What is your name and where are you from?
D: Daisy Ouya from Kenya
2. Describe yourself in 5 words?
D: Science communicator and nature lover
3. What makes you proud to be a Kenyan?
D: That Kenya is a beautiful country with energetic and funny people – there’s a joke around every corner
4. What are you doing to make your country better?
D: Trying to do whatever I do to the best of my ability
5. For anyone who wants to visit Kenya, which places are a must to see and why?
D: Rural Kenya for the astonishing landscapes and warm, generous people
6. What do you want Kenya to be known for?
D: Innovation that makes people’s lives better
7. What does the word Masai mean to you?
D: It’s one of the over 40 tribes of Kenya, part of the rich tapestry of Kenyan culture
8. What traditional Kenya meal would you prepare for an international visitor?
D: Irio (a pounded mixture of maize, green peas and potatoes), nyama choma (grilled meat) and kachumbari (tomato+onions)
9. What are the most common foods in your country?
D: Maize, beans, potatoes, rice, milk and meat plus the fruits in season – mangoes mostly.
10. Who is the most famous Kenyan and why?
D: Obama (half-Kenyan) – the first African-American president of the USA. But there are many more – Wangari Maathai, Lupita Nyong’o, Uhuru Kenyatta; athletes like Julius Yego and musicians like Nameless, Amani, Juliani and Roger Whittaker.
11. What environmental issues are you most passionate about?
D: Restoring degraded landscapes with trees, agroforestry (integrating trees on farms), and reducing food and water wastage
12. How are women affected by Climate Change in Kenya
D: Most farming is still rain-fed in Kenya, and with erratic weather farmers cannot be sure they will harvest a crop for all their labour
13. What is the most common animal in Kenya?
D: The chicken and the goat
14. What is the situation with forests in Kenya?
D: There is a huge push to move forest cover up to 10%. Kenya is a dry country so this is not an easy task.
15. If you were the environmental Minister, what would you change?
D: Raise public awareness, involve communities, and nurture a love for nature in children.