‘One Vibe Africa’ Empowers Kenyan Youth Through Music and Arts

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Courtesy of One Vibe Africa

Simon Okelo doesn’t sleep. In addition to his day job at a logistics company, the Seattle-based father of three spends the wee hours of each day working on his passion project and life’s work: One Vibe Africa. The nonprofit bridges the 8,800 mile gap between the Pacific Northwest and Okelo’s hometown of Kisumu, Kenya, through a music- and arts-focused youth empowerment program, festival, and extensive community outreach.

One Vibe aims to promote social welfare and the economic empowerment of Kisumu youth by creating events and media that educate the public about African culture and innovation.

While Kisumu may be the roots and see the fruits of One Vibe’s work, the area has a deep history of instability. Residents of Kisumu County, which lies far west of the nation’s capital, have witnessed extreme poverty, the third highest rate of HIV/AIDS infection in the country, and immense violence…

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