Raphael Obonyo, voted 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan in the Leadership and Civil Society category

Youth advocate, Raphael Obonyo has been voted the 2018 Most Influential Young Kenyan in Leadership and Civil Society in the 2nd edition of the annual ranking poll led by international PR & rating firm, Avance Media & Jagari Designs.

Raphael Obonyo who was listed among the 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans, and nominated in the Leadership and Civil Society category got this prestigious endorsement after beating competition from other deserving influential young Kenyans in the sector.

The multiple award-winning youth advocate, Raphael Obonyo is the founder of the co-founder of a number of community and youth-led initiatives including the Youth Congress, a premier youth-led organization in Kenya.

Obonyo currently serves on the board of World Bank’s Global Youth Network, Global Diplomatic Forum and Africa Leadership Institute. In addition he is a member of the UN Habitat’s Youth Advisory Board Alumni, Les Aspin Institute of Governance and Leadership and the Ford Foundation International Fellowship Program.

He holds a Masters in Public Policy from Duke University.He is an adjunct professor at Brandeis University where he teaches International Youth Policy. He is a Ford Foundation Fellow.

He has authored and coauthored numerous book, includingthe Conversations about the Youth in Kenya.

Accepting the award, Mr Obonyo, said that it was a call for action and not a mark of accomplishment. “This is a call for young people to do more to address the crisis of leadership in Kenya and across Africa” He said.

Raphael who was brough up Korogocho slum, urged young people not to give up hope, and to take action to bring change in their communities and in the country. “Hope requires action! I am grateful for young people who are doing the work to create a better world” He said

Sharing insights about this year’s polls, Prince Akpah, MD of Avance Media mentioned; the ranking was instituted to highlight the works of young Kenyans who are contributing in diverse ways towards the advancement of development in Kenya and across Africa.

Below are winners in the various categories:

  1. Leadership & Civil Society – Raphael Obonyo, Youth Advocate
  2. Entertainment – Njugush, Comedian
  3. Law & Governance – Scheaffer Okore, Ukweli Party
  4. Business – Darshan Chandaria, Chandaria Industries
  5. Lifestyle – Natalie Wanjiru Tewa, Vlogger
  6. Media – Larry Madowo, BBC Africa
  7. Personal Development & Academia – Ruth Ambogo, Young Kenyan Women Leaders
  8. Science & Technology – Thogori Karago, LinkedIn ProFinder
  9. Social Enterprise & Philanthropy – Ruth Jepchumba Kilimo, Marakwet Girls Foundation
  10. Sports – Victor Wanyama, Footballer


The 2018 100 Most Influential Young Kenyans ranking was conducted by Avance Media & Jagari Designs in partnership with Blue Blazer International, VIPI State, COSDEF Group, 1000 African Voices, CliqAfrica, WatsUp TV, & MyNaijaNaira.com