Kevin Osido-The Change Behind the Kenyan Youth and Governance
Seeing him from a distance, one can easily mistake him to just an ordinary citizen going up and down in an effort to make ends meet, or building the nation, as economists usually say. He walks in calculated steps, cautious but steady with a charming smile that melts your heart even before you say anything. Meet Kevin Osido, the Executive Director of the County Governance Watch, an active body and influencer in governance, development and social transformation in Kenya and the Great Lakes Region.
Seeing him for the first time, one would not fail to notice the luminance from his eyes. The eyes have a very lively as well as wise expression in them but most impressible was the deep love and peace they transmitted to everybody when he speaks. The man seems to have such a hidden magic that no one understands but him and those who interact with him.
I met Kevin Osido toward the end of 2016 when he was organizing for the National Youth Conference on countering Violent Extremism that took place in Siaya County. We shared briefly and the way he spoke and the way he showed his commitment, Kevin Osido, was out to make sure that the young people of this nation are destined to nothing else but greatness.
Kevin Osido believes that for Kenya to move forward and have a bright future for existing generation as well as the coming generation, the youth have to be involved in every aspect of development especially keeping them away from violent extremism.
“The world over is now under the threat of violent extremism. Southern Nigeria is on its knees in terms of economy due to violent extremism. France has come under two deadly attacks as a result of violent extremism. Even during the attack in the United States of America, the infamous 9/11, all indications point to violent extremism and most of those who take part in these evil activities are the youth,” he said. “If we want to see our youth at the end of a successful nation of Kenya, then we must have then at the start of the journey,” he adds.
Mr. Osido believes in the saying of Roy T. Bennet in his book, The Light in the Heart where he said a great leader is he who, “Listens with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity. The greatest problem with communication is that we don’t listen to understand. We listen to reply. When we listen with curiosity, we don’t listen with the intent to reply. We listen for what is behind the words.”