"It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat."
An excerpt from Theodore Roosevelt's "Man in the Arena" speech, 1910


The History

When a few friends came together in 2013 to start an organization that brought together young people, we wanted Theodore Roosevelt’s words to be our beacon. Inspired by these words, The Arena is a space where young people come together to share their individual experiences, find support, motivation, inspiration and guidance. It is a space where we help each other make the right choices earlier in life and therefore be in a better position to take on our dreams with a difference.


The Team


Bosibori Mainye

Finance and Budget Coordinator

My role:
I computerize, classify, record and verify numerical data for use in maintaining financial records.

3 words that best describe me:
Curious, Bibliophile, Dreamer.

Aspirations for the future:
To be free.


Chris Mugendi Kariuki

Enterprise and Development Coordinator

My role:
I create strategies for business, innovation and entrepreneurship related activities.

3 words that best describe me:
Innovative, Creative-thinker, Team-player.

Aspirations for the future:
To participate more in matters entrepreneurship, business development and strategy.


Diane Mukami Nthurima

Administrative Coordinator

My role:
I handle minutes, oversee smooth running of meetings and communication, and handle meeting logistics

3 words that best describe me:
Hardworking, Detailed, Persistent.

Aspirations for the future:
To run my own Event Organizing company


Joan Waweru

Marketing and Communications Coordinator

My role:
I manage all external communications related to The Arena.

3 words that best describe me:
Joyful, Quick, Witty.

Aspirations for the future:
To create a positive society.


Nelly Mwapoo

Events and Logistics Coordinator

My role:
Finding and creating an environment that will support and promote creative ideas.

3 words that best describe me:
Sassy, Kind and some-what- organised.

Aspirations for the future:
To do God's work in everything.


Nyambura Murigi

Head of Marketing and Communications

My role:
I oversee all promotions, marketing and external communications.

3 words that best describe me:
Vibrant, Communicative, Persistent.

Aspirations for the future:
To advance The Arena to the forefront of youth change-makers in Africa.


Tessy Maritim


My role:
I shape the organization vision and work with the team to deliver on our strategy.

3 words that best describe me:
Inquisitive, Sensitive, Meticulous.

Aspirations for the future:
To work somewhere at the intersection of urban cities and politics across Africa.

Our Vision

To be a powerful movement of young people realizing potential for the benefit of our communities and continent.

Our Mission

To be the hub for young Kenyans in the arena and to be the vessel through which young Kenyans transition into The Arena.

Our Core Values

  • Champion the development of Kenya and Africa
  • Believe in the leading role of the youth in development
  • Share The Arena ethos and practice it in our own life
  • Work together, collaboratively.
  • Think creatively and work independently
  • Positive about life

Our Ethos

We endeavor to make a positive difference one life at a time, understand and celebrate our differences; treat each other and mental barriers together. Have a spirit greater than our fear of failure and above all, let love and respect be our guiding light.