The OF Vision:
Empowering underprivileged young people in our society to realize their potential is Octopizzo Foundation’s lifelong ambition. There is a wealth of artistic talent and potential residing in slums, refugee camps and other settlements across the country, where millions struggle to survive every day on the margins of society.
OF believes in untying young people from the shackles of desperation through the uniting ingredients of Creativity, Art, Music and Sports.
We all know that humanity has no boundaries; that being born poor or becoming poor does not make one less human. Though man has drawn lines that seem to separate us by race, nationality or social class, fundamentally we are all the same. People marginalized in slums and refugee camps have aspirations too.
OF aspires to give wings to young people who exist on the margins of society. We support them to recognize the richness that resides in them, and then nurture their transformation towards realizing their potential.
Octopizzo is a Kenyan hip hop artist who has won several national and international awards. He has served as a Youth Ambassador for Film Aid International, the British Council and is currently supporting UNHCR Kenya with a dynamic youth project dubbed “Artistes for Refugees”. He has been involved in a variety of philanthropic and community based projects with children, women and youth since 2010. Although his first love is music, he is equally passionate about projects that focus on capacity building and community participation. His music centers on success, believing in oneself and resonates with people from diverse cultures and backgrounds.
Octopizzo believes that everything is possible. He is a living testament of that fact as he was born in a mud house in arguably the largest slum in the world. He can attest to the countless challenges that life in such informal settlements face. He believed in himself and his ability to make a difference not only for himself but for his community.
"I HAVE A NAME" Stories Of Hope & Determination
OCTOPIZZO - Refugee Art Exhibition
OCTOPIZZO - Maji Mtaani Kibera Project
UNHCR AFR Documentary
OCTOPIZZO - WORLD REFUGEE
OCTOPIZZO -MUSIC Programme in the Refugee Camp
OF looks to provide guidance and encourage youth to discover and develop their skills and knowledge by building on their character and competences so as to boost their self-esteem. By assisting them to actualize their leadership qualities and utilize their knowledge for advancing their lives through their talents.
Training & Capacity Building
Training & Capacity Building
OF seeks to provide focused talent-oriented workshops that will assist the youth to improve their capacities in music, arts, culture and sports. The training program will enable them to better their skills and become masters at their craft while also outlining the importance of team spirit and sense of community.
OF will provide the youth with linkages and through these networks with professionals and concerned stakeholders in their fields of interest, they can have access to outside markets and have real opportunities for sustainable livelihoods. OF seeks to explore opportunities for exchange programmes through such networks, where youth can attend events in other parts of the region and participate in such events while learning from such experiences.
OF understand that knowledge is power and aims to be a resource pool for youth to tap into and learn more about their skills. Learners can have access to vital information about music, arts, culture and sports which will help them advance themselves professionally. Youth can be enlightened on the power of social media and how to use it positively as a platform for learning and discovery and to market themselves as brands.
Octopizzo Great motivational talk on addressing violence against women and girls in kisumu #transformkisumu @miconyango
Dr Sheila Ochugboju,
@OCTOPIZZO brand ambassador at the #violenceagainstwomengirls program launch in Kisumu county @PremierSkills
@BritishCouncil Grt to see Kenya Addressing VAWG thro Football supported by legend @OCTOPIZZO Plsed we helped
Started a counter attack on violence against women & girls today. Lets tackle this! @OCTOPIZZO @tonyreilly5 @DFID_UK
Our Very Own VAWG Ambassadors @OCTOPIZZO @tonyreilly5 @WaihenyaKabiru #ViolenceAgainstWomenGirls @lisaphillips07
Kenyan hiphop artist @Octopizzo Joins the cause as a #VAWG Ambassador for @BritishCouncil using sport @tonyreilly5