ABOUT THE MILLENNIUM FELLOWSHIP - CLASS OF 2020

United Nations Academic Impact and MCN are proud to partner on the Millennium Fellowship. In the three months the application was open in 2020, 15,159 young leaders applied to join the Class of 2020 on 1,458 campuses across 135 nations.  80 campuses worldwide (just 6%) were selected to host the 1,000+ Millennium Fellows.  The Class of 2020 is bold, innovative, and inclusive. 

UNITED NATIONS ACADEMIC IMPACT AND MCN PROUDLY PRESENT JAMES ODHIAMBO, A MILLENNIUM FELLOW AND CAMPUS DIRECTOR FOR THE CLASS OF 2020.

University of Nairobi | Nairobi, Kenya | Advancing SDG 16 & UNAI 7

" I am super excited to be selected for the 2020 Millennium Fellowship because i will get to learn from representatives of the body that has changed the world so immensely and so positively over the last few decades, and because I will get to do so alongside like-minded youth. It is important that higher learning not only trains us to be good career people but also to be good people all round and thus create a generation that will make the world a better place. "

Millennium Fellowship Project: KUMBUKA

Kumbuka is a Swahili word that translates to "REMEMBER". It is a project aimed at reminding Kenyans the horrors of civil war and political violence, because we have been there before back in 2007/08. Our country was once at the brink. We nearly threw away the sixty years of progress we had made as a people. Hundreds of thousand of people, divided by our selfish political leaders, had slaughtered each other. The premise of this project is that we can never allow ourselves to go back to this dark place.

Any Kenyan will tell you how tense things get in this country during election cycles, and 2022 seems no different. Divisive politics have already started being peddled, my people are already being marshalled to tow tribal lines, and it seems for the next two years it will only get worse. My project will be aimed at mobilising young people to do all they can to ensure post election violence remains where it belongs, in the darkest pits of our country's past.

About the Millennium Fellow

James Odhiambo is a 21 year old student at the University of Nairobi school of law. He grew up in Langata, right next to Africa's biggest slum Kibera, and the realities of life growing up shaped his desire for effecting social change in his country and his community.

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