Kennedy Odede Running for Board of Trustees Position

Kennedy Odede ’12, everyone’s favorite rapper and alum, is running for a Board of Trustees position. Current seniors can vote, and he’d like to get the word out! The election is from April 7-May 25. From Odede: I am missing Wes! In fact, I miss it so much I am running for alumni elected trustee. […]

Kennedy Odede’s Tribute to Nelson Mandela

Kennedy Odede ’12, President of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) and accomplished rapper, wrote a powerful tribute to South African anti-apartheid revolutionary Nelson Mandela, who passed away on December 5. In the piece, Odede writes about how Mandela inspired him during his childhood in Nairobi’s Kibera slum: I had many conversations with Nelson Mandela, although I had not met […]

Odede to write book; waxes poetic with Wesleying about it

“I have been through a lot in my life, so I have a lot to say and remember.“ Student. Activist. Organizer. Philanthropist. NYT op-ed writer. NYT op-ed subject matter. One-time hip-hop producer. One-time subject of would-be hip-hop producers. Campus personality. Pine street resident. Kennedy Odede ’12 is a composite of all these things, on top of […]

Odede ’12 Meets w/ Clinton and Penn

Earlier this week we posted about Kennedy Odede’s ’12‘s then-upcoming appearance at the fourth annual Clinton Global Initiative in San Diego, serving on a panel with President Clinton and Sean Penn. Video from that conversation is now online and can be viewed here, or below. You may want to give it a minute or so […]

Kennedy Odede (feat. WordSmith, Mikey Ro)

So most of you may have heard of Jessica Posner ’09 who took home the the “Do Something!” award this summer, but you probably have not heard of her smokin’ boyfriend Kennedy Odede ’12. Hailing from the Kibera slums of Nairobi, Kenya, he’s not only been involved in bettering his community infinite amounts, but also […]

Odede ’12 on Slum Tourism in NY Times

Kennedy Odede ’12— Shining Hope Executive Director and overall source of inspiration— wrote an Op-Ed published in yesterday’s New York Times. In it, Odede speaks out against slum tourism, which he has experienced firsthand at home in Kibera, the largest slum in Nairobi, Kenya: I was 16 when I first saw a slum tour. I […]