Kenya's 13 Year Old CEO
Most boys his age are playing with toy cars and are still learning to understand who they are and what they want in life. For Luca Berardi, a 13-year-old Kenyan boy those realisations came early. At the tender age of 8 he started an NGO called Young Animal Rescue Heroes, which he runs as CEO and Director General. The organisation is on the forefront of raising awareness on endangered wildlife and environmental conservation.
For the past two years, young Luca has also been co-hosting a TV show for Kenya Broadcasting Corporation ( KBC) on a children’s programme called ‘Big Minds’. His experience in broadcasting inspired him to produce a nature show for his organisation.
Adding to his list of accomplishments, he is also musician, script writer and he also speaks 6 languages. Thus far he has released three songs. The first one is titled ‘A Better Place’ which he worked on with Grandpa Records; ‘Money Can’ and ‘Inside a Refugee’s Heart’ which he worked on with an Italian producer. ‘Money Can’ was released at the United Nations headquarters in New York during a summit on financial inclusion of youth and children. Since his music career popped off, he has met Kenyan president Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, his biggest idol Dr Rivchard Leakey and Prime Minister of Thailand during his studies at Thailand’s creative talent college called Superstar Academy.
Luca’s creativity has no end. The young boy also has also written a script for a movie called ‘The Prince of Nature’, which he hopes to turn into a feature film. The movie script is about a boy who finds out that he is from a royal line in a faraway land that is only inhabited by animals.
Even though Luca will soon be moving to Tanzania due to his father’s NGO work, his roots will always be in Kenya and his creative work will carry on wherever the road leads him.
Although Luca’s talent is undeniable, do you think children should be working at such a young age?
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