AMA’s African-Australian Person of the year award for 2015 went to John Ngatia, a Kenyan born Australian, who arrived in Australia 16 years ago and is currently living in Adelaide, South Australia.
The award was handed to John at an awards night Gala dinner organised by Africa Media Australia (AMA) in Melbourne on Saturday 28 November 2015, which was attended by the Victorian Minister of Multicultural Affairs, Honourable Robin Scott.
Over 67 nominations were received by AMA from around Australia and the broader African-Australian community in relation to this award. Many nominees were quite high calibre, including business men and women, authors, lawyers, academics, community leaders and artists. 24 African nationalities were represented in the pool of nominations. The nominees were asked to provide information about themselves, their work, business, career or whatever they were nominated for, including testimonials from the community to support their nominations.
The winner, John Ngatia is a qualified accountant who dropped his accounting career to become a Speaker , an accredited NLP Master Practitioner and a Hydration Specialist. As a speaker and trainer, his endearing and charismatic style has helped him to capture his audience’s attention and hearts and enable them to turn their lives around.
This Father of three and Charismatic man says that his passion is to “inspire, motivate and help people” to be able to enhance and enrich the quality of their lives, physically, mentally and financially. John is also s a business coach and turn around consultant.
As a Hydration Specialist, John educates people on the benefits of Kangen Water. He does this in conjunction with an overall message of empowerment to help people to live a life of joy, great health and financial abundance. John says he has helped hundreds of people worldwide to reverse degenerative diseases, increase their energy level and their wellbeing, including improving performance in sport. John travels extensively between Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Nairobi, Ghana and Nigeria where he holds coaching seminars and consults with his clients.
As a performance coach, John has successfully coached and mentored many clients since 2003, including high profile business owners, executives, doctors, surgeons, pilots, young students, professionals and sports personalities. Some of his past corporate clients include Kimberly Clarke International, Australia Post, Crown Equipment, Motorola, Star Pharmacy Group, BAE Systems
In the lead to this award, Africa Media Australia received several dozens of testimonials from people of all ethnic and professional backgrounds acknowledging John’s work and the impact it has had on their lives. One woman, Dominic Bell went as far as to say : “John is up there with my favourite people on the planet – a big statement, but an honest one”.
John is married and has three children, including two boys who are both professional soccer players, having benefited from his coaching skills.
John previously received the South Australian Kenyan of the Year Award in 2013.