Naikena Mutulili

Naikena Mutulili Large120 years old, attending Cardiff University, UK. Naikena was awarded a Beacon Scholarship in June 2018.

Naikena is studying towards a BSc in Neuroscience. She much enjoyed the new course content and different skills that were taught this year. She attended research and brain mapping seminars and academic skills development workshops. She joined an online study group and quizlet to aid her revision. She applied for several internships, but without success in a very competitive environment.

Naikena has attended three career seminars, an AfroJam dance workshop, and has been running with Cool Runnings Club. She joined the Hiking Club and with them hiked the Taff trail, as well as helped to organise a virtual games night for the club. She also gave a TEDx Talk ‘The 3 Minds of Creativity’.

Naikena is interested in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) and is a member of the Student Race Equality Steering Group. She also set up a fortnightly educational segment on the RaceLink Collective Movement social media page. She received certification for being a mentor consultant for BIOSI (Cardiff School of Biosciences) and mentored first years and their mentors.

Naikena joined the Clean Up Cardiff Society and attended three events before it was paused. She contacted five gumboot and cot manufacturers for her Freedom Within Kenya (FWKE) Beacon Citizenship Project and set up a GoFundMe page. She had made plans to volunteer as a high school mentor, but it was put on hold due to COVID-19.

Beacon Workshop Participation

Naikena was unable to do a 2021 Summer Beacon Citizenship Project, but in 2020 her project was a donation campaign for women and babies in Embu Women's Prison. It was done with her sister Shakinar, also a Beacon Scholar at that time.

In Leadership Workshops, she is an excellent communicator, who is eloquent and good at summarising. Naikena has weighty discussions and takes constructive feedback positively.