By Arch Dr. Isaac Kinungi – For the Diaspora Times
A Kenyan, Dr. Peter Ndiangui, President of the African Network of SWFL, was today awarded the prestigious Martin Luther King Jr. Keeper of the dream award among other heroes.
The Keeper of the Dream awards are bestowed on a person, couple, or group whose outstanding commitment and contribution to the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center embodies the ideals of Dr. King.
Prof. Peter Ndiang’ui
Peter Ndiang’ui was born and brought up in Nyeri, Kenya. He received his education in Kenya through Master’s level. Peter taught social studies courses for several years in various schools in Kenya. For the last 12 years of his teaching in Kenya, he was a dean of students at St. Mary’s School Nairobi. As a teacher, he won the best Geography teacher award in the whole country for two years.
In 1997, he was invited to teach in Atlanta International School. He stayed there for five years but found it too cold to bear. In the year 2002, he and his family immigrated to the warmer SW Florida and have lived in Fort Myers ever since. He was initially hired as the first black teacher in Canterbury Private School. This school had been set up as a reaction of the wealthy white folks to the forced integration of public schools after the Civil Rights Act. Although he was initially fearful of being the first and only one in a white community, he considers his seven years in Canterbury as the best in his life. During those years, he was able to pursue another Master’s degree and later a doctoral degree in Education Leadership. Peter is currently a professor in Florida Gulf Coast University College of Education. He mainly teaches Child and Youth Studies, Introduction to Diversity for Educators and Environmental Sustainability classes. He also serves in various committees besides being an Advisor to the African Students Association. He is also a real estate investor mainly in SW Florida.
Peter is very active in the local Southwest Florida community and beyond. He has worked and chaired the Lee County Chapter of NAACP Act-SO program. He is currently the President of the African Network of SW Florida, the organization that puts together people of African Diaspora living in this region. He is also a member of the Lee County School District Equity and Diversity Advisory Committee. He also chairs the City of Fort Myers Mayor’s Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee. He is a board member of the Association for the Advancement of Educational Research International (AAERI) and The International Council of Educational Professionals (ICEP). He is also a member of the editorial board of The Geography Teacher Journal.
In Kenya, Peter is the patron of Mathakwa-ini Primary School where he has helped setting up a whole computer lab. In 2015, the late Governor of Nyeri Nderitu Gachagua appointed him the honorary ambassador of Nyeri County. When he visits home, he meets with the Nyeri County cabinet to give advice on diaspora matters and receive recommendations on the same. Peter, his wife Priscilla (a Nurse Practitioner with Lee Physicians group) and entire family live in Fort Myers, Florida. They attend New Life Assembly of God Church in Lehigh Acres. For anything that they have achieved in their miraculous journey, they give all the glory to God.
Professor Ndiangui and Dr. Robert Chiuri among many other Kenyans, are in the front line in trying to unite the fragmented Diaspora through one voice Consortium.
We, at the Diaspora Times wish to congratulate this true son of Africa to continue serving Kenyans and the community he resides in there in Florida.