Inspire, Challenge, Empower
Kelvin Malusi Paul is a self-driven, self-motivated public speaker and author of five books (If There Was No Tomorrow 2014, The Foundation, Open Your Eyes 2015, Quest for Excellence– co-authored with Samuel Mandillah in 2015, Momentous Momentum 2018, and Maths Conquerors 2020) holding a bachelor’s degree in Actuarial Science from Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture & Technology (JKUAT).
I wrote my first book If There was No Tomorrowwhen I was 19 years old immediately after completing my high school studies to share the experience gained in the last 10 years of schooling. My motivation to write the book was to inspire at least two people. However, the two people have become over 50,000 people that I have inspired through mentoring sessions and motivational talks. I have spoken in 160 schools countrywide and I still have room to reach more. Most schools have registered improvement in their results and many students transition to colleges and the university.
My passion is in ICING people i.e. Inspiring, Challenging, and Empowering youth (ICE). I love mentoring the youth, sharing my experiences and success secrets learned over the years. The youth need mentors because our society is in a crisis. I feel there is a problem with Africa and every youth is obsessed with being an overnight millionaire and we often overlook more important things in life. The current generation mostly values money, relationships, and social media. We all need this but there is more to life and the sad reality is that most of us can do anything to get rich. The African society must be reconstructed and the process of transformation begins with us.
My journey to transform society started in 2014 through my first book If There was No Tomorrow. The book targets high school students and upper primary pupils sharing my story of failure and success in academics. Also, it was my small way of developing a reading culture since it is known Africans do not like reading. That is why a 3-year-old right now knows how to navigate through the android features of a phone but lacks creativity because they have grown to see our parents glued to their phones. For instance, when did you see your mother or father reading a book? Perhaps, no given time. How do we change the narrative? In the words of Barrack Obama, we are the change we seek.
Since 2014 I have written four more books each tackling a different problem in society. For instance, Maths Conquerors challenges the misplaced ideology of Maths being all about practice after discovering that failing in Maths is caused by a lack of basic skills. Success in Mathematics depends on five basic principles: attitude, mastering concepts, practice, following instructions, and speed & accuracy. You cannot practice what you do not know.
The Foundation, Open Your Eyes encourages the youth to identify opportunities and start with the little they have. I started publishing with Ksh. 17000 and I have gained at least 100 times what I started with and the journey is still on. Quest for Excellence enables students to realize that academic success is a journey that begins with understanding oneself, identifying goals, managing obstacles, and developing a plan.
My motivation is to transform society. I deviate from the status quo and we cannot keep complaining about a problem yet do nothing about it. We can do something to change Africa. There’s a cry for the boy child. We are doing little to nurture the boys. Most boys feel unloved and they lack mentors. I confess that I have received most invitations to speak in mixed schools and girls’ schools more than boys’ schools. Out of 160 schools, I suppose boys’ schools are less than 30. These statistics can be confirmed by other speakers. Male principals in boys’ schools are doing a lot of harm to the next generation. However, bravo to those who believe in nurturing the boy child to develop holistic individuals. Even the government has not yet recognized the importance of speakers, and psychologists in schools. For sure, there is a problem in Africa.
I would love the youths to know that only a few people care about us, we have to think about ourselves. If they truly cared about us, they would stop stealing the billions. If they cared about us, they would create jobs for us and support our businesses. We do not have leaders but politicians who know our weakest points. Unless we instigate change, our children will live a more difficult life.
Kelvin Malusi is a visionary leader who is trying to empower the youth today to be future leaders. Organization of African Youth Kenya being a branch of OAY International has a mission to be a continental umbrella organization for all African youths, providing a platform for youth-led programs, a forum for dialogue, and a network of leaders. If we take a stand and move together as African youths then we will make a beautiful Africa for our future generations.
Kelvin Malusi Paul: +254 729 672522
Author, mentor & Public Speaker