Sitawa Wafula is a mental health activist based in Nairobi, Kenya, who uses her personal journey as a rape survivor living with a dual diagnosis of epilepsy and bipolar to provide people in Africa with the necessary information and support to not only handle mental health conditions but to also deal with everyday life.
She achieves this through her Google Award winning self titled blog (http://sitawa.blogspot.co.ke) and her mental health social enterprise; My Mind, My Funk, which ran Kenya’s first free mental health support line and provided support to over 11,000 Kenyans.
Her remarkable work involves bringing conversations to the table that are considered taboo in Africa. Her actions have gotten Sitawa named among Aspen Institute’s New Voices Fellows on their 2016 list of emerging experts from developing countries, as a Non Communicable Disease Champion by the Ministry of Health Kenya, and recognized among the top 40 under 40 women in Kenya, 2015. Her work is also featured in various national and international media outlets including BBC and AlJaazera and her writing on mental health has been published by Mail & Guardian and AllAfrica.com among other outlets.
When not caught up in mental health work, Sitawa can be found journaling, reading, mentoring young ladies, or trying out DIY projects and vegetarian recipes.
To read more about Sitawa’s Pollination Project Grant, click here.