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She’s Young, Ambitious & wants to be President! Meet Kingwa Kamenchu, 29 Year Old Kenyan Presidential Aspirant



The African continent in recent years, has witnessed a surge in the number of young people aspiring for political offices. In countries where these young people go on to win the elections, they are credited with good performance and accountability.

One young lady who is currently making waves in Africa as a result of her political ambition is 29 year-old Kenyan presidential aspirant, Kingwa Kamenchu. She is running for the Presidential elections under the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) and has her heart set on winning the general elections come March 2013.

Kingwa grew up in Nairobi mostly but had a short stint in Australia, she later relocated to her rural home in Meru. She holds a BA in History and Literature from the University of Nairobi and left Kenya in 2009 to pursue a Master’s degree at Oxford University. It was during her second year student doing a Creative Writing MSt. at the University of Oxford, she declared her intention to run for President.

During her time in the United Kingdom, she became involved in the African Society, a social organization for students interested in discussing African issues.

While studying at the University of Nairobi, she once attempted to capture the main Student Organisation Of University Of Nairobi(SONU) seat but she did not get the required number of votes. However, she was awarded the ‘Young Woman Achiever’ of the year in 2008 by the University’s Women Students Welfare Association (WOSWA).

She is so optimistic about her victory in the coming elections that her Facebook ID reads: Kingwa Kamencu, Incoming President of the Republic of Kenya.

In a recent press release also posted on her Facebook Page, she cited her reasons for running for Presidency. “I took the unusual choice of jumping into politics and running for the presidency because it is a fact that we well know- there is a crisis of leadership in this country. Conference after conference, discussion after discussion, workshop after workshop, that conclusion always emerges. I decided that rather than sit on the side and point fingers about how our leaders are failing us, I could jump in and get involved in the efforts that in truth are already there, to make things better.”

She is not deterred about criticisms on her age and gender, saying: “Many have been skeptical about my candidature due to my years and my gender but that has not stopped me or been a deterrent because the louder voice ringing in my ears is not the voice of criticism, but the voice within me asking if I am doing my bit for the country, with all the talents, privileges and blessings I have been afforded in my life.”

She intends to run a government where people are encouraged to dialogue and work closely with local communities. “My candidature does not intend to be presumptuous and to declare that we know the source of all problems in the country, but it instead wants to open dialogue with groups from all over the country, find out what the various situations are, and work with communities to empower themselves.”

We admire her bravery and determination in the face of the challenges she must be facing and wish her the very best!

Adeola Adeyemo is a graduate of Industrial Relations and Personnel Management from University of Lagos. However, her passion is writing and she worked as a reporter with NEXT Newspaper. She believes that anything can be written about; anything can be a story depending on the angle it is seen from and the writer's imagination. When she is not writing news or feature articles, she slips into her fantasies and creates interesting fiction pieces. She blogs at


  1. versence

    November 12, 2012 at 3:43 pm


    • a hater!

      November 13, 2012 at 12:14 am

      All I can say is hmm!

  2. didikan

    November 12, 2012 at 4:05 pm


  3. Chum chum

    November 12, 2012 at 4:17 pm

    its OK even if she no win, she try……

    • Flygirl

      November 12, 2012 at 7:28 pm

      Yes oh, better to try than never

  4. Onyinye

    November 12, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Yeahhhhhhhhhh….Ladies on the GO….Making the impact

  5. TruthTeller

    November 12, 2012 at 4:44 pm

    My type of lady…………go on girl.

  6. nancy

    November 12, 2012 at 5:03 pm

    go baby, go baby go. The youth as they say are”Leaders of tomorrow”

  7. NSG

    November 12, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    Quite an ambition. In Nigeria you need to be 40 to be able to run for president. What is it like in Kenya?

  8. grapes

    November 12, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    ruling a nation is not beans. though a commendable ambition, i will still suggest she begins and prove herself at a lower level before the people should entrust a whole nation on her

    • hateunrealisticpple

      November 12, 2012 at 6:23 pm

      Darling Who told you she’s going to rule it herself? that’s where the chief of staffs, special advisers, and so on come in! she definitely knows ‘its not a walk in the park’. Before you say, i am a Nigerian!

  9. nita

    November 12, 2012 at 6:29 pm

    @ grapes, I agree wit u. IMPRESSIVE AMBITION sha

  10. ola

    November 12, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    very impressive.. want people like this in our own country too that will aspire the youth for greatness…

  11. Lyniee_A

    November 12, 2012 at 8:58 pm

    Was impressed for 5 mins until I read the post. I’m all for women in politics but Kingwa has no experience whatsoever…she has no experience in politics or even a solid educational background in the subject matter. I think it is such fickle publicity stunts that actually hinder people from taking women in politics seriously…if she is serious about changing and helping her country she should start from somewhere more feasible and work her way up…like the rest of us.

    • Purpleicious Babe

      November 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

      I beg to differ…. although I agree to an extent…

      I think she does have some experience, it mainly in campaign/elections. Clearly that is a smaller scale in comparison to PRESIDENTIAL elections. However, I like to think she is aware of what she is getting herself into. She needs to offer more. So far, the articles has little information on that.

      Maybe being a govt or local council member within her state/community is a good place to start off. This is because people are familiar with her works and she is able to see/measure difference she has made which will be her evidence. But hey, she is ambitious to go for the top…

      To become a PRESIDENT is a big responsibility and it is important she has clear goals and ideas in place including great subordinates that are sincere, helpful and INTELLIGENT… even with that it does not guarantee a change will OCCUR immediately.


  12. raquel

    November 13, 2012 at 12:44 am

    go girl


    November 13, 2012 at 1:20 am

    Lyniee I totally agree not even educational qualification, its laughable like everyone is taking te piss. Secondly she needs a thorough make-over. Her physical presentation shows nothing like leader. Dress it, look it, speak it, be it. Charisma and presentation goes a long way. See her in those pictures? abeg she just be like waka pass for nollywood jare! Girl pls take some years back and reshape and rebrand yourself after useful lessons. thanks

  14. Gold

    November 13, 2012 at 3:20 am

    ThIs is definitely a joke.

  15. slyyyyy...

    November 13, 2012 at 6:10 am

    lol…………. abeg win nd chnge ur wardrobe

  16. loveth O.

    November 13, 2012 at 9:25 am


  17. hedrene enow

    November 13, 2012 at 9:47 am

    De girl , e dey like say u get ego wey u want give out? i go like 4 be ur compaign manager ,since u choose for spend money,make i show wetin 4 do with ego; i beg go find work do.

  18. faith

    November 13, 2012 at 1:54 pm

    she is just a big JOKE!!!…nexttt…

  19. Henry

    November 13, 2012 at 5:24 pm

    This lady has something that many of u critising don’t have she got the zeal the motion and good heart and ready to make change. She is just like David that became king over israel. Pls let support her

  20. Ayodele

    November 14, 2012 at 8:19 pm

    ℓ☺ℓ,shez on a black Pinging-last pix!!!

  21. Jatropha

    November 28, 2012 at 7:47 pm


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