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Zuleikha Hassan

The Kwale Woman Representative studied at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Development and Social Transformation with coursework in the fields of Environmental and Geographic Sciences, Gender Studies, History, Politics, Social Anthropology and Sociology.

She stole headlines when she was ordered out of Parliament in August 2019 for carrying her 5-month-old baby into the chambers.  

Teresia Wairimu

Reverend Teresa Wairimu is the founder and director of Faith Evangelistic Ministry (FEM).

She is an influential woman, who through her work, has impacted many people in Kenya and other countries. She is a recipient of the Martin Luther King Peace Award for Africa, an award given in recognition of her work.

The religious leader is also the author and has impacted millions in Kenyans through her ministry, including President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto. 

Sarah Momanyi

Sarah Momanyi has won national chess championships for her age bracket two years running. 

The slum where she lives, Mukuru kwa Njenga, is one of the grittiest in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi. It makes headlines for cholera outbreaks, gang battles, prostitution rings and the city government’s constant threats to raze it.

It is built on a wasteland between two industrial zones. Every alleyway is lined by two open gutters.

Sarah’s achievements come despite both her parents’ absence in her life. 

Wawira Njiru

Wawira Njiru is a Kenyan businesswoman, entrepreneur, human nutritionist, and philanthropist, who serves as the executive director of Food 4 Education, an organization that cooks, prepares and distributes nutritious meals, at subsidized prices to over 2,000 poor school children in Ruiru, a suburb of Nairobi, the capital city of Kenya.

Stella Bosire

Queen Elizabeth II on Thursday, November 21, recognised a Kenyan doctor by awarding her for exemplary work.

Dr Stella Wairimu Bosire-Otieno was handed the Commonwealth Points of Light Award, which recognises outstanding volunteers and people who are making a change in their community.

Wairimu was recognised for her work through the Dr Stellah Bosire Foundation, which has supported over 20,000 women and girls living in poverty to access education programmes, mentoring, work experience and reproductive and sexual health advice.

Frida Njogu

Frida Njogu-Ndongwe is a medical doctor and public health specialist with experience in implementing HIV/TB and maternal, newborn and child health programmes.

She is part of a team that conceptualised, designed and developed the Afyakit and is the current technical lead on the project. The Afyakit is a platform that can house digital supervision tools and provide analytics.

Jessie Lessit

Lady Justice Jessie Wanjiku Lessit can be described as a no-nonsense judge who doesn't suffer fools.

She has handled some of Kenya's high profile murder cases which have thrown her into the public eye, including those involving Migori Governor Okoth Obado.

Stationed at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, she has over 15 years of experience as a judge and heads the Milimani High Court Criminal division.

Popular lawyer Cliff Ombeta has recognised the judge's low tolerance for sideshows in her courtroom.

Mercy Masika

Mercy Masika is a Kenya gospel artist, songwriter, and composer.

In June 2019 Masika was appointed as UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency's national Goodwill Ambassador for Kenya.

Prior to her appointment, Masika served as United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees' (UNHCR) high profile supporter championing the agency’s LuQuLuQu campaign to change the narrative of the African refugee by shedding light on the incredible resilience refugees demonstrate

Masika is an award-winning gospel musician, including being crowned the 2016 Female Artist of The Year.

Mama Ida Odinga

Mama Ida Odinga is a Kenyan businesswoman, activist and educator. She is the wife of Raila Odinga, the former Prime Minister of Kenya, Raila Odinga. 

She has also championed a host of other causes, many focused on women, children and health in Kenya. Odinga has advocated for the prevention of breast cancer and fistulas, and eradication of the chigoe flea. She has also mentored Kenyan schoolgirls and sat on the board of directors for an organization which aids paraplegics.

Akothee

Esther Akoth is a celebrated musician who has consistently sold out shows and is known for her electric performances and kind heart. 

Her intervention during the drought that hit Turkana warmed the hearts of many Kenyans, among them Rachel Ruto. 

Though she didn't save the day all by herself, she was able to mobilze well-wishers in a way that earned her admiration even from perceived critics. 

In just under two hours, she was able to raise more than Ksh1 million. 

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