This rally driver is probably the most viral face across social media platforms like Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and TikTok.
A screenshot from a video in which he was speaking to journalists has become a global meme, evoking laughter across the internet.
In the video, the “rally driver” caught up with a reporter asking him and his navigator how the race had been. The driver is bare-chested, with a helmet and a very dusty face, while his navigator just wore a reflector and held the map.
The driver explained how the terrain was challenging, and they got trapped in a bush while navigating the map, which they said was difficult to understand.
Arap Marindich a Kenyan 🇰🇪 comedian who has gone viral international for his amazing video clip in Kenya during the Naivasha Safari rally. pic.twitter.com/Rrz4BWgPe9
— African Hub (@AfricanHub_) August 4, 2022
It turns out the man is a comedian, and in the video, they were imitating the 2022 WRC Safari Rally that happened in Kenya from 23 to 26 June.
His real name is Kennedy Kipkorir Lang’at, but he uses the name Arap Marindich, his grandfather’s name. The 33-year-old resides in Ongata Rongai, in Kajiado County in Kenya.
He revealed to Citizen that he studied till Form Two (Grade 9) and was forced to drop out due to financial constraints. In 2008, he enrolled on a driving course and later got employed by a man in his local area who had a car and needed a driver.
Kennedy was later employed by another man named Kaptula as a driver. Kaptula noticed that Kennedy has a funny character, and it could make him money, so he decided to become his manager, encouraging him to shoot many clips.
He left the job, and this year, he met his former boss-cum-friend-cum-manager Kaptula during the WRC Safari Rally, and they agreed to head to the rally.
While at the event, they saw a broken-down car and asked the driver if they could do a small skit inside it as he waited for his mechanical team to tow the vehicle.
The driver allowed us to shoot inside his car, and we drove for a few minutes but could not go far. Cars kept on passing by our car, leaving behind clouds of dust, and that is why I had the dust all over my face (in the video).
The video blew over the internet, and it is opening doors for Kennedy Kipkorir Lang’at.