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slum born. Global bound This is a story of an African erudite, a man bequeathed with a rare combination of both sagacity and intelligence, born and raised in an unsafe and limiting environment of a Kenyan sprawling slum, kept by mercies of God and educated through the generous hands of well-wishers and hard work of his poor parents. It is about a young man who has survived the tides of hardship and through determination and tenacity, emerged victoriously on the world stage as a living testimony that hope is still alive
latest news
  • 17/11/2015
    Thrilled to be included in the coordinating team of the World Trade Organization Conference to be held for the first time in Africa, in Nairobi. Grateful for the honor!
  • 17/11/2015
    Press briefing on the State of the Nation-Voice of the People. "We cannot make progress without addressing corruption, high cost of living and youth unemployment"
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  • 17/11/2015
    Thrilled to be included in the coordinating team of the World Trade Organization Conference to be held for the first time in Africa, in Nairobi. Grateful for the honor!
  • 17/11/2015
    Thrilled to be included in the coordinating team of the World Trade Organization Conference to be held for the first time in Africa, in Nairobi. Grateful for the honor!
About
From a Slum to the Global Stage,A story of Resilience

Raphael Obonyo is a policy specialist and a youth advocate at the national, regional and international levels. He has extensive knowledge and experience in public policy,strategy, economics and international development.

Mr Obonyo has served as Africa's representative in the World Bank's Global Coordination Board on Youth and Anti-Corruption, the external adviser, UNISDR's Africa Youth Affairs and UN Habitat's Youth Advisory Board.He has also served on the UNESCO Youth Advisory Group

He is the co-founder and convener of the Youth Congress, a premier youth-led organization in Kenya. He is the co-founder of Koch FM, the first community radio in Kenya. Also, he is the co-founder of Miss Koch Initiatives- a Girls Education Initiative, launched in 2001, and has supported over 300 girls to get High school education; the initiative has become one of the world's admired examples for girls' education. Mr Obonyo co-founded the Youth Congress of Kenya and Kenya Youth Media. Also, he has been instrumental in the formulation and implementation of numerous national and global policies. He is a policy advisor to a number of local and global organizations.

He has received numerous national and international prizes and recognitions for his critical roles in advancing youth development. In 2013, the Global Diplomatic Forum honored Mr. Obonyo as one of the Global Young Diplomats. Again in 2013 German Marshall Fund of the United States named Mr Obonyo as one of the Emerging world leader.In 2014 Crans Montana's named Mr Obonyo a New Leader of Tomorrow. In 2015, Africa Youth Hub named Mr Obonyo as Africa's Most Inspirational Youth, by the. He has delivered a TED talks, featured on Discovery +254 (NTV TV shows that features most inspirational Kenyans), Daily Nation newspaper, East African Standard, The People, and a number of TV channels for his transformative work. In 2014, he was on the cover page of East African Youth and success magazine, as one of the most promising young leaders in East Africa.

He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, a Bachelor of Commerce degree from University of Nairobi and a number of diplomas and certificates from academic Institutions in Kenya and abroad. He won the 2012 Policy Star Award at Duke University. He is a Ford Foundation Fellow.

Mr Obonyo was born in the sprawling slums of Korogocho and has been able to scale the heights. He stands out as shining example of what human beings especially the youth can achieve with determination.

He is a finalist for the 2015 Top 40 under 40 men in Kenya

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"If we want to reverse the trends of extreme poverty in the world today, we must make Education For All a reality"
Publications
books
Nacka Nairobi
Conversations about the Youth in Kenya
Manufacture of Poverty The Untold Story of EPZs in Kenya
Youth Unemployment in Kenya
Youth Policy Guide-Kenya
A Citizens' Manual for Effective Involvement in Local Authority Service Delivery Action Plan
Videos
TEDx Talk: Living a full life in Nairobi: Raphael Obonyo at TEDxNairobi Interview Between Gidi & Youth Advocate Raphael Obonyo on GES Summit & Obama Visit: Raphael Obonyo's Interview on CCTV Kenya's UN Youth Advisor Moves from Slums to Global Icon Africa Speaks: Bring Back Our Girls Boko Haram Youth Agenda Youth empowerment summit World Forum For Ethics in Business 2013
Articles
The youth are the future of Africa's cities Daily Nation
Youth should vote to push their own agenda Daily Nation
Technology will boost polls' credibility Daily Nation
Ministry should address problems of youth Daily Nation
"I haven't lost hope in Africa" Standard Media
'It's a brand new deal for youth' Daily Nation, May 13, 2010
"Our youth have spoken; anyone listening?" Daily Nation, August 17, 2010
"A comprehensive sports law long overdue" Daily Nation,September 28, 2010
"Involve the public in corruption war" Daily Nation, October 29,
"Neglected youth a ticking time-bomb'" Daily Nation, December 31,
"Youth should provide new vision for Kenya" Daily Nation,February 7, 2011,
"Stop delaying the new Constitution" Daily Nation, May 13, 2011,
"You're not doing us any favour, just pay up" Daily Nation, July 6,2011
"Electoral team must earn trust of the public" Daily Nation,September 13, 2011,
"This is how to avoid future electoral crisis" Daily Nation, February,
"Funds laws to foster peaceful campaigns" Daily Nation, February,
"Time for the youth to decide their destiny" Daily Nation, December,10, 2012.
"Funds laws to foster peaceful campaigns" Daily Nation, February,
"Where are the youth in the cabinet list" Saturday Nation, April 27,2013,
"Ignore Truth Report at the country's peril" ' Daily Nation, July 4,2013
"Government has shortchanged the youth again" Daily Nation,January 7, 2014
"Remodel Education to achieve 2030 goals" Daily Nation, February 25, 2014
"Why Kenyans have lost faith in devolution" Daily Nation, April 8,
"How Uwezo can address youth joblesness" Daily Nation April 28,
"It will require more than tough new traffic rules to curb road accidents" Daily Nation, April 29, 2014
"Youth must look beyond political fighting" Daily Nation, June 9,2014
"Why the Opposition needs to change strategy" Daily Nation, July 11, 2014
"For top jobs, Jubilee forgot youth again" Daily Nation, August 27,2014
"Africa must become inclusive to progress" Daily Nation, January 1,
"Involve youths in projects targeting them" Daily Nation, January 12, 2015
"Kenya needs strong civil society for political balance and democracy' Daily Nation, January 28, 2015" Daily Nation, January 28, 2015
"Mo Ibrahim should invest in African youth not leaders" Sunday Nation, March 8, 2015
"We must go beyond naming and shaming" Daily Nation April 2,2015
"We need to come up with new strategies if we hope to triumph over Al-Shabaab" Daily Nation, April 13, 2015
"What is the value of integration to youth? " Daily Nation, April 27, 2015
"It's a pity that youth were left out again" Daily Nation, May 1,2015
"We do need a disaster management policy" Daily Nation, May 14,2015
"Youth policy needs overhaul to effectively address problems facing young people" Daily Nation, June 22, 2015
"Counties need help to manage healthcare" Daily Nation, June 23, 2015
"Civil society still has role in our democracy" Daily Nation, August 3, 2015
"Raphael 'Indiscipline among youth: A wake-up call" Daily Nation, August 17, 2015
"Youth should be at centre of programmes" Daily Nation, September 22, 2015
"'Youth should be involved in party politics" Daily Nation, October 30, 2015
"A strong opposition can end this impunity" Daily Nation,November 30, 2015
Newspaper Features
Beauty from the ghetto The People Daily
see where determination got me Daily Nation
i walked from korogocho to study at mcmilan Nairobian
slum born,global bound Standard Newspaper
Youth and Success.
Unity Magazine in China
work experience
board member
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fellowships
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Awards & Recognitions
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Global Youth Voices transforming communities and the world
Global Youth Voices
Jan 2016
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Finalist- Top 40 Under 40 Men
Business Daily
Dec 2015
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Africa's Most Inspirational Youth
South Africa's Youth Village
2015
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Youth and Success
East African Magazine
2015
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Inspirational Kenyan
Discovery +254
2015
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UN Nelson Mandela Prize
Nominee
2015
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Crans Montana's New Leader of Tomorrow
Crans Montana Forum
March 2014
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Africa's Promising Leader
UNESCO
Dec 2014
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Global Young Diplomat
Global Diplomatic Forum
November 2013
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The Atlantic Dialogue Emerging Leader
German Marshall Fund of the United States
October 2013
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Public Policy Star
Duke University
September 2012
Past Appearances

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Photo Gallery
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With the UN Secretary General, Ban Kimoon
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With the former president of Ghana, John Kufuor
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With President Uhuru Kenyatta
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With Kenya's deputy President, William Ruto
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With Mo Ibrahim
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With Kenya's Former Prime Minister, Raila Odinga
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With Andrea Miorandi, Mayor of Rovereto, Italy
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With Movie Star, Forest Whitaker
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With BBC presenter, Komla Dumor
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Recognition as the 2014 Crans Montana New Leaders of Tomorrow
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With Vice President of Colombia, Angeino Garzon
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With president of the World Bank, Jim Yong Kim
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Graduating with a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University, United States
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With Nardo Bekele Thomas, Resident Coordinator of the United Nations System in Kenya
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With the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Boss, Mr Ezra Chiloba
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With the Chief Executive of World Life Direct, Dr Paula Kahumbu
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With the Cabinet Secretary for Industrialization and Enterprise Development, Mr Adan Mohamed
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With Cabinet Secretary for Devolution and Planning, Anne Waiguru
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With the UN Secretary General's Envoy on Youth Ahmed Alhendawi
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With Kenya Young Parliamentarians
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Awarding Gor Mahia's midfielder, Collins Okoth
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At the Atlantic Dialogues Emerging Leaders forum, Rabat, Morocco
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With Grammy Award Nominee, Akon
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At the graduation of the K Youth Media Centre
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With Cabinet Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Amina Mohamed
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With the British High Commissioner, Dr Christian Turner
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With the hosts of Discovery +254
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With the UN Secretary General Ban Kimoon and Youth leaders at the UN General Assembly
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With other members of the UN Habitat's Youth Advisory Board
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With Chief Justice of Kenya, Dr Willy Mutunga
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At the Nobel Peace Centre, Oslo, Norway
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With Linda Netland, Director, Nobel Peace Centre
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At the 2015 Crans Montana Forum, Geneva, Switzerland
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With Africa Resilient Youth, in Capetown, South Africa
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With Mr Charles Nyachae, the chairman of the Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution
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Launch of the Future Alumni report
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With Mr Joshua Oigara, Chief Executive Officer, Kenya Commercial Bank
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With Dr Sang, Kenya's ambassador to Sweden, at the book release Nacka Nairobi in Stockholm, Sweden
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With Humphrey Kayange, Kenya's celebrated Rugby player
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Celebrating UN 70th anniversary with children in Mathare, Nairobi, Kenya
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At Koch FM radio for the wonderful interview about my book, my story, and vision for my hometown-Koch! "East or west, home is best"
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With one of the World's Top Cartoonists GADO who produced illustrations for my book "Conversations about the youth in Kenya"
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At Africa Nazarene University. Launch of Book Tour for Universities.
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With Ms Megan Mitchell - National Children's Commissioner
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2013 Champion for Education For All. World Assembly of Youth, Malaysia
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With the Principal and students of Our Lady of Fatima Secondary School
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Donating jerseys to soccer teams
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With youth in Kenya as we launched campaign against violence in Burundi
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Presiding over the fifth graduation of K Youth Media's filmmakers, journalists and photographers
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Obonyo Foundation supports Women's empowerment
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On Ebru TV cooking show
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Presenting a copy of my book to the Executive Director of UN-HABITAT Dr Joan Clos, when we met in Abuja, Nigeria
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With students sponsored by Obonyo Foundation
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At Dagoretti High School
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At Baba Dogo Primary School
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Raphael as a toddler.
Get in touch
P.O. Box 44427-00100 Nairobi Kenya Email: raphojuma@hotmail.com Phone: +254 711 363 127