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:
African countries you have visited:
Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Somaliland (Not Somalia!) and Sudan
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):
- You were born to win, don’t let anyone make you doubt that.
- When things don’t go your way the first time, don’t give up, trying again and again.
- Learn and engage with your heritage, read about Africa and books by African authors.
- Be a global citizen in your outlook, get to know the names of plants, flowers and animals.
- Enjoy life!