– Dr. Bitange Ndemo is the recipient of the 2009 Association of Kenya
Professionals in Atlanta (AKPA) Leadership Award. Dr. Ndemo was presented with the award at the
2nd Kenya Diaspora International Conference and Investment Forum held at
Kennesaw State University. Dr. Ndemo is the Permanent Secretary in Kenya’s
Ministry for Information.
award is given annually to a person “who, through their actions, leadership,
courage and passion, has had a profound impact on the society and has served as
an inspiration to others”, the AKPA vice-chair, Hana Njau-Okolo said in announcing
this year’s recipient.
Ndemo, a former Diaspora Kenyan himself, is a favorite of the Kenya Diaspora
community for his ability to break down government policy in a language that
“we can understand”, said one conference participant.
Njau-Okolo described Dr. Ndemo as a “maverick, visionary and a
pioneer” for working tirelessly to provide technology access to the
ordinary person. Ms. Njau-Okolo was full of praise for Dr. Ndemo’s mentorship
to the country’s youth and Kenyans in the Diaspora and in particular the encouragement
he has provided to those in Diaspora.
the award Dr. Ndemo said in characteristic humor that he “was humbled as I do not receive many
recipients of the AKPA leadership award include Noble laureate Wangari Maathai.
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About Tom Gitaa Gitaa
Born and raised in Kenya's coastal city of Mombasa, Tom is the Founder, Editor-in-Chief and Publisher of Mshale which has been reporting on the news and culture of African immigrants in the United States since 1995. He has a BA in Business from Metro State University and a Public Leadership Credential from Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government. He was the original host of Talking Drum, the signature current affairs show on the African Broadcasting Network (ABN-America), which was available nationwide in the United States via the Dish Network satellite service. On the show, he interviewed Nobel laureates such as 2004 Nobel Peace prize winner, Professor Wangari Maathai, the first woman from Africa to win the peace prize and heads of states. Tom has served and chaired various boards including Global Minnesota (formerly Minnesota International Center), the sixth largest World Affairs Council in the United States. He has previously served as the first Black President of the Board of Directors at Books for Africa. He also serves on the boards of New Vision Foundation and the Minnesota Multicultural Media Consortium. He has previously served two terms on the board of the United Nations Association. An avid runner, he retired from running full marathons after turning 50 and now only focuses on training for half marathons.
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