Kenneth Fomunung a.ka. Kenny S. Rich, known simply as Kennyrich, was born and raised for the most part in his beloved motherland, Africa; specifically in a small nation off its west coast, Cameroon, where he grew up a little rascal, along with five siblings – three sisters and two brothers. He also spent the bulk of his turbulent teenage years in the United States of America, in the international and diverse city of Houston, TX, where he first went to high school, and onto college at The University of Houston. He has since become a U.S. citizen.
Kennyrich graduated magna cum laude as a Communications major and Psychology minor in May 2010, earning a Bachelors degree in Public Relations/Advertising. While in college, he served one term (year) as Student Body President and held membership in a number of distinguished organizations, such as Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., the National Society of Collegiate Scholars (NSCS), Golden Key International, and the NAACP.
Immediately following graduation, he spent a year (2010-2011) of full time service with a nonprofit in Washington, DC called City Year, Inc., which seeks to close the achievement gap in the education of our children in our public school systems and to combat the high school dropout crisis plaguing public schools in under served communities all across the country. In his capacity as an AmeriCorps member, he served each day for a period of ten months as a tutor, mentor and role model for inner-city schoolchildren in one of the District’s most notorious high schools.
He recently earned his global MBA from Hult International Business School, one of the world’s foremost international business schools.
Kennyrich takes – among many other traits – his writing skills from his sagacious father, whom he looks up to in the same fashion he does his older brother; as a role model and inspirational figure of goodwill. His father, committed Christian after God’s own heart, taught him and his siblings this formula, which they live by today:
Prayer + Hard work = Guaranteed Success.
His mother, also a Christian and a woman of wonder as he likes to describe her, has nurtured him from childhood until adulthood, and has instilled in him unforgettable values, which he lives by still today. Her strict discipline during his infancy and her exemplary actions throughout his life have taught him the true meaning of selflessness, hard work and determination, and have shown him how to step up and seize the reins of the relentless pursuit of one’s goals.
Kennyrich understands that no tree stands firm without solid roots. Therefore, naturally, he appreciates his background and heritage, as they have provided him with a great sense of responsibility and a relatively profound perspective on life; spurring him on to dream big, think big, and be big, while simultaneously ensuring he stays grounded in humility and cognizant of God’s commandments, and what he considers his civic responsibility: to enrich the lives of others, especially those less privileged than himself.
“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
I am Trial:
I am the fetus that was aborted.
I am the orphan that wasn’t adopted.
I am the choice that wasn’t given.
I am the decision that wasn’t made.
I am the permission that wasn’t granted.
I am Triumph:
I am the vision of things yet unseen.
I am the likelihood of things unlikely.
I am the probability of things improbable.
I am the evidence of things impossible.
I am the embodiment of dreams realized.