About Paul Mugambi
Mugambi Paul hails from a humble background. He studied at Saint Lucy’s School for the Blind. Mugambi had slight problems with his eye sight. Later on, he joined S.A High school Thika in 1997. He lost his eyesight in October 27th 1997,a Monday 4 37 p.m when his eyes were boxed and got wrong medication. However, he did not lose his vision of life. It was a difficult moment in his life.
He sat for his KCSE and later joined Kenyatta University where he developed his leadership skills.
He has overcome many odds since he was young and continues to be a strong advocate for Disability rights as a profession. In the first year, he was nominated to the legal and constitution affairs of Kenyatta University and later on elected as the first student leader with disability under the new dispensation. At the university he was the Best Special Needs Education student and awarded during the first ever academic week. He founded sports for persons with disabilities at the university level. This is a great legacy since persons with disabilities were not being involved in any sport. During his time in campus, he became a columnist with the Kenyatta University newsletter. On a sunny day at the university cultural festivals, Mugambi started his music career.
Around this time, Paul partnered with his producer -MD - to establish an FM station known as "Comrade FM" within the campus. They utilized locally assembled equipment to achieve the feat.
Among his other achievements at KU includes his policy influence that lead to the entrenchment of affirmative action enabling PWDs with C+ to join higher learning institution from 2010. He also began to mentor the youth and women with disabilities in to leadership. He linked himself with the disability network in the country. He became one of the reform agitators in the disability movement through demanding for youth and women with disabilities participation.
This culminated in his nomination in representing youth agenda in the National Aids Control Council, elected vice chairperson for Kenya Sports Association for Visually Impaired. He later organized the Nick Vujicic mission in Kenya in collaboration with Disability Partnership Kenya.
Mugambi rose to the top ranks in the disability movement and participated in bringing the desired changes at the umbrella organization for persons with disabilities, the United Disabled Persons of Kenya as a board member and a member of the Disability Caucus. He was appointed to serve in the task force aimed at transforming united disabled persons of Kenya, he later served as a board member.
In the year 2005 he joined the murky waters of the “Kenya tarmacking network” as he hustled for a job. He still continued with advocacy, and later joined the blind and low vision networks as a special advocacy trainer. Later on in 2009, he joined the Humanitarian work with Handicap International Dadaab family.
Each success in disability advocacy was a victory that gave me courage to aim higher, try harder and do more. Each failure made me stronger. I stopped saying “no” to things outside my comfort zone and started saying “YES!” For a disabled person like me, having an opportunity to be actively involved in decision making processes about policies and programs is so critical because
for too long we are overlooked and decisions made on our behalf.I have learnt I should not fear failure But Please be terrified with regrets. My advice Do not be afraid of “nos” But Be afraid of the possibility of a “yes “which many have prematurely destroyed by quitting. Have the spirit of Never giving up. wait till the cock strikes 12. The parting shot from the clip “the discrimination experience I have faced tells me there is a lot I need to do” Lets stop ableism Activist of the year Malaika award winner 2015
The Journey of Mugambi Paul AKA Mpofunamba1, watch here this link.
Morning express interview of Mugambi Paul and Sophia Wanuna. this link.
Mugambi has conducted several training consultancy on disability diversity and inclusion.
Read more about his initiatives here
Membership and Awards
I acknowledge the traditional owners of land and i pay respect to elders past and present.
Paul has received the following recognition
-2019 – New South Wales – Community Leader Award Winner.
-2018 – Chief Minister Award Winner
- 2015 – activist of the year award
Malaika Tribute Award
- 2014 – Life time achievement award winner –Annual disability advocacy rights and awards (ADARa)
- 2013 - Awarded "Champion of disability advocacy in the emergency response humanitarian services – CBM international
- 2003-2006 Won several accolades on sports and music at Kenyatta University
- 2005 – Best Special needs Student Kenyatta University
He is a member of the Society for professionals with Visual Disabilities where he serves as the Chair. He is also a board Member of Kenya sports association for the Visually impaired (KESAVI)
He is always on the lookout for partnership opportunities. Get involved here
I pay tribute and respect to the past, present and future leaders.
"The true meaning of life is to plant trees under whose shade you do not expect to sit."