Kamdi Okonjo, an extraordinary activist and African who is positioned to become the voice of African youth has recast and brought to the forefront the conversation of xenophobia on the continent. Despite her age, her entrepreneurial spirit makes this dynamic individual a force be reckoned with.
We speak often of that certain intangible ~thing~ that makes someone innately cool. And when we speak of Kamdi Okonjo in the campaign of her brand TEEN TATE (The Alliance of Teen Excellence) that elusive quality is exactly what emanated through.
Maybe it has something to do with her tenacity for change and/or her Nigerian roots but Teen Tate is slowing changing the conversation of xenaphobia amongst african youth and behind this force is a 17-year-old aspiring business woman with music and film on her mind.
Kamdi has always felt a deep desire to do more but after a racist driver almost ran into her little sister during the peek of South Africa’s xenaphobic attacks, Okonjo knew she had to do something.
TEEN TATE (The Alliance for Teen Excellence) was created as a means to build the bridge between teenagers from different races, tribes, and countries across the African continent.
The Teen Tate portals aim to facilitate conversation and debate on various topics that are both youth driven and youth specific. Okonjo aim is to render and create a social platform where teens can discuss current events, solutions and make pledges with regards to numerous youth specific topics.
The end goal is to create a forum that facilitates conversation between different countries, races, and tribes on the African continent. When asked what drives her need to make TEEN TATE a success, Okonjo stated
“There is one goal with TEEN TATE, and that is to bridge an understanding of the various cultural values between African countries”
Kamdi also highlighted the notion of creating a safe place where young adults can formulate and render young adult conversation was paramount. “I feel really strongly about this [issue], and felt really strongly that something should be done and/or said,” Kamdi says.
She hopes her combination of hometown roots and real-world experience will help her defy the myth that racial/tribal and cultural issues don’t affect Millennials.