I have known Tabitha, her family and her sister, Julie Tongoi, who I interviewed a while back, for years and years and years. So, it is with much pleasure that I learned about her being accepted to the African Leadership Academy and also share this interview with you.
Let me encourage you: let us record excellence or success and share it with our fellow Africans. Even if it is in things that may be automatic or easy to you e.g. getting a job or getting a house, there is an immigrant somewhere out there who needs to know what you know, so please, we need more versions of the Displaced African (tDA) and success magazine out there. For an example of this, check out Kelly’s articles on the interview process.
By the way if you would be interested in me interviewing any more of the people accepted into the leadership academy, then leave a comment below or email me at masmilele(at)thedisplacedafrican(dot)com and let me know.
1) Brief introduction to her and the leadership academy
2) How did she hear about the leadership academy?
3) Why was she chosen out of all the people interviewed ?
4) The criteria to get into the school
5) How did the school measure whether “someone has a passion for Africa”?
6) Her plans as she goes to the leadership academy and beyond
7) The pros and cons of the Kenyan 8-4-4 education system. You can click on the link to find out more about 8-4-4 or leave a comment below and ask me a question and I will tell you the little I know.
Information about Tabitha’s Project ABC (“A Book for Change”) which had the goal of providing text books to children who do not have access to them. Now tell me this isn’t what innovation is all about? Compare this with the work Fidelis Wainaina did as well.
9) What is it about her psychology and her day to day habits that separates her from her peers?
10) Who are her parents and what do they do?
11) Mental exercise:
Let’s asssume that you have a young, fresh African mind that is a blank state in your stewardship:
i) What are the principles you would use to guide this person?
ii) What would this child be doing on a day to day basis?
12) What type of support network does she have?
13) Her work process which has been described as outstanding.
14) How would she like to be remembered
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A Small Digression
Tabitha spoke about how she is able to hold off on enjoying her friends’ company from time to time, to work, because she sees the long term vision in it. For those who may not know what their long term vision is, or for those who need ideas on that let me recommend you check out the interview with Kirk Nugent where he talks about that.
1) Find more information on the African Leadership Academy and Tabitha Tongoi’s involvement in it, read this article from the African Loft website.
2) Find more information on Kenyan education system, 8-4-4.
4) Irene Tongoi’s, New Dawn Kenya
5) More information on her father, Dennis Tongoi