Nerima Wako-Ojiwa

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Nerima Wako-Ojiwa
Born1989 (age 34–35)
Nairobi, Kenya
Alma materJacksonville State University
(Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Sociology)
(Master of Public Administration)
OccupationPolitical Analyst & Corporate Executive
Years activeSince 2014
TitleExecutive Director of Siasa Place

Nerima Wako-Ojiwa (née Nerima Wako), is a Kenyan political analyst, who serves as the executive director of Siasa Place, an organization, led by young people that engages young Kenyans,[1] educating them about the constitution, governance and electoral processes, through community engagements and social media.[2]

Background and education[edit]

Nerima was born in Nairobi, Kenya's capital, circa 1989, the third-born in a family of four children. She attended St. Nicholas Primary School, before finishing her high school at Aga Khan Academy, both in Nairobi.[1]

After high school, she secured a scholarship to study at Jacksonville State University, in Jacksonville, Alabama in the United States. She graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism and Sociology. Later, she was awarded a Master of Public Administration degree, also by Jacksonville State University.[1]


While at university, Nerima participated in campus politics and was elected president of the International Student's Organization. This allowed her to receive a solid grounding in her political attributes and weaknesses.[1][2]

In 2015, she together with other young people started a youth-led organization called Siasa Place.[3] For the first year, they funded the organization's operations out of their own pockets, before they received any outside funding. Nerima serves as the executive director.[1][2]


Nerima is married to Billian Ojiwa, who is also involved in politics.[4] She is a niece to Senator Amos Wako who represents Busia County in the Kenyan Senate, (2013–2017) and (2017–2022).[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Wanja Mbuthia (12 October 2017). "Nerima Wako: The political analyst with beauty and brains". The Standard (Kenya). Nairobi. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  2. ^ a b c Daisy Okoti (17 August 2017). "Youth should be an advantage, not a limitation". Daily Nation. Nairobi, Kenya. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  3. ^ Oketch, Angela (10 September 2017). "Politics runs in my blood". Daily Nation. Nairobi. Retrieved 13 September 2018.
  4. ^ Gichana, Joanne (28 May 2018). "Celebrating Women: Nerima Wako-Ojiwa: Political Analyst". Nairobi: Parents Magazine, Africa. Retrieved 13 September 2018.

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