The Starting line | Photo Credit: Luluray Photography
The year 2020 was a year that will go down in history, not only for the obvious impact of a global pandemic and the effects this had and will continue to have on the world for many years to come but a change in our perspectives of how we can and should adjust our priorities. The need to show up for each other, and for what we value, above all else.
Like most of the world, we had to rethink and restructure our priorities as a team and company, from our daily operations, improving safety, and focusing on development towards innovation and greater resilience.
The first Kimba Bila Shaka ZANZI HALF was in 2018, as a call for action in a joint effort to support a sustainable path towards a future for gender equality and the empowerment of all women. Since 2018, the number of participants has doubled year after year, 2020 hosting more than 500 participants.
Inaya has always been an advocate for gender equality and the empowerment of women globally. 2020 gave us the opportunity to show up and be apart of the Kimbia Bila Shaka Zanzi Half Marathon.
Kimbia Bila Shaka is Swahili for ” Run without a doubt” doubt being such a huge aspect of 2020, and what we can expect for 2021, we knew we had to show up as a team no matter our age, gender, or doubts and cross the finish line together knowing that whatever the future has in store, together we can get through it and come out better on the other side.
So we gathered at 05:45 on Saturday December 19th 2020 at the starting line next to the Old Fort in Stone Town. Most of us walked 5 or 10 kilometre’s, some of us jogged and Hamad ran 21 kilometre’s, and in the end we crossed the finish line of the race and the year 2020, with more resilience, courage and most importantly together.