The 19-year-old student is a youth activist from Nigeria. As a budding global leader, he constantly seeks to liberate disadvantaged individuals and groups through positive, empathic social activism.
A senior on the Department of Philosophy at University of Calabar, Nigeria, where he recently completed his research thesis that focused on building an axiological system for African Philosophy based on the principles implicit in Nelson Mandela’s Ubuntu Philosophy, Kennedy is also a member of the National Anti-FGM Network, supported by the Girl Generation and the U.K. Department for International Development (DFID).
In recognition of his work, the We Are Family Foundation (WAFF) selected him as a 2017 Global Teen Leader. He is a finalist for the Outstanding Youth Delegate Award at the Youth Assembly at the U.N. this summer.
His extra-curricular passion has been competitive debate. He was the Best Debater in Nigeria in 2015 and was the top-ranked African Speaker at the 2016 Harvard College Debate Championship in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His knowledge and interactions with diverse cultures and people will be crucial to contributing qualitatively to the assembly’s cross-cultural outlook. This is more appealing given h8s debate background. Kennedy’s participation in over 20 debate competitions across Africa, Asia and North America has bequeathed him with the capacity to think about the most complex issues and it has improved his ability to unite the diversity in spaces he occupies.
In his bio, he says he is driven by his passion to learn through his engagements in many debates and communications with different people, which he says have taught him to constantly re-evaluate his principles and convictions.
At the Youth Assembly at the U.N., says he specifically looks forward to connecting with youths from all over the world who share the similar passion to end world problems, and to sharing ideas concerning building a sustainable future for all of humanity.
In the long term, the bright young man aspires to be the youngest President of Nigeria, with a desire to strengthen Nigeria’s foreign policy and implement policies that will enable Nigeria to achieve its full potential in the coming years.