Former Registrar of the Judiciary Gladys Jepkosgei-boss Shollei never wanted to be a lawyer in her younger days but a top-flight athlete.
The Uasin Gishu woman representative cites peer pressure for influencing her against the idea of pursuing athletics as a career.
“I was very good at athletics in school but at that time people were laughing at us, and they used to call us ‘hero-metric’. I ended up studying law, which was not my passion,” Shollei told Radio Jambo’s Massawe Japanni.
According to Shollei, the ‘Hero-Metric’ tag came from an advert that featured famous marathoner Kipchoge Keino saying the phrase, ‘Hero-metric, definitely a long distance runner’.
“I couldn’t stand the mockery so I quit running because I wanted to be posh. I started doing swimming and tennis.
“These days I regret because had I been an athlete, I would be billionaire right now. I ended up being a lawyer and am yet to make much money as these athletes,” said Shollei.
Shollei also opened up about her 25-year marriage to Sam Shollei describing it as a wonderful journey.
She also disclosed the most annoying thing about her husband; “I get pissed when he comes home with visitors without giving me notice.”
Her secret to success in marriage?
“The same way you come to work every day and every time you face a different challenge, you find a solution and you work on it, I think that’s the way you should look at marriage. You have to keep working at it. I can’t say there is a formula to marriage,” said the mother of four.