Meet the leader – Nim Njuguna PhD

Nim Njuguna, Spiritual director

Nim Njuguna is a Spiritual director, Multi-Faith minister and Quaker Prison Chaplain. He has worked with marginalized communities in Austria, Sudan, Somaliland, Scotland and Kenya where he comes from. He is a former Associate Chaplain at Anglia Ruskin University and is a person-centred therapist.

 

 

Read on to discover why Nim is a leader…

Country of birth:

Kenya

African countries you have visited:

Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Somaliland (Not Somalia!) and Sudan

Languages spoken:

English. Swahili and Kikuyu

Your family background:

I am an only child and lost my father when I was a child. My mother worked as a midwife during the Colonial Period in Kenya and working for the government meant she escaped being interned during the Mau Mau freedom Fighters activity. I have good memories of growing up at a time of political instability.

Tell us something about your leadership roles (employed or voluntary):

My first leadership role was in the 1970s when to curb tribalism, I led a group of young people from one tribe to spend time in a community project with a different tribe.

I have taught management of non-profit making course for the Open University and then went on to found Sojourner, a corporate management company. I work as a management consultant and worked for UNEP, International Red Cross among others. I am chair of Nakuru Environmental and Cultural Trust a charity which I founded ten years ago which works in partnership with Mbaruk Field Studies Centre in Kenya.

I am a Person-Centred Therapist and tutor at the London Centre for Spiritual Direction, a visiting tutor at Hackney Community College and Restorative Justice tutor at Wormwood Scrubs Prison.

 

What recent achievements (in the last 3 years) are you proud of and why. Give examples of the positive impact you have made in the diaspora and/or on the continent:

-Being asked by the UN agency as panel member in recruiting delegates to launch the ‘Decade of People of African Descent’.
-I led our charity to complete a cross-breeding goat project in Kenya to support subsistence farmers to subsidise their income and food security.
-I have launched Kenya’s’ Story in a Hundred Objects (www.ken100.0rg)

 

A few words of advice to young leaders (age 5-11):
  1. You were born to win, don’t let anyone make you doubt that.
  2. When things don’t go your way the first time, don’t give up, trying again and again.
  3. Learn and engage with your heritage, read about Africa and books by African authors.
  4. Be a global citizen in your outlook, get to know the names of plants, flowers and animals.
  5. Enjoy life!

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