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2 Lessons Learnt From Kabarak Graduate’s Death & Selfie Culture

The body of a 23-year-old graduate from Kabarak University who lost his life on December 29, while taking selfies with his friends in Molo river, Nakuru county was retrieved three days after the incident.
Elvis Korir drowned in the river while taking a picture during a photo session with his friends. Together with friends, Elvis had visited the river. Known for its cascading waterfall, the most beautiful scenes for a photo session soon turned into a scene of death.

According to one of his friends, it is while at the river that Elvis ordered his friends to move to the highest point of the river where they could take pictures capturing the river as the background, at this point Elvis requested one of his female friends to take him a picture, before the lady could even take an action, Elvis slipped and fell into the river.

The body of Elvis was retrieved after divers from Bomet County joined their counterparts from Nakuru County in the search operation. Speaking at the scene of the incident, Nakuru County Woman Representative Hon. Liza Chelule asked the county government to train more divers on life-saving skills as such cases are now on the rise.  The deceased had just secured his first job after school at HACO limited and he was expected to report on January 4, 2018.

Despite the tragic death, there are a few lessons to learn from this incident:

1.Always beware of your surroundings when taking a selfie.

There are several dangerous scenarios that claim one’s life if one is not cognizant of their surroundings.

2. Is the picture necessary?

We often think that if an occasion is not immortalized with an image from the event, then it never really happened. However, it is important to remain cautious and consider whether the image is truly worth having. Those who scale the tallest buildings in search of the most amazing ariel shots are well aware of the dangers involved. It is well known that one could truly fall to an unfortunate death. Always be careful and make comprehensive considerations when taking your pictures for the “gram”.


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