Written by Kerstin Hockmann, Aiducaton Communications.

Aiducation is proud to announce our new President of the Alumni Organisation, Andrew Kadzoyo. In his acceptance speech, Andrew emphasised that the organisation is not about the success of a single person, but about what everyone contributes as part of the Aiducation network: “We are one family. We are going to remain united, we are going for an inclusive process and everyone is to be involved. We will do this. Build a better Kenya, build a better world!”

New President of the Alumni Organisation: Andrew Kadzoyo.

Andrew is set to take over from outgoing President Obrein Telly, to whom we are strongly indebted for this outstanding work during the past few years. The election process was completely online, with the campaigns and voting process hosted by the electoral board. “Congratulations all those who participated, both the contestants and the voters, who conducted these elections in a very mature, able and enviable manner to be copied not only in Africa but everywhere in the world”, Jeremy Kambi, CEO Aiducation Kenya, says. “This election made my heart bleed with joy: It’s the fulfillment of a long-live dream about long-live Aiducation.”

New President Andrew was the first in his family of seven to finish secondary school. scored a clean A in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (K.C.S.E) in 2012 and managed to be the best student in Kilifi County. In 2014, Andrew started to study Commerce at the University of Nairobi, despite severe problems with financing his studies. Thanks to his creative and entrepreneurial mind, he is now able to cover university fees with an import-export business where he buys sandals at the coast and sells them in Nairobi.

Soon after he graduated from Secondary school, he got involved into mentoring activities, both for Aiducation and beyond. Just to name a few examples, he was a mentor at the Swiss Re Start-up, the What’s Next and the Realizing your Potential Academies in 2016. Since 2013, he has visited more than 50 primary and secondary schools in Kilifi County on his motorbike to give advice and guidance, and to inspire and challenge younger students.

Andrew mentoring AiduFellows at a mentorship academy.

Andrew’s mission is to be a living example to students on how education will enrich an individual’s life and society as a whole. His life’s purpose, he says, is to add value to other people’s lives through public speaking, training and transformational leadership. “If I tell people that education is what can change our community positively, they must see how education has changed me positively. They must also see that it’s possible to acquire it. Not just acquiring but also excelling in it even in our rural set ups, even in our poor and humble circumstances. I mean, even as poor as we are.”

Andrew giving an icebreaker session at the Swiss Re Start-up Academy.

Andrew, we wish you all the best for your new tasks and that you continue your journey of being a role model to society with success and joy!


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