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technology 25 Nov 2019

Singer Kaz among three Kenyans picked for the 2021 TED Fellowship Programme

By Waiswa Wafula

On Wednesday 31st March, TED announced the 2021 cohort of TED Fellows whose work spans five continents and represents 14 countries.

Among the Kenyans selected for this year’s TED Fellowship is sex and relationship expert, singer and actress Karen Lucas also known as Kaz.

Kaz is a widely known educator through her TV segment and podcast “the spread.” Through these platforms, she is able to build a safe space for sexual discourse in Kenya.

These platforms enable Kaz to illuminate and confront the pleasure gap, challenges, restricting LGBTQ+ policies and emphasises on reproductive rights.

Other Kenyans selected include Jim Chuchu, a film maker and founder of The Nest Collective (a Nairobi based artist group) and Tom Osborn, the founder of Shamiri a youth organisation in the region dedicated to providing mental health care solutions to teenager across Kenya.

The TED Fellows Program brings together young world-changers, academics and trailblazers who have shown unusual accomplishment and exceptional courage in their respective disciplines, selected through an intensive application, interview and research process.

This year’s selection spans five continents and represents 14 countries, including, for the first time, Peru.

The program celebrates its twelfth year with a network of 512 Fellows from 100 countries. To be eligible for the TED Fellows Program you will need to be 18 years or older by the time you apply as well as have a track record of achievement in your field.