Ngina Kenyatta gave a speech about unemployment but KOT wasn’t having any of it


Ngina Kenyatta gave a speech about unemployment but KOT wasn't having any of it
Ngina Kenyatta at the Africa Philanthropy conference.

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  • Speaking at the Africa Philanthropy Conference, Ngina said youth should take charge by seeking skills that match the economic and development needs of their society.

President Uhuru Kenyatta’s daughter Ngina Kenyatta on Saturday elicited mixed reactions from Kenyans online after urging African youth to venture into new and innovative fields as a way of addressing unemployment.

Speaking at the Africa Philanthropy Conference, Ngina said youth should take charge by seeking skills that match the economic and development needs of their society.

”There is a saying; give a man a fish and feed him for one day but show him how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime,” she quoted Lao Tsu.

As the Director of the Kenyatta Trust, she said the organization applies the same principle when helping Kenyans deal with unemployment.

She cited the example of a student from Turkana who was sponsored for his high school studies and is now studying Petroleum Engineering in China.

According to her, the cumulative efforts of various organizations represented at the conference would go a long way in addressing unemployment in Africa.

“We come from a continent of immense greatness and it is now our time as the youth to address and find solutions to the issue of unemployment by going into new and innovative fields. I believe through partnerships we have an opportunity to make real progress in realizing these gems,” she added.

The Africa Philanthropy Forum is a network of individuals and organizations in 12 African countries who believe that philanthropy has a role in the development of the continent.

The conference held in Nairobi was attended by philanthropists from the African continent as wells as government officials and other delegates.

President Uhuru Kenyatta, his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta as well as Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia were also present.

Ngina’s remarks however sparked a conversation online as many Kenyans On Twitter (KOT) presumably felt she would not be the best person to speak about unemployment given her family background.

https://twitter.com/Dmarigiri_/status/1195692054980055041

https://twitter.com/_MrAbraham/status/1195742939600838657

https://twitter.com/Aketch_Aketch/status/1195730539824726016

https://twitter.com/kiptoomanuu/status/1195716462893322240

https://twitter.com/bevalynekwambo3/status/1195713597650984961

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