Ngina Kenyatta, daughter to President Uhuru Kenyatta, and director of The Kenyatta Trust impressed a crowd with her speech during the African Philanthropy Forum at Strathmore Business School on November 15.
According to a statement sent to newsrooms, the daughter to Kenya’s number 1 took to the podium to address the audience, including President Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta, about social issues affecting Kenyans, especially the youth.
“We come from a continent of immense greatness and it’s now our time and upon the youths to address and find a solution for unemployment, by going into new and innovative fields,” remarked Ngina.
She also insisted on the need for young people to think creatively while tackling problems facing them.
“I believe in the spirit of pan-Africanism present in this room, and through partnerships, with supportive bodies, we have an opportunity through the spirit present here today to realise these gains,” added Ngina.
Further, the first daughter reiterated the organization’s goal to transform the lives of underprivileged communities in Kenya through education, mentorship, and economic empowerment.
“The trust’s main agenda is to create a new generation of young individuals with a progressive mindset to fill the needs of the ever-changing generation,” Ms Kenyatta spoke, as she cited an example of a young man named Moses Etot from Turkana County, who is taking a course in petroleum engineering under the sponsorship of The Kenyatta Trust, in one of the top universities in China.
As a proud father, President Kenyatta highlighted the government’s commitment to establishing avenues for youth employment, especially in the digital sector.
The president further praised the Ajira Digital programme which helps technology-savvy youth take advantage of the many platforms in creating jobs and obtaining accurate, relevant and timely labour market information.
The forum’s Executive Director Mosun Layode exhibited confidence in the progress made in creating more jobs for the youth and challenged them to seek guidance on innovative ways to build their ventures.
Under the African Philanthropy Forum, various humanitarian trusts seek to find solutions for problems affecting the youth in 12 countries across the African continent.
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