Tag: YALI2017

Leadership comes at a cost that I am always willing to pay. Adams Cassinga.

Adams Cassinga is one of those buoyant people with an eye for detail and very high standards. He is a YALI East Africa alumnus 2017, a Mandela Washington Fellowship fellow, 2017 and a Community Solutions program finalist. He is the founder and director for Conserv, a nature conservation aligned...

My radio frequency is caring for others and being fearless. Noeline Kirabo.

Someone said when life hands you lemons, sell them and buy some pineapples. I adore pineapples, lemonade, not so much. But I digress. When I met Noeline Kirabo, I could not help but notice her self awareness, her confident humility and a contagious smile that is bigger than life....

Blindness doesn’t stop me because my purpose is timeless. Hana Bekele.

Having a heart to heart conversation with the beautiful and passionate Hana Bekele warmed my heart and challenged me. This young lady is taking Ethiopia by storm and disrupting the status quo.   I was eight years old when I lost my sight. It was frustrating for me and...

Everyone has a crown, wear yours and sit at the table. Israel Bimpe.

It was an absolute pleasure to meet  Israel Bimpe from Rwanda because I love the name Israel so much and, um, I also believe there’s power in a name.  Israel means that God prevails, to be strong and to have authority over. I was born in the Democratic Republic...

You are never to old to learn and change lives. Abdourazak Taher Ali.

When I met Abdourazak Taher Ali, I was impressed by his confidence and  commanding voice. He hails from the beautiful country of Djibouti. But then I got a shocker when he confessed that he learned English later in his adult life. I did not receive any formal education as...

My radio frequency is caring for others and being fearless! Noeline Kirabo.

Someone said when life hands you lemons, sell them and buy some pineapples. I agree, I adore pineapples.  But I digress. When I met Noeline Kirabo who hails from Uganda, I could not help but notice her self awareness, confident humility and a contagious smile that is bigger than...