Scroll down to hear the artist’s story.
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THE KENYA BENCH
ARTIST: NALINI PATEL
Nalini’s bench was inspired by Kenya, the country of her birth. Scroll down further to learn more about its culture and a text version of her story.
“Just after my birth I was not well. I had Polio.
I was never physically fit. Every 6 months I used to end up in a hospital and that made me so frustrated.
Slowly and gradually I got a job.I became the head of a school.
My parents passed away within the periodof six months.
I had no choice but to leave Kenya and join my brother who was moving to London.
I was lonely and I had nothing to do. For few months I felt “I wish I could go back”.
But one day I decided, if I hadto stay, why not make my life more happy.
The elderly people needed a lot a of help, whether they needed to go to the hospital or they want to talk to their doctors. I always managed to assist them.
I was invited to go to India where I was given an award for my outstanding services in the UK.
That added my crown.
I have learnt that whatever you want to do nothing is impossible.
My name is Nalini Patel. I am a Deputy Mayor London Borough of Sutton.”
Nalini Patel, Deputy Mayor, London Borough of Sutton (2017-2018)
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