“If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or as Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper, who did his job well.” This quote carried the room during the ALX Community Gathering, the remarkable event, that saw the whole AL Community gather to reflect and celebrate our continent and the great and innovative ideas put to life by our community members. Our hosts for the evening were Carol Jerop, the Data Analysis intern and Bryan Alang’o, a vibrant Young Leader, they carried the spirit of fun and laughter through the night.
We had outstanding performances from Daisy Ongachi and Peter Lugalia, who took us back to the nostalgic rhythms of V Bozeman and the acoustic guitar frets.
Jonathan Kibe, an animated storyteller and alumnus of ALA, class of 2018, together with Stacy Kamatu an ALX Pioneer and Afro-soul artist, presented the ALX News, Tuko Rada edition, a news segment focusing on all matters Africa, from the upcoming smartphone manufacturing company in Rwanda to the premiere of The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind on Netflix, an African film based on the memoir of William Kakwamba, an ALA Alumni. The news segment was fascinating as Jonathan thrilled the whole audience with his amazing voice and the ladies could not give him humble time.
‘Some reasons are small, some are big, nevertheless, they’re still reasons’ these were words by Jesse Solomon, an ALA alumnus who shared his AL journey leaving us motivated to rise above the challenges that life throws at us. He rose above his past experience, with domestic violence with help from his friends, and went on to intern at Nova Pioneer and Moringa School. Jesse reminded us about the power of community and stated that the years spent at ALA, were the most formative of his entire life. There is so much we can achieve when we pick each other up and Do Life Together.
tart from wherever you are and with whatever you’ve got.” were the inspiring words from Cynthia Muhia a Young Leader at the ALX Launchpad program who started Joy Gardens Primary School, from a one bedroom house to now a 7 storey building house that tutors over 500 students and 200 teachers in Tena Estate, Eastlands, Nairobi Kenya. Her story was a true account of believing with whatever little you have and scaling up.
The #TukoRada edition of the Gathering was a success and great inspiration was drawn from stories and projects. It was also a night filled with innovative discoveries from within our community.
The Gathering culminated in the unveiling of our theme for the month of March #GeShiDo a Japanese word ( well….Not really) that loosely translates to Get Sh*t Done. Are you ready to roll up your sleeves and Get some Hard Things done? In the words of Summer Sanders, ‘To be a champion, I think you have to see the big picture. It’s not about winning and losing; it’s about every day hard work and about thriving on a challenge. It’s about embracing the pain that you’ll experience at the end of a race and not being afraid. I think people think too hard and get afraid of a certain challenge.’
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