Kenyan-born Teen Impresses US Military Academy

US Airforce officer Wesley Ndago
US Airforce officer Wesley Ndago

Kenyan-born Wesley Ndago has risen to become a remarkable sensation in American Football within the United States, garnering admiration from the US Air Force. 

The admiration has translated into a notable opportunity for the young professional, as he has been granted an academic scholarship by the US military

Currently pursuing financial management, Ndago is determined to attain a Master's Degree in Business Administration.

Born in Homa Bay, Kenya, Ndago's life journey took a transformative turn when his parents decided to relocate to the United States when he was just seven years old. 

Wesley Ndago kneels during practice on August 12, 2023, in Colorado Springs.
Wesley Ndago kneels during practice on August 12, 2023, in Colorado Springs.
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Settling in Houston, Texas, the family embarked on this journey in pursuit of better opportunities and improved prospects. 

However, their endeavour was not without its challenges, as Ndago's parents faced the hurdles of establishing new careers in foreign land.

His parents would later move to Sheridan, Wyoming where Ndago started playing American football for the first time in his life.

In an interview with The Gazette, a US publication, Ndago revealed that he did not enjoy football at first as coaches mis-profiled him and were not well versed with his style of play.

His parents eventually returned to Houston, where he distinguished himself playing for Midway High School in Waco, Texas.

Ndago's remarkable performance at Midway garnered offers from Ivy League Schools. 

However, an irresistible opportunity arose when the US Air Force Military extended him an offer to study medicine while playing as a guard for the Air Force Falcons football team.

Upon his enrollment with the Falcons, he quickly realised the challenges of juggling the demands of both medicine and football.

 Fortunately, the military academy allowed him to pivot his career path, acknowledging the strenuous nature of his commitments.

“I had a little bit of an accent, but the transition wasn’t that hard, honestly,” he explained while narrating the challenges he encountered early on. 

Ndago though moved to the US as a small boy, still remembers Kenya fondly. “As far as countries in Africa go, Kenya’s one of the better ones,” he stated in the interview maintaining how much he treasures his country of birth.

He explained that the reason he wanted to join the military was a way of showing his gratitude to the American government for the doors that the foreign power opened for his family.

“I feel like America, opening up all these opportunities for me, was definitely a motivating factor for me wanting to serve and give some of my time back,” he explained. 

A photo of Airforce Football Academy, the Falcons.
A photo of Airforce Football Academy, the Falcons.
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