Mental Health Advocate in Kenya Sitawa Wafula was announced as a Global Good Honoree for the 2022 BET Awards.
Sitawa Wafula is a mental health and epilepsy activist and blogger. Sitawa’s courage to speak out about her experiences led her to create an award-winning mental health blog, which led to her being invited to speak publicly about mental health, inclusion and sexual violence at TED and the United Nations General Assembly. Sitawa also started a podcast, “My Mind, My Funk,” which she ran in 2013 as a resource center providing mental health information and support.
“Silence and stigma around mental health is unfortunately part of African culture, and subsequently the black community. By putting a global spotlight on mental health, BET is paving the way for these conversations to move from taboo topics not talked about in our culture to conversations we can have at the dinner table. By acknowledging myself and the work I’ve done so far, BET affirms me and those struggling with their mental health to continue speaking out about their personal experiences. This recognition is also a testament to all African women innovators who have solutions for their communities but are afraid to bring them to light because of statistics and factors that do not favor women innovators,” says Wafula.
Past Global Good winners include Brazilian activist and writer Djamila RibeiroFrench social justice activist Assa Traoré, and artist and philanthropist Acon.
“We are proud to honor Sitawa Wafula with the 2022 BET International Global Good Award and to highlight the vital work she does in raising mental health awareness in African communities,” said World Twala, SVP/GM, Paramount Africa & Peer Lead BET International. “We continue BET’s legacy of recognizing inspiring black men and women who have touched lives through their work and contributed to the progress and uplift of the global black community.
The BET Awards will be held live on Sunday, June 26 and will be hosted by Taraji P.HensonOscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning actor, screenwriter, director, producer and philanthropist.