Children who Won the Hearts of Kenyans in 2021

  • From left to right: Rahmina Paulette, Alvin Keffa and Shanah Manjeru.
    From left to right: Rahmina Paulette, Alvin Keffa and Shanah Manjeru.
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  • Children are primarily known for their soft-spoken nature but can at times make headlines when given the opportunity.

    Be it through achieving remarkable feats or possessing extraordinary talents, a number of kids have managed to win over Kenyans.

    Kenyans.co.ke revisits five children who endeared themselves to Kenyans.

    Shanah Manjeru at the AFRIMA Awards in Lagos, Nigeria on November 22, 2021.
    Shanah Manjeru at the AFRIMA Awards in Lagos, Nigeria on November 22, 2021.
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    Shanah Manjeru

    Days after making it to the Top 100 Kenyans 2021, Shanah Manjeru was named among the top 100 Child Prodigies globally.

    The 13-year-old was chosen among thousands of applications received from 68 countries around the globe.

    The actor and TV host's star continued to rise after she scooped the Best African Female Artiste in Inspirational Music during the Afrima Awards in November 2021.

    Rahmina Paulette

    Rahmina Paulette became the talk of town after she accompanied President Uhuru Kenyatta and top government official including Cabinet Secretaries, for the United Nations (UN) event at Glasgow, United Kingdom.

    Paulette was accorded the honour after being recognized as an enthusiastic champion for initiatives towards climate change.

    At just 15-years of age, Paulette runs Kisumu Environmental Champions, an organization that sensitizes the public on environmental matters. This is done through initiatives such as tree planting sessions, ecofriendly cleanups and waste segregation.

    Alvin Keffa

    The 13- year-old shocked the nation after he won an Africa Kids Awards under the content creator category in May 2021 due to his prowess in culinary arts.

    Alvin Keffa has risen to become a top notch chef- specializing in different cuisines.

    His art, which began at the age of 7, has transformed into a money-making venture. He currently practices for two hours while enduring that he puts in a minimum of four hours for his studies.

    Ethan Macharia

    Ethan Macharia, popularly known as Baby Ethan, broke the internet when his plight surfaced online. The child suffered as many as 40 seizures a day- a condition which pushed his bill to over Ksh5 million

    The young boy penned an emotional letter to Uhuru- seeking to get Ksh5 million needed to get the surgery in India.

    Touched by his plight, the Head of State sent a Ksh5 million cheque to his parents which enabled Baby Ethan to get treatment.

    After a successful surgery, Macharia has since made a full recovery.

    Sidney Sheldon

    The young talented star has made strides in her profession- brushing shoulders with the high and mighty.

    From the likes of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Ugandan counterpart Yoweri Museveni, to ODM leader Raila Odinga, Sheldon has earned a seat at the high table.

    Her artwork has captured the attention of notable personalities who have marveled at her artistic prowess.

    The 12-year-old currently practices for hours in order to hone her craft and excel in her career.

    Sheila Sheldon with her Nina Simone Global Award on March 8, 2021
    Sheila Sheldon with her Nina Simone Global Award on March 8, 2021
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