Category Kenya

Success Story from Kenya: Social Entrepreneur Kennedy Odede brings Hope to Nairobi’s Slums

Kennedy Odede was born to a teenage mother in 1984. He was the oldest of eight children. Kennedy was raised in Kibera, the largest slum in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi, and the largest urban slum in all of Africa. He recalls getting his first grey hair at age six and being alone and on […]

Success Story from Kenya: Collins Nakedi, Empowering Youths through Education

Collins Plimo Nakedi was born in October 1989 and raised in East Pokot, Kenya, a pastoralist community in which more than 95 percent of the people are illiterate. One of 14 children, Collins felt extremely fortunate to be the only one in his family to have the chance to go to school and get an […]

Success Story from Kenya: Kelvin Macharia, Young Entrepreneur

Kelvin “Kevo” Macharia Kuria was born in June 1990 in Nakuru, Kenya. As a student at Nakuru High School Kelvin was distressed by the ants, cockroaches, and flies that would make their way into his dorm room. He began to experiment with mixing extracts from shrubs that might deter the invaders and wound up inventing […]

Success Stories from Africa: 13 Nobel Peace Laureates

By Heidi G. Frontani This week I am reviewing Adekeye Adebajo’s book from 2014, Africa’s Peacemakers: Nobel Peace Laureates of African Descent, published by Zed Books. Africa’s Peacemakers describes the lives and accomplishments of 10 Nobel Peace Laureates from Africa (Albert Luthuli, Desmond Tutu, Nelson Mandela, and Frederik Willem de Klerk from South Africa, Anwar […]

Success Story from Kenya: Dr. Wangari Maathai’s Green Belt Movement

Wangari Maathai was born in central Kenya in 1940. Due to her excellent grades she received a scholarship to Mount St. Scholastica College (now Benedictine College) in Kansas from which she received her Bachelor’s Degree in 1964. Thereafter she obtained a Master’s Degree at the University of Pittsburgh, also in Biological Sciences. In 1966, she […]