If Dr Hassan Arero Wario is approved for the position of Cabinet secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture the former director of Museum Sites and Monuments at the National Museums of Kenya will be walking into a familiar territory, at least in his culture docket.
One of the youngest nominee, he was born in November 1970, the trained anthropologist will have a tough agenda in the sports docket since the Jubilee government promised to revamp the sector by funding national teams through lotteries and the national budget.
It has also promised to provide professional coaches to schools, construct five new stadiums in different counties, and establish youth academies.
Born in Marsabit County to a nomadic family, Dr Wario graduated with a bachelors degree in Anthropology from the Institute of African Studies, University of Nairobi in 1995 before winning a Scholarship to study for a Masters degree and PhD in Anthropology from University of East Anglia Norfolk, England.
Having worked with the British Museum for eight years and in Kenya as a curator, Dr Wario will be the person to watch to turn around the heritage sector, which is still a virgin territory, and promote investment into arts and culture.
With Kenya regarded as a major Athletics sports house in the world, Dr Wario will need have to come up with new incentives to promote talent and encourage investors to put their money into the sector.
A fellow of of the Royal Anthropological Institute, Dr Wario’s other task will be to promote indoor sports, offer needed support for Kenya Motorsport Federation and return Kenya to the prestigious World Rally Championship calendar.
Besides that, he will be a central role in the film industry which still has untapped potential with Kenya losing major filming contracts to South Africa.