Rapper Octopizzo starts a juvenile prison reform program

Rapper Octopizzo starts a juvenile prison reform program

  • The rapper made the announcement after visiting the Kamiti Maximum Prison.
  • Octopizzo said the program is focused on ensuring the young people are heading towards the right path.

Kenyan Hip Hop artist and philanthropist Henry Ohanga, better known by his stage name Octopizzo, has announced that he is starting a juvenile prison reform program.

The rapper made the announcement on Wednesday, a day after visiting the Kamiti Maximum Prison.

According to Octopizzo, the program is focused on ensuring the young people are heading towards the right path.

Octopizzo said, “Yesterday at Kamiti Maximum Prison accompanied by close friends and colleagues as we start a journey of juvenile prison reform programs to get our young brothers and sisters on the right path."

Octopizzo, in his statement, said he believes that for the program to be effective, there are different sets of training that needs to be given to both non-institutionalized and institutionalized offenders.

“The most effective interventions are interpersonal skills training, individual counseling, and behavioral programs for non-institutionalized offenders, and interpersonal skills training and community-based, family-type group homes for institutionalized offenders. Join us especially if you are a criminal attorney feel free to reach out,” he said.

The program will run under the Octopizzo foundation which was founded in 2015 with the aim of youth empowerment and community outreach, causes which the artist has a strong passion for.

Growing up in Kibera, Octopizzo is not foreign to the many ills of society and has always been vocal about wanting to empower the youth into realizing their potential.