Sol Kids is a venture, by Sauti Sol. An innovative platform that curates affordable award-winning and accessible Pan African content to inspire leaders of tomorrow.
Africa is the continent with the youngest population worldwide. As of 2022, around 40 percent of the population was aged 15 years and younger compared to a global average of 25 percent. There are over 400
million children currently living on the African continent and the number is rising. According to UNESCO’s recent Global Education Monitoring Report, only 18 percent of all primary-school age children in SubSaharan Africa achieve minimum proficiency in reading and mathematics. The heavy influence of western
media consumed by this growing population has contributed to an identity crisis, loss of culture and heritage and a disconnect between learning and life.
Our passionate response is to raise the literacy levels, change the attitude to learning and create a connection between Academia, Talent, Culture and Life; by consistently creating world class quality content that is contextual, cultural and creative; curated to inspire a generation of leaders, disruptors, critical thinkers, solution providers, innovators and creatives. Leveraging on the global success of the Sauti Sol brand as industry leaders leaving a legacy that has impact and hope for Africa.
Sol Kids Africa seeks to nurture a generation of children, aged 0 to 21, who understand, appreciate and
celebrate the privilege of being African. The goal is Leadership, Empowerment and Accessibility (LEA – Kiswahili word that means to nurture) on the continent and beyond. Our Sol Kids mantra is stories by us, about us, from us, to the world.
Sauti Sol is Africa’s Grammy award winners and leading music group that is composed of four members: Bien-Aimé Baraza, Willis Chimano, Savara Mudigi and Polycarp Otieno. They are known for their unique blend of afro-pop, R&B and traditional sounds, and have won numerous awards for their music, including multiple BET Awards, MTV Europe Music Awards and Kora Awards. The group formed in 2005 and has since released several critically acclaimed albums, including “Sol Filosofia” and “Live and Die in Afrika”. Sauti Sol has performed on some of the world’s biggest stages, including at the Global Citizen Festival and the One Africa Music Festival. They are also known for their philanthropy work and for being ambassadors for various organizations. Sauti Sol are also the founders of Sol Kids Limited, an innovative platform that curates affordable quality and accessible Pan African content to inspire leaders of tomorrow.
Melissa Wakhu is a seasoned best-selling author and leading personality in curating Pan Arican stories. Leveraging her expertise as an educator with over 22 years experience working with children. She has twelve published books with several more books to come. Her books have featured severally as book of the month and she has engaged thousands of children in Kenya, Africa and the world in various literacy, learning and impact based engagements. Having graduated with a First Class Honors degree in Computer Science, her professional career began at Deloitte, a leading audit firm. She developed various professional skills as a financial auditor, a Certified Information Systems Auditor, a Certified Internal Auditor, Business Process and Systems Control Specialist and a lead Consultant in Business Strategy and Corporate Governance. Her experience in the corporate world, entreprenuership and education have merged beautifully into her current role in Sol Kids Africa, where she is committed as a trail blazer to create a platform that curates world class Pan African content, books, music, animations and experiences for the leaders of tommorrow. Her partnership with Sauti Sol as a co-founder and CEO of Sol Kids Africa has propelled her as an industry leader in the creative space.
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