Celebrated media personality Adelle Onyango has launched an initiative known as ‘Unapologetically African’ which seeks to give opportunities to the youth and women in Kenya.
The initiative is centered on the foundations of youth empowerment, mental health and gender equality.
The radio personality has gained international recognition for her efforts in empowering Kenyan women and youth, most recently serving on the Youth Advisory Board for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s second annual Goalkeeper’s conference.
Speaking during the launch on Thursday at the Shift Eye Studios, Nairobi, Adelle implored everyone to be unapologetic about being African without giving excuses and explaining where we come from and why we do the things we do.
“We acknowledge that we are developing but so is everyone else, the only constant in life is, change! Appreciate the social, economic, customs and tradition that exist in an African context,” she said.
“We need to change the African narrative, take away the ‘but’ or ‘despite’ in our stories. We are exceptional. We don’t do extraordinary despite challenges; we just are exceptional,” she added.
Among the invited guests during the launch was media personalities Caroline Mutoko, Shaffie Weru, Victoria Rubadiri, Mwalimu Rachel, Linda Nyangweso and Winnie Odinga, who is a Trustee of the Adelle Onyango Initiative.
“The launch of the Adelle Onyango Initiative is a great achievement for a phenomenal woman like Adelle, as it touches on issues that affect our society,” Ms Odinga said.
Last year, Adelle was privileged to represent Kenya at the 2017 Children’s Global Media Summit, where she officially received the Duchess of Cambridge and chaired two sessions on youth and cyber-bullying.
Other guest who attended the event include Nelly Tuikong-Park Pauline Cosmetics, Rama Oluoch, Kirigo Ng’arua, Patricia Kihoro and Patrick Ojil – Africa Business News, friends and family members.