Kumi Naidoo Age, Ethnicity, Wife, Children, Family, Biography, Facts & More
Some Lesser Known Facts About Kumi Naidoo
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- Naidoo was born into a modest family in Durban, South Africa.
- When he was 15, his mother committed suicide.
- After his mother’s demise, his father took care of Naidoo and his 3 siblings.
- In his early teen, Naidoo was drawn to anti-apartheid protests, and for these protests, his school expelled him, reinstated and expelled again.
- By the time Naidoo was 18, he had been arrested and beaten on the pretext of apartheid.
- In 1985, at the age of 19, Naidoo came to know about a local group home for boys (from broken families) was on the verge to close as they couldn’t afford to pay a social worker. On his father’s advice, he volunteered to be a live-in counselor to the dozen or so boys.
- On the recommendation of a professor at a local university, he interviewed to be a Rhodes Scholar. Naidoo was awarded the spot and went to Oxford, England. He was the only black South African candidate on the region’s short list of 12.
- He returned to South Africa in 1990 and plunged into two decades of human rights works.
- When he became the Executive Director of international environmentalist group Greenpeace, he was the first African to head the organization.
- In December 2017, he became the Secretary General of Amnesty International- largest human rights movement globally.