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From homeless kid to hero of Africa's biggest slum

Kennedy Odede grew up in Kibera in Kenya - Africa’s biggest slum. He thought his future prospects were either death or prison, then he read a book that would be a turning point.

Kennedy Odede grew up in Kibera in Kenya, Africa’s biggest slum. Poverty drove him to stealing and drugs. He believed his future prospects were either death or prison. He didn’t go to school but Kennedy taught himself to read from newspapers he found in the rubbish. He began learning about the American civil rights campaigner Martin Luther King and was inspired. Kennedy started his own movement and it all began with football. His project, Shining Hope for Communities, just grew and grew. He’s now built two schools and seven health clinics. Kennedy also won a US scholarship, he speaks six languages and has rubbed shoulders with Beyoncé.

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Image: Kennedy Odede
Credit: Courtesy of Shining Hope for Communities

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