William Lawson’s capped John Waliaula as Kenya’s Next Highlander, who through sweat and trials, beat 49 other highlanders to secure the title. For the last two months, William Lawson’s has been on the hunt to find the boldest, most rugged, unconventional man or woman, who defies the norm and lives life on his or her terms. With the Kenya’s Next Highlander title, John Waliaula has won Ksh. 500,000/- cash and an epic trip to Scotland worth Ksh. 500,000/-.

Speaking after his win, John Waliaula said, “I feel great! I was so determined to take this title home and I came here today focused on lifting this axe as Kenya’s Next Highlander. The competition was tough, but I pushed myself to win it. It has been an amazing experience and I can’t wait for the trip to Scotland.” The title was aggressively contested by Alfred Onyango, who came in second, and Stephen crowns Wamalwa, who came in third. 

In true William Lawson’s style, the finalists had to compete through group and individual highlander challenges such as barreling, caber toss, barrel race, tug of war and a complex obstacle course to prove they are true highlanders. The event also featured unconventional activities where spectators showcased their highlander attitude to win instant prizes. Amber Ray and Eric Omondi, true embodiments of the Kenyan Highlander, brought their bold attitude to reveal the winners and crowns Kenya’s Next Highlander. Khaligraph Jones brought down the house kicking off the after-party.

Speaking at the finale, John Mwangi, Bacardi Customer Marketing Manager East Africa, said, “It has been a gruelling two months of recruiting highlanders through pre-qualifier events held in various outlets. Our search for Kenya’s Next Highlander has shown us that Kenya is full of highlanders, people who are bold, daring and live life on their terms. Today we have seen 50 highlander men and women show their grit for a shot at the title. William Lawson’s is proud to name John Waliaula as Kenya’s Next Highlander.”

More than 3,000 Kenyans registered, ready to take on the challenge for a chance to be named Kenya’s Next Highlander competing through a series of challenges to qualify.

William Lawson’s is one of the fastest-growing Scotch brands in the world. It’s a classic blended scotch whisky with a sweet and medium-bodied style. At its core is the single malt of Macduff distillery, married with various bold malts and grain whiskies with a fruit-forward character – no peated whisky is added.

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