Dr. Kennedy Obehiri Obohwemu is a medical graduate from Delta State University, Abraka, Nigeria.
He holds a Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from the prestigious University of Roehampton, United Kingdom. He also has a postgraduate certificate on Leadership and Management in Health from the University of Washington, USA.
He bagged a State Merit Award for his outstanding performance during his National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) Year.
He is a Fellow of the Young African Leadership Institute (YALI), Regional Leadership Center (West Africa), a global initiative of former President Barack Obama of the United States. He was rewarded with the highly coveted Obama’s YALI Leadership Award in recognition of his exceptional leadership skills and managerial prowess.
He was selected among thousands of applicants from around the world to attend the 2017 Summer Youth Assembly at the United Nations Headquarters, New York City, USA.
He was also selected among hundreds of young African leaders to attend the 2017 International Conference on Climate Change in Bellevue, Washington. The event was co-hosted by The Alliance for Climate Protection and The Climate Reality Project, a U.S. non-profit, public charity founded by former U.S. Vice President Al Gore.
Dr. Kennedy has experience across healthcare, civic leadership, policy formulation and legislative drafting, business and entrepreneurship, community development and youth empowerment.
He is a publisher, editor, novelist, playwright, visionary poet, activist & social blogger.
Dr. Kennedy runs an NGO (PENKUP INT’L) which aims at empowering youths to realise their lifelong potentials in areas of health, education, leadership & entrepreneurship.
He is the President of the Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro, District 9125, Nigeria. He also doubles as the Chairman of the Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Kogi State, Nigeria.
A writer of colour, Dr. Kennedy enjoys stories of love, adventure, mystery and suspense.
His internationally acclaimed book TWISTED was published in the United States and won the 2015 Readers Favourite Award within one year of its publication.
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He is a born leader, an uncanny talent, a refulgent adjudicator, a trusted administrator, an exotic breed, a man of first-class ideas, objective, creative, exquisite!
He has held numerous offices in the past, even while in medical school, and most of his achievements are still unsurpassed:
- Overall Best Student (J.S.S. I), Wahab Folawiyo High School, Ikoyi, Lagos (1995)
- Overall Best Student (J.S.S. II – S.S.S. III), Government College, Victoria Island (GOCOVI), Lagos (1996 – 2000)
- Senior Prefect (Head Boy), GOCOVI, Lagos (1999 – 2000)
- Best Senior Prefect (Head Boy) Ever, GOCOVI, Lagos (2000)
- President, Our Lady Mother of Good Counsel Praesidium (Legion of Mary), St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Oratory, 1004 Flats, Victoria Island, Lagos (1997 – 2001)
- President, School Christian Fellowship, GOCOVI (1999 – 2000)
- Founder & First President, Science Students’ Union (SSU), GOCOVI, Lagos (1999 – 2000)
- Founder & First President, Catholic Dramatic Society (CDS), St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Oratory, 1004 Flats, Victoria Island, Lagos (2004 – 2006)
- Founder & First President, Federation of Catholic Medical & Dental Students (FECAMDS), DELSU Chapter (2005 – 2007)
- President, Catholic Youth Organisation of Nigeria (CYON), Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Abraka (2004 – 2007)
- Honourable Speaker of Congress, Delta State University Medical & Dental Students’ Association (DUMSA), Abraka (2005 – 2006)
- President, Rotaract Club of Delta State University, Abraka, Rotary Shares Board, 2007/2008
- National President, Federation of Catholic Medical & Dental Students (FECAMDS) (2008 – 2010)
- Founder & National President, Association of Nigerian Student Authors (ANSA), (2010 – 2011)
- President, Association of Resident Doctors (ARD), Federal Medical Centre, Lokoja (2015/2016)
- President/CEO, PENKUP FOUNDATION
- President, Rotary Club of Lokoja Metro (2017/2018 Rotary Year)
- Chairman, Association of Nigerian Authors (ANA), Kogi State Chapter (2017/2019)
- Author, ‘Every Time We Meet’ [(full-length romantic-suspense novel), 2010]
- Author, ‘Twisted’ (multiple award-winning international blockbuster novel, 2014)
- Member, International Society of Poets (since 2004)
An avid reader, Dr. Kennedy enjoys stories of love, mystery and suspense. He is a publisher, editor, novelist, playwright, visionary poet, activist and social blogger.
He has won numerous awards in recognition of his unique talents:
- NYSC/Kogi State Government Merit Award for Outstanding Performance & Excellent Services (2013).
- Award of Excellence by Rotaract Club of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja (2016).
- Symbol of Excellence Award by Federation of Catholic Medical & Dental Students (FECAMDS), Nigeria (2017)
- 2016/2017 Alumnus of the Year Award by Federation of Catholic Medical & Dental Students (FECAMDS), Nigeria (2017)
- Most Reputable Rotarian of the Year Award by Rotaract Club of Kogi State Polytechnic, Lokoja (2017)
- Personality of the Year Award by Rotaract Club of Lokongoma Central, Lokoja (2017)
- Exemplary Leadership Award by Rotaract Club of Federal University, Lokoja (2018)
- Former U.S. President Barack Obama’s YALI Leadership Award (2018).