Hull City manager Nigel Adkins meets Shining Hope CEO Kennedy Odede in Kibera

Nigel Adkins meets Kennedy Odede. Photo: Twitter/TheNigelAdkins

During the team’s last full day in Kenya, Hull City manager Nigel Adkins and his squad met President and CEO of Shining Hope for Communities Kennedy Odede to find out more about the life-changing projects the charity is involved with in Kibera.

Kennedy is one of Africa’s best-known community organizers and social entrepreneurs. He was raised in Kibera, the largest urban slum in Africa, where he experienced the devastating realities of life in extreme poverty.

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The visitors from Hull City outside the Kibera School for Girls. Photo: SportPesa

While working at a factory in 2004, Kennedy saved 20 cents, purchased a soccer ball, and started the Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO) movement. Driven by the innovation and entrepreneurial spirits of the people of Kibera, SHOFCO became the largest grassroots organization in the slum.

Although he was entirely informally educated, Kennedy speaks 6 languages and received a full-scholarship to Wesleyan University, graduating in 2012 as the Commencement Speaker and with honors in Sociology.

In 2010, Kennedy was awarded the 2010 Echoing Green Fellowship, which is given to the world’s top emerging social entrepreneurs. He also won the 2010 Dell Social Innovation Competition, wrote two Op-Eds that appeared in the New York Times, was named one of Forbes’ 2014 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs, and is a member of the Clinton Global Initiative.

SportPesa, in conjunction with Hull City will be making a donation to SHOFCO.

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