Ms. Melissa Ida Petty was on 8th July crowned the 2017 Face of Kenya UK beating eight other contestants in a colorful event that was held at the Royal Regency Hotel in London. The Charity Pageant and dinner gala that was organised by Mrs. Janet Wainaina, the founder and Director was graced by the High Commissioner of Kenya to the UK H.E. Lazarus Amayo and his Spouse Mrs. Nelly Amayo, Newham Mayor Joy Laguda, Cllr Timothy Kinyanjui, Cllr Elizabeth Kangethe, Judges, Mr. Juvenal Shiundu, Kenyan Diaspora and friends of Kenya. The Kenya High Commission was also represented by Ag. Deputy Head of Mission, Mrs. Grace Cerere, Commercial Counsellor, Mrs. Anne Kamau, Immigration Attaché Mr. Evans Kinyanjui, Administration Attaché, Mrs. Mary Chuma and First Secretary, Mr. Fredrick Kidali.
The Winner, Melisa Ida Petty is a third year LLB Law student at the University of Hull whose aspirations are to be a family solicitor and a human rights activist. Her charity of choice is Mama Melissa Foundation, a fundraising body for Mbeere Community Education Development Project. It supports disadvantaged young girls in the Mbeere south district, by paying school fees, to have access to secondary education by empowering young scholars to finish school, leverage their education into viable opportunities for earned income and have the tools to self-advocate for their own life choices.
Ms. Ruth Wanjiku, who was the 1st runner up graduated from the University of Birmingham with an MSc in Development Management specializing in Public Economic Management and Finance.
Her charity of choice is AbleChildAfrica UK which supports disabled children in East Africa in conjunction with Action Network for the Disabled (ANDY) in Kenya.
The 2nd Runner up was Ms.Vane Aminga who is currently studying MSc Sustainable Energy at the University of Edinburgh under the Chevening Scholarship. She hails from Kisii County in the South Western part of Kenya, and her Charity of choice is Fly Sister Fly Foundation that supports education programs in Northern Kenya conducting empowerment through advocacy campaigns and supporting women and girls to live a life of dignity. Fly Sister Fly work has been recognized on both local and international platforms, including the Queen’s Young Leaders program.
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The 2017 celebrations included Face of Kenya 2017 Awards. The winners were recognized for their outstanding contribution to the community through inspiring projects, philanthropic and volunteer contributions. The following are the winners:
- Outstanding Philanthropist: Ms. Valentine Nkoyo – Nottingham
- Outstanding Community Project Award Mr. Gakuru Macharia – London
- Outstanding Philanthropist, Ms. Nancy Pohl – London
- Outstanding Volunteer, Ms. Annie Pover – Jersey Island
- Outstanding Community Project, Ms. Eilla Petty – Bristol
- Outstanding Entrepreneur, Ms. Lydia Kemunto Cutler – Scotland
- Outstanding Youth Ambassador, Oneal Ng’ang’a – London
- Outstanding Volunteer, Ms. June Kuria
- Outstanding Entrepreneur Ms. Perez Ochieng – London
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