officer rising to the position of Acting District Commissioner, before elders approached with a request to contest in the newly created Narok West Constituency.
“Initially I was reluctant but they reminded me that I am a son of a paramount chief,” he says. “Apparently they settled on me out of my many siblings since my elder brother had been chosen to go for the Narok Senate Seat.”
Since his election as MP, he has helped in the construction of 10 secondary schools.
He has also purchased eight buses for schools and put up a CDF office block at Lemek.
He is supporting over 200 needy students in secondary schools and another 60 students in various.
He would like to replicate what he has done in his constituency in the entire Narok County when he becomes the governor in 2022.
PATRICK NTUTU REGARDS DELORIS JORDAN (MOTHER OF LEGENDARY BASKETBALL STAR, MICHAEL JORDAN) AS HIS SECOND MOTHER