Former Capital FM presenter Renée Ngamau has been elected as the chairperson of Amnesty Kenya Board.
She tweeted: “Thank you my people! Humbled that a “non-traditional-type-activist” like me would be invited to serve let alone voted chair of @AmnestyKenya by some of Kenya’s most ardent and my most admired activists. To paraphrase chimamanda ngozi adichie “We should all be activists.””
Others elected to the board are Catherine Mumma, Rachael Mwikali, Colm Cuanachain and Pete Oduor.
A profile on Renée Ngamau‘s blog indicates she holds a Masters degree in Financial and Banking Law from the University of London. It goes on to narrate her career journey and how her PhD studies were interrupted when a doctor discovered a growth in her brain and gave her five to seven years to live.
“She has worked in some of the top law firms in Kenyan and in England. Hers was a rising star and she could see herself making partner and law professor in 5-7 years. Like many people, she had a very solid plan for her career but not for her life. Then life happened and the words of a doctor stopped her in her tracks. Suddenly, she was faced with the prospect of not having 5-7 more years in her life. At the time, she did not recognise the gift that lay in that news,” it says.
Renée beat the life-threatening disease and went on to experience to touch the lives of anyone who crosses her path. She was recognised by the Graca Machel Trust as a champion for Women in Media Network.
“Life happens. What you make of it determines not only your next course of action, but determines fundamentally whether whatever has happened becomes the platform for your greatest break through or breaks you down. Even if you have been broken down for long, all that has happened is that you did not catch the lesson so learn the lesson and move on. As long as you’re not dead, no one is hopeless. It’s not over unless you have made it over,” she said in a past interview.
Renee describes herself as a Life and Business Strategist.