Ex-KTN Anchor Ann Ngugi's Daughter Moves Audience With Powerful Speech

  • Former KTN news anchor Anne Ngugi's daughter, Angel Wanjiru Ngugi moved the audience with her powerful acceptance speech after she won the Voice Achievers Award.

    The ceremony was held at the Leakey Auditorium of the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi on August 16, 2019.

    Deputy President William Ruto was the special guest of honour at the function and presented some of the awards to the winners.

    Angel, a budding musician, had been nominated for the 'Against All Odds' category.

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    Taking to social media on Tuesday, a visibly proud Anne shared a video of her daughter receiving the award followed by a heartfelt message.

    Angel's acceptance speech was amazing. A strong girl she is! A game-changer in her generation! A walking miracle of Christ's healing power!" she captioned the video.

    The 15-year-old was born with a birth defect called congenital hydrocephalus (the buildup of excess cerebrospinal fluid in the brain at birth), but she has never let her condition stand in her way.

    Taking to the stage, the teenager eloquently spoke about her life journey and thanked her mother for the role she played in building her confidence and ensuring that she accepted herself.

    "I don't know what to say. this award means a lot to me. I'm grateful to be one of the persons receiving this award. It has proved to me and to the world that despite your challenges, you can make it," she stated.

    "15 years ago, my mum told me that I could use music to inspire other people and tap into my God-given talent. I didn't take it for granted that I am here today and so I'm encouraging each and every one of you to accept yourself just the way you are because if you don't accept yourself, who will accept you?" she posed amid cheers from the audience.

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    The Voice Achievers Award Ceremony was first held in 2012 to celebrate people who have impacted African society. It has always been held in The Netherlands since its inception but the Nairobi event was the first to be held out of the European country.

    Organisers of the awards are The Voice magazine, a monthly publication headquartered in The Netherlands and founded in 1999 “to create a voice for Africans across Europe” by Pastor Elvis Iruh, a journalist of Nigerian descent.