I am Hassan Halakhe Guyo, born in 12th December 1994, and hailing from Isiolo county, in Kenya. I first enrolled in Macci primary schools for my O-level education which I finished in 2008, and later joined Macci Secondary school for my A level. My passion for activism and protecting my country began already in secondary school, whereby I actively participated in various school activities that would highlight different issues in our community. This happened through symposiums, drama festivals, school debates and writing clubs. I later joined St Paul University to pursue a Diploma in Public Relations & Communication, and later, Bachelor of Science in Communications. With my love for activism and writing, 23rd of September 2018 I wrote an article “Isiolo County Needs to Revamp the Tourism Sector”, a published article highlighting the flora and fauna of my county, its potential in terms of tourism and what I found was needed to be considered when it comes to improving the living standards of the community, who often have been marginalized. The same year I did the feature “Rethinking African Culture for Tourism Development.” The article was a comparative argument on education and insight of the current trends like ICT, globalization, innovations and way of life, in comparison to traditions and cultural norms, which form the bedrock of tourism. Whereas modern trends are vital, it is important to integrate positive modern trends in addition to our African culture i.e. through preserving our African trends, and marketing. My passion for activism and advocacy has more than ever been kept alive with my current occupation as a Research Officer at Bomas Of Kenya. It is a position which has led me to a deeper understanding of my heritage through insight, research and exposure, especially to the marginalized communities like the one I am from. Inversely, I have been a cultural Ambassador for six Northern Kenya counties at the National Dance Company (Bomas of Kenya), locally, regionally and internationally, in which I became champion. Currently, am passionate about AUNUA Academy Africa an initiative that will lever and help shine a light on our quest for good governance, good educational promise plus enhance multiple sustainable development goals. Going forward, my love for activism and writing will still continue, with the objective of reaching a wider audience. With more support and encouragement, my dream keeps being valid, and hopefully, some day in the near future have my own talk show for audio and visual audience.
I am Kavuma Johnmary, a Ugandan entrepreneur, change-maker, mentor, SDG advocate, and an environmentalist. I am a Sustainable Development Goals Advocate; One Younger World Ambassador; Aunua Africa Ambassador; Tony Elumelu Fellow; Ocean Leader; Yali Fellow; Kectil Fellow; Ye Community Fellow; Kumvana Fellow; Social Innovation Academy Scholar and I am passionate about uplifting the lives of marginalized groups of people while conserving the environment and I have volunteered with several organizations. In 2015, I founded Upcycle Africa, which conserves the environment and enhances social welfare by promoting innovative and sustainable environment management. I am also the co-founder Kimuli Fashionability, an initiative that is unchaining persons with disabilities from the bondage of discrimination and unemployment/underemployment by equipping them with hands-on creative tailoring skills to turn plastic waste into upcycled fashionable clothing. Through my work, I seek to demonstrate to the world that "disability is not inability." and "waste is not waste until you waste it ". I was fortunate early in my life to find the intersection of what my passion was and the world's greatest need. The experience of growing as a poor orphan in Uganda motivates me to work towards sustainable development goals especially SDG 13. I have experienced firsthand the brunt of climate change and how that shapes the level of injustices and inequality that meet people daily. I believe humans will act when informed and empowered. I am on a mission to raise awareness, inspire and empower others to join me and act NOW!
Bishara Sheikh Hamo
My name is Bishara Sheikh Hamo, born on 24th April 1994, and I am from Isiolo, Kenya. I have a diploma in business administration, am a Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) survivor, anti FGM activist, public speaker, and a poet.
At the tender age of 11, I was forced to go through the horrendous process of female genital mutilation. It was a day filled with tears, sounds, smells, images, fear, physical pain & an indescribable terror, which will of course never leave my mind and, still today, after 13 years of physical & mental torment, both my body and my mind are battling the after-effects of FGM on a daily basis. My body is destroyed and dysfunctional due to a twisted belief that this is somehow for my own good? I therefore cannot stand idly by and watch innocent young girls have their lives devastated, as it so very nearly did mine. There is absolutely NO medical benefit supporting the violent act of Female Genital Mutilation, rather the opposite, and my own body and hundreds of thousands of other African women's wrecked bodies are the proof of that. This horrendous act simply has to stop as thousands of little lives each and every day are invaded and destroyed. It was after I plucked up the courage to stand up for myself that I began the fight against female genital mutilation & girl child violation, I became recognized as an activist by Kotex Kenya and got my first award in March 2019, and I also got recognition from Anti FGM Board this year February 2020. Trust me, if I can make sure that I, one day, am the very last woman to have been subjected to FGM, I have done my duty to every born & unborn girl in Africa.