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White House to honor Kenyan national as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities on January 30th

Posted by Administrator on January 29, 2012

Wanjiru N. Kamau-Rutenberg

Wanjiru N. Kamau-Rutenberg

WASHINGTON, DC – On Monday, January 30th, the White House will honor Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg as one of fourteen Champions of Change who are leaders in American Diaspora communities with roots in the Horn of Africa.

These leaders are helping to build stronger neighborhoods in communities across the country, and are working to mobilize networks across borders to address global challenges. The Champions of Change program was created as a part of President Obama’s Winning the Future initiative.

Each week, a different sector is highlighted and groups of Champions, ranging from educators to entrepreneurs to community leaders, are recognized for the work they are doing to serve and strengthen their communities.

“These men and women are American leaders we want to celebrate,” said Deputy National Security Advisor Denis McDonough. “We commend the innovative practices, achievements and leadership these change makers bring not only to their communities around this country—but also to the development of and diplomacy with their countries of origin.”

To watch this event live, visit http://www.whitehouse.gov/live at 3:00 pm ET January 30th.

Working at the intersection of academia and social entrepreneurship, Dr. Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg is passionate about the synergy between rigorous academic analysis and committed social activism.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Akili Dada, a leadership incubator investing in high-achieving young African women from underprivileged backgrounds with a demonstrated passion for social change.

Holding a Ph.D. in Political Science, Wanjiru is also an Assistant Professor in the Politics department at the University of San Francisco, where her work centers on the politics of philanthropy, gender, Africa, ethnicity, and democratization, and on the role of technology in social activism.

Source: http://www.akilidada.org/2012/01/29/white-house-highlights-dr-wanjiru-kamau-rutenberg-as-a-champion-of-change-and-trailblazer-in-american-diaspora-communities/


19 Responses to “White House to honor Kenyan national as a “Champion of Change” and Trailblazer in American Diaspora Communities on January 30th”

  1. Let every contribution counts thanks



  3. mkenya halisi said

    am waiting for the day when kenyans who are working on tangible things- create things and produce things. This achievements za kupiga mdomo don’t mean much, especially to a continent like Africa.

    Am not hating but it is a useless honor.

    • Local Heathen said

      How about you start by showing us the “tangible things” YOU have created instead of sitting on your ass criticizing other people accomplishments. What have you done for your country? Kumbaff.

      Congratulations Dr Wanjiru Kamau-Rutenberg. Investing your time and money helping high-achieving young women is a highly commendable feat.

    • Sijuinijiite said

      Why do people especially my fellow Kenyans always have to put each other down rather than building and encouraging each other? @Mkenya Halisi-what have you done or ever accomplished that has resulted in a presidential award such as Dr. Rutenbergs?
      Rather than sounding negative and bitter, please emulate her work and go and make a difference in your community. Don’t even go far e.g to Kenya, start in the very neighborhood you live in.

      Get over that bad habit of hating on others, you will never receive blessings that way.

    • leo said

      mkenya halisi, by now@ your age which I believe to be 33yrs old or younger, should know that each individual is blessed with their own talent and that could mean KUPIGA MDOMO. Just like you here on WWW. You are always here pigaling your mdomo and I think you should let others explore their talents as well. Congrats Dr Wanjiru.

      • ITHAVETHI said

        Kama ajiitavyo huyu ” Mkenya Halisi,” yeye kweli ni mkenya wa halisi: mtu mwenye kinyongo; mtu wakupiga madebe usiku wa manane bila sababu; Mkenya halisi aliye na tabia ya kuwashusha chini Wakenya wenzetu tunaowajivunia; mtu mwenye kutopenda maendeleo wala kuwaona wenzake wakipiga hatua mwafaka maishani mwao; mtu mdomo kaya tangu kuzawa; kiumbe kisicho mbele wala nyuma; binadamu ambaye ni kielelezo kibovu kwa vizasi vya leo na vijavyo; Mkenya ambaye miaka ishirini na minane baadaye, hajakomaa hata kidogo; kiumbe ambacho kinakuwa misuli lakini maini yamo pale pale; mwenye kutema tema mate na kuvionza mdomo kama wa kinyonga, angalao amfikie ashibishe tumbo lake. Na “Mkenya Halisi” is a spoilt child. Eeeh, kaonekana katoka nyumba kubwa. Lakini wasichana ambao Profesa Wanjiru anawasaidia wametoka nyumba ndogo au ni maskini wanaomhitaji kufika kuleee…..!!!

        Mkenya wewe Halisi, sikiza nikwambie kitu kimoja. Prof Wanjiru anaifanya elimu iwe na maudhui yatakayo wasaidia wasichana wetu kujikomboa na kujitambua ili kujua na kuelewa muktadha mzima wa taifa lao ambayo serikali yako uipendayo imeipa swala hilo kisogo. Mkenya Halisi jaribu kumsaidia Prof Wanjiru azipe shule zetu walimu waliofuzu, madawati, vitabu vya kisayansi, maabara, mabweni, maji na nyumba za walimu ili wanafunzi wetu wapate masomo uliopata katika shule za kibinafis za Kenya.

        Kwangu tu ni kumsamehe “Mkenya Halisi” huyu na kujifunza mengi kutoka kwake. Kwani “Mkenya Halisi” katika klabu cha baadhi tu ya Wakenya wachache ambao hawakioni chochote kizuri. Akiwaona Wakenya wanatabasamu, yeye huwaona kana kwamba wanalia. Akimuona ITHAVETHI na gari mpya, anasema eti ni ya kuiba. Amsikiapo ITHAVETHI anamtukuza Maulana kanisani, ndio anasema ninakichaa. Amuonapo ITHAVETHI amepachikwa shahada ya masomo, anazurura huko na kule akinena kuwa nilianguka mtihani wa kidato cha nne katika shule ya upili ya Lokitaung. Hayo ndio maisha ya Mkenya Halisi na sina budi kumpenda na kuwa na imani naye.

        Profesa Wanjiru, kwetu nikukutakia mafanikio utakapometameta na kuing’alisha nchi yetu na Wakenya wote katika ikulu ya White House. Ni wakati wangu wa kwenda kulala. Lala salama Mkenya halisi. Bure Kabisa!

      • mkenya-halisi said

        Stop being Silly Leo, age has nothing to do with it. Look at the geezers runnign Africa, are they not supposed to be wise?

    • maLAIka said

      @mkenya halisi…so much energy wasted on negativity….hope you find yourself ’cause some of us have…you make us proud doc!!!!

      • Kangemi said

        Not sure what it is about some of us Kenyans that suspects sinister motives or engage in destructive criticism whenever one of us tries to make a difference.
        Maybe, just maybe, speaking ill of others is an attempt to compensate for ones’ own shortcomings.
        If you look at posting patterns of the naysayer on this thread, the insensitivity comes as no surprise.

  4. mkenya-halisi said

    The day you negroes will appreciate opposing opinion without huffing and puffing is the day growth will visit our continent.

    I reiterate my sentiment: It is a useless honor. Same as the stupid student exchanges with China where Kenyans go to learn Acrobatics, while the Chinese get all the mining rights in Kenya. Your lack of pride in yourselves is your greatest undoing, you think ecah time a western govt smiles at you, they mean well. What a travesty?

    On a personal note, I do not need to justify or do anything, for as God gives me each breath, I have not failed to walk the talk.

    An African/Black man in the west needs practical skills. This doctors in “thinking studies” are the reason we are enshrined in poverty. Too much talking less doing. Now, look back at your undergrad. schools abroad and count the number of Asians studying “thinking” degrees. Very few. A majority are in engineeri9ng and practical degrees. Hence their growth.

    To quote Einstein: “Only two things are infinite, the universe and stupidity. Am not sure of the former”

    To ask that I think like the majority is to ask me to die. “The general population stupid” to quote Sigmund Freud. You can take that to the bank.

    On the other Hand, Dr. Ochola’s award is admirable. Teaching Africans Commerce and why we are at the lowest wrung of the economic totem pole despite being the wealthiest continent.

    • I have no problem with the word NEGROES. However, I hate that word when it has a pejorative undertone as per your statement in “the day YOU NEGROES”.
      I have a black skin , I am a negro but refuse to be your Negro. I assume that you do not think of yourself as a Negro and somehow it makes me feel good. I would not want to be associated with any person thinking they are superior Negro. Oh, let me mention that I am a descendant of a forced diaspora called slavery so I know more about Negroes than you do because it is in my skin.

      Anyway, the recognized deeds of anyone is good and more so when they are from a diaspora.

    • leo said

      Mkenya halisi! why are you throwing useless punches? Stop calling others negroes, you are acting like a chicken running around with its head cut off. If president Obama can recognize the good work done by this hardworking ladies why can’t you? What do you want Kenyans to invent that has not been invented? Are you willing to sponsor kenyans inventors financially because that’s what they usually lack? Come on man!

      • mkenya halisi said

        You are black men and women- negro. nothing wrong with that? I put no negative connotation to it, your perception is you problem my friends. No one can make you feel what you do not wish to, and none can make me feel less. Am a proud negro.

        Nothing wrong with dark skin or nappy hair. I am a proud owner of such.


  5. Jocy Ngao said

    Mkenya Halisi….I am so dissapointed. Do these two ladies rule Africa and bring scourge upon the multitudes? Why do you put the black man down? You are so bitter, for what? I sincerely hope you are not languishing in a country abroad enjoying the proceeds of another government while you are busy rubbishing the progress by made on the continent by others who spent their time and resources in trying to make a difference to the African child!!!!! This two ladies have honoured each of us and achieved what our mothers were never given the opportunity to achieve. This are the true fruits of our independence, our freedom, who we are and what we stand for. Africans!

    • mkenya halisi said

      go read your history again, and i mean read the real African history. that told by the hunted.

      I guess you are still reading books that say such ridiculous things like: “Livingstone was the first man to discover Lake Victoria”

      If I thought otherwise I’d try to understand you. bitter, no I aint.

      • Mkenya Halisi : I think you should learn history. Africa was colonized and not hunted. Slaved were hunted and send to the Americas. I trust you understand the context. I think that you are still reading books implying that Africa did not have a role in slavery.

        I think you should take a trip to Gorée island to redress your misplaced and erroneous self-righteous history of my ancestors.

        Then some people don’t and will never understand but insist they do. You know very well what Freud say about stupid people. Don’t you?

        I will stop arguing in accordance with the following lines: “Do not argue with an idiot. He will drag you down to his level and beat you with experience.”

  6. Raphael kihoria said

    What is the problem are’nt U all Kenyans, Mwaulizana nini?!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.

  7. Karei said

    Here is the video of the Champions of Change;

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