Young Londoner, Kenny Imafidon inspiring a generation
In 2010, British-Nigerian Kenny Imafidon was held in Feltham Young Offenders Institution. He was held as one of a group of teenagers charged with murder under the Joint Enterprise law.
Today, 24-year-old Kenny is a respected political commentator and award-winning author.
Leading initiative Impact Squared, announced that Kenny has been awarded a ‘Faces of Impact award’. This celebrates a network of 100 global changemakers under the age of 25.
At the same time, Twitter, UBER and Facebook have all publicly partnered with his organisation ‘Bite The Ballot’. The goal is to engage young people with politics as part of a major national campaign.
Kenny’s award acknowledges his remarkable work in politics. It celebrates the efforts of 100 young people from across the world who have made efforts to positively transform society.
After tough upbringing in Peckham, in a single-parent family, Kenny worked hard through high school to pass his GCSEs. He even had work experience with Harriet Harman MP.
At aged 18, Kenny was arrested and charged under the Joint Enterprise law, just weeks before his final A-level exams. He was placed in Feltham Young Offenders’ Institution. Remarkably, he went on to be the first person to have ever completed his A-levels in Feltham prison.
Standing on the shoulders of giants
In actively engaging young people in politics, Kenny established partnerships with leading youth brands including Tinder, Uber, and Deliveroo.
Partner at social policy consultancy firm Coreplan, Kenny is also Director of Research and Innovation at Bite The Ballot (BTB).
“It takes a village to raise a child. It is because of my immediate family as well as those in my wider family – my community, mentors and friends – that I have advanced to the position I am in today: standing on the shoulders of giants”, Kenny Imafidon said.
Presently, Kenny is at the forefront of a major national campaign to engage young people with politics called #TurnUp. Coordinated by BTB, #TurnUp has a wide range of partners from the NGO, community, to business sectors in response to the general election.
Twitter has reportedly agreed to let BTB ‘hijack’ Twitter UK’s account today, Monday 22 May. The aim is for young people to know what to expect in this election, before the voter registration deadline.
The Faces of Impact community brings together thought leaders from a range of industries and countries. It does this while recognising the significant advances they have already made in addition to their extraordinary potential.