Born and raised in a slum in Nairobi, Kenya, music has always been a lifeline for Kennedy Krezi. A talented musician, he is one of Kenya’s most renowned poets, lyricists, and Gospel hip-hop artists. Currently, he is a worship leader at his church, City Lights Church in Greeley, CO. He is also the founder and CEO of Krezi Global Management, a support and management agency for artists.
Kennedy intimately knows how valuable music can be in a young person’s life, as it helped carry him through his own difficult childhood. Growing up in an area riddled with extreme poverty, crime, drugs, and violence, hope was scarce. In order to provide for the family, his mother brewed illegal liquor and operated a bar out of their living room. Still, Kennedy and his siblings often went without proper meals, school fees, or uniforms. Listening to music and, eventually, learning to play various instruments became a helpful escape from his challenging and hopeless reality.
When he was seven years old, Kennedy was sponsored into Compassion’s child development program through his local church. His sponsorship provided him with education, clothing, nutritious meals, medical care, and, most of all, hope. He began to believe what his sponsors and the Compassion program leaders were telling him—that God loves him and has a plan for his life. For the first time, he started dreaming of the future. He decided to pursue further education in the States to chase his dream of impacting the Kenyan music industry. Heavily influenced by his Compassion sponsor, who is a retired lieutenant colonel in the US Air Force, Kennedy now serves as an engineer in the United States Army. He lives in Colorado with his wife, Hannah, and their son, Gabriel, and daughter, Malkia. He also sponsors a Compassion child of his own in order to perpetuate the cycle of love and generosity that was such a positive impact on his life.
Kennedy is a passionate and enthusiastic communicator. He enjoys speaking to both adults and students, candidly sharing his story and inspiring others with hope. His experience with Compassion has given him a passion to share and inspire hope in others, as well. Because of this, Kennedy has founded a non-profit organization, Me 4 My Neighbor, whose aim is to establish hope through the love of Jesus to the slums of Kenya. They accomplish this by initiating, facilitating and managing programs that support in basic education and self-help projects for people to empower them to be self-reliant by training, mentoring, and providing platforms to convert their skills into income.