Adelle Onyango is definitely making pace for Kenyas young people. She is the founder of He For She campaign which is aimed at women empowerment. Most recently, she was incorporated into the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) as a mentor. The most recent landmark highlight of the programme is when U.S. President Barack Obama – the founder of YALI – came into the country. He co-hosted the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) alongside President Uhuru Kenyatta and talked extensively about the youth empowerment initiative.

I talked to Adelle Onyango about how she got to be part of this incredible campaign.

Here’s what she had to tell me:

Me: How did the YALI opportunity come through?

Adelle: The YALI opportunity came via a few organizations I work with through my projects, nominated me to the YALI facilitators. After that, Caroline Mutoko also recommended me and that’s how I got to be one of the youngest mentors in the east African cohort.

Me: What are the tasks at hand?

Adelle: Well what happens is you get assigned a mentee and you have to help them through the YALI curriculum and the different projects they come up with to implement in their home countries. My mentee is called Clany from DRC and it’s been a pure pleasure interacting with him. I feel like I’ve learnt a lot from him too!

Me: How has the opportunity impacted your overall brand?


Adelle: YALI is an amazing experience for both the mentee and mentor. I got to be on the same panel with people who’ve had over 15years experience in their respective fields. So it was a learning curve for me as well, interacting with the other mentors. Furthermore, I don’t believe in there being a difference between my brand and who I am. YALI helped me bring that out more. I am a human just trying to leave the world a little better than I found it.

Me: How do you intend to use your position as an inspiring public figure to create impact through the YALI program?

Adelle: Well mentoring gives you an opportunity to share your story of progress and conquest and YALI has given me that platform. I love that I get to interact even with other mentees not only those whom I’ve been assigned. I also appreciate that this cohort is full of mentees from across the east African region so I get to inspire people from outside my geographical boundaries. It feels great to have such an opportunity.

For sure, Adelle Onyango is destined for greater heights! Read other exclusive interviews with Adelle here.