Suleiman Kweyu is an agriculturalist by heart. He was born and bred in Mumias, Western Kenya.
High school was tough for him after joining a rigid school that did not even have a laboratory. He remembers they used to visit a neighboring school to carry out their science subject practical experiments.
Kweyu was also asthmatic and says he gives God the glory for healing him through his forced circumstance of having to ride a bike for 12 kilometers every day to school. He loves biking to date. He pursued his degree in finance at Kenyatta University.
After campus, he had set a goal of applying to as many scholarships, jobs and other opportunities as possible. He later got an opportunity to pursue his Masters in Economics for two and a half years at Dokuz Eylül University in Turkey.
Later in 2015 he left to Fachhochschule Brandenburg (University of applied Sciences) in Berlin to conduct his University research for six months. He returned to Turkey early last year for his graduation.
Suleiman is the founder of Agro Kenya, an organization whose aim is to offer capacity building for small scale farmers. They help increase their productivity and income. They have reached tens of farmers. He has a vision of scaling to other parts of the Country.
The young African leader confessed that he does not enjoy the city and loves living in the rural areas.
His face lit up as he told me of how he just walks to different homesteads and strikes conversations on politics, culture and or even the previous bull fight game with all kinds of people especially with the elderly.
Suleiman is extremely excited to have been selected as a participant of President’s Obama’s YALI Regional Leadership Center in Nairobi in the Civic Leadership track.
It is a prestigious program. It was a great journey of learning. One that led to great African connections and networks. I connected with well-informed facilitators. I can now manage more challenges than before.
Suleiman advises young African leaders to be real, to set and pursue goals that will lead to achieving their vision. To play their role in building Africa.
In ten years I will be 40. My energy will be different. I intend to empower as many people as possible. Agro Kenya will have expanded to many communities across Africa with the aim of offering food security.
Suleiman enjoys talking to his girlfriend whom he claims is the most understanding person to him and a great friend of progress.
He also enjoys a dish of well cooked rice, bananas and fish. Whenever there is a river or a swimming pool, Kweyu loves jumping in because he claims swimming is his second name. I agree Kweyu, swimming is indeed my second name too.