Britam has awarded tennis star Angela Okutoyi Ksh.1 million for making history as the first Kenyan to win a Wimbledon title.
18-year-old Okutoyi, won a Grand Slam title at the girls’ juniors in the 2022 Wimbledon Championships partnering with her Netherlands counterpart Rose Marie Nijkamp.
The two girls beat Kayla Cross and Victoria Mboko from Canada 3-6, 6-4, and 11-9 in the Grand Slam finals held at the All England Lawn Tennis Club in London.
Moreover, on Wednesday, July 20 at the Britam Tower, Okutoyi accompanied by her twin sister Roselida Asumwa received the cheque from Britam’s Strategy and Investor Relations Director, Catherine Karita.
“We conveyed our congratulations to history maker, Angella Okutoyi for her stunning victory and for becoming the first Kenyan to be crowned champion at a Grand Slam event. We are so proud of Angella’s achievements since her breakout moment in 2018 when she won the Britam Kenya Open,” Britam wrote on Twitter.
Furthermore, Britam stated that the award will go a long way to assist them as they continue with their training and tournaments.
Similarly, in September 2018, Okutoyi, won the Britam Kenya Open Tennis Championship (Women) beating three-time former champion Shufaa Changawa 6-1, 7-6 at Nairobi Club.
Likewise, she holds the singles and doubles titles at the East Africa Zonals Under 14, the singles at ITF Kigali Junior International Open, singles AJCCC Under-14 in Algeria, and doubles at the ITF Kigali Junior International Open.
Nonetheless, the tennis sensation previously cited her background as one of her major inspirations in her tennis journey. She mentioned that her desire is to make the most out of her career and change the life of her family.
Moreover, Angela Okutoyi and her sister were raised by their grandmother as their mother died in childbirth.
“I didn’t grow up having much in our family so just being on this court gives me the drive to one day make my family proud and change our background to live in a good place… I want to do anything to make my grandmother proud,” she said in a previous interview.