Over decades, youth from Rift Valley have become proactive and made a lot of impact on their fellow peers.
Kitwek Media annual prestigious list launched in 2017 currently in its second year features young politicians, activists, entrepreneurs, entertainers, digital influencers, philanthropists & athletes across 10 distinct categories who are blazing various trails and promoting the positive image of Kenya across the globe.
Our 2018 honorees were listed for their individual and collective contributions towards positioning the image of their counties as frontrunners in their respective fields.
They have empowered youth to expand their economic opportunities and contribute to their communities, encouraged youth leadership and a youth voice in local and national policy dialogue.
Nakuru County : Sheila Samoei
Miss Samoei is a graduate of Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology and founder Youth Empowerment Kenya.
Youth Empowerment Kenya is a community organization helping young people in Kenya to find their place in society.
The organization’s objective is based on the challenges facing young Kenyans and strives to change the perspective among the young generation.
About one out of five young jobseekers under 25 cannot find work. And many young people believe that their concerns are not taken up by leaders. More than half of them feel that in their country young, people have been marginalised and excluded from economic and social life.
As a director, Ms Samoei through the organization supports young people to help ensure they acquire the skills they need for today’s – and tomorrow’s – labour market.
Samoei’s youth empowerment campaign is ensuring Kenyan youth are equipped with social, civic and intercultural competences as well as a strong capacity for critical thinking.
Youth Empowerment Kenya supports mobility and training for young people and youth workers by providing opportunities for dialogue and joint projects on citizenship, volunteering and youth exchanges.
Uasin Gishu County: Paul Kipngetich kimutai
Known to many as PK, Mr Kimutai is a digital influencer and youth leader who advocates for youth space in Kenyan politics.
Earlier this year, Uasin Gishu County youths declared him the county’s youth president making him the voice of the youths in the region.
Mr. Kimutai believes Kenya has the potential to be one of Africa’s greatest success stories from its growing youthful population.
His activism is aimed at addressing challenges of poverty, inequality, governance, low investment and low firm productivity to achieve rapid, sustained growth rates that will transform lives of young people in Uasin Gishu and North Rift region.
During Kenya’s 2017 general election, Kimutai became a key asset to Jubilee Party when his input as the top decision maker to Jubilee Northrift Youths. His political consultancy and strategy made the youth league and the rulling party achieve its campaign objectives.
Bomet County: Yego Arnold
The Kenyatta University graduate is the lead ambassador advocating Space for youths in Bomet County.
Mr. Yegon has been on the forefront championing for youth inclusivity across all sectors of the economy in Bomet County.
He is known for fighting for the rights and interest of Kenyatta University Students from Bomet County. This made him rise through the youth ranks to be a young opinion leader in the South Rift.
Nandi County : Kipkorir Boniface
From his active participation in the powerful University of Nairobi student organization formerly SONU, Kipkorir’s star has grown thick, cascaded even outside the institution to make him one of the most influential youths in Nandi County.
From empowering his fellow comrades from his region while a student, Mr.Boniface is currently empowering Nandi County youths through talent promotion.
Sports is one of the most universal aspects of popular culture that can be used to enhance unity in the course of development in the society.
Through sports, Mr Boniface is currently identifying and selecting talented youths in Nandi who have the skills and competencies for empowerment.
He is also a leading digital influencer advocating for good governance and youth lnclusion.
Nakuru County: Anne Wangui Ngugi
Miss Wangui Ngugi is a woman activist fighting Gender Based Violence in Kenya.
Through her campaigns , Miss Anne has been challenging the violence experienced by Kenyan women and girls by calling out to victims to speak out before the violence become extreme.
Anne’s campaigns together with initiatives and affirmative plans are aimed at empowering men and women to have balanced relationship and end gender imbalance which has been the root cause of of Gender Based Violence.
October this year, Wangui Ngugi represented Kenya in the annual Clinton Global Initiative Universities held at The University of Chicago.
Elgeiyo Marakwet County: Kirui K Kigen
Having struggled and congured all the challenges in Kerio Valley a place known for cattle rastling, Mr Kigen is using education as a tool to change the perspective which has been shaped by culture and tradition for decades.
He is the chairman Peace Drive Movement committee an initiative which brings on board university students from four Kenyan Counties and the Eastern part of Uganda.
The movement advocates for compulsory and incentive based education for all Kerio Valley Children,Serious govermnent involvement and role of youth/students to solving the cattle rastling menace.